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IPL: Sunrisers near early exit after PBKS loss

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Jason Holder put on a fiery show with his all-round performance, but lack of support saw Sunrisers Hyderabad slump to another defeat.

Punjab Kings survived a low-scoring thriller to win the contest by five runs.

After setting up a meagre target of 126, the game looked like it’s up for grabs for SRH.

But an early collapse meant another failed run chase for Kane Williamson’s men.

As a result, SRH ended up for 121/7.

Form slump continues for Williamson, Warner

Williamson and David Warner are some of the best white-ball players in the world.

However, both have failed to register a single match-winning knock in this campaign.

They have been returning to hut in single figures, exposing the rest of the batting line-up.

Jonny Bairstow’s departure has hurt Hyderabad as well.

The Englishmen was performing well as an opener, but he decided not to participate in the UAE-leg of the season.

Holder bags MOTM

Jason Holder carried on his CPL form into IPL.

The Caribbean star was awarded Man of the Match despite playing a hand in the losing cause.

First, he picked three wickets to stop the Kings from reaching a big total.

He then spanked PBKS bowlers all over the park, remaining unbeaten at 47*.

The former West Indies skipper gave one of his best IPL performances, but middle-order’s failure meant that his lone theatrics weren’t enough to seal the deal for Hyderabad.

Even PBKS skipper KL Rahul lauded Holder for his performance. “Holder played a phenomenal inning,” he said in the post-match interview.

“He picked up two wickets in an over to get me and Mayank. He came and batted really well… There was no pace on the pitch.”

Punjab Kings 125 for 7 (Markram 27, Holder 3-19) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 120 for 7 (Holder 46*, Bishnoi 3-24, Shami 2-14) by five runs.

Match preview – CSK vs KKR

Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings will meet in the 38th match of the Indian Premier League on Saturday.

The Sheikh Zayed Stadium will host the game that kicks off 3:30 pm (India Time).

Probable MOTM winner

Ravi Jadeja

Jadeja is arguable at the peak of his career, bowling brilliantly and providing Chennai with late fiery knocks with the bat.

The CSK veteran can be seen all over the field when he plays. Apart from his fielding displays, Jadeja can’t help but remain in the limelight for his all-round contributions.

Getting rid of him as early as KKR can be on Eoin Morgan’s agenda.

Match prediction

Chennai Super Kings are placed second at the IPL 2021 points table.

They have won seven games and lost just twice.

The way they have turned the tables on every team this season goes to show how brilliantly Mahendra Singh Dhoni has handled their downfall in 2020.

They have got 14 points in the bag already and flaunt the best net run rate in the table.

CSK have almost booked a spot in the playoffs, but beating Kolkata would be the cherry on the top.

Kolkata have been rising to the ranks steadily, winning both of their last two games.

But they don’t seem to have the flow that CSK have.

Hence, Dhoni and co should win the Saturday showdown with ease.

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No mercy from India! Jasprit Bumrah set to return for final Test against England in Dharamsala

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Team India have pocked the five-match Test series against England with a five-wicket win in the fourth match. With a 3-1 lead in the series, they will head into the final Test in Dharamsala as a confident unit. While it is crucial for Ben Stokes and Co. to leave the touring nation on a positive note, the home side is likely to experiment with their playing XI for the low-key fixture.

According to reports, the Indian cricket management is considering resting a few players for the final Test due to the workload. India were without some key players due to withdrawal and injuries throughout the series. However, the youngsters stepped up and gave the desired result, gaining the confidence of the management.

Meanwhile, the Men in Blue are not going to make it easy for the visitors when the two teams clash at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium from March 7. As per Cricbuzz, elite pacer and the team’s vice-captain Jasprit Bumrah is set to be recalled. This shows that India will go hard in the upcoming match and aim to settle the series 4-1.

Bumrah was rested for the fourth Test in Ranchi as he played three matches on a trot. The 30-year-old has been carefully managed by management since his return from a back injury last year after a nearly year-long absence. He made his comeback in the T20I series against Ireland and after that, he played only in crucial fixtures like the Asia Cup, ODI World Cup, and Test matches. With the 2024 T20 World Cup also around the corner, it will be important for the team to manage Bumrah’s workload.

