As Royal Challengers Bangalore started their IPL 2016 campaign with a bang, skipper Virat Kohli was over the moon with his team’s all round show at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on Tuesday night. (Match Report | Highlights)Put in to bat, AB de Viliers and Kohli stitched a 157-run stand to power RCB to a mammoth 227/4 in their 20 overs. In reply, Sunrisers Hyderabad could only manage 182/6, losing the match by 45 runs.Put under pressure in the second over when Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed Chris Gayle, but it was De Villiers who decided to take on the bowlers ease some pressure off his captain’s shoulder.”We lost the toss and did not get what we wanted to. It was a really good effort from the batsmen. AB was fantastic and we’ve had a big partnership in Bombay as well. He took the pressure off me,” Kohli said in the post-match presentation ceremony.De Villiers, who struck seven fours and six maximums in his blitzkrieg knock, was relived to return to form.”Absolutely love playing here. The crowd always gets behind us. Loved batting with Virat and enjoyed myself. I have been scratchy in the last few weeks, even in the nets I felt horrible,” De Villiers said.De Villiers also had a special word of praise for his team’s bowling unit.”The bowlers have played together for quite a few years. All of a sudden it looks like a very good combination of youth and experience. Some very good signs for this season. Hopefully we’ll take this into the next few games,” he said.advertisementNehra out for a couple of gamesSunrisers have been dealt a massive blow as Ashish Nehra has been ruled out of at least two games due to a groin injury. Skipper David Warner said Nehra’s absence will hurt the team.”It hurts when one bowler goes down. Tough ask for the boys to go out there and get 228. Nehra will be out for a couple of games dur to groin injury,” Warner said.However, Warner heaped praise on young Bangladeshi pacer Mustafizur Rahman for his brilliant bowling.”Mustafizur bowled well throughout the World Cup and he’s definitely a find. We have a nice batting track in Hyderabad, and we have to execute well with the ball and not lose wickets in clumps,” he said.
Gujarat Lions innings (target: 155 runs from 20 overs)Gujarat Lions innings (target: 155 runs from 20 overs) Dwayne Smith c Gurkeerat b Patel 15 Brendon McCullum b Mohit 1 Suresh Raina b Mohit 18 Dinesh Karthik b Patel 2 Ravindra Jadeja c Saha b Patel 11 Dwayne Bravo b Patel 0 Ishan Kishan run out 27 James Faulkner c Miller b Sandeep 32 Praveen Kumar c Cariappa b Mohit 15 Dhawal Kulkarni not out 6 Shivli Kaushik not out 0 Extras:(B-1 W-3) 4Total: (For 9 wkts in 20 overs) 131 Fall of wickets: 1/13 2/34 3/38 4/39 5/39 6/57 7/86 8/125 9/125Bowling: Sandeep Sharma 4-0-31-1, Mohit Sharma 4-0-32-3, Marcus Stoinis 4-0-23-0, Axar Patel 4-0-21-4, KC Cariappa 3-0-15-0, Gurkeerat Singh 1-0-8-0. PTI PDS PDS
Arsenal ‘Emery won’t win the title with Arsenal’ – Parlour expects lack of funds to hold new boss back Chris Burton 02:06 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty/Goal Arsenal Premier League The former midfielder believes the big spending of champions Manchester City and other rivals will keep the Gunners away from the top-flight crown Unai Emery will not deliver Premier League title success at Arsenal as big-spending rivals will continue to dominate, says Ray Parlour.The Gunners are about to open a new chapter after 22 years with Arsene Wenger at the helm, with the Frenchman having been famed for a frugal approach to recruitment throughout his reign.It may be that the purse strings are loosened a little under a new boss, with Emery being charged with the task of returning the club to the top four and challenging for major honours. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The Spaniard is a proven winner from spells at Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain, but Parlour fears the grandest of prizes in England will prove beyond him as he lacks the financial support to challenge.The former Gunners midfielder told talkSPORT: “I would love him to do it, but I’m going to say no.“I think Man City are going to get stronger and stronger, and I think Pep Guardiola is going to stick around.“I can’t see who’s going to challenge them.“Top four is going to be important [for Arsenal].“They’ve got to get back into the Champions League, so, for me, top four will be a very successful season.”Parlour added: “Unless there’s massive investment, the same as at Man City, [they’ll never win the league].“Man City will go out and buy the big players. If Pep Guardiola stays around and they keep trying to make the squad better, it’s going to be very difficult.”Arsenal’s last title triumph came back in 2003-04 when their iconic team of ‘Invincibles’ secured domestic dominance in style.They have only finished as runners-up on two occasions since then, with a humbling period of regression endured under Wenger.The last two campaigns have seen the Gunners lose their standing among the Champions League elite, with the club having to console themselves with Thursday night football in the Europa League.