IPL Central: Turner joins Royals, Stoinis, Coulter-Nile arrive to bolster Royal Challengers

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The IPL will welcome a new batch of Australians into the tournament, following the completion of the limited-overs series against Pakistan in UAE. Nathan Coulter-Nile and Marcus Stoinis will join Royal Challengers Bangalore in Jaipur on Monday evening, ahead of their Tuesday clash against the Rajasthan Royals. The addition of these two lends some much-needed firepower to a winless side grappling with selection issues.
Stoinis can be used as a floater, while Coulter-Nile adds to their death-bowling options. If selected, they could be up against Turner, who is set to join the Royals for his maiden IPL stint. Turner made every sit up and take note of his abilities during his debut ODI series in India last month.
To add to Rajasthan Royals’ woes, their captain Ajinkya Rahane has been fined INR 12 lakh as the side maintained a slow over-rate during their narrow loss to Chennai Super Kings at Chepauk on Sunday. This was Royals’ first offence in IPL 2019. Earlier in the tournament, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma was fined INR 12 lakh for a similar over-rate offence.
With their match against Rajasthan Royals finishing well post midnight, Chennai Super Kings had two reasons to celebrate upon return to their hotel. They recorded their third straight win in the competition. The results aside, they had a cake smash party to celebrate Stephen Fleming’s 46th birthday. Incidentally, there was another Super King – opener M Vijay – who turned 35.
After smearing Royal Challengers Bangalore’s bowlers to all parts of Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad during his 56-ball 144, wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow had cake smeared all over his face by his team-mates. Bairstow added 185 with David Warner – the biggest opening stand in the IPL – to set up a 118-run victory. Here’s a peek at Sunrisers’ post-match revelry:
It’s just over a week since IPL 2019 began, but Kagiso Rabada’s Super-Over yorker to Andre Russell has already made a strong claim to being the ball of the season. Sourav Ganguly, the Delhi Capitals mentor, certainly thinks so.
Rabada defended 10 off his Super Over to bowl Delhi Capitals to a win over Kolkata Knight Riders, nailing down ball after ball in the blockhole.
The third ball, which zipped under Russell’s bat to crash into middle stump, was the best of the lot. Russell came into the Super Over having made 49* (off 19 balls), 48 (17) and 62 (28) in his last three visits to the crease.
“That [yorker to bowl Russell] would probably be the ball of the IPL in a month-and-a-half’s time,” Ganguly told iplt20.com. “To bowl to Russell, who’s been probably in the form of his life, it’s unbelievable. Happy to win it. This team needed this win because we didn’t have a great season last year. It’s a young team, young boys, Prithvi Shaw [who scored 99 in Delhi’s chase] was outstanding.
“These sort of wins just change the confidence. Still a long season, just three games old and 11 games to go, but I think this win is more than just a win.”