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hennai Super Kings
jumped to the top of the
table with a fine five-wick-
et win over Rajasthan
Royals in an Indian
Premier League (IPL) match at the
JSCA International Stadium
Complex here May 13.
Skipper Mahendra Singh
Dhoni again took the team home
safely with an unbeaten 26 off 16
balls along with Ravindra Jadeja
(11 not out) as Chennai Super
Kings achieved the target of 149
with two balls to spare and five
wickets in hand.
Though Super Kings lost two
quick wickets of Brendan
McCullum (6) and Suresh Raina
(2) inside five overs, Dwayne
Smith (44) and Faf du Plesis (38)
kept the Super Kings on track with
their valuable knocks. Both
McCullum and Raina were
removed by left-arm spinner
Ankit Sharma, who was the most
impressive of the Rajasthan
bowlers with two for 20.
Smith was the aggressive one
as he struck five fours and two
sixes in his 35-ball innings while
Du Plesis, was happy giving the
strike to hisWest Indian team
The South African struck two
fours in his 39-ball knock.
The duo added 35 runs for the
third wicket before Smith fell
tamely while attempting a pull
shot of his fellowWest Indian
Kevon Cooper, but lobbed it to the
wicketkeeper. Ravichandran
Ashwin took 16 balls for his 14
and was castled by Rajat Bhatia
while Du Plesis had his stumps
rattled by James Faulkner.
With Du Plesis back in the dug
out, Super Kings were 121 for five
in 17.3 overs. They needed anoth-
er 28 runs in 15 balls. Dhoni made
it look simple and finished off the
job with ease. He struck a four
and a six in his 16-ball innings
and got good support from Jadeja
to take the team through.
Earlier, a captain’s knock of 51
by ShaneWatson took Rajasthan
Royals to 148 for eight in 20 overs.
BesidesWatson, Ankit Sharma
(30) and Stuart Binny (22) were
the two other batsmen, who could
get to double figures.
Watson and Ankit gave
Rajasthan an impressive start with
their 60-run stand but after Aknit’s
dismissal, they kept losing wickets
at regular intervals.Watson played
a whirlwind knock in 36 balls and
hit three fours and four sixes.
Mohit Sharma picked up 3/31
from his four overs while Ravindra
Jadeja bowled miserly for his two
for 18 from four overs.
May 16, 2014
– that’s all you need to know
orce India drivers Sergio
Perez and Nico Hulkenberg
finished ninth and 10th,
respectively, at the Formula 1
Spanish Grand Prix held at the
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
here May 11.
The race was won by Mercedes
driver Lewis Hamilton in a thrilling
finish just 0.6 seconds ahead of
teammate Nico Rosberg while Red
Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo finished
third.With his fourth successive
win, Hamilton went to the top of
the drivers’ championship for the
first time this season with 100
points. For Force India, Mexican
Perez earned two points while his
teammate got the last point from
the fifth race of the season with the
team getting three points in total.
Therefore, Force India dropped
a place to fourth in the construc-
tors’ standings and are currently
there with 57. Meanwhile in the
drivers’ standings, German
Hulkenberg is sixth with 37 while
Perez sits on 10th with 20.
Royals Snatch Dramatic
Win Against Bangalore
ustralian imports Steve
Smith and James
Faulkner pounded 65
runs in just 17 balls to carry
Rajasthan Royals to a five-wick-
et win against Royal
Challengers Bangalore in a cru-
cial IPL game here May 11.
Smith (48 not out, 21b, 4x4,
4x6) and Faulkner (41
not out, 17b, 3x4,
3x6) came together
in the 14th over
with Rajasthan on
106 for five, and
played some
clever cricket to
help their team over-
haul RCB’s total of 190 for
five with seven balls to spare.
In the process, Yuvraj Singh’s
dream performance of 83 off 38
balls (7x4, 7x6) and 4 for 35
went in vain for RCB whose re-
jigged line-up failed to deliver
as they slid to their sixth defeat
in nine matches while
Rajasthan chalked up sixth win
to consolidate their third place
on the leaderboard.
The Smith-Faulkner partner-
ship left RCB shell-shocked
considering that a rollicking
132-run partnership between
Yuvraj and AB de Villiers (58,
32b, 1x4, 5x6) had given them a
seemingly winning total.
Contributing to RCB’s opti-
mismwas Yuvraj’s performance
with the ball as he tore apart
the Rajasthan middle-order,
beginning with a double strike
in his very first over and then
picking up two more wickets to
put the hosts on top.
However, Smith and Faulker
turned the game around for
Rajasthan who had started well
with openers Ajinkya Rahane
(24) and Karun Nair (56, 39b,
8x4) putting on 54 runs before
Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed
the former to set the stage for
Yuvraj’s four-wicket haul.
Earlier, Yuvraj and de Villiers
smashed 84 runs in the last five
overs in the course of their cen-
tury partnership to lift RCB’s
sagging spirits.
Barring their association,
there was little to enthuse
about RCB’s innings that was
otherwise in tatters after the
cheap dismissals of skipper
Virat Kohli (4) who had
promoted himself to
open with Chris Gayle
(19) andVijay Zol
BothYuvraj and
de Villiers took their
time to reconstruct the
innings that at one junc-
ture was 40 for three in ninth
over. However, once they got
into groove, there was no stop-
ping either of them as runs
flowed freely, especially in the
end overs.
Yuvraj, under pressure after
a string of failures, showed
glimpses of his class while de
Villiers was his usual busy self
in scoring his fourth half-cen-
tury in nine matches and his
fifth 40-plus score.
The Rajasthan bowlers, who
had begun well enough, later
yielded to the brilliance of
Yuvraj and de Villiers, both of
whomwere unstoppable until
they perished attempting to
further accelerate. By then, RCB
had enough runs on the board
to eye their fourth win in nine
matches, but it was not to be
their night.
Brief scores:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
190 for 5 in 20 overs (AB de
Villiers 58, Yuvraj Singh 83,
Kane Richardson 2 for 43) lost
to Rajasthan Royals 191 for 5 in
18.5 overs (Karun Nair 56, Steve
Smith 48 not out, David
Faulkner 41 not out, Yuvraj
Singh 4 for 35).
Force India Finish 9th, 10th in Spain
Somdev Climbs to 95th
Place in ATP Rankings
ndia’s top singles tennis
player Somdev Devvarman
gained two positions to
occupy 95th place while
compatriot Yuki
Bhambri dropped a
place to 156 in the
latest ATP rankings
released May 12.
In the doubles
ATP rankings,
Leander Paes dropped
two places to 11th with
Rohan Bopanna the next best
placed Indian in the 14th posi-
tion. Mahesh Bhupathi
dropped ten places and is 56th
ranked in the world
Saina Mirza continues to
occupy eighth place in the
WTA doubles rankings
for women.
Ankita Raina is
still the top-ranked
Indian singles
player gaining
nine places to be in
295th position. It
was also a good week
for Prarthana Thombare,
who climbed six places to
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