Smith dazzles, Bravo holds nerve as Lions win IPL thriller

first_imgNEW DELHI, India (CMC):West Indies opener Dwayne Smith stroked an up tempo half-century, while seamer Dwayne Bravo remained calm under pressure to bowl a decent final over as Gujarat Lions held on to beat Delhi Daredevils by a single run in the Indian Premier League here yesterday.Playing at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Lions piled up 172 for six after being sent in, with the right-handed Smith carving out 53 and opening partner Brendan McCullum top-scoring with 60.In reply, South African Chris Morris hammered a career-best unbeaten 82 to get the hosts within touching distance of their target.However, with 14 runs required from the final over, Bravo managed to hold his nerve and see the visitors over the line.The victory was Lions’ fifth in six outings and it pushed them top of the standings on 10 points, two ahead of the chasing Kolkata Knight Riders. Delhi, meanwhile, remained third on six points.FLYING STARTSmith and McCullum gave Lions a flying start, putting on 112 off 64 deliveries.In only his second game of the IPL, Smith faced 30 deliveries and clobbered five fours and three sixes, while New Zealander McCullum hit six sixes and three sixes in a 36-ball knock.Smith eventually fell in the 11th over when he missed one from leg-spinner Imran Tahir, which skidded on and was lbw. His wicket signalled a collapse, which saw six wickets tumble from 30 runs.Seamer Dhawal Kulkarni then grabbed three wickets to stun Delhi and leave them on 16 for three in the fourth over before Morris and JP Duminy, with 48 off 43 balls, came to their rescue. Morris faced only 32 balls and slammed four fours and eight sixes, while Duminy hit three fours and a six off 43 deliveries.Bravo claimed one for 40 from his four overs, but more important, managed to keep Morris quiet in the final over.last_img read more

India vs Australia: Virat Kohli booed at MCG and made to wait at the crease after tea

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli is used to the cheers whenever he comes out to bat anywhere around the world but Australian fans had something different on their minds on Day 1 of the third Test in Melbourne on Wednesday.Kohli was booed by a section of the capacity crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as he came to the crease after the tea break on Boxing Day.The 30-year-old was also made to wait in the middle as Australian players took a bit of time to resume the action after the break.The final session was to begin at 10am but the hosts walked out only at 9.59am with Kohli already taking guard at the crease.India vs Australia, 3rd Test Day 1 in Melbourne: Live Cricket ScoreKohli has been involved in quite a few verbal duels with his Aussie counterpart Tim Paine which was the main topic of discussion leading up to this Test match.The Delhi batsman now has the responsibility of stretching India’s first innings score along with Cheteshwar Pujara, who is well set at the other end.Ohhhh… #CloseMatters #AUSvIND | @GilletteAU (@cricketcomau) December 26, 2018Kohli joined the action after opener Mayank Agarwal’s dismissal for 76 right at the stroke of tea as India reached 123 for 2 at the break.After a frustrating session for the home side, seamer Pat Cummins had Agarwal caught down the leg-side, the wicket ending an 83-run partnership and bringing tea.Cummins earlier captured the first wicket before lunch, removing promoted opener Hanuma Vihari for eight, but Australia’s formidable pace battery was largely blunted by the lifeless pitch.advertisementIndia had resumed on 57 for one after lunch, with Agarwal having impressed in a chanceless opening session.He hammered Josh Hazlewood through the covers for four on the first ball of the second session, then danced down the pitch to smash spinner Nathan Lyon for another two boundaries.The second, a glorious straight drive, brought up the 27-year-old’s maiden Test fifty off 95 balls.Pujara played a more circumspect innings, soaking up plenty of balls before letting rip on the occasional loose delivery, including a sumptuous late cut off Lyon for four.Agarwal continued his assault on Australia’s premier spinner, slog-sweeping him for six after the drinks break.All-rounder Mitchell Marsh, recalled at the expense of batsman Peter Handscomb, all but snared Pujara for 33 when the India number three nicked onto his pad and the rebound sailed just short of a diving Usman Khawaja in the gully.With selectors jettisoning Murali Vijay and Lokesh Rahul, India’s new opening pair enjoyed a solid start until Cummins intervened with a rearing short ball that pinged off Vihari’s glove to give second slip Aaron Finch an easy catch.That was the sole highlight in a tough first session for Australia, whose bowlers garnered little movement off the drop-in wicket.(With Reuters inputs)Also Read | India vs Australia: Mayank Agarwal shines on debut with maiden fifty on Boxing DayAlso Read | Hanuma Vihari looking to give his best as opener on Boxing DayAlso Read | Mayank Agarwal becomes first Indian opener to debut in Melbournelast_img read more