Jadeja returns the knight, owns the great moments

It wasn’t meant to be Ravindra Jadeja’s night. At least that’s what it seemed for the first two hours of the game; he didn’t have to hit, his first two overs were creamed for 25 points, and a wicket was chalked for the strangest reasons, with the misplaced ball hitting an almost invisible thread. Yet, it ultimately turned out to be Jadeja’s Night. In big games, in big times, he tends to be his inevitable imprint.

But his first big moment of impact itself could have been a heartbreaking moment. Venkatesh Iyer’s mistake hung in the air for ages, giving Jadeja enough time to go from extra cover to long distance. Then at the last moment, he seemed to misjudge the grip, the ball falling shorter than he had judged. But he held out his hands, and although he lost his balance, his concentration did not falter. The bullet shot out of his palms, but those fingers didn’t quiver. He was hanging on even though half the ball was out of his hands. Jadeja did well to prevent the body from slipping completely, a frontal fall would have made her let go due to the intensity of the body hitting the ground. When he finally fell, he had full control of the ball. Taking a break from intentionally diving is hard enough, doing it when you’re not in control of your body is subliminal athleticism.

It could have been so easy for him to sulk after that canceled wicket and surrender to his misfortune. But Jadeja is built with a more solid armory. Had he dropped the hold, the match could have escaped CSK’s hold. Shardul Thakur seemed to already be living on the edge, having seen edges fly away from him and catches slipping from him. Instead, his persistence with the scrambling seam paid off, as he made it a hold after pitching and stop on the batter without picking up the pace of the ball. His threat of scrambling stitching was even more noticeable when he asked Nitish Rana to rule out a mid-term workout. Rana pulled off the shot early, as the ball hung in the air for ages after throwing it. Suddenly, CSK had two wickets in the space of four balls. The match opened like a monsoon cloud.

One-off intervention

Four bullets later, they had a third, that of the potentially dangerous Sunil Narine. The ball seemed to fly off for a forward six, invariably Jadeja stepped in in the middle of the wicket. This time, he didn’t need any last minute adjustments or fingers to perform emergency juggling. The catch was measured to perfection – from his short sprint backwards to the one-legged pirouette at the edge of the fence. If any muscle in his body had rebelled, he would have lost balance and tripped over the rope. But each tendon of its synchronized seamlessly to complete the capture.

Then luck with the ball changed too. In her fourth round, Jadeja picked two wickets that effectively sealed the game for CSK. Here again, his unfazed character shone. Many bowlers would have healed the scars from the blows he had received (three overs for 34 points), but Jadeja strutted with the arrogance of a bowler on a hat-trick. Fifth bullet, he ejected Dinesh Karthik with what appeared to be a short row ball. But perhaps it was a cleverly set trap. The leg-side limit was shorter and Karthik invariably sought to hit a short ball out of the ground. But he came slightly faster than Karthik had rated him and he ended up mis-timing one of his basic shots. Maybe it was a punt, but Jadeja isn’t someone who would die ruining that ball.

The second wicket was the Jadeja Return. Flat and fast on the central stump, tilting into the body from the edge of the stumps, delivered from the width of the crease. Shakib Al Hasan, like a novice, played on the corner and looked to push him in the leg for a quick single at best, but the ball was too fast for him, delivered at 103.5 km / h, and the ‘beat for the beat. Jadeja celebrated with ecstasy, like a man who has his name written in the sky, soon illuminated by the glare of the fireworks.

When and where to watch

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s astute captain in canary yellow will be the Chennai Super Kings’ greatest weapon against a clinic Kolkata Knight Riders, whose top spinner troika promises to hold the aces in the Indian Premier League final at the index. ‘high octane on Friday. If the numbers are to be trusted, then CSK, in their astonishing ninth final appearance in 12 editions (they were suspended in half), are certain to start favorites against the Kolkata Knight Riders on ‘Dussera’ day, but in terms of trophies, there isn’t much of a difference. CSK has three titles with five final defeats while KKR won its two finals under mercurial Gautam Gambhir. No team has mastered the art of reaching the final like Dhoni’s CSK.

On Friday, CSK’s chances of winning a fourth title will depend on how they handle the 12 overs of KKR’s spin trio of Varun Chakravarthy (economic rate 6.40), Shakib Al Hasan (ER: 6.64) and Sunil Narine (ER: 6.44), who were outstanding in this tournament.


