IPL 2019: Sandeep Sharma makes Virat Kohli his bunny

first_imgA lot was expected of Virat Kohli as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) faced a herculean task of chasing down 232 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 11th match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 in Hyderabad on Sunday.However, Virat Kohli failed to deliver with the bat in what is turning out to be a disastrous batting performance by RCB in their steep chase at the Rajiv Gandhi Cricket Association Stadium.Kohli never looked in the zone and was dismissed by SRH pacer Sandeep Sharma when he hit one straight to David Warner at covers.With the wicket, Sandeep Sharma became the joint most successful bowler alongside Ashish Nehra against Virat Kohli in the IPL. Sandeep has now dismissed the India captain six times in the Twenty20 league.MS Dhoni holds the unwanted record for a batsman being dismissed by a bowler most times in the IPL. The Chennai Super Kings captain was Zaheer Khan’s bunny in the IPL as the former India pacer had dismissed him seven times.Kohli is second on the list with six dismissals each to Nehra and Sandeep.Royal Challengers Bangalore came up with an ordinary batting show after SRH posted 231 in 20 overs on what seemed to be a belter of a wicket.David Warner and Jonny Bairstow, the two SRH openers, went berserk as they took the RCB bowlers to the cleaners, stitching the highest opening stand in IPL history (185).While Jonny Bairstow hit his maiden hundred in IPL — 114 from just 56 balls, Warner equalled Virat Kohli and Shane Watson’s record for the most number of hundred in IPL cricket — four.advertisementIn reply, RCB were jolted by Afghanistan off-spinner Mohammad Nabi’s strikes inside the powerplay as he removed openers Parthiv Patel, Shimron Hetymyer and AB de Villiers. RCB were reeling at 35 for 6 inside the first eight overs of the chase.Interestingly, Virat Kohli had said at the toss that RCB had chosen to chase as he expected the wicket in Hyderabad to play slow and that batting would “be beautiful in the evening.””We will bowl first. We have added another spinner to our team today. This pitch will play slow in the first half. And it will be beautiful to bat on in the evening,” KohliAlso Read | IPL 2019: David Warner equals Virat Kohli, Shane Watson tally with 4th hundredAlso Read | Virat Kohli 2nd batsman after Suresh Raina to score 5000 IPL runsAlso Watch | Umpire fails to spot no-ball as MI beat RCB under controversial circumstanceslast_img read more

As the dust settles on epic World Cup final, spare a thought for the winners

first_imgCricket World Cup 2019 runners-up New Zealand have been receiving constant support on social media from fans, cricket experts, former and present players ever since they lost the final on Sunday but all that support for the Blackcaps has sort of overshadowed England’s win to the extent that some have even trolled them for the manner in which they were declared the world champions at the Lord’s cricket ground on Sunday.Sure England did not technically win the final but in their defence, all the 10 teams and their captains knew the rules that the International Cricket Council had laid down for this World Cup and they had all agreed to it before playing the tournament.ICC’s new rules came into effect only last year, including the guidelines laid down for the final. In case of a tie in the final, a Super Over was to be played and a tied Super Over would mean that the team with that hit the most number of boundaries in the 50 overs and in the Super Over would be declared winners.It was a highly unlikely scenario which nobody would have even imagined in their dreams would come true in a high-profile match like the World Cup final. But it did happen.New Zealand and England both ended up with 241 runs in their allotted 50 overs and had to play out a Super Over but even that could not separate the two sides as both scored 15 runs each.England prevailed because they had hit a total of 26 boundaries – fours and sixes scored across both the 50 overs and the Super Over – compared with New Zealand’s 17.advertisementAs soon as the match ended, fans took to social media to express their displeasure at the rules and started slamming the ICC. But some people also turned to the England cricket team, stating that they didn’t deserve to win the title in this way also suggesting that the trophy should have been shared.England players however, have been nothing but humble in victory. The likes of Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes commiserated the New Zealand team immediately after the final ended.Chris Woakes was one of the first players who went up to Martin Guptill and consoled the Kiwi opener after he was run out off the last ball in the Super Over. Chris Woakes was lauded for his gesture towards Martin Guptill after the Super Over (Reuters Photo)And Stokes even apologised to Kane Williamson for the overthrow that cost New Zealand 6 runs in the final over during the run chase.”Playing against New Zealand is a great event to be part of. They’re great lads. I think I’ll be apologising to them for the rest of my life [for that overthrow for four off his bat in the last over],” Stokes said on Sunday.England captain Eoin Morgan also went on to praise Kane Williamson’s side and even went on to say that the New Zealand players are great ambassadors of the game.”I’d like to commiserate Kane (Williamson) and his team. The fight that they show is worth aspiring to. The example that they lead is hugely commendable to him and his team. It was a very hard-fought game,” Morgan said at the post-match presentation.People may or may not agree with the ICC or the way England clinched their first 50-over World Cup title, but fact remains that the rules were equal for every team and everybody knew what they were getting into before the tournament even began.It is high time the cricketing fraternity comes to terms with that fact that England won the World Cup fair and square. Credit must go to them for the way they fought in the final and they deserve an even bigger round of applause for the way they carried themselves on the field after the win with no over-the-top celebrations.Like it or not but England were the best team in the competition and they proved it on the field by lifting the trophy on July 14.Also Read | World Cup 2019: New Zealand’s homecoming ceremony postponedAlso Read | World Cup 2019: No one lost the final, says Kane WilliamsonAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Diverse and talented, England cricket champs come from afarAlso Read | Overjoyed for Ben but I am still a New Zealand supporter, says Stokes’s fatherlast_img read more