Brave, Brutal and Dashing

Brave, Brutal and Dashing

Today we saw our old MS Dhoni which we used to saw during old versions of IPL from 2008-2013, when Mahi Aka Mahindra Singh Dhoni was very young and had an average amount of experience but today after 11 years later the same Dhoni is one of most senior and experienced member in Chennai Super Kings and over these years two things have remained the same one is his brutal batting and other is his calm composer over crunch situation.

Irony of the match was that even though Dhoni was the highest scorer from both the teams then also Gujarat’s Parthiv Patel took home the Man of the Match award but Dhoni never plays for awards as his sole motive is to win matches for his club CSK.
This was Dhoni’s fourth unsuccessful run chase in IPL history:
63(45)* v MI Kolkata 2013.
42(31)* v KXIP Mumbai 2014.
79(44)* v KXIP Mohali 2018.
84(48)* v RCB Bengaluru 2019.

And as you can see on all four occasion Dhoni was not out till the end of the match and then also his team lost. This match also bring CSK to the end of 7 win unbeaten run over RCB and CSK is too good that after one year CSK has finally lost back to back games.
Ambati Rayudu was the only batsmen who stood with Dhoni and made a stable partnership of 55 runs after CSK lost their first three wickets within 18 runs (Shane Watson, Suresh Raina and Faf du Plessis) and the worst thing about the three was that Watson and Raina got out in the first over in successive balls (0.5 and 0.6) and wickets continued to tumble until Rayudu came in.
Match Information:
Toss: Chennai Super Kings won the toss opt to bowl.
Man of the Match is Parthiv Patel for 53 of 37.
Final Score:
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 161-7,
Chennai Super Kings: 160/8.

After 2012 RCB won a match against CSK which was today and before I end my article let’s have a look over Dhoni’s last over heroics:
26 Runs required of 6 balls, MS Dhoni on strike:

1st ball: Four.
2nd ball: Six over the roof (111 meter six).
3rd ball: Again Six.
4th ball: 2 Runs.
5th ball: hat-trick of sixes.
6th ball: Direct hit out by Parthiv Patel in strikers end.
Royal Challengers beat Chennai Super Kings by 1 run

April 22, 2019 in Cricket

10 talking points on Match 38th SRH vs RCB

10 talking points on Match 38th SRH vs RCB

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s opening pair once again delivers by completing a century stand before the tenth over. SRH won the toss and choose to ball first and in reply KKR posted an average total of 159 and losing 8 wickets in the progression and below are the some talking points of the match:

1. KKR’s Quick Start:
Kolkata Knight Riders blasted off instantly with KKR’s regular openers Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine hitting 8 boundaries in just 2.3 overs including two fours in first over but unfortunately Narine got out in 16th ball of the match by Khaleel Ahmed and Narine contributed 25 runs for his team and partner (Lynn) and KKR lost their first wicket in 42 runs.

2. Lone Warrior:
Chris Lynn today posted a slow half- century of 47 balls and it slow due to Lynn’s standards as he received no support today from his teammates after Narine got out and three batsmen Shubhman Gill, Nitesh Rana and Skipper Dinesh Karthik got out in quick succession and here’s how all three got out 50-2, 65-3, 73-4 respectively.

3. Rinku Singh:
21 year old right arm off break bowler Singh got his best ever score in IPL and after three wickets tumbled initially, then Singh stepped up the challenge, scored 30 off 25 (a four and two sixes) and supported Lynn to build a partnership of 51 runs and help KKR to cross the hundred run mark. Singh is an ambidextrous person which means he uses his right hand to bowl and left hand to bat.

4. Andre Russel getting out within 15 runs:
West Indian Russel got out quickly after hitting two six and getting out by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

5. KKR failed to capitalise early opportunities:
Even though KKR scored 61 in the six over power-play then also KKR failed to capitalise the advantage as three wickets felled in succession and one interesting thing about power-play was that today’s power-play score was that it was the highest for KKR, if compared to its previous four power-play performances:
29 Runs KKR vs Chennai Super Kings (23rd, March 19)
41 Runs KKR vs Delhi Capitals (12th April, 19)
49 Runs KKR vs Chennai Super Kings (14th, April, 19),
37 KKR vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (19th April, 19).
And a funny thing is that the power-play score kept increasing match by match until it went down against RCB on 19th April.
 
