IPL 2019: Dale Steyn set to return to RCB as a replacement for Nathan Coulter-Nile

Sudhir Gupta 12/04/2019
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Steyn is back in the IPL for the first time since 2016.

After going unsold in the last two auctions, Dale Steyn is set to return to the Indian Premier League (IPL) as a replacement for Royal Challengers Bangalore’s injured pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Steyn last played in the IPL in the 2016 edition with the now defunct Gujarat Lions although the pacer made only appearance over the course of that season. The South African ace pulled out of the 2017 edition subsequently after fracturing his shoulder in a series against Australia.

Steyn had put his hat in the IPL auction ring in 2018 and 2019 but went unsold both the times. Now, the 35-year-old is set to return to the franchise he played for between 2008 and 2010 with Coulter-Nile suffering from a stiff back.

The Australia pacer has not featured at all for RCB in the ongoing 2019 edition since returning from international duty with Steyn now set to take his place for the remainder of the season.

The Proteas ace had previously picked up 27 wickets in 28 appearances for Bangalore and he will now hope to revive the flailing fortunes of the franchise in 2019.

Virat Kohli and his men are stuck at the bottom of the league table after tasting defeats in all of their six games so far. Steyn is reportedly set to join the RCB squad on April 16, meaning he will not be available for the side’s upcoming fixtures against Kings XI Punjab on April 13 and against Mumbai Indians two days later.

The South African veteran pacer is expected to be available for Bangalore’s clash against Kolkata Knight Riders on April 19. Overall in the IPL, the pacer has claimed 92 scalps in 90 appearances with an economy-rate of just 6.72.

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Kagiso Rabada of Delhi Capitals. Image - @IPL/Twitter.

Delhi Capitals are looking to do the double over Kolkata Knight Riders as the two sides meet in a 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Eden Gardens.

Delhi had prevailed via a super over when the two sides met in the reverse fixture at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium with Kagiso Rabada playing a starring role.

KKR are currently in second spot in the IPL table with eight points from their six games while Delhi have two fewer points in as many matches.

Will Kolkata be able to keep pace with CSK at the top or will Delhi break into the top-four with a win? Find out by following the ball-by-ball updates from Eden Gardens below.

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IPL 2019: CSK skipper MS Dhoni cops fine for contesting no-ball call vs Rajasthan Royals

Sudhir Gupta 12/04/2019
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A monetary fine for MS Dhoni. Image credit - @IPL/Twitter.

Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee for remonstrating against the match officials’ decision on the field during his side’s tense win over Rajasthan Royals on Thursday.

In the final over of the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) clash held at Jaipur, Dhoni stormed into the field to protest an umpiring decision before his side ultimately prevailed by four wickets.

Dhoni was bowled by Ben Stokes off the third delivery of the final over before controversy erupted during the next ball. The England all-rounder bowled a high full-toss at new batsman Mitchell Santner, leading umpire Ulhas Gandhe to promptly signal for a no-ball for height.

However, square-leg umpire Bruce Oxenford overruled his colleague’s decision causing Dhoni to storm onto the pitch to signal his protest.

Chennai ultimately scored the 18 runs required to win off the final over with Santner smashing a last-ball six. At the end of the game, CSK coach Stephen Fleming admitted that Dhoni’s actions will be questioned for some time to come while Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler too was confused by the veteran wicketkeeper’s antics.

“I am not sure if that’s the right thing to do,” Buttler was quoted as saying by AFP.

“Obviously tensions are running high in the IPL and every run counts. It was a big moment in the game but whether stepping onto the pitch is quite right, probably not,” the Englishman added.

The loss left Rajasthan languishing in second-last spot in the IPL table while Chennai maintained their firm grip on top spot with what was their sixth win in seven games.

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