Live Cricket Blog: Kolkata hand Rajasthan a 'royal' thrashing

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10:00pm – Kolkata hand Rajasthan a ‘royal’ thrashing

While they have been dealt a blow with regards to Jos Buttlers, Rajasthan Royals problems have been compounded as the side slumped to a six-wicket defeat at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders. Dinesh Karthik’s men chased down the paltry total of 142 with two overs to spare in the end at the Eden Gardens. Read more about the match in our talking points from Kolkata’s big win.

9:00pm – Rajasthan Royals dealt huge bow as Jos Buttler is called up to Test squad

While Rajasthan Royals are currently involved in a battle with the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens, the news of Jos Buttler’s selection to the England Test squad for the Pakistan series will come as a huge hammer blow to the side as the tournament approaches its business end. The ongoing match against KKR could very well be Buttler’s last for the franchise this season. Read more about this developing story here.

8:00pm – Rajasthan Royals bowled out for 142 against Kolkata Knight Riders

In the IPL, Rajasthan Royals were motoring along nicely in their clash with Kolkata Knight Riders before Kuldeep Yadav’s four-wicket burst changed the momentum of the game. The Royals were batting on 134-8 after being made to bat first at the Eden Gardens. Stay updated with the latest ball-by-ball happenings from the match here.

7:30pm – Plenty at stake as Mumbai Indians take on Kings XI Punjab

Wednesday’s IPL fixture between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab will have a whole lot riding on its outcome. With five teams battling it out for two playoff spots, there are no margin of errors for most sides. Read more about this crazy scenario in our preview for the clash.

7:00pm – Jos Buttler rewarded for IPL form with England Test team recall

Performing well in the IPL can lead to a Test recall as Jos Buttler has just found out. The Rajasthan Royals star has been named in England’s 12-man squad for the Pakistan Test series after he registered five half-centuries on the bounce in the T20 competition.

6:40pm – Imam-ul-Haq’s unbeaten 74 leads Pakistan to a five-wicket win

In Dublin, Ireland’s maiden Test has ended in a defeat at the hands of Pakistan. Despite their early wobble, half-centuries from Imam-Ul-Haq and Babar Azam has handed the visitors a five-wicket win in Dublin. Check out our talking points from the historic Test here. See how Pakistan’s batsmen performed in our scorecard for the game.

6:10pm – Pakistan on track

Pakistan were on course for victory in Ireland’s inaugural Test in Dubin.

Chasing 160, Pakistan lost two early wickets but a half century from debutant Imam-ul-Haq settled the team’s nerves.

Catch all the live updates here.

6:00 pm – Kolkata bowl first in crucial encounter

Big game: Kolkata Knight Riders. Image: IPL/Twitter

A crucial match for Kolkata Knight Riders. Image: IPL/Twitter

Kolkata Knight Riders decided to bowl first in their crucial IPL match against Rajasthan Royals.

Both teams have six wins under their belts and are engaged in a five-way battle for two playoff spots.

For all the live action, click here.

5:30 pm – Vaughan in Twitter war over IPL

Former England captain Michael Vaughan and all-rounder Jade Dernbach engaged in a war of words over the IPL.

Dernbach accused Vaughan of ‘plugging’ the IPL and not give due credit to English cricket.

Read the full story here.

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Kevin O'Brien's century raises Ireland's hopes against Pakistan in Dublin Test

Waseem Ahmed 14/05/2018
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Ireland showed they belong at the Test level as they battled their way to a healthy lead at stumps on day four of the Dublin Test against Pakistan with Kevin O’Brien scoring the country’s maiden Test century.

Kevin etched his name into the history books with an unbeaten 118 to guide the hosts to 319/7 on the fourth day of the Dublin Test.

Pakistan were hoping for a quick finish to the encounter after fast bowler Mohammad Amir picked up his 100th Test wicket but Kevin had other ideas as he helped stretch the lead to 139 after the hosts were bowled out for 130 in the first essay.

GLORY FOR AMIR

The day started on an uncertain note for Pakistan quick Amir following a recurrence of his knee injury that forced him out of the attack on day three. He had to bowl cautiously but still had enough skill to move the ball around and get the nick off Gary Wilson’s bat to pick up his 100th Test wicket.

Amir became only the second left-arm fast bowler from Pakistan, after the legendary Wasim Akram, to reach three figures in Test bowling. However, his recurring foot injuries will be on the mind of Pakistan’s management, more than his record.

O’BRIEN AND THOMPSON HIT BACK

Six down for 157, the match seemed done and dusted. But Ireland showed that while they are making their Test debut, they know how to battle for long periods. The collective first-class experience of Ireland stands at 1,103 matches, which is substantially more than Pakistan’s 799.

That experience came into play as Kevin led a counter-attack along with Stuart Thompson (53) with the two adding 114 runs to not only take Ireland to safety but turn the tables on Pakistan.

O’Brien reached his century with a squeezed two off Amir to become just the fourth batsman to score a century in his country’s inaugural Test.

IRELAND SENSE SOMETHING SPECIAL

Test cricket is a funny game and Ireland will start to think of forcing the issue as they are 139 runs ahead with three wickets in hand. Ireland don’t have a lot to lose and given Pakistan’s inexperienced batting order that had been exposed in the first innings, they will line up for the final day’s play full of confidence.

O’Brien will get the license to throw his bat around on the last day to garner as many runs as possible and then look to put pressure on Pakistan.

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Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir overcomes knee trouble to pick up 100th Test wicket

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Pakistan left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir reached the 100 Test wicket mark during the fourth day’s play in the Dublin Test against Ireland.

Amir took to the field despite a persistent knee problem that forced him off the field late on Day Three. The pacer reached the milestone when he had Gary Wilson edge an away moving ball to Haris Sohail at second slip.

Amir became the second left-arm fast bowler from Pakistan after the legendary Wasim Akram to pick up 100 Test wickets. Akram reached the landmark in his 30th Test while Amir did so in his 31st.

However, the day had started on an uncertain note for Amir after bowling coach Azhar Mahmood admitted the team was concerned about the nature of his injury and overall workload.

“Unfortunately, he came back after five years (out) and since he came back he has played every format for us,” Mahmood had said.

“We have to manage his workload as well so maybe that’s a sign for us to in the future to see where he stands. We are working on that, and hopefully we can come up with something.”

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