Sports http://www.theweek.in/news/sports.rss en Sat Oct 24 17:09:31 IST 2020 https://www.theweek.in/privacy-an-settlement.html ipl-2020-saha-warner-rashid-shine-in-srhs-88-run-win-over-dc <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/27/ipl-2020-saha-warner-rashid-shine-in-srhs-88-run-win-over-dc.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/sports/images/2020/10/27/rashid-khan-srh-iplt20-com.jpg" /> <p>Wriddhiman Saha stamped his class with a 45-ball 87 before Rashid Khan dished out a clinical bowling performance as Sunrisers Hyderabad kept themselves alive in the race for IPL play-offs with a whopping 88-run win over Delhi Capital, in Dubai on Tuesday.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Asked to bat first, splendid knocks by Saha (87), skipper David Warner (66) and Manish Pandey (44) powered Sunrisers to 219 for two.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Star spinner Rashid then led a fine bowling display to end with the impressive figures of 4-0-7-3, his best this season.</p> <p>The Afghan bowled an astonishing 17 dot balls in his quota of four overs, helping his side bowl out the Capitals for 131 in 19 overs.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Sunrisers (10 points) have now moved up to sixth from seventh position with this win, while the Capitals, who slumped to their third consecutive loss, were pushed down to the third spot with 14 points.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Chasing a stiff target, it was a rather ordinary performance by the the Capitals batsmen. Shikhar Dhawan (0) and Marcus Stoinis (5), who was elevated to number 3, perished in the first two overs.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ajinkya Rahane (26) and Shimron Heytmyer (16) quickly started the recovery work, stitching a 40 run stand, the highest for their team. The duo targeted Jason Holder, collecting 22 runs in the sixth over as Delhi reached 54 for two at the end of the Powerplay overs.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>However, Rashid dealt Delhi with twin blows, getting rid of both Rahane and Hetmyer in the seventh over. Skipper Shreyas Iyer (7) was next to depart as wickets continued to tumble at regular intervals.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Seven of Delhi's batsmen failed to reach double digits with Rishabh Pant (36) being the top scorer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>While Rashid was the pick of the bowlers for Sunrisers, Sandeep Sharma (2/27) and T. Natarajan (2/26) picked two wickets apiece. Vijay Shankar(1/11), Shahbaz Nadeem (1/8), Holder (1/46) took a wicket each.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Earlier, both openers Warner, who looked in good nick, and Saha, playing his second game of the season, went after the Delhi bowlers from the word go.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Fully capitalising on the field restrictions, the duo smashed boundaries (11 fours and two sixes) every over to collect 77-runs in the first six overs, the best Poweplay figures of the season.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Saha hammered the Capitals bowlers all around the park. The wicketkeeper batsman reached his fifty in style with a boundary. He plundered 12 fours and two sixes before pacer Anrich Nortje (1/37) dismissed him in the 15th over.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Pandey and Kane Williamson (11 not out) continued the assault on a listless Delhi bowling unit.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/27/ipl-2020-saha-warner-rashid-shine-in-srhs-88-run-win-over-dc.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/27/ipl-2020-saha-warner-rashid-shine-in-srhs-88-run-win-over-dc.html Tue Oct 27 23:20:30 IST 2020 kl-rahul-very-lucky-to-get-test-recall-manjrekar <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/27/kl-rahul-very-lucky-to-get-test-recall-manjrekar.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/india/2020/October/kl-rahul-kingsxi-punjab-pti.jpg" /> <p>Cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar feels K.L. Rahul is "very lucky" to be recalled to the Indian Test side on the basis of his performance in white-ball cricket and Indian Premier League (IPL).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Rahul, who has been in scintillating form in the ongoing IPL as he has scored 595 runs in 12 matches so far for Kings XI Punjab and holds the Orange Cap, has been named in the Test squad for the upcoming four-match Border-Gavaskar series against Australia to be played in December-January.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>According to Manjrekar, a bad precedent is set when a played is recalled for Test on the basis of his IPL performance and it "massively demotivates" those playing the Ranji Trophy.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"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 (sic)," Manjrekar, a veteran of 37 Tests and 74 ODIs, said in a</p> <p>tweet.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Incidentally, Rahul was dropped from India's Test squad after a forgettable series in West Indies last year, where he aggregated 101 runs from four innings. He was not even included even in the 'A' side for the tour of New Zealand earlier this year.</p> <p>Rahul has so far played 36 Tests for India in which he has scored 2,006 runs, including five hundreds and 11 half-centuries. He has also played 32 ODIs and 41 T20Is in which he has scored 1,239 and 1,461 runs respectively.