6. SRH openers having all the fun:
Orange Cap holder David Warner posted yet another half century and he was equally supported by Jonny Bairstow from the non-strikers end as he also scored half century and shared a century stand with Skipper Warner which came 9.1 over.
Now, both openers are sitting comfortably in first, second place for IPL Orange Cap with Warner leading the table with 517 runs and Jonny Bairstow in second place with 445 runs.

7. Inspiring Captain:
Skipper Warner was so focused that before the match when it was asked on his performance this season then “It’s not about me I need to make that count” warner said, this show the level of commitment he is showing towards his team which automatically motivates his teammates to perform better and give their hundred percent every time they go out.  

8. Khaleel Ahmed:
When you are playing in a competitive team it is required to give your best every time when you come to the pitch and that’s what Khaleel did as he took three wickets including Sunil Narine and Shubhman Gill in his first spell (in the lights off Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Kumar) and this made him won the man of the match for his 3-33.

9. Back to back loses for KKR:
After this game KKR have now lost two games in a row and in the last one against RCB they were very close as they even crossed the 200 run mark but felt short by 10 runs.

10. Kuldeep Yadav dropped:
Was this a mistake or not because Skipper Dinesh Karthik dropped Kuldeep after his poor performance against RCB, where Kuldeep gave away most runs for KKR (59 runs) and in replace Karthik called in Amit Mishra for a gamble but it failed after Mishraji captured zero wickets and gave away 38 runs and bowled only three overs today and after match was over Karthik was asked on why Kuldeep was dropped then Karthik said: “he didn’t stand up for us”.

Final Score:
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 159/8,
Kolkata Knight Riders: 161/1,
Sunrisers Hyderabad won the match by 9 wickets.

April 22, 2019 in Cricket

Morocco and USA shortlisted for hosting ITTF World Championship 2021

Morocco and USA shortlisted for hosting ITTF World Championship 2021

Finally a new continent to host the ITTF World Championship after International Table Tennis Federation decided to add Agadir, Morocco (African Continent) and Houston, United States of America (North America Continent).

It took ITTF 82 years to find a new continent rather than the usual Asia and Europe because between the two continents, World Championship has been hosted 54 times (including 2019 World Championship) and 1939 was only time ITTF World Championship was hosted outside the two continents and that was in Cairo, Egypt. The 2019 World Championship is a month shy and we just had bids of the 2021 and 2022 championship in which five nations participated for the bidding namely USA, Morocco, China, Japan, and Portugal are invited to deliver their final bid presentation along with all 226 National Associations for voting at the ITTF Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Budapest, Hungary, where a final decision on the hosts for the 2021 and 2022 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships Finals will be made in April 2019.

Following the move ITTF CEO Steve Dainton said:
“The quality of the final bids for 2021 and 2022 are extremely exciting and it’s with great pride that in 2021 the World Championships Finals will be taking in a brand new market for the ITTF.”
 
“This can only be fantastic news for table tennis globally. Last week, I was in Houston, which is an amazing sports city, and I have reports from colleagues that Morocco is also very excited to have the chance to host our biggest event, so what an intriguing race this will be for staging the 2021 World Championships Finals! The ITTF should and must be proud that it took some brave decisions last year in Halmstad which has therefore allowed us to have these bids.”
 
“Then for 2022, we have Japan and China, two Asian power houses, bidding alongside an emerging European table tennis nation in Portugal. In my time at the ITTF I have never remembered 3 bids for the WTTC and again it proves our changes are bearing fruit.”
 
“The site inspections in Kitakyushu, Chengdu and Lisbon were very positive and it will be interesting to see which of the three candidates will win the vote of trust at the AGM taking place this April in Budapest.”

Now is a crucial time in the final evaluation process, as the ITTF has concluded site inspections in all five countries remaining in the hunt to host the final stage of the sport’s biggest event of the respective calendar years.
The 2019 World Championship will begin from 21 to 28 April 2019 at Budapest, Hungary and will feature 5 events.

April 18, 2019 in Table Tennis

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