Calcutta Horsemen: Eoin Morgan (Captain), Dinesh Karthik, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Karun Nair, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathy, Shubman Gill, Harbhajan Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Pawan Negi, M Prasidh Krishna, Timhe Sandeep, Wareep Vaibhav Arora, Varun Chakravarthy, Andre Russel, Ben Cutting, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Sheldon Jackson, Tim Seifert.

Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur , R Sai Kishore, Moeen Ali, K Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujara, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Varma, C Hari Nishaanth.

What time does the IPL Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) final start?

The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) IPL Final will start at 7:30 p.m.

When is the IPL Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) final?

The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) IPL Final will be held on October 15 (Friday).

Which TV channels will broadcast the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) IPL Final vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)?

You can watch the IPL Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Final vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on the Star Sports Network.

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Dramatic ups and downs in the span of one lap for Rahul Tripathi to bring KKR home

KKR wanted 7 runs in 6 balls for a place in the final. Rahul Tripathi could easily have made “1 run in 5 balls” if he had shown the deserving disrespect for Ashwin’s long leap. He did swing the bat well, but the ball rolled too long, and just as slowly, Tripathi was dragging his feet to the non-attacking end. Had he missed the opportunity to be the hero? The next 4 balls contained all possible emotions. The players on the pitch, those in the dugout canoes, the WAGs in the guest boxes, the owners in the VVIP suits were all on a stadium-sized roller coaster ride – feeling an exhilarating rush for a moment and nauseous the following. Those last manic moments had some embarrassing ducks, a near-six. Ashwin looked like he was finally having his IPL big moment and Pant was about to be called the next Dhoni. While all of this was going on, Rahul would have burned inside for not having taken Ashwin’s first gift. On second thought, if he had killed the climax on the first ball of the Finals, it would have been so little IPLish. KKR, a franchise owned by a Bollywood star, reaching the finale without drama would have been so unreal. The next time Rahul was on strike, he didn’t fail. This time the ball crossed the long limit. Tripathi gave his toothy smile to the delight of the KKR canoe and millions of pandals around the world. As in most movies, Rahul first knotted and when the world thought he was trapped, he pulled away. Just like those Bollywood Rahuls.

Abrupt Ananthapadmanabhan

Prithvi Shaw didn’t stand a chance once he didn’t read the ball out of Varun Chakravarthy’s hands. He had planted his front foot forward and across and awaited his downfall. Chakravarthy’s ball landed a length and sank to hit the pad first before hitting the bat. The call went with referee KN Ananthapadmanabhan, who was a leg spinner with a good googly in his playing days and took his time agreeing with the increasingly anguished Chakravarthy and Dinesh Karthik. Shaw lingered for a moment to check with his partner if he should go for DRS, but Shikhar Dhawan’s suggestion was to check the replay on the lodge TV. Ananthapadmanabhan is a highly respected umpire in national cricket and in the 2019 Ranji season he umpired on both sides of the final as the other umpire got injured and the replacement was not due until later. His role model is S Venkataragavan, whose blunt manner seems to have afflicted Ananthapadmanabhan who can be quite harsh if players continue their appeals or needlessly question his decisions.

Candy and friendly throw after a torrent

It was only a shallow smile, but its significance couldn’t be underestimated. Shikhar Dhawan watched a fish out of the water against the beat of Lockie Ferguson. Ferguson threw a thunderbolt at 152 km / h and Dhawan wanted to play it past the point. But the Delhi Capitals’ opening game was a bit late and the ball rushed through. The next delivery took place at 148 km / h, the left-hander loaded onto the track, aiming to skin it above the point. Once again he was beaten for the pace. Another express delivery followed, fuller and louder on the notepad. Dhawan was still not out of place. A little later, he faced the mystery of Sunil Narine and the first ball beat the bat again. The pressure was mounting, when Narine threw a friendly throw, allowing Dhawan to break the chains. The release shot deserved a smile, relief written all over his face.

