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Shane Watson’s Unbeaten Ton Powers CSK To Third IPL Title Win

New Delhi: Shane Watson’s unbeaten knock of 117 capped off a memorable night for CSK as they marked their return to IPL fold after a break of two years with a third title, equating the record of Mumbai Indians.A vintage Shane Watson put up an exhibition of power-hitting in front of a packed Wankhede crowd as he struck a memorable unbeaten century to power Chennai Super Kings to their third Indian Premier League title.

That Watson would singlehandedly knock the winds out of SRH sails seemed a distant possibility when he played 10 straight dot balls before getting off the mark with a powerfully hit boundary straight past the bowler. He lost his opening partner Faf du Plessis (10) but then took over the stage providing a wholesome entertainment.

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Afghan Player Rashid Khan Shines In SRH’s 14-run Victory Over KKR

New Delhi: In a league showcasing the world’s best T20 players, who would have thought an Afghan would stamp his influence on the second-most important match of IPL 2018? Leg-spinner Rashid Khan is unlikely to forget this night at Eden after hauling Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to a 14-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and into Sunday’s final against Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai.

Khan made a 10-ball 34 that took SRH to 174/7, a score that looked unlikely when they were 124/5 after 17 overs. He then ran out NitishRana who, with Chris Lynn, was threatening to run away with this qualifier at the Eden Gardens on Friday.

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Neck Injury Dashes Kohli’s Hope of Maiden County Stint with Surrey

New Delhi: A neck injury has dashed ViratKohli’s hopes of a maiden County stint with Surrey to prepare for the England Test series starting on August 1. The Indian skipper hurt himself on May 17, during Royal Challengers Bangalore’s win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in Bangalore.

The BCCI said in a statement on Thursday that Kohli was assessed by the BCCI medical team and a specialist. He then underwent scans. Kohli will have rehab at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore and undergo a fitness test on June 15. The BCCI is confident that Kohli will be fit to lead in the high-profile Test series in England (Aug 1-Sept 11).

The BCCI though leaves many questions unanswered. Kohli’s personal coach, Raj Kumar Sharma, said ‘it is not very serious’, and said reports of a possible slipped disc was “rubbish”. But Saba Karim, BCCI GM (cricket operations) was unwilling to say what the injury exactly was. “Details are with the BCCI physio, but not sure they would like to share with the media.”

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Kolkata Bowlers Restrict Rajasthan To 144; Register Win At Eden Gardens By 25 Runs

New Delhi: Kolkata bowlers restricted Rajasthan to 144/4 to register a comfortable victory defending 169 at the Eden Gardens. Spinners PiyushChawla (2/24) and KuldeepYadav (1/18) led the hosts' attack and was well supported by their pacers, especially Prasidh Krishna (1/28). Sanju Samson(50) and skipper AjinkyaRahane (46) added an impressive 62 runs for Rajasthan but failed to take their team home.

Rahane and Rahul Tripathi gave Rajasthan a solid start to their chase as the duo added 47 runs in just five overs. Tripathi smacked two back-to-back sixes off Sunil Narine (0/39), who had a forgettable night, as the West Indian conceded 15 runs in his first over. Chawla broke the partnership dismissing Tripathi (20) in the final Powerplay over.

Rahane along with Samson kept the momentum going taking Rajasthan to 87/1 at the halfway mark. They soon completed fifty-run stand to take the score past 100-run mark in the 13th over.

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Faf du Plessis Takes Chennai Super King into Finals

New Delhi:South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has made a composed unbeaten 67 off 42 balls that contained five fours and four sixes to take Super Kings to 140/8 in 19.1 overs, to a two-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad. Only this man seemed to have a heart ticking in normal rate inside of a cauldron like Wankhede Stadium. He came in as opener,Faf saw Chennai Super Kings wickets falling around him like candyfloss flying away in storm.

This was their seventh IPL final here on Tuesday (May 22). Meanwhile, Sunrisers will play the Qualifier 2 on Friday at Kolkata against the winners of Eliminator match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday (May 23).