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Decision on Kagiso Rabada taken by South Africa: Ricky Ponting

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Capitals will definitely miss the services of Purple Cap holder Kagiso Rabada going into the business end of the tournament, but head coach Ricky Ponting made it clear that it was a decision that wasnt in the hands of the franchise and one that Cricket South Africa (CSA) took.”It was a decision that CSA made. KG had complained of a sore lower back. After our last game in Delhi he felt it went a little worse. A massive loss, but one we think we can cover. We have Trent Bolt, who did well last season so he can do the job. Rabada has held the ship up when it came to the death bowling. To have very good death bowlers is important,” he said.Ponting though believes that Boult has the ability to take over from Rabada. “He hasn’t played for a little while and he is bound to be a bit rusty. His first two overs were good, it is just that his death overs didn’t go well against Chennai,” he pointed.Commenting on the loss against Chennai Super Kings, Ponting said: “It should not be difficult as we played some excellent cricket in the first four or five weeks. Just a bit of a wake-up call. As far as the timing was concerned it was right and you will see the boys bouncing back in the last game.”Delhi might have qualified for the playoffs, but Ponting said finishing in the top two will be on the agenda for DC. “We still have a lot to play for. We need to win this game to qualify in the first or second spot. It will be a relaxed session today, but it will be a good contest and I want to see how the boys bounce back. The boys have done really well,” he said.Ponting also praised skipper Shreyas Iyer who took over mid-season in 2018. “To be honest there has been a lot of changes around DC, but all our job is to make the job of the players easy. It is because of the players that we have won the games that we have. Shreyas has done a terrific job and he is growing as a person. He is much happier talking in front of the boys and he is a happier leader now. He is a more experienced person and that is why he is leading the team as he has,” the coach said.Ponting also said that he had no grievances at the way in which Rishabh Pant has thrown his wicket away at times. “I think if you look closely, a lot of batsmen play shots and you think why he played it. I won’t stop him, I will only try to ensure he executes it better. Sometimes they will make mistakes, but I am sure Rishabh will finish well,” he said. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

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Indian Premier League Kieron Pollard hurts Chennai Super Kings for third time in IPL final as Mumbai Indians clinch title

first_imghighlights Chennai Super Kings have lost five finals in IPL history.Mumbai Indians became the first team to win four IPL titles.This was MS Dhoni’s sixth loss in IPL finals. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Mumbai Indians were in a precarious position at 102/5 in 15 overs during the IPL 2019 final against Chennai Super Kings at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal. Rohit Sharma’s side was banking on Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya to deliver. These two had rescued Mumbai Indians with their brilliant batting in the death overs in previous games and they were given the task of doing it yet again in the final. Pollard looked in fine touch, slicing Ravindra Jadeja over backward point for a boundary and then dispatching Imran Tahir, the leading wicket-taker in this tournament to the deep square leg fence for a big six.The 18th over of the Mumbai Indians’ innings proved to be game-changing. Pollard blasted Shardul Thakur over deep midwicket for his second six while Hardik Pandya unveiled the helicopter shot to dispatch Thakur over deep midwicket as the bowler conceded 16 runs. Deepak Chahar pulled things back with just four runs and also got the big wicket of Hardik Pandya and Rahul Chahar. In the final over bowled by Dwayne Bravo, Pollard played out two dot balls. On the third ball, there was controversy as the umpire did not signal a wide. Before the fourth ball was bowled, Pollard walked way across to the tramline, threw his bat up in the air and took his stance as he voiced his displeasure. The umpires warned Pollard and it only fired him up as he blasted the last two balls for fours to end on an unbeaten 41 off 25 balls. Pollard’s onslaught had helped Mumbai Indians score 47 runs in the last five overs and it gave their bowlers something to bowl at.Shane Watson kept Chennai Super Kings in the hunt with a blazing 80 but Jasprit Bumrah and Rahul Chahar bowled brilliantly and Mumbai Indians secured a tense one-run win when Lasith Malinga trapped Thakur LBW to give Rohit’s side their fourth IPL title. Speaking after the victory, Pollard remarked, “These are the games we need to perform in, these are the games that people remember, scoring runs first in the final is always good, the pressure is on the chasing team. It’s the teams that do not put pressure on themselves that can become champions at the end of the tournament.”However, the win owed much to Pollard’s brilliant knock towards the end and it was not the first time that the West Indies all-rounder had hurt Chennai Super Kings on the big stage. In the 2013 Indian Premier League final, Pollard blasted 60 off 32 balls to help Mumbai Indians reach 148/9 and an inspired bowling performance saw them win the match by 23 runs. In the 2015 final of the IPL, Pollard was once again at his aggressive best against Chennai Super Kings by hammering 36 off 18 balls to help Mumbai Indians win the title for the second time by 41 runs.Mumbai Indians’ win in Hyderabad was also their fourth against Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2019 and it was also their third title by beating MS Dhoni’s franchise. However, after this performance, there is no denying that Pollard is the ultimate bogey for Chennai Super Kings when it comes to finals.last_img read more

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