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IPL 2020, MI vs KXIP: Rampaging Mumbai Indians up against Chris Gayle-inspired Kings XI Punjab | Cricket News

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DUBAI: They have been in rampaging form with five straight wins but Mumbai Indians can ill afford to be complacent against a Chris Gayle-inspired Kings XI Punjab side in their IPL game on Sunday.
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A win for Mumbai Indians will virtually seal them a spot in the play-offs while a loss for KXIP could send them out of contention.
Mumbai Indians have steamrolled opposition teams with an explosive batting line-up complemented by a lethal bowling attack and the latest side to bear their brunt were the Kolkata Knight Riders who suffered an eight-wicket defeat on Friday.
Tabble-toppers MI boast of top batsmen such as captain Rohit Sharma (251 runs) and his opening partner Quinton de Kock (269) and both are in good touch, while the middle-order is manned by the likes of Suryakumar Yadav (243 runs) and Ishan Kishan (186 runs).
Rohit played second fiddle to de Kock in MI’s win against KKR, with the South African hitting 78 not out from 44 balls.

In the bowling front, pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult have formed the most successful pair this IPL with 12 wickets apiece from eight matches so far. Spinner Rahul Chahar chipped in against KKR with two wickets for 18 runs.
On the other hand, KXIP are languishing at the bottom of the table despite having the top-two leading run-getters of the tournament in skipper K L Rahul (387 runs at a strike rate of 134.84) and his opening partner, Mayank Agarwal (337 runs).
KXIP’s problem has been that their batting and bowling have not fired in unison on most occasions even though their confidence has been boosted by the return of Gayle.

The self-proclaimed ‘Universe Boss’ made his first appearance this IPL with a bang, hitting a 45-ball 53, a knock that was laced with five sixes and a four in KXIP’s win over Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore.
A captivating duel may be in store between Gayle on one side and Bumrah and Boult on the other.
KXIP have other in-form batsmen in Rahul and Agarwal, with both or at least one of them scoring big in almost every match.
But their bowling has been the weakest link. Barring Mohammad Shami and Ravi Bishnoi, none of the bowlers have inspired confidence, especially in the death overs.
Not being able to find the right balance despite trying out many options has also contributed to KXIP’s rapid slide.
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Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Digvijay Deshmukh, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, James Pattison, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Prince Balwant Rai, Quinton De Kock, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Sherfane Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult
KXIP: Lokesh Rahul, Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel, Mandeep Singh, James Neesham, Tajinder Singh, Chris Jordan, Karun Nair, Deepak Hooda, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Glenn Maxwell, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sarfaraz Khan, Sheldon Cottrell, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami, Darshan Nalkande, Nicholas Pooran, Chris Gayle, Murugan Ashwin, Jagadeesha Suchith, Krishnappa Gowtham, Hardus Viljoen, Simran Singh


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Harbhajan slams Surya’s omission from Australia tour | Cricket News

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MUMBAI: Veteran India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Tuesday slammed the national selectors’ decision to ignore the in-form Suryakumar Yadav for the Australia tour. Yadav has been in fine form for the Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020. He has played all 11 matches for MI this season, scoring 283 runs at an average of 31.44 and a strike-rate of 148.94. He has hit two half-centuries and has a highest score of 79 not out.
Headed by former India left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi, the national selection committee on Monday picked the Test, One-Day International and Twenty20 International squads for the tour of Australia. Harbhajan took to Twitter express his displeasure over Yadav’s exlusion from the squads, and asked the selectors to look at his records. “Don’t know what else @surya_14kumar needs to do get picked in the team india.. he has been performing every ipl and Ranji season..different people different rules I guess @BCCI I request all the selectors to see his records,” tweeted Harbhajan on Tuesday morning.

Rahul ‘lucky’ to be picked for Australia Tests: Manjrekar
Meanwhile, former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar said on Tuesday that KL Rahul was ‘very lucky’ to make a comeback into the Test side based on his fine form in the IPL.
Rahul is currently the Orange Cap-holder as he is the leading run-scorer in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). However, Manjrekar is of the opinion that recalling a player to the Test squad based on his performance in the IPL sets a ‘bad precedent’.
“You set a bad precedent when you recall a player for Tests on IPL performance. Especially if the player has been an abject failure in his last few Tests. Whether that player succeeds or fails is irrelevant, such selections massively demotivate Ranji players. #INDvsAUS,” Manjrekar tweeted.

In another tweet, Manjrekar said: “KL Rahul in his last 5 Test series – v SA – Avg 7.1, – v Eng – Avg 29, – v WI at home – Avg 18, – v Aus – Avg 10.7, – v WI – Avg 25.4, I say very lucky to get a recall based on IPL & white ball performance. But now let’s just hope he makes the most of this chance. Good luck to him!”



