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Top 5 wicket-takers from the UAE segment of IPL 2014



The 2020 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was initially scheduled between March 29 to May 27 in India. But due to the onset of the global pandemic, the tournament was deferred indefinitely.

After months of speculations and gruelling wait, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), along with IPL Governing Council (GC), decided to conduct the tournament in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The 13th season of the IPL will take place from September 19 to November 10. However, this is not the first time the cash-rich league will be conducted outside India. Due to conflicting dates of Elections in India, IPL 2009 was moved to South Africa.

Five years later, the tournament was shifted to UAE in 2014 due to the same reason. Moreover, the latter half of the competition was conducted in India, that year.

The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) ended up winners of the 2014 edition of IPL. But, it was the Mumbai Indians (MI) who put up a stellar show in the tournament.

After a disastrous start – losing the first five games – MI managed to qualify for the playoffs by winning the remainder of their league matches.

Today, let’s have a look at the highest wicket-takers in IPL from the UAE leg of the tournament:

1. Mohit Sharma

Mohit Sharma. (Image Source: Twitter)

Mohit Sharma was one of the many cricketers backed by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) talismanic captain, MS Dhoni.

Sharma ended up donning the purple cap in the 2014 edition for picking up the most number of wickets in the competition (23 wickets in 16 games).

In the UAE-leg of the tournament, Mohit picked up 8 wickets in five matches, boasting an average of 13.25.

2. Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Bhuvneshwar Kumar. (Image Source: Twitter)

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) mainstay Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been a revelation over the years. He made the Purple Cap his own, donning the orange jersey of SRH.

Bhuvi ended up as the third-highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 20 wickets in 14 games. In the UAE-leg of the tournament, Bhuvi scalped 8 wickets in 5 games, with an average of 15.

Further, Bhuvi is the all-time sixth-highest wicket-taker in IPL. His tally of 133 wickets is the third-most by any pacer, following Lasith Malinga and Dwayne Bravo.

3. Lasith Malinga

Lasith Malinga. (Image Source: Twitter)

The all-time leading wicket-taker in the IPL, MI’s Lasith Malinga is a living legend of the cash-rich league.

In the 2014 edition, Malinga could only feature in 10 games and ended up with 16 wickets. Eight of those wickets came during the UAE-leg of the tournament.

His tally is the third-most amongst bowlers in IPL, during the games held in UAE.

4. Varun Aaron

Varun Aaron. (Image Source: Twitter)

Express fast bowler Varun Aaron, had a decent outing in IPL 2014, with 16 wickets in 10 games, donning the jersey of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

The Jharkhand pacer also had a brilliant UAE-leg of the competition, with 8 wickets in just four games. His tally was the second-most by any bowler in the tournament, during the UAE segment of IPL 2014.

5. Sunil Narine

Sunil Narine. (Image Source: Twitter)

When one talks about the leading wicket-taker in the IPL, it is hard to ignore the name of Sunil Narine, who has scalped a total of 122 wickets in 110 matches for KKR.

In the 2014 edition of the IPL, Narine was amongst the wickets yet again with 21 wickets in 16 games. The mystery spinner from Trinidad ended second in the race for the Purple Cap.

However, Narine picked the most number of wickets in the UAE leg of the tournament – nine wickets in five games – at a phenomenal average of 11.88.

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Recent Match Report – Kent vs Glamorgan Group 3 2021





Matt Quinn claimed the third Glamorgan wicket to fall but only 6.2 overs were possible

Glamorgan 64 for 3 trail Kent 307 by 243 runs

Glamorgan moved to 64 for 3 against Kent on day three of their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Canterbury, trailing by 243 at stumps after just 6.2 overs were possible due to a waterlogged outfield and then bad light.

Matt Quinn took the only wicket to fall, removing Joe Cooke for 10, leaving him with figures of 2 for 10. Billy Root and Kiran Carlson were the not out batsmen, on 26 and nought respectively.

Play was delayed until 5.19 pm after heavy overnight rain left several areas of the outfield unplayable, with umpire James Middlebrook’s shoes making an audible squelch as he strolled towards the pavilion to deliver the bad news following one of six pitch inspections.

