Mumbai seal easy win over Deccan in low-scoring tie
In-form Knight Riders take on faltering Super Kings
Shon, Li take the honours at India Open
New Delhi, April 29
Though Owaish Shah could not connect the ball, he still set out for a run, but wicket-keeper Naman Ojha cupped the ball and broke the stumps at the non-striker's end in a quick motion, to get Shaw stranded, and it was an unfortunate end to Royals' almost successful run chase, as they threw it all away when victory was at the door step.
Daredevils stood an outside chance of victory when Morne Morkel trapped Bradley Hodge off the last ball of the penultimate over, which left Royals a target of 12 runs from the last over. Though Umesh Yadav bowled a dot ball first, and conceded two consecutive singles, the hosts thought they could still win. But when Shah carted a six over mid wicket off the fourth ball, Rajasthan Royals were in with a chance, as they needed just two more runs off the next two balls, but Shah fell in the last ball, and Daredevils coasted to a dramatic triumph.
Daredevils have now jumped to 14 points, five points clear of the other table leaders, while Royals suffered their third consecutive defeat to be stuck on eight points.
Though Ajinkya Rahane remained unbeaten on 84 off 63 balls with nine fours and one six, his effort went waste as the visitors flopped when it mattered the most.
Chasing 153, Royals rode on the 99-run opening wicket partnership between captain Rahul Dravid and Rahane, and they looked like making it, despite Dravid's exit, when he was caught by Agarkar at long off, off Irfan Pathan, for 40 (38b, 5x4).
Royals were confident as Ajinkya Rahane was standing tall and solid, and they had enough wickets at hand to take risks.
Before Dravid was out, there was a comical situation as when on 37, and the team total at 85, Dravid seemed to have edged Pathan into the hands of the wicket-keeper. When Dravid walked, umpire Rod Tucker thought he was out, and raised his finger, but when the batsman protested, Tucker retracted his decision, and Dravid added three more runs before finally falling to a spectacular catch by Agarkar.
Electing to bat, Delhi Daredevils were once again steered out of trouble, and to a respectable total of 152 for 6, thanks to the patient knock of 63 off 39 balls with eight fours and two sixes by skipper Virender Sehwag. This was his fourth consecutive half century, though Daredevils' cause was not helped by the early exit of Mahela Jayawarde and Kevin Pietersen.
Jayawardene c Hogg b P Singh 6
Sehwag c Menaria b Hogg 63
Pietersen c Dravid b Chavan 5
Taylor b P Singh 25
Nagar c Chavan b A Singh 27
Ojha c Dravid b A Singh 11
Pathan not out 7
Agarkar not out 0
Extras (b-1, lb-4, wd-3) 8
Total (6 wkts, 20 overs) 152
Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-19, 3-99, 4-104, 5-125, 6-148.
Bowling: Chavan 4-0-30-1, P Singh 4-0-25-2, A Singh 4-0-41-2, K Cooper 4-0-19-0, Hogg 4-0-31-1.
Dravid c Agarkar b Pathan 40
Rahane not out 84
Hodge lbw Morkel 22
Shah run out 1
Extras (w-4) 4
Total (3 wkts, 20 overs) 151
Fall of wickets: 1-99, 2-141, 3-151.
Bowling: Pathan 4-0-27-1, Nadeem 4-0-30-0, Morkel 4-0-26-1, Yadav 4-0-35-0, Agarkar 4-0-33-0.
Mumbai, April 29
Rohit Sharma was the main scorer for Mumbai who laid the foundation while the match was nicely finished off by Rayudu who remained not out on 19.
Earlier, Mumbai Indians produced an impressive bowling display with pace spearhead Lasith Malinga picking up four for 16 to shoot out bottom-placed Deccan Chargers for 100 runs.
After Harbhajan Singh led the bowling attack from the front, picking up two wickets for a measly 13 runs, Malinga took charge as the Chargers lost the plot early in their innings after being asked to take first strike on a wicket offering good bounce.
James Franklin too picked up two wickets in one over while Rudra Pratap Singh (1) and Munaf Patel (1) also did their bit in an excellent display by MI with the ball after having conceded over 200 runs to the Delhi Daredevils in their previous match two days ago.
After a decent opening stand of 37 in 33 balls between Shikhar Dhawan, who made 29 in 32 balls with three fours, and Parthiv Patel (19 in 18 balls), the visiting team's innings crumbled at 66 for six by the end of the 13th over before recovering to reach 100. — Agencies
Patel c Patel b RP Singh 19
Dhawan st Karthik
b Harbhajan 29
Jaggi c Patel b Harbhajan 2
White c Singh b Malinga 0
Duminy not out 25
Christian c Sharma b Franklin 5
Chipli c Harbhajan b Franklin 1
Reddy c Sharma b Patel 10
Mishra c Franklin b Malinga 1
Steyn c & b Malinga 3
Veer Pratap c Sharma
b Malinga 0
Extras (b-1, lb-1, w-3) 5
Total (all out, 18.4 overs) 100
Fall of wickets: 1/37, 2/41, 3/44, 4/59, 5/64, 6/66, 7/82, 8/90, 9/100.
