IPL 2019: Final shifted from Chennai to Hyderabad after failure to resolve issue of closed stands

Sudhir Gupta 22/04/2019
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IPL final to now be held in Hyderabad. Image - @IPL/Twitter.

The final of the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign will now be held in Hyderabad instead of Chennai after the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) failed to resolve the issue of the three empty stands.

While the final will now be held at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad on May 12, the Eliminator and second Qualifier clashes will now take place at Visakhapatnam. The Chepauk stadium in Chennai, meanwhile, will play host to the first Qualifier on May 7.

With Chennai Super Kings being the defending champions of the IPL, the Chepauk stadium had been earlier given the rights to host the final. However, three stands at the Chennai stadium have remained closed for spectators since 2012 after the TNCA failed to get the required fit certificate from the municipal corporation.

Following complaints from broadcasters, the BCCI and its Committee of Administration (CoA) had given Chennai Super Kings and TNCA one week to sort of the issue after a meeting of the IPL governing council in Delhi.

With the Chepauk authorities failing to get the requisite permission in time, it was Hyderabad which was declared as the final’s venue due to the Sunrisers finishing as the runners-up in 2018.

According to a report by ESPNcricinfo, the BCCI preferred Mumbai and Bengaluru as the venues for the playoffs but had to opt for Visakhapatnam due to a paucity of time as well as the fact that India’s general elections are currently ongoing.

PLAY-OFFS AND FINAL SCHEDULE

May 7, Tuesday

Qualifier 1 – Chennai

May 8, Wednesday

Eliminator – Visakhapatnam

May 10, Friday

Qualifier 2 – Visakhapatnam

May 12, Sunday

Final – Hyderabad

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Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer lauds Rishabh Pant for finishing the job vs Rajasthan

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Shreyas Iyer

Delhi Capitals climbed to the top of the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) table after seeing off Rajasthan Royals in a closely fought contest at Jaipur on Monday.

Shreyas Iyer’s men chased down a challenging total of 191 runs thanks to an inspirational performance from Rishabh Pant who scored a quick-fire 78 off just 36 balls.

Rajasthan captain Steve Smith was unhappy with how his team batted in the death and felt that his middle-order batsmen could have added some more crucial runs on the board.

The Australian spoke in admiration of Pant, who practically stole the game from under their noses.

“We thought we didn’t finish off well with the bat, they pulled things back with (Kagiso) Rabada in the death overs. We couldn’t quite get hold of their bowlers. The wicket played well throughout, one of the best in the tournament,” said Smith.

“They took our bowlers on in the powerplay and Shikhar (Dhawan) played a magnificent knock. Pant is a young lad and he did a terrific job as well.

“It’s always hard for the bowlers with the dew around. The wicket stayed the same throughout the 40 overs. You can try and get wickets with your best bowlers or keep them for the death overs. Delhi did that well with Rabada but for us (Jofra) Archer has bowled well for us throughout the tournament.”

Delhi’s young captain Iyer was delighted with the positive team atmosphere following a run of five wins in their last six matches and was full of praise for Pant staying unbeaten until the very end to finish the job.

“We are happy with our team is going. The positivity is spreading in the camp. We knew Royals are going to go all-out. Wicket was a belter and the way they started we thought they will score 200. (Ajinkya) Rahane batted brilliantly. Our bowlers contained well to restrict Royals,” Iyer explained.

“Ricky (Ponting) tells us that batsman who get starts should bat for a long time. Rishabh took that initiative and batted till the end. In the previous match, I was there till the end and Shikhar (Dhawan) did it too in one match,” he added.

Man-of-the-match Pant was delighted to have helped his team climb to the top of the table with what was only his second fifty of the 2019 IPL campaign.

“I am feeling lovely. To make your team win in an important match is a good feeling. I won’t lie, the (India World Cup squad) selection thought was running in my mind,” a visibly delighted Pant remarked.

“I focused on my process, I trusted my prowess and it worked for me. I knew how wicket was behaving and I took advantage of that. The most important things for our team is that everyone needs their role and we try to keep it simple.”

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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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