When the action did finally get underway, with around 50 diehard fans still in the ground, Glamorgan resumed on 55 for 2 in reply to Kent’s 307 all out. Just five runs had been added when Quinn knocked back Cooke’s off stump in the 25th over, the batsman failing add to his overnight score.

Root initially looked more comfortable, driving Stevens for four through long-off but then surviving an appeal for caught behind off next delivery.

With the light deteriorating the players went off after just 24 minutes and with increasingly heavy rain falling, play was abandoned for the day. A bleak forecast for Sunday means the Group C game is almost certain to end in a draw.

David Hopps writes on county cricket for ESPNcricinfo @davidkhopps

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Recent Match Report – Lancashire vs Northants Group 3 2021




Recent Match Report - Lancashire vs Northants Group 3 2021

Only 11 overs possible at wet Wantage Road, with Keaton Jennings the batter to fall

Lancashire 75 for 1 vs Northamptonshire

Gareth Berg made the only breakthrough for Northamptonshire as just 11 overs were possible on another rain-affected day of this LV= County Championship tie with Lancashire at Wantage Road.

The evergreen seamer found plenty of bounce and movement and claimed his 20th wicket of the season when he enticed Keaton Jennings to drive loosely at a ball outside off stump and edge through to wicketkeeper Adam Rossington, who took a comfortable catch.

With Jennings departing for 27, Alex Davies was joined by Luke Wells and the pair faced a testing spell from Berg and Ben Sanderson, fresh from their 19-wicket demolition of Sussex two weeks ago. They maintained pressure, beating the bat regularly and making it difficult to score.

Davies did manage to break the shackles briefly by cutting a rare wide one from Sanderson for four and later driving him through midwicket for another boundary. By the time play was called off Lancashire had advanced to 75 for 1 after 28.1 overs.

The start of play was delayed until 2.30pm due to a wet outfield after the whole of the second day was lost to heavy rain. Jennings and Davies were resuming on 59 without loss, their fourth 50 opening stand of the season.

After further interruptions due to showers, the umpires called stumps shortly after 4pm following further rain and hail which turned the outfield white as the players left the field.

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WATCH: Chris Cooke comically bumps into stumps during a County Championship match against Kent




In the ongoing Group 3 match between Kent and Glamorgan of County Championship 2021 at St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury, a funny incident involving Glamorgan wicketkeeper captain Chris Cooke captured everyone’s attention.

It all happened in the 28th over of Kent’s first innings bowled by Australian pacer Michael Neser. The fast-bowler bowled a short of a good length delivery around the middle and leg stump which was tapped by Sam Billings down to fine leg for a single.

The fielder collected the ball and threw it towards the strikers’ end. Cooke, who was standing behind the wickets, quickly came near the stumps to collect the red leather. The throw was a bit off target and while catching the ball, the wicketkeeper ended up crashing over the stumps before falling onto the ground. As soon as Cooke fell, his teammates couldn’t control their emotions and burst out in laughter.

Here is the video:

Darren Stevens rescues Kent with a sensational ton

After winning the toss, Glamorgan asked Kent to bat first and bundled them out for 307 runs. 45-year-old Darren Stevens was the main highlight in Kent’s innings. The senior lad went on to score 190 from 145 deliveries rescuing his team, which was struggling for 128/8 at one stage.

Stevens formed a 166-run partnership for the 9th wicket with tailender Miguel Cummins, who contributed with just 1 run. It became the highest first-class partnerships in which one player scored more than 90% of the runs.

Stevens smashed 15 fours and as many sixes to score 150 runs by just boundaries out of his total 190 runs knock.

In reply, Glamorgan have made 55/2 in 19.4 overs before the wet outfield stopped play. Stevens, who shined with the bat, proved his mettle in the bowling as well. The all-rounder dismissed Australian batting sensation Marnus Labuschagne for just 11 runs.

WATCH: Chris Cooke comically bumps into stumps during a County Championship match against Kent

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