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IPL 2017 Watch: Martin Guptill’s Sensational One-Handed Catch To Dismiss Lendl Simmons

Catches win matches, the old adage says and Martin Guptill’s sensational grab at the boundary rope to dismiss a well-set Lendl Simmons in the ongoing match against Mumbai Indians has a good chance to prove it.

Chasing an improbable 230, Mumbai Indian went off to a flying start with their openers- Parthiv Patel and Lendl Simmons- adding 99 runs off just 52 balls before the former was dismissed by Mohit Sharma. However, Simmons’ presence was still a big worry for the Kings XI in the must-win game as the West Indian was running away with the game with his explosive batting. The right-handed batsman had already raced to 59 off just 31 deliveries and the Glenn Maxwell-led side needed a moment of brilliance to get rid of him.

Well, the brilliance was provided by none other than their New Zealand recruit Martin Guptill. The Mumbai Indians were 106 for 1 in the tenth over when Simmons hit a full toss from Maxwell towards the long-on boundary. Simmons, like many Kings XI fielders and most in the crowd at Wankhede, must have thought he had done enough to clear Guptill on the long-on boundary for a six. The Kiwi batsman, though, had other ideas. Timing his jump to perfecting, Guptill plucked off a sensational one-handed catch.

Here is a clip of that sensational catch:

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IPL 2017 – We Were Quite Clinical – Rohit Sharma

Throughout the tenth edition of the IPL, the Mumbai Indians have set a benchmark for all other sides with their sheer ruthlessness with which they have massacred their opponents.

That was put on display yet again, as the Delhi Daredevils were taken for a ride in their own backyard by the Rohit Sharma-led outfit. The margin of win in itself was a bit unrealistic for anyone to believe at 146 runs. This by far is the highest margin of victory in an IPL game.

Batting first after being put in, Lendl Simmons, playing his first game of the season got things going with a fine half-century. That was followed by some extravagant finishing, as Kieron Pollard too got to his fifty in some style while batting at three.

The target always seemed quite cumbersome, and the Delhi Daredevils were in no position to chase that, as they were rolled over for a mere 66. Post his side’s win, Rohit Sharma mentioned that his boys were quite clinical.

“Clinical from the start. I think the opening stand set the game up for us. Lendl coming back after a long time, playing that way was amazing. And Polly, a brilliant finisher. Great performance by the bowlers as well and to win by 146 runs is huge,” said Sharma. “It gives us confidence, knowing our bench strength is strong. We always had a lot of faith in Lendl and he showed us why he is one of the best. Never in two minds, always went for his shots. A player like that gives a lot of freedom to the other guys.”

“With a lot of dew on the ground, we expected a tighter game. But the way we bowled our first six overs was brilliant. The result of our hard work over the last three-four weeks, we have prepared well, we were clear in our minds. That clarity has been helping us. It’s good to know we’ve qualified. But the work doesn’t stop here. Next up is Sunrisers in Hyderabad. Credit to Jonty, he’s helped us in the field. Good to take the catches and help the bowlers out,” Rohit added.

Lendl Simmons was named the Man of the Match in his comeback game.

“I think I’ve been practising hard. I’ve been hitting the gym, keeping my fitness up, waiting for the opportunity,” Simmons said. “It came today and I took it in both hands. I’m good as a replacement player, it’s been good for me. Batting in the Powerplay and with Parthiv is always good. My game plan is to see off the first two overs and then back my shots. At first, it was a bit slow, but dew came on, and then the shots were easy to play. Batting with Pollard is good, we are accustomed playing together.”

 

 

IPL 2017: Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard Scheduled To Arrive On Time For Mumbai Indians

After being bolstered by the return of skipper Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya, Mumbai Indians (MI) is set to welcome West Indies T20 specialists, Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons. Their involvement during the start of the tournament was in doubts due to their current national commitments.

Both Simmons and Pollard are a part of the team that is involved in a four-game T20 series against Pakistan at home. The series is set to end on Sunday giving the duo an opportunity to join the team on time ahead of their tournament opener against Rising Pune SuperGiant on April 6.

At the moment, the arrival news of such specialists players seems like a wonderful feeling in the camp amidst all the injury stories doing the rounds.

“Pollard and Simmons will reach Mumbai on April 4 and join the team in Pune on April 5 for pre-match training,” MI’s official spokesperson informed PTI today.

MI, unfortunately, are set to miss their bowling spearhead Lasith Malinga and newly acquired middle order batsmen Asela Gunaratne for the opening game in Pune. While Gunaratne remains an untested name in the IPL, the absence of Malinga would affect MI in the opening match, as it causes a setback to their plan of fielding the strongest team and having a winning start.

