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Ishan Kishan withdraws from South Africa Test series, BCCI picks KS Bharat as replacement

Ishan Kishan was included in the ODI World Cup squad and went on to play all five T20Is in a series at home against Australia. In the series, the young batter-wicketkeeper scored two fifties.

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India’s wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan, will be unavailable from the Test series against South Africa for personal reasons. The specific reason behind Ishan’s release was not disclosed by the BCCI.

KS Bharat was chosen by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to take his place. Since Australia defeated India in the final of the ODI World Cup 2023, Ishan has not played for the Indian squad.

The last time KS Bharat played for India in a Test match was during a Test series against Australia in June of this year. Bharat had only played in one Test match for India, against Australia, back in February of this year. Bharat had to be included at Ishan’s place rather than being part of the BCCI’s original plans for the Test match against South Africa.

Ishan Kishan has requested the BCCI to be released from the upcoming Test series against South Africa citing personal reasons, the BCCI said in a release. As a result, the wicketkeeper was left out of the Test team, it added.

His replacement has been named as Mr. KS Bharat by the Men’s Selection Committee, the official release stated.

Ishan Kishan was included in the ODI World Cup squad and went on to play all five T20Is in a series at home against Australia. In the series, the youthful batter-wicketkeeper scored two fifties.

In the Test series against South Africa, Bharat may not be India’s first choice wicketkeeper. Rumour has it that KL Rahul may be considered for the position behind the stumps. In both T20Is and ODIs, Rahul has shown himself to be a useful alternative behind the stumps.

The odds are in Rahul’s favour to be given a chance to play wicket-keeping in all three formats, with Rishabh Pant still a long way from returning. Still, keeping wicket in Tests is still far more difficult than in ODIs and T20Is. Should Rahul be promoted to a full-time wicket-keeper role in all three forms, it will be intriguing to watch how the BCCI chooses to allocate his workload.

Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KL Rahul (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Prasidh Krishna, KS Bharat (wk) are the members of current India’s Test-day squad.

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KKR captain Shreyas Iyer fined Rs 12 lakh for slow over rate in match against RR

KKR lost to Royals by two wickets on Tuesday at Eden Gardens.

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The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) were found guilty of violating an IPL Code of Conduct while playing the Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Tuesday, following their defeat in their second match at the Eden Gardens. The Knight Riders not only dropped their opening game of the IPL 2024 season, but their captain also received a fine.

KKR captain Shreyas Iyer has been fined Rs 12 lakh for maintaining a slow over-rate during an IPL match at Eden Gardens against the Rajasthan Royals.

According to the official notification, Iyer has been charged with a huge fine of Rs 12 lakhs as it was his team’ first of the season offense under IPL’s Code of Conduct and involved a minimum over-rate penalty.

In a release from the IPL, it is said, Shreyas Iyer, the captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders, has been fined after his team maintained a slow over rate during their TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 match against Rajasthan Royals at Eden Gardens on April 17.

Meanwhile, this is not the first time in this season when a team has maintained a slow over-rate. Earlier, Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Rant was also fined twice for maintaining a slow over-rate. If his team commits this again, the he along with his will be banned for one match, as per IPL’s Code of Conduct.

In a T20I loss to the Royals on Tuesday, Sunil Narine scored his first century for the Knight Riders. Up till the 18th over, Narine (109 off 56) batted, first partnership with Angkrish Raghuvanshi (30) for 85 runs and then with Andre Russell (13), for 51 runs. For KKR, it was a one-man show. Jos Buttler blasted his way to an unbeaten 60-ball 107 as the visitors completed the chase on the game’s last ball. In response, RR were briefly in major trouble.

While KKR lost their second match in six games, it was the Royals’ sixth win in seven games.

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IPL 2024: Jos Buttler’s unbeaten century helps Rajasthan Royals chase down 224 against Kolkata Knight Riders

Rajasthan Royals were in trouble at one stage of the match but Jos Buttler helped the team recover with an unbeaten 60-ball 107, as the visitors completed the run chase in the last delivery of the match.

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Rajasthan Royals pulled off Indian Premier League’s biggest run chase to defeat Kolkata Knight Riders by two wickets on Tuesday. KKR were asked to bat first and rode on Sunil Narine’s 56-ball 109 to take their team to a respectable total of 223/6 in 20 overs. In response, RR were in trouble at one stage of the match but Jos Buttler helped the team recover with an unbeaten 60-ball 107, as the visitors completed the run chase in the last delivery of the match.

The England captain began the last over hitting a six off the first ball, he then had to turn down runs off the next 4 balls, thus bringing the equation down to Rajasthan Royals needing 3 runs to win off the last 2 balls. Buttler then hobbled 2 runs off the 2nd last ball of the match and took a single off the last delivery and thus took RR to a record-equalling run chase.

Earlier the Kolkata Knight Riders were asked to bat first on a fresh pitch, Narine blasted a 49-ball 100 to lead KKR’s innings in this match at Eden Gardens. It was a one-man show from KKR as Narine (109 off 56) took his team till the 18th over, forging a 85 run partnership with Angkrish Raghuvanshi (30) and then adding 51 runs along with Andre Russell (13). KKR reached a score of 223/6 in 20 overs batting first.

KKR’s bowling attack could not go unnoticed as the likes of Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine both shone to help keep the home side in the fight, but the effort seemed to be in vain. It was merely a case of who wanted to win more on the match day. And Buttler showed that he wanted it the most, as he led Rajasthan Royals to a historic run-chase, the biggest successful run-chase in the history of the IPL.

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IPL 2024: Travis Head smashes brilliant century, Pat Cummins takes 3 wickets as Sunrisers Hyderabad defeat Royal Challengers Bengaluru by 25 runs

Travis Head smashed his century in 39 balls which is the 4th fastest hundred in the competition as he set the match for his team and was named man of the match. He put together a 108-run opening partnership with Abhishek Sharma, who hit 34 runs.

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Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday broke their record of scoring the highest total in the Indian Premier League (IPL), as they hit 287 runs in 20 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. During the innings, 22 sixes were shot, along with 19 boundaries, by the power hitters of Sunrisers Hyderabad – Travis Head (102), Abhishek Sharma (34), Heinrich Klaasen (67), Aiden Markram (32) and Abdul Samad (37).

Pat Cummins bowled a disciplined lined line and length and returned with figures of 3/43 to win the contest. Dinesh Karthik was the top scorer for Royal Challengers Bengaluru hitting 83 of 35 balls. RCB ended up taking the match closer than expected and SRH won the game by 25 runs.

The match between Royal challengers Bengaluru and Sunrisers Hyderabad was not an ordinary one, as many new records were made and broken. The Sunrisers Hyderbad broke their previous record of scoring 277 runs against Mumbai Indians in the current IPL tournament. Not only the current total of 287 is the highest in IPL tournaments so far, but it is also the second-highest score in T20 cricket history.

Virat Kohli (42) and captain Faf du Plesis(62) gave their team a good start before Dinesh Karthik smashed 83 off 35 balls as RCB ended on 262-7. SRH captain pat Cummins and spinner Makank Markande broke the back of the Bengaluru chase with 5 wickets between them. Pat Cummins said after winning the match against Mumbai Indians a few weeks ago he thought this would not happen again, but it has happened again.

Travis Head smashed his century in 39 balls which is the 4th fastest hundred in the competition as he set the match for his team and was named man of the match. He put together a 108-run opening partnership with Abhishek Sharma, who hit 34 runs.

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