Fearless and defensive Ashwin

The only slow, steady act R Ashwin did in his first three overs was to carefully tie Venkatesh Iyer’s laces. Iyer had asked Ashwin to sort out his loosened shoelaces, and Ashwin immediately stopped wiping the dew off the ball and helped. His bowling, however, was disappointing on the defensive end. He continued to shoot the ball or cock them to the side in an attempt to contain rather than take wickets. Maybe it was the dew factor, but Ashwin, the high class spinner who outsmarted Eoin Morgan the other night with a nice crazy break or the brave guy who dared to throw it in and get out of the likes of Chris Gayle and Rohit Sharma in the past was missing. Instead, we had the version that kept shooting at them. He furiously wiped the ball away with a towel and remained on the defensive. Even the lands Rishabh Pant had offered him at the second end of the chase were defensive. It didn’t seem like there was a clear plan to take wickets and Iyer and Shubman Gill kept hitting him and pushing him to rotate the strike. He would drop a goalie a few overs later.

He had a chance to redeem himself in the last round and almost managed to do it too. He was only defending 7 points after Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje nearly scored a heist with quick wickets, but there was still Shakib Al Hasan and Sunil Narine. Ashwin bent his knees, bent over and this time did slow curly stuff with the side arms. Not fast like the previous three overs. And Shakib fell, lbw then Ashwin kept his cool to keep the ball until Narine who made a hole in the long run. Then, with 6 points needed out of the last two, Ashwin made his first mistake. He went for the short, flat stuff and Tripathi beat him for the game’s six winners on the long-off.

Sunil Narine
Jack of all trades Sunil Narine lords on RCB

The Kolkata Knight Riders won over the Royal Challengers Bangalore in a game of punches and counter punches because Sunil Narine made the difference in The Eliminator.

KKR seizing the moments reflected a team reveling under pressure. RCB, a team that are not used to winning knockout games in the IPL, are expected to hit their stride in Virat Kohli’s final season as skipper. But they didn’t, especially when KKR used their spinners to tie up RCB’s sleeves.

Sunil Narine of Kolkata Knight Riders plays in Monday’s playoff game.
(Photo by Rahul Gulati / Sportzpics for IPL)

Narine tipped the scales in his side’s favor with three sixes in a pass from Dan Cristian, after RCB rallied at Venkatesh Iyer’s wicket – a nice garnish on his 4/21 winner of the game. Kohli walked into his IPL harbor master’s office sunset empty-handed. KKR, chasing 139 for the win, won by four wickets to advance to Qualifying 2, against Delhi Capitals.

RCB’s batting stats had been disappointing: Kohli, 39 of 33 balls, 118 hit rate, opening the innings. KS Bharat, nine of 16 balls, hit rate 56. Glenn Maxwell, 15 of 18 balls, hit rate 83. AB de Villiers, 11 of nine, hit rate 122. RCB innings did not have a single one. six.

An intermediate collapse resulted in their fall, but the batsmen who threw it did not. Narine hypnotized them with his cunning.

He was brought into the attack in the 10th, after the ball got a little older and started to catch on the surface. Nostril started with the scalp of KS Bharat.

Since returning with a reshaped action, the spinner has focused more on the cutters than the breaks. He no longer plays doosra, once his shock has been released, replacing it with a leg cutter. For his counter-threads as well, on several occasions during this year’s tournament, Narine bowled with a straight seam, rolling his fingers over it like counter-knives. Today he played conventional off-breaks and made some serious changes to the ball. He read the pitch perfectly, but more than the revolution, the line did the trick. Sharjah’s length of six meters was hit with precision. Also, Narine beautifully varied his pace.

Kohli’s dismissal was a good example of this. As the races settled down after Powerplay, Kohli grew impatient. An unusual slog-slog-sweep ensued, but Narine had probably been ahead of it. He started the off-break a bit slower, up close to the stumps, making sure he didn’t come down with the angle. The ball went under the bat and disrupted the stump of the leg.
De Villiers, too, was fundamentally finished by the line. The midline was tempting enough to play it crosswise, to the side of the leg. Once again, Narine had played it slower, allowing for an optimal turn, and the ball went through the gate.

Maxwell made two attempts to overthrow Narine in desperation. The latter canceled the attempts with variations in pace and an excellent line. A vicious off-break followed, forcing the drummer to cut his slog-sweep attempt.

Narine had not yet finished. When the game was on a razor’s edge and KKR needed an impact, his 26 of 15 balls at No.5 took the game away from RCB. Once the requested rate fell below six, the pressure eased considerably.