The presence of Jasprit Bumrah and Mitchell Johnson, however, will ensure they still possess the intimidation factor in their bowling attack. Also, New Zealand fast bowling pair of Mitchell McClenaghan and Tim Southee are also expected to arrive on Saturday night which would be another great advantage.

PSL 2017: Umar Akmal Becomes Batsman With Most Ducks In T20s

Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has a dubious record to his name now with a duck in the game against Peshawar Zalmi – Most ducks by a batsman in T20 cricket (24). 

Before this, Herschelle Gibbs had the most ducks (23) in T20 cricket. 

Akmal, who has played a total of 204 innings in this format of the game, has scored 4,773 runs at an impressive average of 30.40 with a century and 29 half-centuries.

Currently, former Sri Lanka player Tillakaratne Dilshan acquires the third spot. Dwayne Smith and Lendl Simmons are fourth and fifth in this list.

Here is the list of top 10 players with most ducks in T20s –

Umar Akmal 24 Ducks
Herschelle Gibbs 23 Ducks
Tillakaratne Dilshan 23 Ducks
Dwayne Smith 23 Ducks
Lendl Simmons 20 Ducks
Luke Wright 20 Ducks
Thissara Perera 18 Ducks
Gautam Gambhir 18 Ducks
Jeetan Patel 17 Ducks
Harbhajan Singh 17 Ducks

 

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Video: When Mahendra Singh Dhoni Outfoxed West Indies’ Lendl Simmons

Street-smartness was one of the most important qualities of Mahendra Singh Dhoni that made him one of the finest captains to ever grace the game. Whether it was his unusual field placements, tactics or his unattractive but highly impressive batting, India’s most decorated skipper always managed to catch their opponents off-guard with his out of the box approach. And one such instance was witnessed when India was playing against the West Indies last year in Lauderhill.

MS Dhoni’s men were under immense pressure coming into the match as they needed to win the game to level the series. However, India’s hopes of equalising the series was fading away with every passing over as the West Indies batsmen were threatening to post a huge target. They had raced to 72 in nine overs and with the pitch providing little assistance to the bowlers. The Indians were finding it tough to get the breakthrough. But you can never take a team lightly which has Dhoni on its side. The Indian skipper finally combined with Ravichandran Ashwin to give his team the much-needed wicket.

Marlon Samuels and Lendl Simmons, who were facing Ashwin in the 10th over, were looking to work the balls on the leg-side by stepping out. Sensing an opportunity, Dhoni instructed the off-spinner to bowl a wide delivery and the move immediately paid dividends as Simmons was stumped out.

Watch the brilliantly-planned over:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta9uRMPlDN8

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Video: Lendl Simmons bats with only one pad

Entertainment is guaranteed when  West Indies’ players are on the field. Whether it’s their Gangnam style celebration or champion celebration or Chris Gayle playing with his goggles on, they never fail to amaze the fans. And continuing the trend, West Indies batsman Lendl Simmons left everyone surprised when he batted with only one pad on in a Caribbean Premier League match. Playing for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots against Guyana Amazon Warriors on Saturday, Simmons opened the innings with both the pads on his leg as normal. However, he removed one of his pads in the final 8 overs of their innings .

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Coming to the match, Simmons hit the slowest half-century in the history of CPL as he scored 50 off 60 balls. On a difficult pitch, the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots’ batsmen found extremely hard to get going as only two batsmen except Simmons could cross the double digit mark. They could score only 108 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 20 overs.

Having restricted St Kitts & Nevis to just 8-108, Guyana batsmen made a mockery of the small target as after losing Dwayne Smith cheaply, Martin Guptill and Chris Lynn shared  a 60-run partnership to tilt the game in their team’s favour. Guptill slammed four sixes and three boundaries in his knock of 43 from 22 balls while Lynn scored 32 off 37. A mini-collapse followed after the fall of the third wicket but it was too late for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. Guyana finally chased down the total in the 17th over.

Virat Kohli motivated me to knock India out of T20 World Cup: Lendl Simmons
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Arrogant Virat Kohli motivated me to knock India out of T20 World Cup: Lendl Simmons

Lendl Simmons was expected to miss T20 World Cup 2016 due to an injury. But somehow he managed recovery from the injury and had just made it to the squad. (Image Source : News18 .com)

The player who has been the vital cog for West Indies to overcome India to reach finals has revealed that an ‘arrogant’ motivated him to win the match for West Indies.

India after setting a target of 193 looked like they were on their way to the finals at Eden Gardens before a Masterclass innings of Lendl Simmons snatched the victory from their hands.

The Caribbeans were 19/2 over just 3 overs in a crunch semi-final game where India was considered out-right favorites with Virat Kohli been in sublime form. However, Simmons had other ideas as he made a match winning 51-ball 82 to charge his side to the final.