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IPL 2020, DC vs SRH: Delhi Capitals eye playoff berth in clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad | Cricket News

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Asked to comment on his team’s performance after losing the Super over to Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner said he was biting his tongue in order not to say something harsh. Whether he did it, and to whom, in the confines of the change room is a moot point, but the Sunrisers came out swinging and handed Rajasthan Royals an eight-wicket defeat with the domestic players doing the bulk of scoring.
Post that win, only their fourth in this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), where they have been below par, Sunrisers Hyderabad were back to their old ways. The manner in which they snatched defeat from Kings XI Punjab was hard to fathom for even their most loyal fans.
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From the comforts of 58 for two and chasing down an “achievable” target, the capricious middle order was at it again. After their bowlers did a commendable job in restricting KXIP to 126 for seven, the Sunrisers lost seven wickets for 14 runs to lose by 12 runs.
Most of the 114 runs scored by the Sunrisers came upfront, courtesy Warner and Vijay Shankar, who clearly was rattled after being hit on the helmet by a fielder while taking a sharp single. That spectacular collapse and win for Rajasthan Royals on Sunday have made it so much more difficult for SRH to realise their primary target of reaching the playoffs. With eight points – they are level with CSK at the bottom of the table – the Sunrisers have no option but to win the rest of their three games.

It’s easier said than done given their patchy form so far in the tournament. And also because the next three games involve the top three in the table – Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore. First up is Delhi Capitals, who coincidentally, have the same two opponents to contend with – MI and RCB – after playing SRH in Dubai on Tuesday.
The difference being those clashes most probably will decide who’ll top the table and DC, who have lost three of their last five games, will not want to leave it late, especially after the 59-run drubbing they suffered at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders in their previous game.


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India should embrace, rather than fear D/N Test: Jason Gillespie | Cricket News

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MUMBAI: Like all cricket fans from both countries, former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie too can’t wait for the India-Australia series to kick off Down Under this winter. The much-anticipated four-Test contest begins with a day/night game at Adelaide from December 17.
It will be the first time India, who were initially reluctant to play a Test under lights for a long time, will play a day/night Test overseas. They thrashed Bangladesh in their maiden D/N Test at Kolkata last year, but facing the Australia seamers on a seaming Adelaide pitch under lights is likely to be different kettle of fish.

Gillespie feels that India should embrace the day/night pink ball game, instead of fearing it. “What makes Australia slight favourites is the home ground advantage as much as anything. India shouldn’t fear the day/night game. They should embrace it and just come with an open mind,” Gillespie told TOI on Monday.
“At the end of the day, it is a game of cricket and the game doesn’t change. It’s just the fact that it’s a different colour ball and it will be played at night for a couple of hours. So it’s not a huge change. Yes, around (the time) when the artificial light takes over from the natural light, it can be a little bit tricky for batsmen and fielders, but other than that, I think Indian players have played enough cricket all around the world.”
With the Covid situation improving in Australia, Gillespie, who recently quit as Sussex coach and is now a coach with the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League and South Australia in the Sheffield Shield, expects crowds at the stadiums during the big-ticket series. “I think we will get some crowds for the Test series. I don’t know how big they are going to be, but I’m still hopeful on that,” said the 45-year-old.
‘Dizzy’ is a huge admirer of pace aces Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. “They’ve been two quality bowlers for India for a little while now. I really enjoy watching them bowl. Bumrah, he’s a big, tall man and he bowls from a real height, gets that really good bounce, can swing and seam the ball. I think he’s a lot quicker than maybe the speed gun suggests. He appears to hit the bat a lot harder than the batsmen almost expect. Shami gets the ball to swing and seam, land on the pitch and gets a lot of movement both ways off the wicket. He creates a lot of issues for batsmen,” Gillespie said.
He cautioned the Indian fast bowlers against getting carried away on the bouncy wickets in Australia and resorting to bowling too short. “Sometimes, with the bounce and carry on Australian surfaces, bowlers can get caught bowling a little bit short. The key is going to be how the pacers adjust their length from Indian to Australian conditions. It seems to me that’s what takes a while for Indian seamers to do, and basically all the seam bowlers who come to Australia, particularly from the subcontinent,” he explained.
So, whom does he rate as the better fast bowler in world cricket, Bumrah or Jofra Archer, whom, he’s coached at Sussex? “Look, you’re comparing completely different types of bowlers. It’s hard to split them. I’d probably cheekily throw in an Australian somewhere in the (list) as well! We just need to celebrate the fact that they’re just wonderful bowlers and they bring different skills to the table.
“As I said, I’m a cricket tragic, and I love watching fast bowlers. What Bumrah brings to the table is that he offers Virat Kohli so much. He can attack, he can be a defensive bowler. If Virat needs a wicket, he can throw the ball to Bumrah and something seems to happen,” said Gillespie.
“We’ve seen Archer perform well for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. It’s still very early in his career for England and he’s been entrusted with some tough situations like bowling the final over in the World Cup last year. So, he’s been trusted by his captain to bowl those difficult periods and he’s only going to be better for that,” he summed up.


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