RCB starter again

With seven points required after the final, two experienced KKR batsmen, Eoin Morgan and Shakib Al Hasan, remained calm. RCB, for its part, gradually gave up the initiative. Devdutt Padikkal’s break was the first mistake.

RCB had run to 49 for no loss after five overs, hitting first on a Sharjah field that played true at the start. Then Padikkal got thirsty. On his return, Lockie Ferguson taunted him. The break didn’t help the opener’s concentration. “Why do you need a glass of water after five games?” Sunil Gavaskar raised the issue on the air.

Bharat got to No.3 and entered a shell, putting extra pressure on Kohli at the other end. Instead of bringing the confidence of a last ball to six against the Delhi Capitals, the wicket-hitter keeper was apparently impressed with the opportunity.

When KKR struck, Shahbaz Ahmed dropped a dolly to give Iyer a break as the match was intriguing. Padikkal dropped Narine to deprive the excellent Harshal Patel (2/19) of his record 33rd wicket of the season. After Narine left, an unnecessary throw from Maxwell gave Morgan an extra run. Once again, RCB’s usual big game strangulation hampered them.

Kohli sign

At the end of his term as captain at RCB, an IPL title would be a glaring omission after nine years in charge. Kohli really wanted to win, as evidenced by his dissatisfaction with referee Virender Sharma’s rulings – three decisions overturned during the review justify the anger somewhat. As far as his moves in this game go, Kohli likely missed a trick by not easily bringing Yuzvendra Chahal back after Iyer was released, leaving Christian the next one instead. The leggie (2/16) served as another reminder to national coaches ahead of the team’s T20 World Cup deadline of October 15.

Uthappa, Dhoni and Cupid’s boyfriend, delivers CSK in the final

MS Dhoni and Robin Uthappa go back a long way. They debuted in India around the same time, in the mid-2000s, and Robin, along with Suresh Raina, was part of the original Dhoni gang. At the time, they got along well during the Indian blues and were also spotted while vacationing with friends in Coorg during the off-season. Uthappa wasn’t just Robin for the Batman Dhoni, as we now know he played the Cupid as well. Years later, Dhoni’s wife Sakshi in an Insta reveal would post her 30th birthday photo with a caption: โ€œThanks to this man here, Mahi and I are together !!! It was great meeting you Robbie and Sheethal. The notoriously low-key Dhoni is also reportedly seen on the Uthappas Twitter timeline – displaying a broad smile in family photos with their respective toddlers floating around. How time flies. At the start of this season, when the Royals let go of Robin, CSK would pick him up. Anticipating sarcastic remarks, Robin would give a warning: โ€œDhoni said to me, ‘I want you to know that I didn’t make the decision to bring you here. โ€œThat was his way of saying, he wore CSK yellow because of his skills. Dhoni knew Robin could be trusted in critical situations. At the 2007 World Cup in that tied league game between India and Pakistan, Robin had half a century and, more importantly, hit the stumps in the โ€œbowl out.โ€ And on the evening of Dubai, when Dhoni, not among the races of this IPL stage, wanted someone to push CSK to the final and take the critical eye away from his personal form, it was his trusted friend who held on. With Robin and Gaikwad making the big yards, Dhoni gave his usual finishing touch This time he hit a four, he might have saved the six for the final.

HRHairness left hanging in the air

It was a leap into a forgotten past. PM Dhoni throwing himself to his right, fully stretched, defying gravity and age, in pursuit of an advantage over Prithvi Shaw’s bat. As if it was still retro. As if he was that hipster again, an imaginary halo of flowing hair suddenly forming around his yellow cap, his face turning fresh and ragged, his eyes shining with enthusiasm. For a long time, even during the end of his international career, Dhoni refrained from diving into the skin, with one hand, especially towards the drawstring. But this time, the old instincts seemed to resume, fleetingly, before the reality came. car a naughty slide. Dhoni dove down onto the grassy tapestry of the Dubai stadium, his weary eyes watching in anguish as the ball slipped from him. By then, the hairy halo was long gone.

