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IPL Season 9: Super Solid Sunrisers knock out Kolkata Knight Riders

A fantastic all round display by the Sunrisers Hyderabad, playing as a unit, helped them beat the Kolkata Knight Riders by 22 runs in the Eliminator at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi on Wednesday night.

Having been put in to bat, the Sunrisers Hyderabad stuttered to 162-8 in their 20 overs with Yuvraj Singh top scoring with 44. Each of the Sunrisers' top 5 got into double figures, but no one went on to make a big score. David Warner made a run a ball 28, while his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan struck a couple of boundaries before Morne Morkel made a mess of his furniture.


IPL Season 9: De Villiers super show powers RCB into Final

The Royal Challengers Bangalore made it 6 wins on the trot, stunning the table topping Gujarat Lions by 4 wickets in a nerve wracking Qualifier to advance to their third ever IPL Final.

RCB looked dead and buried at 29-5 in the powerplay as they attempted to score the 159 runs necessary to advance to the IPL Final, but a classy unbeaten 79 off just 47 balls from AB de Villiers, and his 91 run partnership for the 7th wicket with Iqbal Abdulla (33* off 25 balls) took the Royal Challengers to victory with 10 balls to spare.


IPL Season 9: RCB complete remarkable turnaround to finish 2nd

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The Royal Challengers Bangalore were in 7th place in the IPL Standings barely a fortnight back, they completed what has been a rather remarkable turnaround, winning their 5th game on the bounce to take second place and the spoils that go with it by beating the Delhi Daredevils by 6 wickets in the final group stage match of Season 9 of the Indian Premier League.

Their latest win takes RCB up to second spot, which means they will enjoy home comforts when they entertain the table topping Gujarat Lions at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday in the Qualifier for the Final, giving them two bites of the cherry at making the IPL Final. RCB's win also relegates the Sunrisers Hyderabad to third place, forcing them into an instant rematch against the side that beat them earlier today, the Kolkata Knight Riders at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on Wednesday.


IPL Season 9: KKR beat Sunrisers Hyderabad to confirm play-off berth

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The Kolkata Knight Riders have beaten the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 22 runs at the Eden Garderns in the 4pm start on Sunday to book their place in the play-offs for Season 9 of the IPL. The match itself was an entertaining affair with KKR making full use of a poor decision from the Sunrisers Hyderabad to send them in on a pitch that would offer grip and turn as the match wore on to post a winning total of 171-6 on the board. The Sunrisers in response could manage only 149-8 in their 20 overs with Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav taking 5 wickets to ensure victory for the home side.

Robin Uthappa once again gave the Knight Riders an electric start, gliding the ball through the offside with unerring precision to post 25 before he fell to Barinder Sran. Colin Munro, picked ahead of Eoin Morgan today, failed to make the most of the opportunity afforded to him as he contributed just 10 and KKR looked in a spot of bother at 57-3 when Gautam Gambhir fell too after getting off to a start for 16.


IPL Season 9: Gujarat Lions book spot in Qualifier, Mumbai all but out

The Gujarat Lions, who had started their first season in the IPL so brightly, bounced back from a series of poor results to pick a crucial 9th win to guarantee themselves a top two berth, which will place them in the end of season qualifier in the play-offs, giving them two bites of the cherry to make their first ever IPL Final.

That ninth win today came in emphatic fashion against the defending champions the Mumbai Indians, who having been put in to bat made what on paper looked like a competitive 172-8 from their 20 overs. 22 year old Delhi youngster showed his ability with the bat today, top scoring with an impressive 70 off just 36 balls, an innings which included 7 fours and 4 sixes.


IPL Season 9: Dhoni smashes 16 from the last 3 balls to win condemn Punjab to bottom place

It was supposed to be a dead rubber that would only determine which side would be left holding the wooden spoon, but Pune Skipper MS Dhoni made it a game to remember for fans of the Supergiants as the legendary Indian captain finished the match in the manner only he can, smashing 4,6 and 6 off the last three balls of Axar Patel's over, who was given 23 runs to defend to help the Kings XI Punjab climb above Pune in the IPL Season 9 standings, but fell short.

The match itself was an exciting one right through with the Kings XI Punjab opting to bat first on winning the toss in the sweltering heat of Vizag, and reached a competitive 172-7 on the back of half-centuries from Murali Vijay (59) and Gurkeerat Singh (51).


IPL Season 9: Delhi Daredevils stun Sunrisers Hyderabad to stay in contention

A last ball boundary from Karun Nair helped the Delhi Daredevils keep their fight for a play-off berth very much alive as they stunned the Sunrisers Hyderabad in a thrilling contest at Raipur which means that no team is yet guaranteed their place in the knock-out stages of the IPL with 2 points separating the top 6 with 4 games left to play.

It was the Daredevils who won the toss today and invited the Sunrisers Hyderabad to have a bat. David Warner dominated the Sunrisers' innings with the bat, top scoring with 73 off 56 balls, with no other batsman making his way past the 20 run mark. Interestingly though 7 of the 8 batsmen who had a bat made their way into double figures with everyone virtually getting a start, but no one else going on to capitalize.


IPL Season 9: Gujarat Lions back in the top 2 with thumping win against Kolkata Knight Riders

The Gujarat Lions have all but secured a spot in the knock out rounds of the Indian Premier League with a comfortable 6 wicket win against the Kolkata Knight Riders, whose own future in the tournament is far from secure as they hang on to the fourth and final qualifying spot by net run rate with a game left in the Group stage of the competition.

The flip of the coin went the way of the Gujarat Lions who invited the Kolkata Knight Riders to have a bat first at the famous Green Park Stadium in Kanpur.


Masters Champions League fails to honour player contracts in full

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FICA Executive Chairman, Tony Irish today made comment in relation to the inaugural Masters Champions League (MCL) event held in Dubai in January earlier this year. The MCL was run by Zafar Shah and event organisers Grand MidWest Sports.

“A significant number of players who played in the MCL have not been paid their contractual entitlements. As far as we are aware only one team, the Gemini Arabians has been paid in full and on time.” Irish said.


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