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DC vs CSK: Dhawan strikes maiden IPL hundred; DC go on top of the table with 5-wicket win over CSK | Cricket News

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It’s that time of the IPL when the experienced and the calm-headed pull away from the bunch. On Saturday, the veterans of the tournament came into their own. The young boys were secondary in a game that was fought equally in the mind and with skills. At the end of the day, Shikhar Dhawan‘s experience alone proved enough for Delhi Capitals against the collective wisdom of Chennai Super Kings as his superlative unbeaten hundred anchored a chase of the 180-run target with five wickets in hand.
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The most experienced IPL player in an otherwise young and up and coming Capitals outfit, Dhawan dished out a masterclass. An innings which stamped his authority, Dhawan showed why he remains Team India’s first choice white-ball opener even as a herd of openers are pushing their cases through performances in the IPL. It was a single-handed effort till the 19th over. Out came Axar Patel and smacked three sixes off Ravindra Jadeja in the last over to knock off the remaining 17 runs with a ball to spare and ensured Dhawan’s maiden IPL century didn’t go in vain. Dhawan walked out relieved with a chest-thumping 101 off 58 balls.

CSK needed to get Dhawan’s wicket but the seasoned opener played a measured knock. The short Sharjah boundaries notwithstanding, Dhawan hit just one six albeit CSK will be kicking themselves for putting him down thrice.
Chennai Super Kings, known for their shrewd understanding of the game as a bunch, laid a solid foundation for their revival in the tournament through Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson despite losing the hot Sam Curran off the third ball of the match. Once the duo put on a partnership of 87, it was Ambati Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja flaunting their cricketing smarts to help Chennai Super Kings post a challenging target of 180.
Against a penetrative Delhi Capitals bowling attack, the word panic was eliminated from CSK’s game as Du Plessis went about pacing his innings of 58 off 47 as Watson finished with 36 of 28. Then Rayudu and Jadeja cranked up the heat against two of the fastest pacers in the tournament in Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje with unbeaten 25-ball 45 and 13-ball 33 respectively to put on 50 off the last 21 balls.



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Sunrisers Hyderabad: IPL 2020: Saha has little groin niggle and Shankar has hamstring issue, confirms SRH skipper Warner | Cricket News

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DUBAI: After a comprehensive 88-run victory over Delhi Capitals in the IPL on Tuesday, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) skipper David Warner gave an injury update on Wriddhiman Saha and Vijay Shankar, saying the former has a groin niggle while the latter has a hamstring issue.
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Delhi failed to chase down the massive target of 220 and were bundled out for 131, stumbling to a heavy defeat. For SRH, Rashid Khan scalped three wickets while Sandeep Sharma and T Natarajan took two each.
With this win, Hyderabad have moved up to the sixth place in the points table with 10 points from 12 matches. On the other hand, Delhi have slipped to the third spot with 14 points from 12 matches.

“Unfortunately, he (Saha) has got a little groin niggle. Hopefully, it isn’t too bad. Shankar has a hamstring issue as well. As for Rashid, it is incredible that he’s taking so many wickets and not going for runs, especially given the dew and the moisture here. We’ve got games at Sharjah to go, so hopefully we can put on a show there,” Warner told host broadcaster Star Sports at the post-match presentation.
Saha and David Warner scored 87 and 66 respectively as Hyderabad smashed 219/2 in their allotted twenty overs.
Manish Pandey and Kane Williamson remained unbeaten on 44 and 11 respectively, while Anrich Nortje returned with figures of 1-37 in his four overs for Delhi.

“Tonight, as I said at the toss, I was looking to bat first. Losing the toss, I wasn’t disappointed. We had to take their fast bowlers on. I’ve decided to go back to 2009 and open the front leg a little bit and clear these grounds. I took a bit of responsibility at the top of the order and take it to the bowlers.
“It’s tough to play orthodox cricket in these conditions, so I have to open up 360 degrees. Difficult decision to leave Jonny (Bairstow) out and get Saha in, and especially batting a batsman like Kane at (number) four. Incredible knock from Saha though, and his strike-rate in the powerplay was incredible,” he added.
SRH will next lock horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.