Bowling: Harbhajan 4-0-13-2, RP Singh 3-0-20-1, Munaf 4-0-23-1, Malinga 3.4-0-16-4, Franklin 3-0-18-2, Peterson 1-0-8-0.
Levi b Steyn 0
Tendulkar c Christian
b Veer Pratap 14
Sharma c Jaggi b Duminy 42
Karthik c Patel b Steyn 2
Franklin c Patel b Reddy 13
Rayudu not out 19
Peterson not out 1
Extras (lb-1, w-9) 10
Total (5 wkts; 18.1 overs) 101
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-31,
Bowling: Steyn 4-0-10-2, Veer Pratap 4-0-28-1, Christian 3-0-14-0, Mishra 4-0-29-0, Reddy 2.1-0-11-1, Duminy 1-0-8-1.
Chennai, April 29
Both the teams are meeting this season for the first time and the Gautam Gambhir-led KKR hold the advantage after having won five of their nine matches so far.
Comparatively, Chennai are faltering because of their batting woes and lost by seven runs to tournament laggards Kings XI Punjab yesterday.
Gambhir has been leading from the front and his batting this season in particular has been spectacular. The manner in which he tamed the Royal Challengers Bangalore at home yesterday with a 51-ball 93 was intimidating sight for any opposition bowler.
Same cannot be said about CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has been under the mat for months now. His personal contribution with the bat for both the national side and now for the Super Kings has been below par.
Dhoni has failed miserably so far aggregating 132 in eight innings with a high of 40 as compared to Gambhir's 302 from eight innings with a highest of 93.
Yesterday's loss to Kings XI Punjab was a classic example of the hosts failure to overcome pressure despite openers Faf Du Plessies and S Badrinath setting the base scoring at over nine in the first six overs.
With the wicket being slow and low, it is not possible for KKR to repeat their feat of posting high totals but the in-form batsmen under Gambhir have proven records to their credit to stitch good partnerships.
Apart from Gambhir, Jacques Kallis, Manoj Tiwary and Manvendra Bisla have been among the runs.
In bowling, KKR have a fairly good combination starting from Lakshmipathy Balaji, who knows the conditions in Chepauk like the back of his hands, and Yusuf Pathan and Sunil Naraine have the experience to turn the tide in their team's favour under local conditions. — PTI
New Delhi, April 29
The world number 17, who had earned his ticket to London after beating former All England champion Peter Gade in the quarterfinals, showed nerves of steel as he edged past the world number one 21-18, 14-21, 21-19 in the men's singles summit clash, which lasted for an hour and six minutes.
In the women's singles, sixth seed German Juliane Schenk gave a mighty scare to world number four Li Xuerui before losing 21-14, 17-21, 8-21 in the final, which lasted for 47 minutes.
Egged by a sporting crowd at the Siri Fort Complex, Shon Wan opened up a 9-4 lead in the first game and even though the experienced Lee tried to catch up at 12-12 and moved neck-and-neck till 18-18, the Korean held his fort.
In the second game, Lee gathered himself and surged ahead to a 7-1 lead. Shon clawed back at 12-12 with the help of his razor-sharp smashes. However, the world number one didn't allow the Korean to bounce back.
In the decider, Shon lead 11-7 at the interval. Lee soon started inducing Shon to commit mistakes. The Malaysian varied the pace and occasionally used his smashes to finish off the points to lead at 19-18.
However, the Korean was not the one to let go off the opportunity. He involved Lee in net play and wrested back control at 20-19. Serving for the match, Shon took his time. In anticipation, Lee rushed with his return and found the net as Shon burst into celebration.
In the women's singles, world number eight Juliane started off well but ran out of stem in the end.
In the first game, the German engaged her opponent in long rallies and forced her to commit errors to lead 11-7 at the break and kept her nose ahead to lead 1-0. In the second game, nothing seemed to go Juliane's way.
In the decider, Li led 11-5 at the break to leave Juliane frustrated. After the breather, Li registered six straight points to extend the lead to 17-5. Juliane seemed clueless as the Chinese moved to the match point in a jiffy, before sealing it comfortably with a smash to record her fourth victory over the German. — PTI
New Delhi, April 29
Virk qualified in the men's single sculls (M1X) while Manjeet and Sandeep made the cut in the lightweight men's double sculls (LM2X) after staving off stiff competition from the other Asian giants.
London will be Manjeet's second appearance in the Olympics, having rowed in the same event at the Beijing Games in 2008. The women rowers came close but could not make the cut. — PTI
Patiala, April 29 Meanwhile, Anita (63kg) was not in her best form and lost the very first bout. Though all three of them were lucky enough to get another chance in the form of Repechage round but they could not utilise the opportunity. Now, India's hopes lie of the last Olympic Qualifier that will begin in Helsinki from May 4.
Patiala, April 29
Meanwhile, Anita (63kg) was not in her best form and lost the very first bout. Though all three of them were lucky enough to get another chance in the form of Repechage round but they could not utilise the opportunity.
Now, India's hopes lie of the last Olympic Qualifier that will begin in Helsinki from May 4. — TNS