IPL 2021: CSA’s Graeme Smith says South Africans free to choose between continuing to play or returning home
As many as 11 South African players, including white-ball skipper Quinton de Kock, pacer Kagiso Rabada and former captain Faf du Plessis, are currently participating in the IPL for various teams.
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IPL 2021: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, and Kane Williamson show there is room for silken touch in T20 power game
The CSK vs SRH game showed that T20 cricket also has a place for batsmen who are purists first. Time and again we have seen the worth of batsmen whose game is built on proper technique and a solid foundation.
IPL 2021: Players have taken more responsibility this year, says CSK skipper MS Dhoni after win over SRH
CSK regained the top spot with a convincing seven-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad, making short work of a challenging 172-run target.
Gaikwad was calmness personified as he tore apart the Sunrisers attack during his 75 off 44 balls after Du Plessis (56 off 38 balls) launched the initial assault, making a target of 172 looking easier than it actually was.
RCB have won all their four matches so far and sit on top of the standings. CSK, on the other hand, have hit back after losing their opener to claim three straight wins for the second spot in the points table.
Check out photos from match 15 of IPL 2021 between KKR and CSK which was held in Mumbai on Tuesday.
"With Faf, it is pretty much easy. He has an innovation skill so he takes on the bowlers and it makes my job a little bit easier," Gaikwad told teammate Lungi Ngidi in a video posted on the IPL website.
"From the 16th over onwards the contest was between the fast bowler and the batsman. You can't do too much. Can't put a different field. It's about you versus me. The side that has won is a side that has executed slightly better," Dhoni said.
KKR recovered from an early collapse thanks to the efforts of Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik and Pat Cummins, but ultimately fell short of the mammoth 221-run target set by CSK.
Check out photos from Match 12 of IPL 2021 between CSK and RR.
Cameos from Faf du Plessis (33 off 17), Dwayne Bravo (20 not out off 8), Ambati Raydu (27 off 17) and Ali (26 off 20) helped CSK post 188 for nine after being put in to bat.
Here are the best photos from CSK's win over PBKS in Match 8 of the IPL 2021.
The likes of Deepak Chahar, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Jadeja and Moeen Ali all went for big runs and looked rusty.
During the second match of IPL 2021, the young pacer knocked the stumps of the CSK captain, leaving fans and cricket experts in shock. Dhoni was sent back to the dressing room for a 2-ball duck.
IPL 2021: Battle between 'young apprentice' and 'master' on cards as Rishabh Pant's DC take on MS Dhoni-led CSK
Three-time champions CSK had a forgettable season last year, finishing at seventh out of eight teams and they would also be seeking a winning start in their bid to make amends of a poor IPL 2020.
South African cricketer Faf du Plessis announced his retirement from Test cricket on Wednesday. The 36-year-old released a statement stating how he felt that it was time to retire from the longest format of the game.
The hosts have won just one of their last eight Twenty20 series, with victory coming against lowly Zimbabwe.
Highlights, Pakistan vs South Africa, 2nd Test Day 3 at Rawalpindi, Full cricket score: Hosts lead by 200 runs
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Pakistan fast bowler Hasan Ali (2-29) grabbed his wickets off successive deliveries and Ashraf had Faf du Plessis (17) caught behind to leave South Africa struggling in its first innings on day 2.