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Australia tour will comprise three T20Is, three ODIs and four Test matches, expected to be played between November 27, 2020, and January 19, 2021. The official itinerary is, however, yet to be announced.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/27/kl-rahul-very-lucky-to-get-test-recall-manjrekar.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/27/kl-rahul-very-lucky-to-get-test-recall-manjrekar.html Tue Oct 27 20:35:57 IST 2020 gavaskar-calls-for-transparency-on-rohit-sharmas-injury <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/27/gavaskar-calls-for-transparency-on-rohit-sharmas-injury.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/sports/images/2020/10/1/rohit.jpg" /> <p>Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar has called for more transparency on the status of limited-overs' vice-captain Rohit Sharma's hamstring injury after he was seen practising at the Mumbai Indians' nets within hours of being left out of the squad for an upcoming tour of Australia.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The BCCI did not throw much light on Sharma's fitness and just stated that it is monitoring his progress while announcing the three teams for the Australia tour on Monday. On the same day, Sharma was seen practising at the Mumbai Indians nets.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"We are talking about the Test matches, which are a month and a half way. What actually is the problem with him will help everybody. And if he is practising in the nets for Mumbai Indians, then honestly I don't know what kind of injury it is," Gavasakar told IPL broadcaster Star Sports after the game between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders in Sharjah on Monday.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"I think a little bit of transparency, a little bit of openness about what actually is the problem with him will help everybody," he added.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The tour of Australia comprises three T20 Internationals, as many ODIs and four Tests. The series is scheduled to start on November 27.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Opener Mayank Agarwal, who too has missed out on the last two games for KXIP due to injury, was named in the Indian contingent for the tour.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"The Indian cricket fan deserves to know, more than anything else. The franchisees, I understand. They don't want to give their hand away. They don't want to give the oppositions any psychological advantage.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"But we are talking about the Indian team here. Even Mayank Agarwal for example. For an Indian cricket fan, they ought to know what happens to two of their key players, Gavaskar said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Sharma may not be in the India squad but there is a possibility that he will return to lead Mumbai Indians later in the IPL.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ahead of the CSK game on October 23, Mumbai Indians had said that Sharma had suffered a hamstring injury in the game against KXIP on October 18.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"Rohit Sharma has suffered left leg hamstring strain during Mumbai Indians' last outing. Rohit has made good progress over last four days, while the management is taking one day at a time monitoring the recovery process in consultancy with BCCI," the statement had read.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/27/gavaskar-calls-for-transparency-on-rohit-sharmas-injury.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/27/gavaskar-calls-for-transparency-on-rohit-sharmas-injury.html Tue Oct 27 19:59:39 IST 2020 ipl-2020-saha-warner-power-srh-to-219-2-against-delhi-capitals <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/27/ipl-2020-saha-warner-power-srh-to-219-2-against-delhi-capitals.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/sports/images/2020/10/27/wriddhiman-saha-iplt20-com.jpg" /> <p>Wriddhiman Saha stamped his class with a 45-ball 87 while captain David Warner hit a quick-fire half-century as Sunrisers Hyderabad posted a mammoth 219 for two against Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League, in Dubai on Tuesday.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Warner (66), who looked in great nick, and Saha, playing his second game of the season, laid the base for Sunriser's huge total, the highest score in Dubai this season, while Manish Pandey (44 off 31balls) provided the final flourish in the team's must-win game.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Sent in to bat, both Warner and Saha went after the Delhi bowlers from the word go. Fully capitalising on the field restrictions, the duo smashed boundaries (11 fours and two sixes) every over to collect 77 runs in the first six overs—the best Powerplay figures of the season.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In the sixth over, Warner smashed the tournament's leading wicket-taker Kagiso Rabada (0/54) for four boundaries and a six, helping the Sunrisers reach 100 runs in just 8.4 overs.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Till Warner was taking on the bowlers, Saha played the second fiddle to perfection. The Australian celebrated his 34th birthday with a half-century off just 25 balls, hitting two sixes and eight fours at the Dubai International Stadium.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To Delhi's relief, Ravichandran Ashwin (1/35) broke the 107-run opening stand in the 10th over as he dismissed danger man Warner, who was caught at extra cover by Axar Patel.