MI LEAVE WITH A BANG!!

IPL 2021

Last year champs are out of the IPL but to mention, they left in their old fashionable style giving a clear message what is coming up in 2022 IPL for other teams. Pushed to the brink, Mumbai Indians pout on a batting spectacle at Abu Dhabi on friday night. Their 42 run win proved ab effort in vain, though Ishan Kishan’s blitzkrieg( 84 runs including 4×11, 6×4). SuryaKumar Yadav’s splendid 82(4×13, 6×3) and Mumbai Indians 235/9, their highest in IPLwas not enough to stop them from exiting the tournament.

Kishan’s fastest 50in IPL was just a matter of 16 balls and the 80 run opening partnership with Rohit Sharma was just the beginning of Ishan’s pre Diwali fireworks. It was a baptism by fire for Manish Pandey, leading the Sunriser’s for the first time.

Mumbai are known for their star-studded line-up, and their campaign took a beating when a number of those stopped clicking. Quinton de Kock’s strike rate dipped under 105 in the last three games he played, Rohit produced two single-digit scores when they needed to win desperately, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav clicked a little too late, and Hardik Pandya didn’t come to the party at all. To add to that, Trent Boult, the powerplay king of IPL 2020, went wicketless in powerplays five games in a row.

Mumabi is well know for their star studded line up but this year it was just not enough to sail the through to the Playoffs, though Jasprit Bumrah found some form in this IPL compared to last year picking up 18 wickets this edition.

This is a good sign for upcoming T20 world cup where the young guns and experienced lads have found the form just at the right time, hope this would help India to lift the T20 world cup for the 2nd time.

Ishan’s fastest IPL 50

Patriots claims 1st CPL Title

CPL 2021

CPL 2021 ended with a pulsating final in which St Kitts and Nevis Patriots beat St Lucia Kings by three wickets off the last ball of the match. The tournament had several established stars doing well, but the sparkling new talent gave it an extra sheen. Sifting those players down to the XI who would make up the team of the tournament meant leaving some performers out, as is inevitably the case.

In a nerve-wracking finish on Wednesday, 23-year old Dominic Drakes emerged as the new hero, as he produced an audacious death-hitting display, to help the Patriots hunt down 160 off the very last ball. With that, the Patriots also completed the highest successful chase in a CPL final. Bravo added that it was the opportunity and backing given to these players that helped them perform under pressure.

With this trophy, Bravo has won the joint-most T20 titles – the other one at the top being his West Indies captain Kieron Pollard. Ahead of the season, Bravo was added to patriots from Trinbago Knight Riders, with whom he had won the title in 2020 – the year Patriots finished at the bottom of the table.

Before the start of the season, Bravo had said that he needed a “new challenge” and that he wanted to nurture young talent. On the day, it was mostly youngsters who had stepped up for the team: Drakes with his 24-ball 48 not out, and Naseem Shah and Fabian Allen with their tidy spells.

As Bravo quoted “All I asked the guys was to back each other – It doesn’t matter whether we perform or not, play or not play, let’s stay tight, let’s stay together”.

UEFA Champions League: Messi, Neymar, Mbappe still PSG held on a Draw by Brugge.

14/09/2021.

UEFA Champions League – PSG’s Big Star Fails.

For the 1st time, the “Big 3” Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe started a game together for PSG. They were up against the underdogs Club Brugge as they opened their UCL 2021/22 campaign. However, all did not go as planned as they were held to a 1-1 draw by the Belgium club.

The first goal came in the 15th minute as Ander Herrera sloshed a sublime shot from a ball by Kylian Mbappe. Brugge found the equalizer in the 27th minute as the shot from Vanaken took a huge deflection by Kimpembe and the ball finds its way inside the net. PSG’s problem kept increasing as Mbappe had to be substituted due to an injury and Icardi came on. The Argentinian had an amazing chance to go ahead but he missed the ball completely from close range.

PSG’s formidable attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé was left frustrated by a spirited Club Brugge on Wednesday in a 1-1 draw in the Champions League.