IPL 13: Chakravarthy, Rana standout performers as clinical KKR thrash Delhi Capitals

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October 25, 2020

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Abu Dhabi, Oct 24: Kolkata Knight Riders displayed a clinical performance to defeat Delhi Capitals by 59 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Saturday here at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

With this win, KKR has put themselves ahead in the race for a playoff spot. The side now has 12 points from 11 matches and is placed in the fourth position.

Chasing 195, Delhi Capitals got off to the worst start possible as the side lost its opener Ajinkya Rahane (0) on the very first ball of the innings. KKR pacer Pat Cummins caught him right in front of the wicket and as a result, Rahane was given leg-before wicket.

Delhi was given a big blow in the third over of the innings as Cummins clean-bowled Shikhar Dhawan (6), reducing the side to 13/2. Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer then got together and the duo tried to retrieve the innings for Delhi.

Both batsmen put on 63 runs for the third wicket, keeping Delhi in the hunt for chasing down this massive score. However, KKR finally got the breakthrough of Pant (27) as Varun Chakravarthy sent him back to the pavilion in the 12th over. Chakravarthy then dismissed Shimron Hetmyer (10) and Shreyas Iyer (47), and Delhi was reduced to 95/5 in the 14th over.

Chakravarthy then brought up his five-wicket haul as he dismissed Marcus Stoinis (6) and Axar Patel (9) in the 16th over. In the end, Delhi Capitals failed to recover, stumbling to a 59-run loss.

Earlier, Nitish Rana and Sunil Narine played knocks of 81 and 64 respectively as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) posted a total of 194/6 in the allotted twenty overs.

Sent into bat first, KKR got off to a bad start as the side lost its opening batsman Shubman Gill (9) in the second over of the innings. He was sent back to the pavilion by Anrich Nortje as the pacer had him caught at the hands of Axar Patel.

Delhi bowlers kept on bowling tight line and length and as a result, KKR batsmen were unable to break free. Rahul Tripathi (13) and Dinesh Karthik (3) also lost their wickets cheaply and as a result, KKR was reduced to 42/3 in the eighth over. Tripathi was dismissed by Nortje while Karthik was sent back to the pavilion by Kagiso Rabada.

Sunil Narine was promoted to number five, ahead of skipper Eoin Morgan and the move paid off as he along with Nitish Rana added 115 runs for KKR. The partnership saw both batsmen going past their 50-run mark. Rabada provided the much-needed breakthrough to Delhi as he dismissed Narine (64) in the 17th over, reducing KKR to 157/4.

In the final three overs, KKR was able to score 33 runs more and as a result, the side posted a total of more than the 190-run mark. At one stage, KKR was 44/2 after eight overs, but the side was able to score 150 runs off the final twelve overs. For Delhi Capitals, Rabada and Nortje scalped two wickets each.

Brief Scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 194/6 (Nitish Rana 81, Sunil Narine 64, Anrich Nortje 2-27) defeat Delhi Capitals 135/9 (Shreyas Iyer 47, Rishabh Pant 27, Varun Chakravarthy 5-20) by 59 runs.

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November 22,2020

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Melbourne, Nov 22: Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell feels that Virat Kohli’s absence will create a big hole in the Indian batting order in the upcoming four-match Test series against Tim Paine-led Australia.

India and Australia will first lock horns against each other in three ODIs and three T20Is first and then both sides will shift their attention to the longest format of the game.

Kohli will just be playing one Test against Australia, and then he will head back home after being granted paternity leave by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

“India also face a selection dilemma when skipper Virat Kohli departs for home for the birth of his first child following the opening Test. This creates both a big hole in the Indian batting order and an opportunity for one of their talented young players to make a name for himself,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Chappell as saying.

“What was already shaping up as an exciting tussle now has the added stimulus of crucial selection decisions. The result could well come down to who is the bravest set of selectors,” he added.

Chappell also said that Australia also faces a selection dilemma in terms of who will be the opening partner of David Warner. The former Australian skipper highlighted how Will Pucovski can play ahead of Joe Burns as the second opener.

“However, Pucovski has been banging on the door for a while now - something Langer craves. Pucovski has taken a sledgehammer to the entryway by making six centuries at Shield level, three of them doubles; two of those double-hundreds came this season. He has well and truly proved he is good enough at that level, so it’s time to see if he can succeed in the Test arena,” said Chappell.

Indian squad for all the three-formats had arrived in Australia last week and now every player has started undergoing net sessions to be fully prepared.

During the 2018-19 series, India managed to record their first Test series win on Australian soil. Kohli-led side eventually won the series 2-1 and now they would be looking to retain the Border Gavaskar Trophy.

The first Test between India and Australia will commence from December 17 at the Adelaide Oval and this match will be a day-night contest.

The four-match series will be a part of the World Test Championship (WTC). Australia and India are at the top two spots in the WTC standings.

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November 20,2020

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New Delhi, Nov 20: The third online Futsal Introductory Certificate Course, organised by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), is all set to kick off on Friday.

Joshua Stan Vaz and Shailesh Kerkera will be the lead instructors for the three-day virtual course, which will continue till Sunday, November 22.

Savio Medeira, Head of Coach Education, AIFF, mentioned that the response around the Futsal Certificate Courses is 'laudable' and informed that 150-odd applicants have shown interest to take part as Indian football moves forward together.

"The interest to take part in the courses is laudable. We have received more than 150 applications for the course. Because of the high demand, we are contemplating organising more such courses in the future," the former Blue Tigers head coach said.

"We realise that interest in Futsal in our country is increasing manifold. I strongly feel it will increase more in the future, given the talent we have in our country," he continued.

60 participants will take part in the virtual sessions where different aspects of the rules of Futsal, AFC coaching courses, the curriculum, Laws of the Game, etc will be discussed.

Medeira feels that given the fast nature of Futsal, it is an 'exciting version' of football which will, in turn, make a player 'more comfortable on the ball' and help to improve further.

"Given the features like shorter duration, fast pace, more actions, and more goals, Futsal is a more exciting version of the game. If one starts with Futsal and then moves to football, he/she will become more comfortable on the ball and quicker in decision-making. We have a lot of examples where a player, who started with Futsal, made it to the top eventually," he said.

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November 25,2020

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Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona has passed away at his home in Tigre after suffering a cardiac arrest, a spokesman told media.

The flamboyant player, best known for leading Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title, was 60.

Earlier in November, Maradona had undergone a surgery for a brain clot.

His personal doctor, neurologist Leopoldo Luque, had said that the problem likely was caused by an accident.

He was, however, released from a Buenos Aires hospital just over a week after undergoing the surgery, and was to continue his recovery in a private home.

Maradona's lawyer, Matias Morla, had said he will continue to receive treatment for alcohol dependency. He was reportedly staying in a house near his older daughters.

He had celebrated his 60th Birthday on October 30 and had showed up that night for Gimnasia's national championship match against Patronato, which his team won 3-0.

He left before the end of the first half, which had raised questions about his health.

Along with Brazil's Pele, Maradona was known as one of the greatest footballers of all time.

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