IPL 2019: Pant trumps ton-up Rahane as Delhi Capitals beat Rajasthan Royals to go top

Ashish Peter 22/04/2019
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Pant plays match-winning knock. Image - @IPL/Twitter.

Delhi Capitals rode on a fine display from left-handers Rishabh Pant and Shikhar Dhawan to inflict a crushing six-wicket defeat on Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on Monday.

It was the fifth win in six games for Delhi in their 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign and it helped them leapfrog Chennai Super Kings to the top of the table.

Rajasthan had earlier posted a commanding 191-6 after a superb ton from Ajinkya Rahane along with a second consecutive fifty for skipper Steve Smith. However, Delhi stayed on top throughout the chase via half-centuries from Dhawan and Pant with the latter finishing off the match with a sumptuous six in the final over.

RAHANE’S RESPONSE TO CAPTAINCY AXE

Having lost the captaincy to Steve Smith, Rahane was a man transformed on Monday as he put his poor personal form behind him.

Rahane started slowly and his poor communication cost fellow opener Sanju Samson his wicket in the very first over. However, that disastrous run-out only spurred Rahane to finally release the shackles and take the attack to Delhi’s bowlers.

Every shot was coming off the middle of the bat for the right-hander who made the most of Ishant Sharma dropping a sitter when he was batting on 16 to bring up his second fifty of the campaign.

Having brought up his fifty off 32 deliveries, Rahane took another 26 balls to bring up his first IPL ton in seven years with his quick-fire 130 run stand with Smith paving the way for a daunting Rajasthan total.

Three sixes and 11 fours made it a boundary-laden innings from the India Test deputy who carried his bat.

TURNER’S HORROR IPL CONTINUES

While Rajasthan were going at over 10 runs an over when Rahane and Smith were going great guns, the dismissal of the latter saw them lose their tempo. A big reason for the Royals’ late stumble was the cheap dismissals of Ben Stokes and Ashton Turner whose poor IPL campaigns continued.

While Stokes was sent back for just eight, Australia batsman Turner bagged his third golden duck in a row with his maiden IPL campaign turning into a nightmare. Having impressed with his whirlwind knock of 84 against India at Mohali last month, plenty was expected from the big-hitting right-hander in the IPL but that has failed to happen.

On Monday, Turner chipped Ishant’s slower delivery straight into the hands of Sherfane Rutherford to make it a hat-trick of golden ducks in his first three IPL outings. He then went on to drop a straightforward catch of Prithvi Shaw in the field later, summing up his disastrous campaign so far.

PANT ON FIRE

Chasing a challenging 192, Delhi were given a flying start by veteran opener Dhawan who struck his second fifty in a row in blazing style. The left-hander took a liking to the pitch as he brought up his half-century off just 25 deliveries.

His swashbuckling innings while Prithvi Shaw was struggling at the other end ensured Delhi stayed ahead of the asking rate for the most part. Once Dhawan (54 off 27 balls) and skipper Shreyas Iyer departed in quick succession around the halfway mark, it was Pant who took control of the chase.

The young wicketkeeper-batsman had been guilty of failing to finish some straightforward chases earlier in the season but in Jaipur, he showed no signs of nerves in a terrific 78 from 36 balls. The southpaw struck four sixes during his knock.

BRIEF SCORES

Rajasthan Royals: 191-6

Ajinkya Rahane: 105 not out (63)

Steve Smith: 50 (32)

Delhi Capitals: 193-4

Rishabh Pant: 78 not out (36)

Shikhar Dhawan: 54 (27)

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IPL 2019: Chennai Super Kings look to arrest slide against resurgent Sunrisers Hyderabad

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Just a week after Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Chennai Super Kings by six wickets, the two teams meet again in the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday, this time at the home ground of the defending champions.

That win helped Sunrisers arrest their alarming slide of three defeats on the trot to reaffirm their play-off credentials. It also was the first victory for Hyderabad over Chennai in five meetings.

WARNER, BAIRSTOW KEY TO SRH’S RESURGENCE

Since beating Chennai at Hyderabad, Sunrisers have gone on to add another win to their tally following a nine-wicket demolition of Kolkata Knight Riders. Both wins were based on the solid foundation provided by openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow who have been the most formidable opening partnership in the 2019 IPL campaign by some distance.

The two batsmen have already added a staggering 786 runs between them in nine outings so far this year with their partnership being the cornerstone of several Hyderabad wins. Warner has been nothing short of sensational on his IPL return with the Aussie left-hander registering one ton and six half-centuries in his nine innings while Bairstow hasn’t been too far behind with a century and two fifties to his name already.