SmoulderMan, not spidey

Rishabh ‘Spidey’ Pant gritted his teeth and swelled his nostrils while collecting a wild wandering throw that allowed Robin Uthappa to roam around for a third. The twittering keeper, occasionally shooting a stern captain’s face, was not happy with the third man’s stretched-pace throw that allowed Ruturaj Gaikwad to add three after dissecting the deep point and the third man. Saving the border was hardly a solace, even as DC rushed to their second-window partnership with the two heading into a half-century. The pants pulled back on the throw, frowned in irritation, and used their goalie gloves to mock the stumps – the ever-grinning gaff giving a rare sinister growl. Three wickets quickly thereafter would bring back a hint of a smile on Rishabh, but Gaikwad and Uthappa seemed to have dealt enough damage to stick an early frown on Pant’s face as Spidey’s web was used more as a swagger. mosquitoes.

Iyer on fire

Shreyas Iyer hadn’t started when the Delhi Capitals struck, getting a T20 sub-terrestrial hit rate of 12.50. When DC defended, he made up for his absence with the bat. He tried, at least. Her determination to contribute was as firm as the black headband firmly gripping her vertical outcrop of gold streaked hair. First, there was a long-term smart take to dismiss Uthappa who was looking to finish this on his own. But placing a kitten among the pigeons, Iyer would keep his head in a grip of cha-cha-cha to the limit. The ball had sailed between the middle of the wicket and long, and Iyer, while holding on to the stroke latch, had failed to brake his stroke inside the ropes. He kicked the ball back, watched Axar Patel hover uncertainly around him, but jumped him slightly to intervene and complete the capture. He would later complete a pick-and-throw with a quick stride, sending Ambati Rayudu back with a rocket throw at Rabada inches from the stumps, to lend some late drama to CSK’s pursuit. Then Dhoni rained on his redemption.

Overview of IPL Quaifier 1: CSK holding advantage experienced over DC

Former Chennai Super Kings guards, who have the odd knack of owning the big stage at the right time, will start as favorites against a solid Delhi Capitals roster led by ‘young suitor’ Rishabh Pant in what promises to be be an exciting first IPL qualifier here on Sunday.

The Capitals were the best team in the league and their score of 20 points in the group stage was an indication of their consistent performances which did not drop due to the forced break from COVID-19.

Likewise, CSK are now back in the familiar setting of the playoff rounds, which they have done 11 out of 12 times, although losing three games on the rebound would not have amused their almighty skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

DC, on the other hand, received a rude jerk from Kona Bharat’s last ball in their final group championship game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. It didn’t change their pole position but did enough to shake them out of their amazement.

CSK, over the years, has been to the final eight times and won three times, which speaks volumes about the team’s ability to improve their game just when it’s needed most.

This is the reason why CSK is not one of those franchises which unleash new talents by the dozen like other franchises. Ruturaj Gaikwad is an exception as it could qualify as a pure CSK product after more than a decade.

Dhoni has a simple cricket philosophy: to rely on proven, battle-hardened individuals.

These are players who have been there and who have done it. People capable of controlling phases and winning pressure situations which most often lead to victories.

Add Josh Hazlewood or Moeen Ali, who are also international regulars to this mix and the former Indian captain knows exactly what kind of combination he needs to put on the park.

As much as it is about team effort, no one knows more than Dhoni that maybe T20 is a form of cricket, where individuals win matches.

Dhoni knows that even though his hitting form (96 points in 14 games) abandoned him years ago (since 2015-16) and an IPL legend like Raina (160 in 12 games) does is a pale shadow of his once destructive self, he has Gaikwad (533 points) and Du Plessis (546) who have provided solid starts most of the time and the menacing Jadeja (227 points) who have offered their last breath.

Likewise, Shardul Thakur (18 wickets in 14 games) gave leads at an expensive 8.57 save rate, but the breakthroughs have always been big. No one knows more than Dwayne Bravo (12 wickets) how one can trick hitters by changing the pace of his deliveries to death.

Hazlewood hasn’t returned to form, but Dhoni has enormous patience with the players he believes in and he’s banking on the Australian’s devastating first spell that can wreak havoc.

This could happen against the Delhi Capitals, as their batter despite 10 wins didn’t really inspire confidence at the top. Prithvi Shaw (401 races) and Shikhar Dhawan (544 races) had their fair share of starts, but in the UAE stage they didn’t really dominate.

Skipper Pant (362 races) was rough at best and the absence of Marcus Stoinis due to injury affected their balance as they lack big hitters in the rescue of Shimron Hetmyer.

