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Update IPL 2020: Post match news updates/points Table

IPL 2020: Dhoni and CSK return in style as Rayudu, Du Plessis fifties trump MI in opener

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The wait for MS Dhoni fans to see the man in action once again was worth it as his side Chennai Super Kings exacted revenge on defending champions Mumbai Indians of last year’s final defeat in IPL 2020 season opener in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

Chasing a decent target of 163, Ambati Rayudu quietly joined the party to turn it into his own by smashing a 48-ball 71 runs (three 6s and four boundaries) to take the game away from the Rohit Sharma-led side at the fan-less Sheikh Zayed stadium.

The 34-year-old right-hander was duly supported in the chase by no.3 Faf du Plessis, who held one to other end to score 54 runs off 43 balls after the CSK top-order collapsed within the first two overs.

Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson (4 off 5) was the first to fall to Trent Boult, who hit the Aussies backfoot plum with an inswinger.

Opener Murali Vijay, who seemed like a fish out of the water with his shaky footwork, was trapped lbw by James Pattinson from the other end for a solitary run.

This was followed by a match-setting 84-ball 115-run stand between Rayudu and du Plessis.

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IPL 2020 | None of our batsmen carried on for us: Rohit Sharma after five-wicket defeat in opener

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Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma on Saturday blamed his batsmen for the five-wicket loss to Chennai Super Kings in the IPL opener, saying they wasted a good start and would need to come out smarter to bounce back in the next match.

Put into bat, Mumbai Indians were going strong at 85 for 2 at one stage but couldn't get the partnership going to eventually post 162 for 9 in their stipulated 20 overs.

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma on Saturday blamed his batsmen for the five-wicket loss to Chennai Super Kings in the IPL opener, saying they wasted a good start and would need to come out smarter to bounce back in the next match.

Put into bat, MI were going strong at 85 for 2 at one stage but couldn't get the partnership going to eventually post 162 for 9 in their stipulated 20 overs.

CSK then returned to chase down the target, scoring 166 for 5 with four balls to spare, courtesy Ambati Rayudu's blistering 71 and Faf du Plessis unbeaten 58.

"None of our batsmen carried on for us, like du Plessis and Rayudu did for CSK. I think we were 85 in the first 10 overs. Credit to the CSK bowlers, they bowled well at the end to pull back things. Something for us to learn," Rohit said in the post-match presentation.

"Still early days. We all want to start really well, it's crucial in this tournament where momentum is important. Few things for us to learn from this game, we did make few mistakes. Hopefully we'll rectify those and come out smarter in the next game."

Rohit said his team need to adapt to the conditions better.

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Stoinis trumps Agarwal as Delhi Capitals clinch Super Over thriller

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A game of stunning cameos and see-sawing fortunes came down to a contentious short-run call at the fag end of KXIP's chase that led to the first Super Over of IPL 2020. It may have been but a footnote had Punjab prevailed, but the KL Rahul-led team posted the lowest Super Over score in IPL history - 2 - and Delhi Capitals coasted to a serene win in a wild, wild game.

Marcus Stoinis and R Ashwin's memorable debuts for the Capitals nearly went in vain as Mayank Agarwal led a stunning counter. But with twin strikes off the final two deliveries - when the scores were levelled - Stoinis led Delhi's comeback for the second time in the game to force a Super Over, which unfolded rather underwhelmingly.

Punjab had most things going their way - Mohammed Shami was exceptional with the new ball and debutant Ravi Bishnoi was equally good with his choke game in the middle overs. But their death bowling went haywire. Stoinis made merry and left them with a tough 158 to chase. A top-order collapse considerably dented KXIP's chances up front, but Agarwal changed the script almost single-handedly with his 60-ball 89.


'Umpire should have been man of the match': Virender Sehwag on short-run call during DC vs KXIP

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Former Indian batsman Virender Sehwag has criticised the controversial short-run call, which proved to be a game-changer during the second game of the IPL 2020 between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab.

The game between the two North Indian franchises saw a dramatic end as the Capitals beat Kings XI in the Super Over, following a tied-match after DC's Marcus Stoinis defended one run in the final three deliveries of the innings.

