IPL Player of the Day - Nitish Rana (MI)

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Nitish Rana during his knock against the Gujarat Lions [Sportzpics]

The Indian Premier League [IPL], over the years, has given an opportunity to a lot of young Indian talents to make a name for themselves and Nitish Rana is the latest to come into the limelight.

The Mumbai Indians, chasing 177 against the Gujarat Lions, were in a spot of bother after losing Parthiv Patel without a run on the board.

In came Rana and the 23-year-old was lucky early on in his innings as he was dropped by Jason Roy when he was on nine. The drop proved to be costly for the Lions as the left-handed batsman made use of the opportunity that was presented to him.

Rana went on to score 53 from just 36 deliveries in a knock which included four fours and two sixes. This was his second half-century in this season’s IPL.

Unsurprisingly, Rana was named the Player of the Match as Mumbai won the contest by six wickets.

With 193 runs to his name in the tournament so far, Rana currently holds the Orange Cap as the leading run-scorer which is a huge indication of his brilliant form with the bat considering the world-class batsmen that are part of the IPL.

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Stokes, Thakur lead Rising Pune Supergiant to win

Sport360 staff 16/04/2017

Ben Stokes might not always justify the hefty price tag that he was bought for at the Indian Premier League [IPL] auction earlier this year, but he showed his worth with a splendid bowling performance against the Royal Challengers Bangalore [RCB] at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday.

The English all-rounder picked up three wickets and gave away only 18 runs in his four overs to guide Pune to just their second win of this season.

In fact, the crucial wicket of RCB captain Virat Kohli in Stokes’ first over was probably the turning point of the match as Kohli and AB de Villiers looked set to take the game away from the visitors.

Earlier in the day, Kohli had won the toss and put Pune into bat on what everyone thought was a very good wicket for batting. And it certainly looked that way when Supergiant’s openers Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi started off in a very attacking manner.

The duo brought up the 50-run stand in just five overs before the partnership was cut short on 63 by Samuel Badree who bowled Rahane.

MS Dhoni was promoted up the order to number four and the former India captain, along with Steve Smith, added 58 runs for the third wicket before both batsmen were dismissed in quick succession.

That brought about a significant collapse as Pune went from 127-2 to 130-7, losing five wickets for just three runs.

Adam Milne, who was playing his first game of the season, and local lad Sreenath Aravind were the most impressive of the bowlers for the Royal Challengers – with both accounting for two wickets each.

Pune, though, would get some momentum at the end of their innings as Manoj Tiwary managed to score 29 from just 11 deliveries, a knock which would go on to be a priceless one.

Defending 162, Supergiant fast bowler Shardul Thakur saw Kohli dropped off his second delivery but managed to get the scalp of Mandeep Singh in the same over.

The Royal Challengers seemed to have the required run-rate under control for the initial part of the chase, but the wicket of de Villiers in the 11th over changed the match on its head. Imran Tahir found sharp turn from the surface and Dhoni completed a lightening quick stumping to send the South Africa ODI captain back to the pavillion.

Now, at 70-3, the match looked evenly balanced but Kedar Jadhav and Shane Watson simply failed to get going which turned the match in Pune’s favour. The duo faced 40 deliveries between them and managed just one boundary.

Stuart Binny hit two fours and a six during his eight-ball 18, but the damage was already done as Smith and co. went on to win the game by 27 runs.

Pune have climbed up to sixth in the latest standings, with two wins from five matches while the Royal Challengers find themselves at the bottom spot with just one victory in the same number of games.

BRIEF SCORES

Rising Pune Supergiant 161-8, 20 overs [Tripathi 31, Rahane 30, Milne 2-27, Aravind 2-29] beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 134-9, 20 overs [De Villiers 29, Kohli 28, Stokes 3-18, Thakur 3-35] by 27 runs.

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IPL Preview: Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders

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Who will come out on top? [Sportzpics]

Two in-form teams – Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders – will face off in the early Indian Premier League [IPL] fixture on Monday at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

Going into the fixture, both sides will be high on confidence and will want to continue their winning ways in this year’s tournament.

Ahead of the match, we have the latest team news, time and date, as well as how you can watch all the action from the UAE.


DATE, TIME, VENUE INFO

Date: April 17, 2017 (Monday)

Time: 14:30 GST, 16:00 local time (IST), 10:30 GMT

Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi


WHERE TO WATCH, LIVE STREAMING INFO

TV: UAE – OSN Sports Cricket HD, India – Sony Six, Sony Six HD (English), Sony Max, Sony Max HD 3 (Hindi), UK – Sky Sports

Online streaming: hotstar.com, Hotstar app (in India only)

LIVE: Sport360.com.


TEAM NEWS, SQUADS, PREDICTED XIs

DD SQUAD: Mohammed Shami, Karun Nair, Sam Billings, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Zaheer Khan, Sanju Samson, Chris Morris, Carlos Brathwaite, Rishabh Pant, CV Milind, Khaleel Ahmed, Pratyush Singh, Angelo Mathews, Corey Anderson, Kagiso Rabada, Pat Cummins, Ankit Bawne, Aditya Tare, Murugan Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Shashank Singh, Ben Hilfenhaus.

The only area of concern for the Daredevils is the form of Karun Nair. The Indian batsman, following his triple century against England in December, has failed to find consistency in any form of the game.

The Delhi think-tank might be tempted to bring in Aditya Tare in place of Nair, but the former also failed to make an impact in the two IPL matches he has played in this season.

The four foreign players are unlikely to be changed as Sam Billings, Corey Anderson, Chris Morris, and Pat Cummins all impressed during their 51-run win over Kings XI Punjab on Saturday.

PREDICTED DD XI: Billings, Samson, Nair, Iyer, Pant, Anderson, Morris, Cummins, Mishra, Nadeem, Zaheer (c).

KKR SQUAD: Gautam Gambhir, Trent Boult, Darren Bravo, Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Colin de Grandhomme, Rishi Dhawan, Sayan Ghosh, Sheldon Jackson, Ishank Jaggi, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Rovman Powell, Ankit Rajpoot, R Sanjay Yadav, Shakib Al Hasan, Robin Uthappa, Chris Woakes, Suryakumar Yadav, Umesh Yadav.

Despite the injury to Chris Lynn, the Kolkata-based franchise seem to have a well-settled team with Sunil Narine being used as a pinch-hitter at the top of the order.

Shakib Al Hasan, who was an integral part of the KKR side in previous seasons, is yet to feature this year. His inclusion at the expense of Colin de Grandhomme could be the only change to the Knight Riders side.

PREDICTED KKR XI: Gambhir (c), Narine, Uthappa (wk), Pandey, Y Pathan, Shakib, SK Yadav, Woakes, Kuldeep, Umesh, Boult.


FORM

(Last five matches – with latest match first)

DD: W W L L W

KKR: W W L W L


MATCH PREDICTION

This is a very difficult match to call. Delhi have the home advantage, but Kolkata have been in top form during this year’s IPL and that sees us leaning towards a win for Gambhir’s side.

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