DC’s strength was its bowling attack – Avesh Khan (22 wickets), Axar Patel (15 wickets), Kagiso Rabada (13 wickets) and Anrich Nortje, who took nine wickets but a saving rate of 5.59 over six games.

DC’s bowling attack was fair on the money without being taken to the cleaners, but Pant is hoping the Law of Averages won’t catch up to them and Nortje and Rabada are able to destabilize Gaikwad with short balls, which was the weak point of the Maharashtra hitter.

But yes, even Dhoni would admit that Raina and Rayudu in what would be their last season for CSK, would want to make a tangible contribution with Willow.

Even the skipper himself needs to raise his hand as he has not been able to handle the brutal pace anymore.


The Super Kings of Chennai: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, R Sai Kishore, Moeen Ali, K Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujara, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Varma, C Hari Nishaanth.

DC: Rishabh Pant (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Ripal Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimrom Hetmyar, Shreyas Iyer, Steve Smith, Amit Mishra, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan, Ben Dwarshuis, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Kulwant Lukman Khejroliya, Pravin Dubey, Tom Curran, Umesh Yadav, Axar Patel, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Ravichandran Ashwin, Sam Billings and Vishnu Vinod.

Sharjah in Dubai: last ball maximum brings RCB home against Capitals, who are punished for poor face-off

Six races required. A bullet to the left. Avesh Khan went for a yorker but sprayed it on the side of the legs for a wide. Then came a full throw and Srikar Bharat launched it into the night sky. For a while, it wasn’t clear if he only had height and not distance, but he landed way over the limit to spark celebrations in the Royal Challengers Bangalore dugout canoe.

In fact, the ball before the wide proved to be crucial in its own way. Bharat had squirted a drive towards long and had apparently settled for a single. It was Glenn Maxwell who not only realized that Axar Patel was making a meal out of it in the outfield, but also understood the importance of this race. That single meant Bangalore would need a six on the last ball and if Maxwell had kept the strike with just one they would have needed a seven. And who knows without that pressure to prevent a six that could win the game, Khan might not have thrown a wide ball next. So Maxwell urged Bharat to come back on strike – and boy! he seized the opportunity in style.

Until this wide and full throw, Khan had burst his heart. Just like Anrich Nortje had done before him. Not only did Nortje knock out forerunners Devdutt Padikkal (picked up again the third time on another untimely ramp shot from a short ball) and Virat Kohli, he knocked down a very tight 19th in the pursuit. Bangalore needed 19 points from two overs, and Nortje allowed just four to keep the game wide open in the final. Until Bharat decides to seize the moment.

Bharat makes a Miandad

Bharat absorbed the pressure from the first wickets and gave Maxwell the freedom to go. Whenever Patel arrived, Bharat was waiting for him. Or that’s what it seemed. A six and a four in the Powerplay and when the left arm spinner lit in the middle, Bharat repeated the dose again. He charged down the track, swept quick arm balls, and crashed into blankets to keep the pressure on the spinner. And when Maxwell began to tire and sweat visibly in the humidity, Bharat took up the torch.

The shot that proved he was up to the challenge came in 17th. When 39 were needed in 21 balls, he smoked a superb shot from Kagiso Rabada on the midwicket. This not only earned him six points, but would have indicated to Maxwell that he didn’t have to do all the heavy lifting.

Maxwell shines again

Two seasons after finally admitting to himself and the world that he suffered from depression and sought medical attention, Maxwell 2.0 has been up and running as well as he could have hoped. Over the past few years he has faced some criticism for his paychecks not matching his performance at the IPL. But he repaid the confidence shown by RCB this year and was the main reason they made it to the playoffs.

Delhi with oily palms

If only Delhi had kept two relatively straightforward chances that Maxwell gave Patel in the 14th, the game might not even have reached the final with all options open. With 80 needed over seven overs, the Australian launched against the left arm spinner. First, Shreyas Iyer dropped a goalie in the middle of the deep wicket for the first ball. Then after Maxwell deployed a reverse sweep and a switch flick, he dominated a sweep only for R Ashwin to drop him to the third man short. Maxwell then struck and pushed his way down to reduce the required stroke rate before Bharat applied the finishing touches.

Do Mumbai Indians have a chance to advance to the playoffs after the Kolkata Knight Riders win?