However, it could've been a different story had the on-field umpires not made the controversial short-run call during the 19th over of the KXIP innings.

On the third delivery of the over, Mayank Agarwal sliced a full-toss delivery to the extra-cover region and picked up two runs. It was called a short-run after non-striker Chris Jordan presumably didn't land the bat on the ground before taking off for a second run.

The replays, however, showed that Jordan had landed the bat inside the crease.


Rabada creates Super Over record, Rahul becomes KXIP's 12th captain: All records from DC vs KXIP

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The momentum seesawed between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab throughout before the latter looked in prime position to seal the game, only for Marcus Stoinis to step up and defend one run in three deliveries to take the game to Super Over, and Rabada effectively winning the match for the Capitals with his lethal bowling.

The game between DC and KXIP saw the first Super Over of IPL 2020, as it rode on incredible performances from Marcus Stoinis (53 off 21 deliveries, 2/28) and Mayank Agarwal (89 off 60 deliveries), with significant contributions from the likes of Mohammed Shami, Axar Patel and Kagiso Rabada.

Kagiso Rabada has bowled the most economical super over in the history of the Indian Premier League, conceding only two runs. He dismissed KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran off consecutive deliveries in the over, before Rishabh Pant hit the winning runs for DC in the chase.

KL Rahul has become the fifth batsman to play as a captain, a wicketkeeper and an opening batsman in a match. Before him, Adam Gilchrist, Brendon McCullum, Kumar Sangakkara and Parthiv Patel have played the three roles in the same match. In the current edition of the tournament, KL Rahul is one of the three wicketkeeper-captains in the side - the others being MS Dhoni (CSK) and Dinesh Karthik (KKR).


Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad: Yuzvendra Chahal-inspired RCB make impressive comeback as SRH succumb under pressure

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Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) made a winning start to their IPL 2020 campiagn and snatched a win from the jaw of defeat to stun Sunrisers Hyderabad. Leg-sinner Yuzvendra Chahal took back to back to wickets in the 16th over to open a floodgate of wickets for his team as RCB defended their 164-run target to win by 10 runs. SRH were once crusing at 121 for 2 in 15 overs and were just 43 runs away from a comfortable win.

After unluckily losing their captain David Warner (6) through a runout at non-striker's end, Jonny Bairstow (61) and Manish Pandey (34) accumulated 71 runs together to make SRH's run-chase an easy one. Things were just in control when Yuzvendra Chahal, RCB"s trump-card took 2 consecutive wickets to bring back the pressure on SRH. Chahal deceived dangerous looking Bairstow and bowled him before ripping apart Vijay Shankar's (0) on the next delivery.

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IPL 2020: RCB debutant Devdutt Padikkal scored a fifty in first-class, List A, T20 and now IPL debut

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After the Royal Challengers Bangalore lost the toss and were put in to bat by the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday, most people were expecting Aaron Finch and the skipper Virat Kohli to come out on the Dubai International Stadium pitch to open the innings.

But instead there was a lanky 20-year-old debutant Devdutt Padikkal who was given the opportunity along with Aaron Finch.

While, we are used to watching the Australian go inside out from the start, and since he had just recently done that exceedingly well in England, it was a given that he would be the dominant batsman.

By the end of 10 overs, Finch was batting on 28 off 24 balls, while Padikkal had blasted away to his maiden IPL fifty.

In the process, the young batsman also made a distinction as he had previously scored half-centuries in his first-class, List A and T20 debut.

The batsman finally was dismissed after a 56 off 42 balls against the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday, but he had set the platform for the RCB. They were 90/0 in 10.5 overs before he was clean bowled by Vijay Shankar.

He did have luck on his side as he was dropped twice before close to the boundary ropes before going onto hit that maiden fifty.

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Sanju Samson puts in all-round show in RR’s big win over MS Dhoni’s CSK

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Rajasthan Royals have begun their Indian Premier League campaign with a commanding win over two-time champion Chennai Super Kings in a high scoring game that produced over 400 runs at the iconic Sharjah Stadium on Tuesday.