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With Warner gone, Saha hammered the Capitals bowlers all around the park. The wicketkeeper batsman reached his fifty in style with a boundary. He plundered 12 fours and two sixes before pacer Anrich Nortje (1/37) dismissed him in the 15th over.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Pandey and Kane Williamson (11 not out) continued the assault on a listless Delhi bowling unit.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/27/ipl-2020-saha-warner-power-srh-to-219-2-against-delhi-capitals.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/27/ipl-2020-saha-warner-power-srh-to-219-2-against-delhi-capitals.html Tue Oct 27 22:09:43 IST 2020 dc-bowlers-have-enjoyed-each-others-success-axar-patel <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/27/dc-bowlers-have-enjoyed-each-others-success-axar-patel.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/sports/images/2020/10/27/dc-axar-patel-iplt20.jpg" /> <p>Delhi Capitals’ bowling all-rounder Axar Patel is proving his worth every bit in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League. The franchise had paid a whopping Rs 5 crore for the tall Gujarati left-arm spinner in 2019 and retained him in 2020. Patel has played a crucial role with&nbsp;both the bat and ball; he has been involved in finishing games for DC―his clean hitting lower down the order has been faultless and key to the team’s successes. His economy rate has been a fine at 5.78 thus far. Bowling a tight line, he has been the perfect foil to off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin―being effective while restraining batsmen and flighting the ball enough to force them to make mistakes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The 26-year-old has been unlucky to miss the boat when selectors announced the tour squads for the series against Australia on Monday evening. His India career has taken a bit of a hit due to injury and the resurgence of Ravindra Jadeja. He has been part of the India A shadow tours last season though. It hasn’t helped that the last two years or so have seen the Indian team management go with leg-spin options in the shorter formats.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Patel spoke with THE WEEK about his bowling, playing for Delhi Capitals and how he is working towards resurrecting his Team India career. Excerpts:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>What has been your approach to the IPL this season, coming as you were from a break?</b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Cricket is happening after a long time―due to the lockdown and other restrictions. Coming back to the field after a break, the mind and body both were fresh. [I] just kept the thought process normal. I have to bowl according to my strengths. I have been playing the IPL for 6-7 years now, I am aware what is needed. [I] just focussed on my practice and fitness.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I could manage to train a little bit post-lockdown as the reopening happened. I got two weeks post lockdown, where I focussed a lot on fitness training. So once the reopening happened and camp started here in Dubai, I could focus mostly on skill work. Three weeks here in Dubai too I got good chance to train, practice on centre wicket. It went well, there was no issue of lack of confidence or practice.</p> <p><b>How tough has it been bowling in these conditions given the dew?</b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you are bowling second, there is quite a bit of dew. Sharjah is a good wicket but small ground so there are a lot of challenges. Dubai, Abu Dhabi grounds were bigger than [the ones] in India. So, you could have a slightly bigger margin of error; give more flight to the ball, bowl a bit more slowly, try to get the batsman to play the wrong shot. I knew of the challenges posed by the Sharjah wicket and ground, but the key is to execute your plans well, have a positive mindset. In practice, too, we had prepared accordingly, so it wasn’t difficult to adjust.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Would you say DC has the best bowling unit in IPL?</b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We have prepared well for all situations. The bowling unit is experienced and has variety which makes a difference and we are able to do well as a bowling unit. The last two years, the bowlers more or less have been the same, we are enjoying each other’s success, backing each other’s plans. That is what I like―we are exchanging suggestions. This has helped us a lot.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>As a bowling all-rounder, you have made useful contributions with the bat, too. But there has been a phase where Team India preferred to go with leg-spin over finger-spin. How did you deal with it?</b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Yes, that phase was their where they preferred leg spin. I, too, was with the team and other spinners but then unfortunately I got injured in the Asia Cup and Ravindra Jadeja got chance to return to the team. If someone is doing well you can’t help it, I just told myself in that phase that I need to give my best. I was in India A meanwhile. This has helped a lot, I got a chance to be in a team environment and experience bowling away from home. I focussed on process. I did feel a bit bad about it but i told myself its not in my control.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>How crucial is IPL for you?