Chennai Super Kings had to endure their first loss of the ongoing IPL season at the hands of Mumbai Indians. The defending champions came to Mumbai to keep their unbeatable run intact at the Wankhede Stadium but the home team thrashed them by 37 runs.
Chasing 171 runs to register their fourth consecutive win, Kings could only manage 133 for 8 in the end. The visitors lost Ambati Rayudu and Shane Watson cheaply. Suresh Raina and Kedar Jadhav then tried to repair the damage but their partnership was broken when it looked like they were settling in. Kieron Pollard took a stunning catch to dismiss Suresh Raina for 16.
Jadhav tried his best but others failed to get going. The Super Kings ended their innings on 133 giving Mumbai second win of the season.
Despite defeat, MS Dhoni won hearts once again with his beautiful gesture. He came out of the dressing room to meet one of his eldest fans. A senior was waiting to meet her favorite cricketer and Dhoni did not disappoint her. He had a brief conversation with her and even took a selfie to make her day.
Rishabh Pant is one of the most talented players in Indian cricket at the moment. The former Indian captain, Sourav Ganguly, who made big players out of people like Zaheer Khan, MS Dhoni, Virender Sehwag Yuvraj Singh, and Harbhajan Singh by giving them adequate opportunities, is now backing Pant to come good in times to come and feels he should not be restricted rather backed to do what he does the best and that is to win games of cricket.
“He’s (Rishabh) highly gifted and talented. His knock in Mumbai was incredible and I’ve seen very few players put on a performance like that. It’s a format where you have to score runs. He has the match-winning ability. In my career, I’ve never stopped a match winner from doing what he does best. I believe in him. Be it Delhi or India, he will go a long way as his future is very bright.” Sourav Ganguly, who is Delhi Capitals' advisor told IndiaTV.
Pant is the only Indian wicket-keeper batsman in Tests to score centuries in England and Australia. Remarkably, the southpaw ended up as the second leading run-scorer in India's historic bilateral Test series triumph over Australia. Pant has been disappointing though in limited-overs cricket thus far.
There is no one like MS Dhoni when it comes to alertness. The former Indian skipper has been part of several sensational stumpings during his career. Krunal Pandya, the Mumbai Indians all-rounder, tried to act cheeky during last night game against Chennai Super Kings but MS Dhoni showed him who is the real boss of the cash rich league.
Earlier, Krunal had earned a lot of praise for sparing King XI Punjab's Mayank Agarwal from Mankading him when the latter went out of the crease even before the ball was bowled.
Meanwhile, the latest incident involving Dhoni and Pandya took place in the 14th over. Krunal, who was bowling his second over, stopped suddenly before releasing the ball in order to check whether Dhoni was out of the crease or not. But the former Indian skipper was aware of Krunal's intentions and didn't leave the popping crease.
Mumbai Indians wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock had a sheepish smile on his face moments after the incident.
Hardik Pandya was star for Mumbai Indians in the tie against Chennai Super Kings that took place at the Wankhede Stadium yesterday. The wiry all-rounder made an unbeaten 25 off 8 balls and went on to pick up 3/20. He was adjudged the Man-of-the-Match in 37 run-win of Mumbai over Chennai.
“It feels really good to help the team win and to contribute to it. It's been seven months since I played much competitive cricket. Have batted and batted and batted in the nets. I am someone who loves to have game time and I am hitting them really well at the moment. Yes, the injury happened and then the controversy too,” Hardik said after picking up his Man of the Match award in the post-match presentation.
“These seven months weren't easy and I wasn't sure of what to do. This award is special and I dedicate it to all those who stood by me during those tough times. My goal is to keep performing and hopefully, help India win the World Cup,” the all-rounder added.
Former Indian captain, Sourav Ganguly has been served a notice by BCCI’s Ombudsman, Justice D K Jain, after he received a complaint about his alleged conflict of interest. Ganguly is the President of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). But at present, he is also serving as the advisor to the Delhi Capitals side in the ongoing season of the IPL. Delhi have combined the experience of Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly in their coaching set-up.
Delhi capitals are yet to win IPL and they are not leaving any stone unturned to clinch the title this time around. Two fans have alleged that Ganguly’s conflict of interest will create a ruckus when Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals will take on Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens.
“Yes, I have received a complaint about Ganguly. Today I have issued a notice to him seeking his views on the matter and he has one week to send a reply. Once I get his reply, we’ll see how we can proceed in the matter and if he should be summoned for a meeting or not,” DK Jain confirmed to CricketNext on Tuesday.
Notably, Sourav Ganguly had earlier defended himself saying, “There is absolutely no conflict of interest. I resigned from the IPL Governing Council earlier. I have spoken to the CoA too before committing myself to the role.”