Hyderabad already have one of the best bowling units in the IPL at their disposal but they become even a more difficult side to beat when their openers get going.

CSK LOSING THEIR MOJO

While Hyderabad have added one more win to their kitty since beating Chennai, MS Dhoni’s men have faced another setback in the form of a one-run loss to bottom-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore.

CSK looked down and out in the clash before Dhoni’s unbeaten 48-ball 84 nearly took them across the finish line before eventually suffering a heartbreak off the final delivery of the match.

That loss, coupled with the one against Hyderabad, has taken some sheen of Chennai’s impressive run in the first-half of the campaign where they had emerged as the runaway leaders. Dhoni’s men still remain top of the pile despite the back-to-back defeats but the likes of Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals are now hot on their heels.

Momentum before the play-off battle eventually arrives will be crucial for all teams and CSK will want to get their campaign back on track as soon as possible. The loss against Bangalore completed a long stretch on the road for Dhoni and his men and they will enjoy playing at home.

TEAM NEWS

Chennai are still sweating over the fitness of veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh who has now missed the side’s four most recent outings due to a stiff neck.

LIKELY XIs

Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (c and wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Khaleel Ahmed

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IPL 2019 Fantasy Round 6: Avoid top England players, go big on Sunrisers Hyderabad and other tips

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David Warner (l) is in top form while Jonny Bairstow is set to leave. Image: BCCI/Sportzpics

It is the week that some international names start to the leave IPL 2019, which means selections become tricky.

Round six of the fantasy league which is run by Dream 11, official partners of IPL, is upon us and and we are here to help you make the right calls. With just five trades allowed for this round, here are our top tips.

TOP TIP FOR ROUND 6

Avoid top Englishmen and Delhi

England’s World Cup players are to leave the tournament before April 25, which means star names like Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes won’t be available while Jos Buttler has already left.

Jofra Archer and Sam Curran should be available for fantasy selection so choose wisely. Also, Sunrisers Hyderabad play three games this round while Delhi Capitals play just the one. So yes to David Warner and think twice about Rishabh Pant or Kagiso Rabada.

BATSMEN

Warner is in red-hot form in the IPL. Image credit - BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

Warner is in red-hot form in the IPL. Image credit – BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

David Warner (11 cr)

The Sunrisers Hyderabad opener is going at a million miles at the moment, failing to score a fifty just twice in nine innings. The southpaw is guaranteed to pile on more runs before he joins the Australian team at the end of the month.

Chris Gayle (10 cr)

The Caribbean icon has breezed to 421 runs from just nine innings with four fifties under his belt. The Kings XI Punjab batsman has turned back the clock in grand style and should be a safe choice. The sixes will continue to flow as long as he is there.

Virat Kohli (11.5 cr)

Desperate times for RCB mean skipper Kohli has cranked it up to 11. Bangalore can’t afford a single slip-up now, which means Kohli should get runs on board through sheer determination. Has been just below his best but still has a ton and two fifties so far.

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BOWLERS

Dale Steyn (8 cr)

The Royal Challengers have found a lethal weapon in their old acquisition. The South African veteran has picked up four wickets in two matches and looks good for many more given the nature of wickets this season.

Rashid Khan (9.5 cr)

With no word yet as to when Afghanistan players need to leave the IPL for World Cup preparations, chances are Rashid will play the three games for SRH. He only has nine wickets from nine games but that’s because batsmen are just playing him off. The wickets should come soon.

Imran Tahir (7.5 cr)

The Chennai leg-spinner is a must have in all teams and more so this round as the Super Kings are playing both their matches at home. He already has 16 scalps from 10 matches and should end up with loads more.

ALL-ROUNDERS

Andre Russell

Andre Russell (10 cr)

The Knight Riders all-rounder has hurt his wrist and has been in pain every time he has gone out to bat. But Russell continues to muscle those sixes out of the park. If he manages to preserve his wrist, fielders better get ready to retrieve the ball from the stands.

Ravindra Jadeja (8 cr)

A quiet performer this season for Chennai. Should relish the spinning conditions at the Chepauk. Hasn’t had many chances to bat but provides extra points for his stupendous fielding.

WICKETKEEPRS

MS Dhoni (9.5 cr)

The Chennai superstar almost pulled off an incredible win against RCB by hitting 84 off 48. Should get a shot at more dismissals keeping on a spinning Chennai pitch. His back is a concern but that has been the case for many seasons.

KL Rahul (10.5 cr)

The Kings XI opener has risen to the top tier of batsmen this IPL with a shade under 400 runs from 10 matches. Back with the keeper’s gloves so should get a chance to get a few dismissals under his belt.

Captain: David Warner

Vice-captain: KL Rahul

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