</b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>There [has been] no domestic cricket, this is the only big tournament so far. Last 2-3 years you see some youngster emerging from the IPL―it is a big competition and you know if you do well here you can come into notice. I took it like that. This year and this competition is very important for me. You won’t get a better platform to prove yourself. But I didn't take it as pressure. Just look to perform well.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Have you enjoyed batting despite coming lower down the order and hitting cleanly?</b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The number at which I come, there are not many balls left, it’s a pressure situation. So I practice accordingly. I look to watch the ball and hit from the word go. I take it as an opportunity to become a hero. My mindset is to hold the shape of ball, remain calm. Last few years, I have been with the Indian team and the IPL. I spent time with players like M.S. Dhoni and Virat Kohli and other international players. I feel I have learnt from the previous phase and am looking not to repeat the mistakes I made earlier. The key is how to remain calm and handle pressure better.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>How have senior spinners in DC like Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra helped you?</b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In Kings XI Punjab, too, we were together, we bonded well and discussed bowling. They would tell me how to vary pace, where to pitch, talk to me between overs. The understanding is very good between us. Bowling in tandem feels really good, there is a good partnership between me and Ashwin and I really enjoy it.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/27/dc-bowlers-have-enjoyed-each-others-success-axar-patel.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/27/dc-bowlers-have-enjoyed-each-others-success-axar-patel.html Tue Oct 27 17:25:33 IST 2020 give-me-14-days-with-your-wife-marlon-samuels-to-ben-stokes-in-abusive-post <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/27/give-me-14-days-with-your-wife-marlon-samuels-to-ben-stokes-in-abusive-post.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/sports/images/2020/10/27/stokes-samuels-file.jpg" /> <p>West Indies cricketer Marlon Samuels went on an abusive rant against England cricketer Ben Stokes on social media, even dragging the latter’s wife into the matter implying that she could spend 14 days with him and he would turn her Jamaican in 14 seconds.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“No white boy could diss me in the sports and no get back diss look at this b*tch still thinking about me give me 14 days with you wife turn har into Jamaican in 14 seconds mate none of yall knows me that simple means it’s my f***ing superior skin tone (sic),” he wrote on his Instagram stories, responding to a post by ESPNcricinfo.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Samuels’ response is over Stokes’ earlier interaction on an IPL podcast in which the New Zealand-born player joked that he wouldn’t wish the 14-days quarantine on his worst enemy. At this, his brother had asked if he wouldn’t wish it even on Marlon Samuels, and Stokes said no.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The rivalry between the two cricketers goes back to 2015 when Samuels had dismissed Stokes during a Test match in Grenada and sent him off with a mock salute. Things heated up once again in 2016 during the T20 World Cup final when the England cricketer made some comment to Samuels.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>During the recent podcast with Test Match Specials (TMS), Stokes was asked about undergoing quarantine while visiting his ailing father in New Zealand halfway through the Test series against Pakistan and also upon reaching Dubai for the Indian Premier League.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“You get off the plane, get your bag, walk out and get told what hotel to go to. There’s no choice, it’s pot luck whether you get a good hotel or not. The government have chosen certain hotels to be the quarantine hotels,” the 29-year-old said.<br> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“I posted a few Instagram stories and some of the England boys were messaging me asking what it’s like and I was saying it wasn’t the most enjoyable thing you ever have to do, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy,” he added.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“I text my brother saying the same thing, and my brother asked: ‘You wouldn’t even do that to Marlon Samuels?’ I said ‘no, it’s that bad’ – that’s how tough it was,” the Rajasthan Royals player joked.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Samuels, however, chose to respond to the banter in the most disgraceful way by dragging Stokes wife into the matter. In another post, he also targetted Australian legend Shane Warne.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“ICC cricketing world ben b*tch stokes Shane b*tch warn and a few b*tch west Indians cricketers who sell out sextillion7thpower nothing to f*ck with my army bigger and we richer (sic),” he wrote in the post, captioning it ‘yes I am the bad guy so what!’.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Many on social media found Samuels’ abusive post sickening and called him out for being racist and his unruly behaviour.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Stokes has not responded to Samuels’ vile rant yet.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/27/give-me-14-days-with-your-wife-marlon-samuels-to-ben-stokes-in-abusive-post.