Remembering that night, Simmons said: “When he fielded, he said something to me, and I said to myself, ‘I’m going to show you’re not the only good batsman.

The batsman also reckons Kohli kept throwing the ball at his end to try and get under his skin in that crucial encounter.

“That’s the way he is. He’s very arrogant, he’s very aggressive when he fields, and when he bats as well. He’s just a very aggressive person.”

“Those things motivate our players and it certainly motivated me. That really urged me to bat the way I did – to show him that he’s not the only one who can do it. That played a big role.”

The batsman also admitted the luck he had as he was lucky three times in the innings as India lost due to their poor bowling despite striking early in the game.

He said, “Every cricketer has his day and you just need to cash in when it is your day.

“I took full opportunity of that to bat until the end. It was mind-blowing doing that with all those people supporting India and being very loud. It was the highlight of my career.”

The West Indian also attributed their success to their playing style which has earned fans from all over the world.

“It’s because of the way we play our cricket – we are aggressive, very sprightly, and that’s how we are. We’re not good at Test cricket right now, but T20 is right up our alley.”

The Indian Premier League: Injured XI
The Indian Premier League: Injured XI
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The Indian Premier League: Injured XI

Before the start of the current IPL season, there was talk about an overdose of T20 cricket with the recently concluded WT20 and the Asia Cup in quick succession.

But the quality and entertainment of the sport have kept the 9th version of the grand-slam T20 domestic tournament in India that is the IPL.

However, the amount of cricket has now taken its toll on the cricketers giving yet another notion for the critics of the annual competition. As many as 14 big-name players have been injured since the start of this season of the IPL and with the business end coming up, the list might only get bigger.

It will be a big blow for the franchises in the competitions and also for the national sides if the injuries are long-term. Here is a team with IPL players who have missed this season due to injuries:

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Martin Guptill replace Lendl Simmons in MI for the rest of IPL 2016

Aggressive New Zealand opener Martin Guptill is replacing Caribbean batsman Lendl Simmons in the Mumbai Indians (MI) squad for the rest of IPL 2016.

Lendl Simmons ruled out from the tournament due to an injury at his lower back. Mumbai Indians coach Ricky Ponting revealed this information during the IPL 2016 match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians at Kolkata on Wednesday night.

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Lendl Simmons ruled out from IPL 2016 due to an injury

Guptill is a very attacking and dangerous batsman in the international cricket. In the recent time, he is in very great form. But shockingly, he was unsold during the IPL 2016 auction. However, he has not wait much long as he is replacing Lendl Simmons.

Lendl Simmons was suffering from a back injury from the beginning of ICC WT20 2016. He was ruled out from the WT20 2016 at first but later he made a comeback in the West Indies squad after replacing injured Darren Fletcher and played in the last two crucial games at the semi-final and final matches. In the semi-final, he received the man of the match award by playing an impressive match-winning knock of unbeaten 82 runs.

Only time will tell if the Guptill’s induction into the side will be fruitful or not. But currently, Mumbai Indians fans are excited with this news as many cricket fans were missing Guptill’s entertaining batting in the current IPL.

Guptill has not featured in the IPL before while Simmons made debut in the IPL 2014 for Mumbai Indians. Simmons has played 22 matches for Mumbai Indians where he has scored 942 runs with the average of 47.1. Simmons has hit 1 century and 9 half-centuries for Mumbai Indians in IPL.

Simmons
Simmons
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IPL has made me a better player – Lendl Simmons

Lendl Simmons was at his destructive best against India as he went on to shatter a billion dreams. Simmons tore into the Indian bowling and his brutal knock of 82 took West Indies into the final of the ICC World T20. Simmons was at ease at his “home ground” and his knowledge about the Wankhede Stadium was crucial since he plays for the Mumbai Indians.

 

Post the game in his interaction with the media, Simmons added that the IPL had made him a better player. “Obviously, it has made me a better player. The amount of games you have in IPL, you’re constantly playing cricket and after playing IPL on pitches, you get a gist of different strokes and different situations of the game. And playing with guys like Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni and seeing how they read the game, it helps me analyse when I’m in that situation,” Simmons said.

 

Simmons also stated that the men from the Caribbean back themselves to chase down any total. “At no point did I think it was under control, because you never know. But the bowling was suspect, I think. They had Nehra and Bumrah, those two fast bowlers, but not express pace. I think that every one of the players are match-winners in our team. We have a lot of batting power. We back ourselves to chase any total,” Simmons said.

 

“I had a clear mind about what I wanted to do. The game was early, we had a target to chase, so I already had a plan. Before the game, I was a bit nervous. I was under a bit of pressure from the guys, saying I came here for a job. But, it was good. We had a target to chase and we got there,” said Simmons about his match-winning knock.