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Rising Pune Supergiants lose Mitchell Marsh to injury

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Cricket Australia has today advised that Rising Pune Supergiants all-rounder Mitchell Marsh is returning home from the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a side strain.

Cricket Australia Sports Science and Sports Medicine Manager Alex Kountouris said: “Mitchell experienced some pain over his left abdominal area whilst batting at a training session with his team Pune in the IPL  a few days ago.

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IPL Season 9: Hyderabad join logjam at 8 points with win over RCB

The Sunrisers Hyderabad made it a four horse battle for second place in the Indian Premier League standings, joining the leaderboard logjam at 8 points by beating the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 15 runs at Hyderabad.

A fantastic innings of 92 off just 50 balls at the top of the order from Sunrisers skipper David Warner laid the foundation for his team to post a massive total of 194-5 in their 20 overs, and the target proved just enough for the hosts to register a comfortable victory with the Royal Challengers Bangalore coming within a few hits of picking up a win, but seemed to lack the big hits at the end of the innings that would see them over the line.

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IPL Season 9: Dravid's Delhi Daredevils go second as Kolkata crumble under pressure

The Delhi Daredevils leapfrogged the Kolkata Knight Riders to take over second spot in the Indian Premier League standings courtesy of a 27 run win at the Feroz Shah Kotla in a match that was much closer than the scoreline suggests.

Having been put in to bat on losing the toss, the Delhi Daredevils recovered from being 2-2 in the first over of the game to post a very competitive total of 186-8 with Karun Nair top scoring with 68 from 50 balls and Sam Billings, making his debut for the Daredevils, scoring a crucial 54 off 34 balls with the duo sharing in a 105 run stand for the fourth wicket in the middle overs.

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IPL Season 9: Gujarat Lions pip Rising Pune Supergiants to last ball win

A thrilling contest in Pune went down to the last ball, and India's super skipper MS Dhoni's legendary touch for dramatic wins appears to be deserting him this season as the Rising Supergiants lost yet again with birthday boy James Faulkner hitting the winning runs off the final ball of the match, narrowly escaping getting out on consecutive deliveries as Pune spurned a run out opportunity and then Faulkner pulled a short delivery from Thisara Perera past the diving Steve Smith who could only watch in vain as his maiden T20 century failed to guide Pune to a much needed win.

The Gujarat Lions, top of the IPL standings, won the toss and asked Pune to have a bat. Saurabh Tiwary, given an opportunity to open the batting by Pune, was run out for 1, beaten to the stumps by the diving Suresh Raina, Jonty Rhodes style ala the 1992 World Cup.

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Jamaica Tallawahs welcome Steyn as Malinga is ruled out of CPL

The Jamaica Tallawahs have moved quickly to replace the injured Lasith Malinga in their HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) squad by adding South Africa’s Dale Steyn to their ranks for the coming season.

A former number-one ranked Test bowler, Proteas favourite Steyn is one of the leading stars of the world game and will feature in his inaugural CPL campaign for the Tallawahs. In 42 T20 Internationals to date, the 32-year-old has claimed 58 wickets, with an economy rate of 6.71, which is a fraction above (6.68 runs per over) overall career figures in 20-over cricket where he has taken 178 wickets in 165 games to date.

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IPL Season 9: Kolkata pulverized by Pollard as Mumbai climb up to 3rd

The Mumbai Indians' title defence could well be back on track following consecutive wins from the reigning Indian Premier League champions as a Kieron Pollard special, another record equaling half-century, helped Mumbai stun the Kolkata Knight Riders by 6 wickets with 2 full overs to spare in the final match at the Wankhede Stadium.

Mumbai, playing what is already the 8th match of their season, improved to an even 4-4 record, after chasing down KKR's total of 174-5 with consummate ease. Skipper Rohit Sharma once again led the way, batting through the innings and finishing unbeaten on a very creditable 68 off 49 balls, but it was Pollard who stole the show, smashing 6 of the last 8 deliveries he faced for maximums, storming to a 17-ball half century, equaling Chris Gayle, Adam Gilchrist and Chris Morris' record, with the last of that trio having achieved that milestone for the Delhi Daredevils just last night.

Unlike Morris though, Pollard's effort was in a winning cause as Mumbai made quick work of the target despite a good spell from Sunil Narine, who took 2-22 from his 4 overs.

Having been put in to bat on losing the toss, Kolkata made a bright start with Gautam Gambhir (59) and Robin Uthappa (36) sharing another productive opening stand worth 69, getting those runs in less than 8 overs. Uthappa in particular was striking the ball beautifully, getting his runs at a strike rate of 180 before he was dismissed by veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh.

There were a lot of useful contributions from the KKR middle order, but it wasn't till Yusuf Pathan smashed 19 off 8 balls at the end, that Kolkata really looked like breaking lose. Pathan's good work was in a way nullified by season debutant Chris Lynn, who made a run a ball 10 in the death overs and failed to find the fence even once.

Parthiv Patel, who led Mumbai to a morale boosting win in the last game, fell early today in the chase, but Sharma once again found a useful ally in Ambati Rayudu, who smashed 32 off 20 balls to ensure that Mumbai were always up with the asking rate.

Rohit himself was going great guns, and despite the failure of Krunal Pandya (6) and Jos Buttler (15), Mumbai were very much in the hunt needing just under 10 an over from the last 7.

They only needed 5 in the end as Pollard joined Rohit out in the middle and hastened the end to take the Mumbai Indians up to third place, level on 8 points with the Kolkata Knight Riders, albeit having played 2 games more.

Up next for Mumbai is a Maharastra derby with the Rising Pune Supergiants this Sunday night, while the Knight Riders head to Delhi next to take on the Daredevils in the 4pm start on Saturday.

Teams:

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), Ambati Rayudu, Jos Buttler, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Robin Uthappa (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, R Sathish, Jaydev Unadkat, Umesh Yadav, Sunil Narine

Mini Scorecard:

Kolkata Knight Riders 174-5 (20 overs, 8.70rpo)

G Gambhir 59 (45) T Southee 2-38 (4)

R Uthappa 36 (20) H Pandya 1-15 (2)

Mumbai Indians 178-4 (18 overs, 9.88rpo)

R Sharma 68* (49) S Narine 2-22 (4)

K Pollard 51* (17) U Yadav 1-19 (2)

Mumbai Indians won by 6 wickets

Khawaja replaces Du Plessis for Rising Pune Supergiants

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Rising Pune Supergiants announced today the signing of left-handed top order batsman Usman Khawaja to the squad. The team management announced that South African Faf du Plessis, who played a pivotal role in Pune’s batting line-up, has sustained an injury to his finger during the course of the last match and has returned to South Africa for treatment. In 6 matches so far this season, Du Plessis scored 206 runs with 2 half centuries.

Stephen Fleming, Coach, Rising Pune Supergiants, said, “One of our mainstays Faf du Plessis has injured his finger during the course of the last match and has returned to South Africa for further treatment. We wish him a speedy recovery. We are glad to have roped in Usman Khawaja in the team."

"His presence will definitely be an advantage to the team and could be pivotal in bolstering the position of the side in the tournament. His imperious form for the Sydney Thunders in the Big Bash League victory last season and being the leading run-scorer for Australia, for the recently-concluded World T20, has made us sit up and notice. His style of play is perfect for the T20 format."

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IPL Season 9: Heartbreak for Delhi as they lose by 1 run despite Morris' 8 sixes

The innings of the tournament thus far, an incredible unbeaten 82 from Chris Morris off just 32 balls went in vain as the Delhi Daredevils suffered a heartbreaking 1 run loss to the Gujarat Lions at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Wednesday night as some fantastic bowling at the death by Praveen Kumar complemented Dhawal Kulkarani's burst at the start with the duo taking 3-32 from 8 overs between them.

Having been put in to bat after losing the toss, the Gujarat Lions made a fantastic start with Dwayne Smith (53 off 30 balls) and Brendon McCullum (60 off 36 balls) sharing a century stand between them, racing to 112 in a little over 10 overs before Imran Tahir finally provided Delhi with a breakthrough trapping the West Indian native leg before.

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Mumbai Indians sign Jerome Taylor as Lasith Malinga’s replacement

Mumbai Indians have called up West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor to replace the injured Sri Lankan paceman Lasith Malinga for the remainder of IPL 2016.

Taylor will be available for selection for MI subject to the completion of contractual paperwork formalities. The pacer has previously played in IPL representing KXIP and Pune franchise.

Mumbai Indians pace spearhead Lasith Malinga was ruled out after the medical team found him unfit because of a recurring knee injury. He has played 98 matches in the IPL since joining the Mumbai Indians in 2009 season.

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