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/27/give-me-14-days-with-your-wife-marlon-samuels-to-ben-stokes-in-abusive-post.html Tue Oct 27 16:27:05 IST 2020 stay-not-out-in-every-game-mandeep-recalls-late-fathers-wish-after-unbeaten-fifty <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/27/stay-not-out-in-every-game-mandeep-recalls-late-fathers-wish-after-unbeaten-fifty.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/sports/images/2020/10/27/mandeep-singh-kxip-pti.jpg" /> <p>Kings XI Punjab opener Mandeep Singh, who is grieving the recent death of his father, said he is glad to have fulfilled one of his wishes in the ongoing IPL―remaining unbeaten while steering the side to a win.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The 28-year-old scored 66 off 56 balls and partnered the explosive Chris Gayle in a 100-run stand that helped KXIP chase down 150 against Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“My father used to tell me that ‘you should remain not out in every game’ and that is what I wanted to do today,” Mandeep told the IPL’s official website.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“Even before the game I spoke to Rahul ‘let me play my game, even if I take few balls I can win games for the team’. I think my father would be really happy that I finished the game,” he said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mandeep’s father, Hardev Singh, died on Friday after battling a liver ailment at a Mohali hospital. The cricketer was lauded by no less than Sachin Tendulkar for playing on despite the tragedy.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Gayle and Mandeep ensured that KXIP jumped to the fourth spot by registering their fifth win on the trot.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“Chris (Gayle) makes the game so easy and I told him that you should never retire. I’ve never seen him struggle, and he’s probably the greatest T20 player ever,” Mandeep said after the eight-wicket win over KKR in Sharjah.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Gayle was adjudged man-of-the-match for his whirlwind knock, his second fifty in five matches.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“Like I said, he should never retire, he’s always in great touch. I’ve been lucky that I’ve played with the likes of Chris Gayle, AB (de Villiers), (Adam) Gilchrist, Virat Kohli...</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“I started with Chris Gayle in KKR in 2010. I’ve been very fortunate to know him as a friend. He’s so humble, down-to-earth,” Mandeep said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mandeep has shown exceptional mental toughness by staying back in the UAE despite losing his father and was given the responsibility of opening the innings in the absence of an injured Mayank Agarwal.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>He made a quick 17 against Sunrisers Hyderabad but on Monday he stayed till the end to take the team through.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“I opened in the last game as well, they wanted me to have a go in the first six overs,” Mandeep said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“I told KL Rahul that let me play my game, even if I take a few balls, I know I have the belief that I can win games for the team. That’s what I did.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“I took some balls initially, but even in the middle overs, I was thinking that if I bat till the end I will win this game for the team,” he said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>KXIP, who had earlier lost five in a row, scripted a brilliant comeback and will face Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings in their remaining two games.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mandeep said KXIP were a bit unlucky initially but they always had the self belief.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“We were a bit unlucky as well initially, but we were playing some good cricket from the start but we need to finish games, whether in batting or bowling,” he said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“It's just the self-belief that we showed in the last few games, that no matter what we have to keep fighting in every game. I think that's about it. Now a bit of luck is also favouring us and we are really happy.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mandeep also showered praise on young leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi, who initially turned it around for KXIP with the prized-scalp of KKR skipper Eoin Morgan.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Morgan was looking in ominous form with a 25-ball 40 in an entertaining partnership with Shubman Gill (57) but his departure dented their progress.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“He (Bishnoi) has a big heart. And I remember when I came to the IPL first time in 2010, I was very nervous and couldn't even talk to senior players. He's just playing as if he's playing his fifth IPL. The loss took KKR out of the top-four but opener Gill said they have it in them to qualify,” he said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“I think we still have two more matches to go and we are pretty confident that we will be able to qualify for the play-offs.