Tiwary, Rayudu slam fifties as Mumbai finish league stage on top

Sport360 staff 14/05/2017

A much-changed Mumbai Indians managed to get the better of Kolkata Knight Riders by nine runs at the Eden Gardens on Saturday.

With this win, Mumbai have guaranteed themselves of finishing first in the league stage and will face either Sunrisers Hyderabad or Rising Pune Supergiant in Qualifier 1 at home on Tuesday.

Having already qualified for the playoffs, Mumbai decided to rest some of their key players as they made as many as five changes for the match.

Prior to this game, Saurabh Tiwary and Ambati Rayudu had played just one match between them in the entire season, but both batsmen were instrumental in building a foundation for Mumbai's win.

Tiwary, opening the innings, stuck around and played a gritty innings which saw him score 52 from 43 balls. The left-handed batsman formed two half-century partnerships; a 57-run stand with Rohit Sharma [27 off 21 balls] and then a 61-run stand with Rayudu.

Rayudu was, himself, in fine form as he slammed six fours and three sixes in his knock of 63 from just 37 deliveries. The 31-year-old was named as the Player of the Match for his efforts with the bat.

Mumbai would manage 173-5 in their 20 overs, with Trent Boult being the most impressive of the Kolkata bowlers. The New Zealand pacer picked up two wickets in his four-over spell.

In reply, the Knight Riders were dealt a big blow in the opening over when Tim Southee got rid of Sunil Narine for a duck.

Despite the loss of an early wicket, the Kolkata-based team kept attacking - a tactic that was probably used as an attempt to get their net run-rate over that of Mumbai's.

But the aggressive batting of the hosts didn't work as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. A number of Kolkata batsmen got starts, but none of them were able to kick on and play a match-winning knock.

Manish Pandey top scored for Gautam Gambhir's side with a run-a-ball 33.

On the other hand - Southee, Vinay Kumar, and Hardik Pandya picked up two wickets each for the visitors.

While Mumbai will play Qualifier 1, Kolkata will now have to travel to Bengaluru to play the Eliminator. If they win that, then they will have to play Qualifier 2, the winner of which will face the winner of Qualifier 1 in the final in Hyderabad.

BRIEF SCORES

Mumbai Indians 173-5, 20 overs [Rayudu 63, Tiwary 52, Boult 2-30] beat Kolkata Knight Riders 164-8, 20 overs [Pandey 33, de Grandhomme 29, Hardik 2-22] by nine runs.

Player of the Match - Ambati Rayudu.

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Hyderabad qualify for playoffs after comfortable win against Gujarat

Sport360 staff 13/05/2017

Sunrisers Hyderabad confirmed their place in the 2017 Indian Premier League [IPL] playoffs after a convincing eight-wicket win over Gujarat Lions at Green Park, Kanpur on Saturday.

Chasing a target of 155, the Sunrisers found themselves in a bit of trouble early on as they lost the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan [18 off 11 balls] and Moises Henriques [4 off 2 balls] with just 25 runs on the board.

Praveen Kumar, who had returned to the Gujarat line-up after sitting out a few matches, was brilliant with the new ball - picking up the two early wickets.

David Warner and Vijay Shankar, though, were on hand to rebuild the innings and guide the Hyderabad-based franchise to what was an easy victory in the end. The duo added an unbeaten 133-run stand which came from just 91 deliveries and somewhat incredibly included zero sixes. A sore finger kept Yuvraj Singh out of the match, but the void left by the Indian superstar was filled superbly by Shankar who notched up his first IPL fifty. The 26-year-old scored 63* from just 44 balls in a knock which included nine fours. At the other end, Warner continued to be at his consistent best as he managed to register yet another half-century. The Sunrisers captain top-scored with an unbeaten 69 from 52 balls. He also hit nine fours in his innings. Earlier, after being put into bat, Gujarat got off to the best possible start as openers Dwayne Smith and Ishan Kishan added a century partnership with both batsmen scoring fifties. Both Smith and Kishan have batted better when they've been asked to open the innings this season and it was no different here as they added 111 runs from just 65 deliveries as the Lions looked like they would pile on a huge total. But those hopes quickly disappeared as the dismissal of Smith for a 33-ball 54 brought about the worst batting collapse in the history of the IPL. Gujarat would lose all ten wickets over a period where they managed to score just 43 runs. In the end, the Lions were bowled out for just 154. Apart from Smith and Kishan, only one other batsman - Ravindra Jadeja [20* off 14 balls] - managed to reach double figures. Young fast bowler Mohammed Siraj was the most impressive bowler for the Sunrisers as he registered his career-best bowling figures in the IPL. The 23-year-old picked up four wickets and conceded 32 runs in his four-over spell. He took the key wickets of Kishan, who had scored 61 from 40 balls, and Suresh Raina in the same over which really swung the momentum of the match in favour of the defending champions. Unsurprisingly, Siraj was named as the Player of the Match at the end of the game. Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan continued his good run of form in the tournament as he took three crucial wickets in the middle overs. On the other hand, Bhuvneshwar Kumar strengthened his grip on the Purple Cap as he picked up two wickets at the end of the innings. The Sunrisers, having now qualified for the playoffs, will be keen to repeat last year's heroics when they were crowned champions. BRIEF SCORES Gujarat Lions 154 all out, 19.2 overs [Kishan 61, Smith 54, Siraj 4-32] lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad 158-2, 18.1 overs [Warner 69*, Shankar 63*, Praveen 2-22] by eight wickets. Player of the Match - Mohammed Siraj.

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Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and elected to bowl first against Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens.

For the hosts, Trent Boult replaces Chris Woakes as the English all-rounder has an ankle injury. On the other hand, Mumbai have made as many as five changes to their team.

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