KL Rahul doubtful for Dharamsala Test 

KL Rahul, who was deemed 90% fit before the third Test in Rajkot, has not fully recovered and is unlikely to play in the final match. Rahul suffered a quadriceps strain in the series opener and missed the next two matches. The report states that the Karnataka cricketer has been sent overseas for treatment.

It remains to be seen whether the under-fire Rajat Patidar will get another chance to prove his mettle in Rahul’s absence. Patidar looked promising in the first innings of the Hyderabad Test, but then lost his rhythm and suffered a series of low scores, including two ducks.

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‘Ye toh Mohammad Kaif 2.0 nikla’ – Fans react as Brendon McCullum accepts series defeat against India and claim themselves to be better than they were in 2022

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Brendon McCullum has reacted to England’s performance in the ongoing series against India. The visiting side are currently trailing 1-3 in the series after the conclusion of the 4th Test in Ranchi. With the fifth Test set to happen in Dharamshala, England have lost the series by all means. They do have a chance to end the series on a high note by winning the last Test.

After the loss against India in the 4th Test, McCullum was in the press conference. He claimed that they are a better side than they were 18 months ago. Brendon acknowledged the fact that they lost the series against India and could not win in the Ashes. He felt that given the way England is playing, there is a good chance of them doing special things in the next 18 months in Test cricket.

“We’ve lost this series and we didn’t win the Ashes, but we’re a better cricket team than we were 18 months ago and we’ve got an opportunity in the next 18 months to do some pretty special shitz. I’m fizzing for it, to be honest,” said McCullum as he was hopeful of a bright future for England in Tests. It is true that England were not as competitive under Joe Root as they are under Ben Stokes.

Improved competitiveness of England

While Root’s tenure was good before the pandemic, the team struggled under his captaincy. 2021 and early 2020 were the years when England was demoralised. They lost in India 1-3 and trailed 1-2 at home against the same opponent. For the first time in over 20 years, NZ beat England in Tests in their own backyard. In 2022, England lost the Ashes 0-4 away from home.

They also lost to the West Indies 0-1 which acted as a final nail in the coffin of Root’s leadership. However, things have changed drastically under Stokes and McCullum. They won the series against New Zealand at home and clean-swept Pakistan in their own backyard. They drew the Ashes 2-2 and drew the series against NZ 1-1 before losing the series against India.

Here’s how the fans reacted to the statement of Brendon McCullum –

 

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WATCH: IShowSpeed reacts to Virat Kohli becoming father for 2nd time

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IShowSpeed took to his YouTube channel and reacted to Virat Kohli becoming the father for the 2nd time in his life. The popular YouTuber is known to be a fan of Virat in cricket. He claimed that the Indian batter got twins. In the video which has gone viral on the internet, Speed was seen reacting to the announcement of the star couple. He was visibly excited about seeing the good news.

Speed claimed that Akaay and Vamika are twins. The fan of the Indian batter claimed that the son of Virat should have been named as ‘Virat Kohli Jr’. He went on to add that Akaay could become a young GOAT. Seeing the announcement video, the popular YouTuber claimed that he would still call Akaay as ‘Virat Kohli Jr’.

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He got twins!! Virat Kohli got twins!! Vamika and Akaay! Akaay about to be a young GOAT. He should have been named to Virat Kohli Jr, I’m still going to call him Kohli Jr bro,” said I Show Speed in his video. The fans are in bits after seeing the video of the YouTuber and said that he is too funny. The way Speed calls Virat was mocked by the fans on social media.

The family of Virat Kohli

Virat has a big family. While his father died when he was playing a Ranji Trophy game in the 2000s, he has a brother and mother. In 2017, Virat married Anushka which became a sensation. The star couple has been the talk of the town since then. In 2021, Virat and Anushka were blessed with their first child. The duo named her as ‘Vamika‘.

Earlier this year, Virat took a leave during the series against England. The fans were not sure of the reason behind the move of the batter that he even could not attend the Ram Mandir inaugural ceremony. Earlier this month, the fans got to know that the couple became the parents for the 2nd time. Anushka and Virat posted a joint statement where they declared to be parents and announced ‘Akaay’ to the world.

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