The loss to the Sunrisers Hyderabad will continue to sting the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Chennai Super Kings’ big loss to the Punjab Kings means Kohli’s side would have had a realistic chance of finishing in the top two had they passed SRH. As for fourth place, Kolkata Knight Riders’ beating against the Rajasthan Royals made the equation unlikely for the Indians of Mumbai.

The net execution rate to the rescue of CSK

Points – 18, NRR – +0.45

After a six-wicket loss to the Kings, CSK ended their group league assignments with 18 points and their net run rate fell to +0.45. And yet MS Dhoni’s team are set to finish in the top two and get a second cherry bite because their run rate is almost untouchable by RCB. The Delhi Capitals are already at the top of the standings with 20 points and one game less, and they will compete in qualifying 1 against, in all likelihood, CSK.

The two main aspirations of RCB slide further

Points – 16, NRR – -0.15

A win against SRH would have lifted Virat Kohli and company to 18 points and their fate would have been in their hands in that event. But the loss saw them stay anchored on 16 points with a net run-rate of -0.15. To finish in the top two, they will now have to beat DC by more than 113 points. If they chase, for example if their goal is 142, to get a net positive run-rate, RCB will have to knock the target down in 16 overs. And they would still be behind CSK’s net execution rate.

KKR breathes easily

Points – 14, NRR – +0.58

The Kolkata Knight Riders started their match against the Rajasthan Royals knowing that a victory would put them practically in the top four. They won by 86 points to end the group stage with 14 points and a net score of +0.58. Their victory brought down the curtain on the hopes of the Punjab Kings.

Mumbai needs a huge win

Points – 12, NRR – -0.04

The defending champions are theoretically still in contention for the Playoffs, as they too can reach 14 points by beating SRH. But practically, their season seems over and dusted. Mumbai Indians will need to beat SRH by 171 races to overtake KKR’s net race rate.

The setting sun burns RCB’s two best prospects

Devdutt Padikkal slapped on a delivery from Rashid Khan for cover and ran without looking at his partner. Glenn Maxwell responded and it was an error in judgment on the part of both drummers. Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson stabbed the ball and sent the Australian off with a direct hit.

It was difficult to score points on slow Abu Dhabi pitch, but Maxwell’s punching prowess made the step factor redundant – he was scoring at a 160 strike rate. And although the Royal Challengers Bangalore were still watching a requested rate of nearly nine points. On top of that, a few more deliveries for the Australian would have likely sealed the deal for his team. In the end, his dismissal turned out to be a turning point. It was not easy for a new drummer, even for someone of the caliber of AB de Villiers, to force the rhythm on this surface straight away. Padikkal, on the other end, got into a rut, with a hit rate of less than 80 before a grip in Khan’s depths put him out of his misery. In the end, RCB missed by four points, which ended their hopes of finishing in the top two.

SRH bowlers shine

The sunrise season was long over and dusted off. Still, Williamson inspired his troops to play for pride. Their bowling alley also offered a big picture, ahead of the T20 World Cup. Bhuvneshwar Kumar looked at a good pace throughout his four overs, conceding 25 points and taking the wicket off Kohli. Once again, the RCB skipper’s head fell a bit, coming out of the ball line, an issue he will need to sort out before the ICC mega event.

Kumar’s final, as he defended 13 points against de Villiers, was also very good, despite a six. Jason Holder had a great penultimate shot, removing the dangerous Shahbaz Ahmed and making things more difficult for RCB. But the bowler who filled viewers’ senses was Umran Malik. On a slow bridge, he hit 152 km / h, squeezing the beaters and surprising Maxwell with an ugly bouncer. The 21-year-old fast pitcher from Jammu and Kashmir has a future Indian player written about him if he doesn’t get lost.

Maxwell form

Looking back, given the slowness of the area, Kohli’s decision to strike second was a bad decision. SRH’s total of 141 was difficult as the ball did not hit the bat and the degree of difficulty for the batsmen increased with each pass. Maxwell’s brain and muscles – 40 out of 25 balls – largely kept RCB in the race. However, regardless of the loss in this game, his form will encourage the franchise, going into knockouts.

This is how Maxwell has evolved lately: 56 of 37 balls against the Indians of Mumbai, 50 of 30 balls against Rajasthan Royals and 57 of 33 balls against Punjab Kings. The upsurge in RCB’s form coincided with Maxwell’s golden run. Three wins on the spin before this match takes them to the Playoffs.