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>KKR opener Gill said Morgan’s wicket was the game-changer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“It was not just our day. Our batsmen got out early to some good balls. I think in the middle overs, we were still going well with 92/3 but after Morgan’s wicket, we just lost momentum,” he said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“I think we were 15 to 20 runs short. In the middle overs, we’re not able to rotate the strike, if we were able to do that we would have got 20-25 runs more than this wicket.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>KKR will play CSK on Thursday before their final league match against Rajasthan Royals on Sunday.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/27/stay-not-out-in-every-game-mandeep-recalls-late-fathers-wish-after-unbeaten-fifty.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/27/stay-not-out-in-every-game-mandeep-recalls-late-fathers-wish-after-unbeaten-fifty.html Tue Oct 27 14:23:27 IST 2020 team-india-support-staff-member-tests-positive-for-covid-19 <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/27/team-india-support-staff-member-tests-positive-for-covid-19.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/sci-tech/2020/april/BCCI-headquarters-in-Mumbai-cricket-.jpg" /> <p>A support staff member of the Indian cricket team management tested positive for the coronavirus, marking the first case of COVID-19 to hit the national side. Reports said the member of the support staff was kept under quarantine.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The staff member who was supposed to join the team in Dubai on Sunday ahead of the upcoming Australia tour will now quarantine for 14 days before travelling.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“The support staff member has been kept under quarantine and only after his test turns negative will he be allowed to join the team in Dubai,” a source in the BCCI was quoted as saying as per a report by <i>Indian Express</i>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Team India head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Vikram Rathour, fielding coach R. Sridhar and manager Girish Dongre are said to have reached Dubai on Sunday to enter the bio-bubble before the Australian tour.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>India will tour Australia later in November and play four Test matches, three ODIs and three T20Is following the conclusion of the Indian Premier League in the UAE. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the squads for the Test, ODI, and T20I series on Monday.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This will be India’s first international tour during the pandemic.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Rohit Sharma has been ruled out for the tour due to a hamstring injury. K.L. Rahul, who has been impressive in the IPL so far, will feature in the Test format while Varun Chakravarthy earned his maiden call-up for the national team. Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kartik Tyagi, Ishan Porel, and T. Natarajan are the four extra bowlers who have been included in the contingent to Australia. Hanuma Vihari and Cheteshwar Pujara have also arrived at Dubai to enter the bio-bubble ahead of the tour.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/27/team-india-support-staff-member-tests-positive-for-covid-19.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/27/team-india-support-staff-member-tests-positive-for-covid-19.html Tue Oct 27 12:37:32 IST 2020 dc-vs-srh-delhi-capitals-eye-play-off-berth-in-clash-against-sunrisers-hyderabad <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/27/dc-vs-srh-delhi-capitals-eye-play-off-berth-in-clash-against-sunrisers-hyderabad.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/sports/images/2020/10/4/dc-kkr-iplt20-com.jpg" /> <p>Delhi Capitals would look to complete the unfinished business and seal their place in the play-offs when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in a crucial Indian Premier League match in Dubai on Tuesday.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Two back-to-back defeats against Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab must be hurting but DC need to shrug it off and add two points to take their tally to 16, which will elevate them to the top of the table.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>On the other hand, Sunrisers’ hopes to reach the play-offs are hanging by a thread. David Warner and his men occupy the penultimate spot with eight points from 11 outings.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To reach the qualifiers they must win their remaining three games and hope all other results go their way.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Capitals possess an explosive batting department as well as a formidable bowling unit. They have not been dependent on any one person, as different players have raised their hands at different points of time to deliver the goods for the team.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>However, apart from Shikhar Dhawan, the Delhi batsmen have been very inconsistent in the last three games.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In the win against CSK, Dhawan, who scored a century, did the heavy lifting with the bat.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The senior opener again notched up a hundred against KXIP but with no substantial contributions from the other batsmen Delhi lost the game.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Against KKR, the Delhi batsmen crumbled under pressure, managing to put up only 139 runs in 20 overs while chasing 194.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Opener Prithvi Shaw, who has been going through a lean patch, was replaced by Ajinkya Rahane but to no avail as the senior Indian player perished without opening his account.