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Umesh Yadav, RCB Spinners Craft A 10 Wicket Victory Over Kings XI

New Delhi: UmeshYadav’s three-wicket haul backed by a solid show from spinners helped Royal Challengers Bangalore pummel Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 match at the Holkar Cricket Stadium here on Monday.

RCB captain ViratKohli made the perfect call to field after winning the toss as his bowlers hardly put a foot wrong on a wicket that had seen 459 runs being scored a couple of days back. The hosts were bundled out for 88 and RCB, led by openers Parthiv Patel and Kohli, sealed the deal with 71 balls to spare.

The win helped the visitors keep their hopes alive for a spot in the playoffs. For KXIP, this was their fifth loss in the last six games. They have two more matches left and need to win both to book a place in the last four.

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Defending Champions MI Tumble Against Rajasthan Royals, Exit Almost Certain

New Delhi: With three dropped catches, an opening partnership of 87 runs and a wicket off the first over while defending 168, the defending champions tumbled against Rajasthan Royals as the visitors walked away with a seven-wicket victory to climb to fifth on the table. However, it was a match that Mumbai Indians couldn’t afford to lose.

For Mumbai, the campaign is all but over and will depend on how the other teams fare even if they win their last two games. It wasn’t a poor score but it was the brilliance of Jos Buttler, who slammed an unbeaten 53-ball 94 to steer his side home.

The Englishman had scored an unbeaten 95 against Chennai Super Kings in the last game and again fell short of the triple-figure mark. If Rajasthan qualify for the playoffs, these knocks would count for more than just two missed tons. D’Arcy Short fell early again but that hardly put any pressure on Buttler, who smashed the ball all across the park.

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Jos Buttler Stars In Rajasthan Royals’ Win Over Chennai Super Kings

New Delhi:  Jos Buttler’s unbeaten 95 off 60 balls laced with 11 fours and two sixes helped Rajasthan Royals stay alive in the race for the play-offs with a thrilling four-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.

Buttler, who had scores of 67,51 and 82 before this match, became the second batsman after Virat Kohli to hit four consecutive fifties and the right-hander started off by smoking three consecutive boundaries off David Willey. The 27-year-old targeted off-spinner Harbhajan Singh by glancing a flatter ball to the fine leg boundary, reverse sweeping a short ball to the third man fence and clobbering a lofted shot over long on for his first six.

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Dhawan, Williamson Bring Sunrisers Hyderabad Home Despite Valiant Effort By Rishabh Pant

New Delhi:RishabhPant’s brutal 128 not out went in vain as ShikharDhawan and skipper Kane Williamson ensured Sunrisers Hyderabad became the first team to seal their playoffs berth in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 on Thursday.

Pant seemed to have taken bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils to a winning total, only for Dhawan and Williamson to inflict the damage by just being alert to scoring opportunities at the FerozeshahKotla ground. (Delhi Daredevils vsSunrisers Hyderabad scorecard)

In the battle between Delhi cricketers Pant and Dhawan lay the fate of the match and Sunrisers marched to a resounding win, which threw Daredevils out of the competition.

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With Ishan’s Blast Mumbai Indian Continue On Course-Correction Mode

New Delhi:Mumbai Indians have the image of doing course-correction at the end even if they start off poorly. They stayed on course to be the first team in IPL 2018 to do the double on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), showing again that no matter how poorly they start the season.

The holders set a target of 211, and KKR, reduced to 93/8 in 13.5 overs, were dismissed for 108 in 18.1 overs. KKR’s reply unravelled early with Sunil Narine gone off the innings’ second ball and Chris Lynn off the fourth over’s last ball. Lynn and Dinesh Karthik’s run outs summed up how an evening that looked promising with KKR restricting MI to 72/2 after 10 overs went into a tailspin as night descended on Eden Gardens. Mumbai Indians won by 102 runs.