When RCB roped Maxwell for Rs 14.25 crore at the 2021 IPL auction, the Australian was going through a rough patch, battling mental health issues. He later spoke publicly about Kohli’s support for him. The 32-year-old has since paid off his debt.

Partnership bat

A 70-race partnership between Jason Roy and Williamson proved crucial. SRH promoted Abhishek Sharma to the top. But after hitting a four and a six against George Garton, the youngster came out. Williamson announced his arrival at the crease with a delicious run from Mohammed Siraj followed by a pull up to the limit of the deep square leg.

Roy gradually grew in the game and SRH had very decent Powerplay – 50/1. To Kohli’s credit, his proactive captain worked to RCB’s advantage. After the first strategic timeout, when Yuzvendra Chahal knocked down a fairly ordinary blow, Kohli immediately brought Harshal Patel back. The latter kicked Williamson and claimed three wickets to bring his tournament total to 29.

For RCB, help also came from an unexpected neighborhood, as Dan Christian rolled back the years. The 38-year-old is not known for his consecutive breakthroughs. His job is to keep things tight in the middle. But Christian explained Priyam Garg with a short delivery that restricted the batsman for the spot before removing a blinker from his own bowling alley to sideline Roy similarly.

This caused the SSR to lose momentum. In one phase, they lost four wickets in five overs for just 31 races. But their bowlers stood up to be counted.

IPL 2021: All eyes are on Indian stars as MI tackles optimistic RR

The Mumbai Indians mega-stars will make a final push to get their Indian Premier League campaign back on track when they face the confident Rajasthan Royals in their penultimate league game on Tuesday.

The five-time champions were aiming for a hat-trick, which would be a first in the tournament’s 14-year history, but poor show from their batsmen drove the team down. The wrinkles on Rohit Sharma’s forehead and the grumpy look on his face tell a story never before seen in the MI contingent so far.

And in that context, they now face the Royals of Rajasthan, who stunned the Chennai Super Kings with a superlative batting performance from two Mumbai men – Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shivam Dube.

The equation is simple for both teams.

They not only need to win both of their matches, but also to win big for their low net run rates to be taken care of.

The Royals currently have a net run-rate of -0.337 and MI, after a poor batting show against the Delhi Capitals, is seventh at -0.453.

Tuesday’s loser will be out of the tournament but KKR is already 14 points away with a positive NRR of +0.294.

Therefore, even if Mumbai win against Rajasthan and then crush the laggards Sunrisers Hyderabad in their final game to reach 14 points, there is no guarantee that they will be able to qualify.

KKR won a very crucial game against SRH and even though they lost to the Royals on the final day of the Championship stage, Morgan and his men would like to limit the damage in order to qualify for the play-offs.

Therefore, Rohit (341 points), Suryakumar Yadav (222 points), Quinton de Kock (297 points) and Kieron Pollard (232 points) must put forward their โ€œAโ€ game.

Hardik Pandya pretty much found a form for him. Sharjah’s field showed signs of calming down in the Punjab Kings v RCB game, which will delight MI racing players.

The Royals’ bowling offense, with Mustafizur Rahaman as the most experienced away signing, is a bit meager.

It remains to be seen how Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur and the rest of the bowlers stop the heavy artillery fire expected from the Mumbai ranks.

Likewise, Jasprit Bumrah, along with Trent Boult and Rahul Chahar, will have their work cut out for them against the opening pair of Jaiswal and Evin Lewis, who literally slaughtered the Chennai attack that didn’t have Deepak Chahar and Dwayne Bravo. in their ranks.

Rajasthan Royals team: Sanju Samson (captain), Liam Livingstone, Evin Lewis, David Miller, Chris Morris, Oshane Thomas, Mustafizur Rahaman, Tabraiz Shamsi, Glenn Phillips, Chetan Sakariya, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Akash Singh, Anuj Rawat, KC Cariappa, Yashashvi Jaiswal , Shivam Dube, Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi, Mayank Markande, Jaydev Unadkat, Kuldip Yadav, Mahipal Lomror.

Mumbai Indian Team: Rohit Sharma (captain), Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Anukul Roy, Simarjeet Singh, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Neesham, Jayant Yadav, Marco Pollard, Jansen , Yudhvir Singh, Adam Milne, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult.