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It was all about being ruthless: MI skipper Rohit Sharma

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Rohit Sharma, on Wednesday, returned to his usual, elegant self with a masterful innings to lead Mumbai Indians to a 49-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Rohit scored 80 off 54 as MI scored 195/5. In reply, KKR managed to score 146/9.

Interestingly, this marked MI’s first ever victory in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), having lost all of their matches in 2014 when a part of the group stage was played in the UAE.

“It was only two players from the 2014 squad. It was all about how we executed our plans today, we never let it go. We were in good position throughout the game but it was all about being ruthless, getting as many (runs) as possible. We knew the wicket was good and dew was coming down,” said Rohit in the post-match presentation ceremony in which he was declared Player of the Match.

As the KKR bowlers fumbled with their line and length and gave Rohit short deliveries, the MI captain replied with his trade mark pull shots to deposit the ball over the boundary.

“I back myself to play (the pull shots), love playing it and practiced it quite a bit. Pretty glad it came out well, they were all good (laughs), can’t pick one. I haven’t played a lot of cricket in the last six months time and was looking to spend some time in the middle; it didn’t come out well in the first innings but glad to have done it tonight,” he said.

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IPL: Our place in points table appropriate, says CSK coach Stephen Fleming

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Chennai Super Kings (CSK) coach Stephen Fleming said that there is a lot of hurt, disappointment and frustration within the camp after the three-time IPL champions crashed to Mumbai Indians (MI) by 10 wickets on Friday.

Fleming added that the loss to Mumbai Indians was symptomatic of the entire season which has gone totally wrong. He added that CSK deserve the bottom place in the points table. The Chennai franchise is placed eighth with six points.

“There is a lot hurt, disappointment, frustration that goes along with a disappointing season. There were a lot of things tried but we just couldn’t put a game together,” said Fleming after the humiliating loss on Friday.

“We’ve had holes throughout, like losing a player before the start of the season to things like being one over short or losing a couple of wickets too many. That can happen to a team off the pace. We don’t have the numbers from individuals, therefore our place in points table is probably appropriate.”

CSK were reduced to 24 for five in the power-play as MI seamers Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah ran riot. Boult picked three of those power-play wickets while Bumrah got two.

“We were pretty stunned, we had a terrible power-play, losing wickets so quickly and frequently. The game was almost over in the power-play itself. It was tough watching. They bowled well but we made them find ways of getting us out.”

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Jason Roy signs up with Perth Scorchers for BBL 10

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The Perth Scorchers have strengthened their top-order for the upcoming Big Bash League season, with the signing of explosive England opening batsman Jason Roy. Roy will play alongside countryman Liam Livingstone in orange this year.

“The Scorchers squad looks very strong, I’m excited to be joining the club,” Roy said in a statement.

“I’ve heard the environment of the club is awesome and that it’s a place where everyone wants to help get the best out of each other. I can’t wait to get amongst the boys and help contribute to as many wins as possible,” he added.

With over 200 T20 matches to his name, Roy comes with a wealth of experience and the enviable reputation of a power hitter capable of match-winning brilliance. The explosive opener has devastated new-ball attacks on the international stage with a strike rate of 147.51 across his T20I career.

Perth Scorchers coach Adam Voges said: “Jason is a world-class performer who will bring added power and experience to our top order. He is a great competitor and we look forward to welcoming Jason to the Scorchers.”

Scorchers also confirmed signing Joel Paris, who returns for his sixth season with the club, and Cameron Gannon, who’s previously played for Brisbane Heat, Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars.

Perth Scorchers squad: Mitch Marsh (c), Jason Roy, Cameron Bancroft, Ashton Agar, Liam Livingstone, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis, Fawad Ahmad, Cameron Gannon, Jason Behrendorff, Matt Kelly, Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner

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No air travel this IPL brings smile on Chris Morris’ face

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Being put up at one place throughout an entire Indian Premier League (IPL) season can be boring but it certainly is saving players from the exhaustion caused by travelling whenever the tournament is staged in India.

This is the first time since 2009 that an entire IPL season is being held outside India. Even in 2009, when the tournament was held in South Africa due to the general elections, it demanded air travel between different venues.

However, since the event is being held in the UAE this time and the only three venues being used — Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai — are in the vicinity of each other, travel between hotel and stadia has been by road.

Importantly, the teams have been stationed at one place and haven’t had to change hotels.

Royal Challengers Bangalore all-rounder Chris Morris said the experience this time has been ‘magnificent’ as they’ve been saved the trouble of frequent travel.

“The toughest part of (previous editions of) Indian Premier League is travelling in India. IPL games are tough but the travelling is absolutely hectic. You finish the game late, come back at 12.30-1 am and pack everything up by 3-4 am, put the stuff outside your room. Then you have to leave the hotel (for the airport) in a couple of hours.

“You take shower, dress well because you have to look good, respectable. Then you drive for one to one-and-a-half hours to the airport and fly for another one, one-and-a-half, two hours to a venue where you might be playing a match may be two days later,” Morris told reporters from the UAE on Friday.

Morris called the experience of being stationed at one place ‘refreshing’.

Even when part of the IPL season (20 matches) was held in the UAE back in 2014 due to general elections, some of the players had said that less travelling had made it easier for them.

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