IPL 13: Dhawan, Iyer hit half-centuries as DC defeat RR by 13 runs

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October 15, 2020

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Dubai, Oct 15: Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer scored their respective half-century to guide Delhi Capitals to a 13-run win over Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Wednesday.

Dhawan and Iyer played a knock of 57 and 53 runs respectively before bowlers sealed the win for Delhi Capitals. With this win, Delhi Capitals have also claimed the top spot on the points table with 12 points from eight matches.

Chasing a target of 162 runs, Rajasthan Royals got off to a good start as openers Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes struck regular boundaries. Buttler played a quick knock of 22 runs from just nine deliveries before Anrich Nortje bowled him in the third over.

Steve Smith (1) failed to impress as he was caught and bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin in the next over. Sanju Samson then joined Stokes out on the field.

The duo formed a 46-run partnership before Stokes was sent back to the pavilion by Tushar Deshpande in the 11th over. Stokes played a knock of 41 runs from 35 deliveries.

The fall of wickets did not stop and Samson (25) and Riyan Parag (1) also got out in a quick succession, which reduced Rajasthan Royals to 110/5.

Robin Uthappa and Rahul Tewatia then took the field and played cautiously. However, Nortje dismissed Uthappa in the 18th over to end the batsman's 32-run innings. The match came to a point when Rajasthan Royals needed 25 runs from the last two overs with Tewatia and Jofra Archer on the field.

Kagiso Rabada bowled an amazing 19th over as the pacer took the wicket of Archer and conceded just three runs from the over. Deshpande bowled the last over and Rajasthan Royals easily registered a win.

Earlier, an all-round bowling performance by Rajasthan Royals' bowlers in the death overs restricted Delhi Capitals to 161/7. Delhi Capitals collapsed from 132/3 to 161/7 in four overs.

Opting to bat first, Delhi Capitals got off to the worst possible start as Jofra Archer dismissed opening batsman Prithvi Shaw on a golden duck. In the third over, Archer again wreaked havoc as Ajinkya Rahane chipped a length ball to Robin Uthappa at mid-on.

Delhi Capitals skipper, Iyer, then joined Dhawan in the middle and the duo stitched an 85-run stand to revive Delhi Capitals' hope in the match.

Dhawan smashed his 39th half-century in IPL. His knock was studded with six fours and two glorious sixes. Meanwhile, Shreyas played second fiddle and scored runs at a run a ball.

Shreyas Gopal dismissed rampant Dhawan in the 12th over as Royals tried to bounce back in the game.

Shreyas too completed the half-century after accelerating in the latter part of his innings. He scored 53 runs in 43 balls before getting out in the 16th over.

The wicket of Shreyas reduced the scoring rate as Delhi Capitals scored just three and five runs in the 16th and 18th over respectively. In the end, the Royals restricted Delhi Capitals to 161/7 on the back of some fine death over bowling.

Brief Score: Delhi Capitals 161/7 [Shikhar Dhawan 57(33), Shreyas Iyer 53(43), Jofra Archer 3-20] defeated Rajasthan Royals 148/8 [Ben Stokes 41 (35), Robin Uthappa 32 (27), Anrich Nortje 2-33] by 13 runs.

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October 13,2020

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Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for Covid-19, Portugal's Football Federation said in a statement on its website on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old Juventus striker will miss Wednesday's UEFA Nations League game against Sweden but is "well, has no symptoms and is in isolation", the federation said.

The federation added that the rest of the Portugal squad had undergone tests as a result of Ronaldo's positive, but that they had all tested negative and would be available for the Sweden match.

Five-times world player of the year Ronaldo appeared in his side's 0-0 draw away to France in the Nations League on Sunday and Wednesday's 0-0 draw in a friendly at home to Spain.

He will now be doubtful for Juve's Serie A trip to Crotone on Saturday and their Champions League group stage opening game away to Dynamo Kiev next Tuesday.

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October 19,2020

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Dubai, Oct 19: Jay Shah, the secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) highlighted that quality of cricket and the nail-biting finishes have been the hallmark of the 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).

His remark came as Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) defeated Mumbai Indians after the end of two back-to-back Super Overs at Dubai International Stadium on Sunday.

Interestingly, the first game of the doubleheader on Sunday too was decided after a Super Over. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) had defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in a thrilling Super Over clash at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Jay Shah said that three Super Overs on a Sunday were just "unbelievable".

"The quality of cricket and the nail-biting finishes have been the hallmark of @IPL this season. 3 Super Overs on a Sunday is just unbelievable. Well done, @Jaspritbumrah93 @MdShami11 @klrahul11 @krunalpandya24 @DineshKarthik @SunRisers @KKRiders @mipaltan @lionsdenkxip #IPL2020," he tweeted.

With the win against Mumbai Indians on Sunday, KXIP are at sixth spot with six points in nine games now and will next take on Delhi Capitals at Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday, October 20.

On the other hand, Defending champions Mumbai Indians are at second spot with 12 points, two points short of front-runner Delhi Capitals, and will next face Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Friday.

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October 12,2020

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New Delhi, Oct 12: Seven players and an assistant coach have tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the Indian Super League (ISL) football season, likely to start next month in Goa, sources told PTI on Monday.

The tests were conducted in Goa after the arrival of the teams and all of them are asymptomatic cases.

It could not, however, be ascertained which teams these players and the coach belong to. They have been kept in isolation in their respective hotels serving as bio-secure bubbles.

Out of the 12 teams taking part this season, only newbies SC East Bengal are yet to arrive in Goa.

"Yes, seven players and an assistant coach have tested positive for Covid-19 and all of them are asymptomatic cases. They have been placed in isolation in their respective bio-secure bubbles," a source privy to the development told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

"It is mandatory for all the players and officials to have Aarogya Setu app and ISL Health App through which contact tracing can be done. So, there will also be contact tracing and we have to test those who have had contact with these players and coach."

He said all the eight will need to have three negative results in seven days to be able to join their respective teams.

All the teams have been put up in separate hotels in Goa, which serve as bio-secure bubbles.

In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, this season's ISL, to be played among 11 teams, will be held behind closed doors under strict health safety protocols.

The matches will be held entirely in Goa at three venues -- Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Margao, GMC Athletic Stadium, Bambolim, and Tilak Maidan Stadium, Vasco.

After their arrival, the players have been put under quarantine for 10 days during which five tests have been conducted. It was also mandatory for all the teams to undergo three tests prior to their arrival in Goa.

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