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IPL 2018 Final: Shane Watson the hero as CSK claim third IPL crown

Finally, the IPL trophy has come back to its spiritual home, Chennai, after six years. The city’s franchise did run into rough waters but it still boasts the best IPL crowds and the most consistent team, which won its third title with a chase that was as much perfection as it was a tribute to their captain MS Dhoni’s philosophies. Ridiculed as dad’s army for picking players a little long in the tooth, Super Kings won the final on a century from the 36-year-old Shane Watson, all but hobbling through for most of…

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India in SL: 2nd ODI – Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar trump Dananjaya’s 6 for 54

India 231 for 7 (Rohit 54, Bhuvneshwar 53*, Dhoni 45*, Dananjaya 6-54) beat Sri Lanka 236 for 8 (Siriwardana 58, Bumrah 4-43) by three wickets (DLS method) His name is Akila Dananjaya. He is supposed to be an offspinner but his nimble fingers can do what they want to the ball. One minute in 2012, he was bowling in the nets, the next he was fast-tracked into the Sri Lanka team by no less a spotter of talent than Mahela Jayawardene, in a World T20 to boot. If that isn’t enough drama, on…

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IPL 2017 Qualifier 1: Dhoni, Sundar vault Pune into the final

Rising Pune Supergiant 162 for 4 (Tiwary 58*, Rahane 56, Dhoni 40*) beat Mumbai Indians 142 for 9 (Parthiv 52, Sundar 3-16, Thakur 3-37) by 20 runs Scorecard and ball-by-ball details After being asked to bat on a favourable chasing ground, Rising Pune Supergiant lost a majority of the first innings. But it was an atypically slow surface at the Wankhede Stadium. Rising Pune utilised those sluggish conditions significantly better than Mumbai Indians to clear their path to the IPL final. Rising Pune defended 162 comfortably in the end, by…

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IPL 2017 Match No 52: Delhi keep Pune waiting for playoff spot

Delhi Daredevils 168 for 8 (Nair 64, Unadkat 2-29, Stokes 2-31) beat Rising Pune Supergiant 161 for 7 (Tiwary 60, Zaheer 2-25) by seven runs Scorecard and ball-by-ball details Delhi Daredevils have, over the years, perfected the art of the bizarre, and usually that leads them to lose unloseable matches. On Friday, however, they magicked a way to defend a total of 168 even though Steven Smith appeared in top form and Ben Stokes looked like he was one hit away from finishing the game. Rising Pune Supergiant needed 91…

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IPL 2017 Match No 24: Nerveless Dhoni pulls off last-ball victory

Rising Pune Supergiant 179 for 4 (Dhoni 61*, Tripathi 59, Rashid 1-17) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 176 for 3 (Henriques 55*, Christian 1-20) by 6 wickets Scorecard and ball-by-ball details The finisher is not finished yet. MS Dhoni struck a 34-ball 61 to help clean up some of the mess he himself created as Rising Pune Supergiant chased down 177 with a last-ball boundary. Dhoni’s slow start of 26 off 23 balls had converted an equation of 90 off 55 into 47 off 18, but he took out the best bowler…

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IPL 2017 Player Auction on February 20th

The player auction of the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be held on February 20th in Bengaluru, it was officially confirmed on Friday. The venue of the cash-rich league was not much of a reason for contention as much as the date was not being confirmed by the BCCI and the IPL committee. The originally proposed date for the auction was February 4 with reports claiming the date could be between Feb 20 and Feb 25. There were some reports earlier in the day which said…

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