The opening weekend of the 12th edition lived up to its expectations with the opening encounter being the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Chennai.
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Chennai Super Kings 71 for 3 (Rayudu 28, Chahal 1-6) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 70 (Parthiv 29, Tahir 3-9, Harbhajan 3-20) by 7 wickets
CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and put in RCB to bat. The decision proved to be a good one when Harbhajan Singh dismissed Virat Kohli, Moeen Ali and AB de Villiers in consecutive overs. Only Parthiv Patel managed to get double figures courtesy of Singh, Imran Tahir (3 wickets) and Ravindrasihn Jadeja (2 wickets). RCB only managing 70 runs all out in 17.3 overs. The spin-friendly track meant CSK had to work for their runs reaching the small target in 17.4 overs at a run rate of 4.01.
Player of the match: Harbhajan Singh
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Kolkata Knight Riders 183 for 4 (Rana 68, Russell 49*, Uthappa 35, Rashid 1-26) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 181 for 3 (Warner 85, Vijay 40*, Bairstow 39, Russell 2-32) by six wickets.
Match 2 saw the Kolkata Knight Riders hosting Sunrisers Hyderabad. Australian opener David Warner made a comeback after the Newlands ball-tempering incident. Warner scored 85 off 53 on what seemed to be a difficult pitch with handy contributions from Johnny Bairstow 39 off 35 and Vijay Shankar 40 off 24 to push Sunrisers to a respectable 183 in their allocated overs. The Knight Riders had a shaky start losing opener Chris Lynn in the second over. The match was in favour of the Sunrises with Nitish Rana losing his partners on the other end. After Rashid Khan trapped Rana for an LBW it all seemed to be in the Sunrisers favour but this was not to be when Andre Russell came in and struck 49* from only 19 deliveries.
Player of the match: Andre Russell
That Was A PANTastic Innings
Revamped Delhi Capitals have taken everyone by surprise in the third match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (#IPL2019).
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Delhi Capitals 213 for 6 (Pant 78*, Ingram 47, Dhawan 43, McClenaghan 3-40) beat Mumbai Indians 176 (Yuvraj 53, Krunal 32, Rabada 2-23, Ishant 2-34) by 37 runs
Match 3 saw the Mumbai Indians hosting the rebranded Dehli Capitals. A good batting surface saw top order batmans Shikhar to a quick fire 43 and Colin Ingram followed up with a 32 ball 47 but the man to talk about is Rishabh Pant. Pant score an 18 ball half century on went on to score 78 not out striking at almost 300 giving the Mumbai Indians of a mammoth target of 214 runs. In reply, Yuvraj Singh 53 and Krunal Pandya 32 gave a bit of resistant but excellent bowling from Kagiso Rabada and Ishant Sharma restricted the host to 176 all out in 19.2 overs. Jasprit Bumrah could not bat after he landed awkwardly on his shoulder trying to take a catch off his own bowling.
Player of the match: Rishabh Pant
Kings XI Punjab 184 for 4 (Gayle 79, Sarfaraz 46*) beat Rajasthan Royals 170 for 9 (Buttler 69, Mujeeb 2-31) by 14 runs
Before we get to the season why this was the most talked about match in the opening round let’s look at how the Kings XI Punjab innings went. Dhawal Kulkarni dismissed Lokesh Rahul in the fourth delivery when he edged a length delivery to Jos Buttler who took a superb diving low catch. Chris Gayle was on the other end and seemed to be struggling with the Royals bowling reaching only 14 runs off 18 balls by the end of the power play. Gayle, the self-proclaimed “Universe Boss” went on to score 79 runs from only 47 balls. Sarfaraz Khan provided some big hitting at the backend of the innings with the 21 year old reaching 46 runs off 29 ball, the Kings 184/4 after 20 overs. In reply the Royals had a steady start with Jos Butler and Ajika Rahane. The latter was bowled but Ravi Ashwin but Buttler kept up with the run-rate getting to his half century off 29 balls. In an unexpected turn of events Buttler lost his wicket when Ashwin mankaded him with no prior warning. You can find the reactions to the mankad hereThe Royals never recovered that set back and fell short by 14 runs in their 20 overs
Player of the Match: Chris Gayle
Forever Cricket Wicket Crasher: Imran Tahir (3-9)
Forever Cricket Master Blaster: Rishabh Pant 78*(27) SR 288