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CSK lucky to squeeze past RR in a low scoring match 10

Captain RR Shane Watson chose to field first after winning the toss in match 10 that was played in Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai yesterday on April 23, 2014. With this match the Pepsi IPL 7 reached its half way stage in its leg in UAE. CSK immediately set off to blast away the RR bowlers so as not to leave even a slight opportunity to their advantage. Dwayne Smith assumed a smashing temperament taking the RR bowlers to the cleaners while his more vibrant partner Brendon McCullum perished at a lowly 6. Smith went on to score 50 which however seemed inappropriate to his mood as he could not consolidate his innings leaving CSK struggling on 59 for two in 7.2 overs. Suresh Raina fizzled out at 4 and Faf du Plessis was run out at 7, all within a couple of overs. RR bowlers made a comeback and so MS Dhoni faltered on 5 with Pravin Tambe’s leg-spin making it 72 for the loss of five wickets with around 8 overs left. Ravindra Jadeja and Mithun Manhas then set about revamping the innings to take CSK to a presentable total. The pair added 27 runs off 22 balls when Manhas was dismissed by Bhatia who scalped two CSK batsmen. Jadeja remained unbeaten on 36 and got into a stand with Ashwin that yielded 39 runs. CSK somehow got to 140 for six in their 20 overs with the match completely being under the control of the RR bowlers except in the initial overs and sporadic hitting. RR bowling seemed to have checked the usual flair of the CSK batsmen who are usually at their flourishing best and never wary of posting enormous totals for their opposition to chase down. The RR batsmen however never could take up the advantage that was gained by their dominant bowlers Faulkner, Bhatia, Binny and Tambe. RR started off their run chase of a below par total with a tumble as Abhishek Nayar was run-out on 5 by a brilliant McCullum in the second over. Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson of RR collected the innings by hitting all over the ground to garner 27 runs for the second wicket. Ashwin forced Rahane on 15 to hole out in the deep to Manhas. Watson was out for 7 failing to play a captain’s knock at a critical junction to Jadeja who delivery the gods for CSK. Samson followed suit on 16 as RR let the match spin out of control. Binny got 8,...

Maxwell and Miller muster determined win for KXIP over RR

Maxwell and Miller had joined hands to secure a second consecutive win for KXIP in IPL 7 beating the pressure of a huge target that had been set up by RR scoring 191 for 5. RR batsmen Samson’s 52 and Captain Watson’s 50 had gone in vain as there was nothing much they could do other than stare helplessly as Miller and Maxwell hit their way to win. The two hard hitting players from KXIP practically carried the huge responsibility on their shoulders just like in the first match against CSK to steal a win from RR. RR was simply left wondering as to what had hit them. KXIP’s 193 for 3 comprised of man of the match Maxwell’s 89 in 43 balls, Miller’s 51 not out and anchor man Pujara’s unbeaten 40. The two international Ms in KXIP had established their repertoire of shots to make a near 200 run chase a cakewalk. KXIP captain George Bailey was again disappointed with his bowlers who had given away too many runs for their own comfort. Between them Maxwell and Miller had accrued an overwhelming 140 runs off 64 balls that had come in the form of 12 sixes and 8 fours. This had been the first time that RR has lost after posting a 190+ target. Miller’s 51 off 19 had come in when KXIP had required 66 off 36. Miller had assumed a murderous outlook up on Kulkarni to hit him for four confident sixes to bring up the end of the contest in that over only in match 7 of the seventh edition of IPl being played in...

IPL 7-Thrilling win for RR over SRH

Ajinkya Rahane was declared the man of the match for his 59 as he consolidated the batting for RR after three of their wickets had fallen down early. Rahane had a rock solid partnership with Stuart Binny who was unbeaten on 48 as they both helped to put together a RR victory over SRH by four wickets in the IPL 7 match 4 held in Abu Dhabi. Though the SRH bowlers had their way in the first six overs these two together eased things out by digging in their heels for their team after having had their eyes in. RR having claimed a win in their opening encounter made Shane Watson, Captain RR, very proud of his guys and in their efficiency to execute the plans. It had also helped that the target set up for RR was a reachable 134 by opponents SRH. Shikhar Dhawan the captain of the losing side SRH stated that they fell short by 20 or 30 odd runs which could have proven to be crucial to the outcome when they were sent in to bat after RR had won the toss. He also added that neither he nor Warner could get big scores and were forced to be on the back foot. Earlier SRH could manage to put up 133/6 from their stipulated 20 overs. Finch had fallen early on to Kulkarni. Then it had been upon Dhawan and Warner to steady the innings for SRH with a 75 run partnership. However both had perished to Bhatia before flourishing to build up a good total on the base score. SRH were 90/3 after the conclusion of 15 overs. Shane Watson has been a part of RR in all the six previous editions and felt that RR had been the team which had suffered the most setbacks after the arrest of their players following rampant allegations of betting and spot fixing in IPL...

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