The day belonged to Sanju Samson, who made a big claim for Indian wicket-keeping spot with a marauding 32-ball 74 and backed it up with four dismissals from behind the stumps including two stumps.

It was surely not the best of days for Chennai Super kings, who put on a shambolic show in batting as well despite some early firework from Shane Watson. The Aussie, who scored 33 off 21, gave the best possible start to the Men in Yellow by taking the side past 50 inside the powerplay.

However whatever hope CSK had, went away with the fielding restrictions as an unlikely hero in Rahul Tewatia put an end to Watson’s cameo. To the respite of RR, the dangerous-looking Oz was clean bowled by a sharp delivery from the Rajasthan left-arm orthodox.

He was soon followed by Murali Vijay (21 off 21), who could only curse himself for not banking on a good start, whose wild slog off Shreyas Gopal was caught comfortably by Tom Curran. This brought upon further panic as Tewatia claimed two further scalps in Sam Curran (17 off 6) and Ruturaj Gaekwad (0 off 1), who were easy stumping opportunities for first innings star Samson behind the wicket.

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'This is not what you call leading from front': Gambhir slams MS Dhoni for batting at no.7 against RR

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Chennai Super Kings' batting strategies raised a few questions during the match against Rajasthan Royals in the fourth match of the Indian Premier League. Chasing the target of 217, CSK sent Sam Curran at number four in the order, and captain MS Dhoni arrived at number seven.

When Dhoni arrived, CSK needed 103 runs to win from 38 deliveries, meaning that the batsman had no time to settle on the crease. However, Dhoni only went for the hits in the final over of the innings when the match was already lost, earlier relying on Faf du Plessis to take on the bowlers.

Former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir, who has played for MS Dhoni for a large part of his career, lashed out at the CSK skipper for coming significantly late in the innings.

"MS Dhoni batting at No. 7? And sending Gaikwad before him, Sam Curran before him. Makes no sense to me," Gambhir said, as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.

"In fact, you should be leading from the front. And this is not what you call leading from the front. Batting at number seven when you're chasing what 217? The game was over. Faf was probably the lone warrior."

Talking about Dhoni's three successive sixes in the final over of the match, Gambhir said that it was of "no use," further adding that any other captain would've been criticised for coming at number seven in such a chase.


RR vs CSK: Record 33 sixes hit; Samson scores joint-fastest fifty in league | All Records

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Rajasthan Royals kickstarted their campaign in the Indian Premier League with a victory over Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday. The side defeated MS Dhoni's men by 16 runs, posting a mammoth total of 216/7 in 20 overs.

CSK, in return, were held at 200/6 in their full quota of 20 overs, with Faf du Plessis scoring 72 off 37 deliveries. Skipper MS Dhoni slammed three consecutive sixes in the final over, but the game was already lost by then.

Sanju Samson was the hero of the match as he scored 74 off just 32 deliveries, and also took part in four dismissals (two catches and two stumpings).

Here are all the records from the game:

33: A record 33 sixes were hit during the match between RR and CSK, which is a joint-record for most sixes in a single IPL match. The other match having 33 sixes, incidentally, also featured CSK as they took on RCB in Bengaluru in 2018.

19: Sanju Samson slammed a half-century off just 19 deliveries during the match against CSK, which is the joint-fastest for the fifty in an IPL innings. He equalled fellow teammate David Miller's record innings, which came for KXIP against RR in 2014.

30: Lungi Ngidi bowled the joint-most expensive final over in the history of the Indian Premier League. He conceded 30 runs in the final over, 26 of which came from Jofra Archer's bat as he slammed four sixes in the over. Ashoke Dinda and Chris Jordan have earlier conceded 30 runs in the final over in the IPL.

10: After a long wait of 10 years, Rajasthan Royals have finally beaten Chennai Super Kings while batting first.

416: The joint-total of both the teams in the match between RR and CSK was 416, which is the 12th highest match aggregate in the history of the league. 469 remains the highest, which, incidentally, also came in the match between the same teams in 2010.


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