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer have also struggled since their return to the playing XI.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The South African pace duo of Kagiso Rabada (23 wickets) and Anrich Nortje (14) has been exceptional. Tushar Deshpande and Ravichandran Ashwin's performance has been erratic in recent matches, while Axar Patel has done well to suffocate the opposition teams.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Sunrisers head into the clash after a demoralising loss. Chasing a modest 127 against KXIP, the complexion of the match changed following the dismissal of openers Warner and Jonny Bairstow in quick succession.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The former champions lost five wickets in the final two overs to suffer a humiliating defeat.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The team heavily relies on its batting unit, mainly on Bairstow, Warner and Manish Pandey. Vijay Shankar did well in the win against Rajasthan Royals but couldn't replicate his performance against KXIP.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The bowling unit strengthened by the inclusion of Jason Holder was outstanding in the previous game and skipper Warner will desperately hope they put up a similar display against Delhi.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Orange Army will also take confidence from the fact that they defeated Delhi earlier in the tournament.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Match starts at 7.30pm IST.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Teams (from):</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (c), Kagiso Rabada, Marcus Stoinis, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Alex Carey, Mohit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Lalit Yadav, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Tushar Deshpande, Rishabh Pant, Harshal Patel, Keemo Paul, Amit Mishra, Anrich Nortje, Daniel Sams.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (C), Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Shreevats Goswami, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Wriddhiman Saha, Abdul Samad, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Jason Holder, Abhishek Sharma, B Sandeep, Sanjay Yadav, Fabian Allen, Prithvi Raj Yarra, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddharth Kaul, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/27/dc-vs-srh-delhi-capitals-eye-play-off-berth-in-clash-against-sunrisers-hyderabad.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/27/dc-vs-srh-delhi-capitals-eye-play-off-berth-in-clash-against-sunrisers-hyderabad.html Tue Oct 27 11:37:23 IST 2020 ipl-2020-gayle-mandeep-guide-kxip-to-8-wicket-win-over-kkr <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/26/ipl-2020-gayle-mandeep-guide-kxip-to-8-wicket-win-over-kkr.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/sports/images/2020/10/26/mandeep-gayle-iplt20-com.jpg" /> <p>Kings XI Punjab continued their red-hot form, humbling Kolkata Knight Riders by eight wickets in their IPL 2020 match in Sharjah today. With their fifth consecutive win, they jumped to the fourth position on the points table.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Chasing 150 to win, Mandeep Singh (66* off 56 balls) and Chris Gayle (51 off 29 balls) put on 100 runs off 61 balls for the second wicket to snuff out any hopes that KKR had of making a match out of it. Skipper K.L. Rahul chipped in with 28. Though KKR bowlers, especially the spin duo of Sunil Narine (0/27) and Varun Chakravarthy (1/34), tried to dry up the runs in the middle overs, Gayle's counterattack (two fours, five sixes) tilted the match decisively in KXIP's favour.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Earlier, the Punjab bowlers dished out a disciplined show, especially at the back-end, to restrict KKR to a modest 149/9.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mohammed Shami (3/35) was the pick of the KXIP bowlers while leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi (2/20) and Chris Jordan (2/25) claimed two wickets apiece to put brakes on KKR who were invited to bat first.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>After a familiar jittery start, KKR got the momentum going with opener Shubman Gill (57 off 45 balls) and skipper Eoin Morgan (40) firing all cylinders inside the Powerplay.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>But Jordan pulled things back for his team by brilliantly mixing up his slow deliveries, while Bishnoi took the prized scalp of Morgan after KKR reached 54/3 inside the Powerplay.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Morgan holed out to Murugan Ashwin at deep square leg as Bishoi ended the freeflowing partnership for 81 runs from 47 balls and from then onwards KKR struggled to get going.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Earlier, KKR had another messy start and looked in deep trouble at 10/3 inside two overs after Shami's exceptional first over. Opener Nitish Rana got out for a golden duck and Shami dismissed Rahul Tripathi (7) and Dinesh Karthik (0) in the space of three balls.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>(With PTI inputs)</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/26/ipl-2020-gayle-mandeep-guide-kxip-to-8-wicket-win-over-kkr.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2020/10/26/ipl-2020-gayle-mandeep-guide-kxip-to-8-wicket-win-over-kkr.html Mon Oct 26 23:40:00 IST 2020