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TURIN (Italy): Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive again for coronavirus on the eve of Juventus‘s Champions League clash against his great rival Lionel Messi’s Barcelona, according to media reports in Italy and Portugal.
Portuguese TVI reported that Ronaldo “has once against tested positive for Covid-19” following a swab carried out by Juventus.
The 35-year-old is now awaiting the result of a UEFA test which, if also positive, would rule him out of the Group G game in Turin.
Ronaldo first tested positive for Covid-19 two weeks ago while playing with Portugal, and has been in self-isolation since returning to Italy.
According to TV1, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has tested positive 18 times.
Ronaldo needed to return a negative test, 24 hours before the game to be allowed to play, according to UEFA rules.
Juventus only confirm if a player has recovered, with Sky Sport Italia and Gazzetta Dello Sport reporting that Ronaldo will miss the Barcelona game.
“Ronaldo had a test like everyone else, this evening (Tuesday) we will have the definitive result,” coach Andrea Pirlo told a press conference earlier Tuesday.
“For now it’s all on the high seas, when the final result comes everything will be clearer.
“Depending on the result, we’ll see what we do. It’s not easy to play an entire game after 15 days of inactivity.”
Ronaldo, who has no symptoms, has missed three games including his side’s 2-0 Champions League win at Dynamo Kiev last week.
The clash would be the first between Ronaldo and Messi since the Portugal forward left Real Madrid for Juventus in 2018.
“For 15 years, Messi and Ronaldo have done great things,” said former Italy and Juventus midfielder Pirlo.
“For the first time, I’ll be taking on Messi as a coach, I’ll treat him with the enormous respect that he deserves.”
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman added: “We always want the best to be on the pitch, and Ronaldo is a great player.
“I don’t know if he will be in condition to play, that’s not my problem. But if Ronaldo is there, it is one more reason for us to be ready.”
Koeman, like Pirlo, has taken over as coach this season, with the teams top of Group G after winning their opening fixtures.
But the Dutch manager has been under pressure after a 3-1 defeat against Real Madrid at the weekend followed a 1-0 loss to Getafe, the first time in four years the Catalan giants have suffered consecutive defeats in the league.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu also resigned on Tuesday along with his board of directors, following mounting pressure from fans and his public falling out with Messi.
Ronaldo and Messi now look set to meet again in the reverse fixture at the Nou Camp on December 8.
Messi, 33, has featured in four victorious campaigns for Barcelona, while Ronaldo has won the Champions League five times, four with Real Madrid and once with Manchester United.
Messi has six Ballon d’Or titles with Ronaldo claiming five.
However Ronaldo has 130 Champions League goals to Messi’s 116.
“It’s clear that any team would miss a player like Cristiano,” said Brazil defender Danilo at the pre-match press conference.
“But we have faith in every player on the team. We have people who want to do well and help us have a great match.”
Messi has won 16 of their 35 encounters to Ronaldo’s 10, with the remaining nine ending in draws.
The pair have only met five times in Champions League games, most recently in the semi-final in 2011.
Pirlo also has defensive worries with captain Giorgio Chiellini, and Matthijs De Ligt out but fellow centreback Leonardo Bonucci’s thigh strain will be evaluated on Wednesday morning.
“These are the matches that everyone would like to play. We have this opportunity and we can’t wait to test ourselves against Barcelona,” said Pirlo.
“It’s not a decisive game, but we still want to see what our value is.”
Argentina forward Paulo Dybala remains “a bit tired” after playing for 90 minutes in his first match in over three months last Sunday against Verona.
“It’s normal after the first game as a starter. He’ll have time to recover and play tomorrow night.”


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IPL 2020: Here are each IPL team’s chances of making it to the last four | Cricket News

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With Chennai Super Kings clearly out of the race, what exactly are the chances of the remaining seven teams to make it to the playoffs? TOI’s Shankar Raghuraman does the number crunching to arrive at these 12 points.
1. Delhi can now only get a maximum of 18 points and Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab can manage 16 at best
2. The maximum any team can reach is 20 points
3. Now only two teams can reach the figure of 20 points – Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore
4. If one of these teams gets to 20 points, the other can’t
5. Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi are the only teams that can be clear No.1 at the end of the league stage
6. Kolkata and Kings XI can at best tie for top spot on points. The best Hyderabad or Rajasthan can hope for is tied 3rd spot
7. With 9 games left, there are 512 possible combinations of match outcomes (not counting washouts). Before the last weekend’s (Oct 24) matches started there were 32,764 possible combinations of outcomes.
8. A tie for at least one of the positions from 1 to 4 is a near certainty with only 5 of the 512 possible outcomes (less than 1%) yielding clear numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 teams
9. Mumbai and Bangalore have a better than even chance of either being clear No.1 or tying for the top spot (272 out of 512 possible outcomes)
10. Despite their crushing loss on Tuesday, Delhi still have a one in three chance of being clear No.1 or tying for first place
11. Chennai remains the only team that is out of contention for the playoffs
12. After their big win on Tuesday, Hyderabad have a one in five chance of finishing tied for third or fourth spot. But for that they need to win their remaining two games and hope other results go their way

The IPL 2020 season has been a very competitive one. With a team like Kings XI Punjab rising from the ashes after languishing at the bottom of the points table, thanks to five wins on the trot, things have become more interesting. The three break away teams this season have been Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Mumbai and Bangalore though both lost over the last weekend and Delhi were thrashed by Hyderabad on Tuesday. With seven teams in the running for the four play-offs berths and three teams (Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore) more than likely to seal a spot, the fight for the remaining fourth place (for which KXIP and KKR are the prime contenders as of now) could make the remaining league matches of IPL 2020 very interesting. Expect the teams to throw everything, including the kitchen sink to try and grab a play-off berth in the matches coming up.


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