IPL 10

Delhi Daredevils beat Rising Pune Supergiant by seven runs to keep IPL 10 playoff race alive

Karun Nair and the Indian pace duo of Zaheer Khan (2 for 25) and Mohammed Shami (2 for 37) were the standout bowlers for Delhi.

Delhi Daredevils may be out of the playoffs, but that didn’t stop them from putting up a strong showing to beat Rising Pune Supergiant by seven runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Friday. This win also heated up the race for the remaining playoff positions.

After Zaheer Khan won the toss and chose to bat first, Delhi put up 168/8. aided largely by a solid 64 from Karun Nair. The home team then defended the total with a tight bowling performance, especially from the Indian pace duo of Zaheer (2 for 25) and Mohammed Shami (2 for 37). Nair was awarded the man of the match for his half-century.

Here are the biggest talking points from the match.

Another shaky start but Delhi recover

After choosing to bat, Delhi suffered another shaky start, as has often been the case this season. Sanju Samson, who had scored a century the last time these two teams played, was run out in the first over on only 2 off 4 balls thanks to a rocket throw from Ben Stokes. Last match’s hero Shreyas Iyer was next, adding only 3 (off 4) after he slashed a high ball from Jaydev Unadkat which was caught behind by MS Dhoni. This was the veteran wicket-keeper’s 100th dismissal in the Indian Premier League. He would go on to effect a couple of more amazing dismissals in the game.

But just as Delhi looked like they were on the verge of another collapse, Rishabh Pant and Nair got together for an explosive partnership of 74 at a run rate of almost 11. The duo took the attack to Pune in the Powerplay. Here’s a fun fact: Delhi didn’t score a single boundary in the first three overs, but when on to smash five fours and six in the next three.

Pant then hit Adam Zampa for a massive six over mid-wicket that almost landed on the dressing room balcony. However, just as he looked set for something big, he immediately fell on the next ball. Zampa bowled a flatter ball, Pant tried a similar shot but didn’t get his full bat on it and was caught by Dan Christian in the deep on 36 off 22.

Karun gets a fifty, finally 

While three of Delhi’s top Four consisting of young Indian stars have played a standout knock this season, Karun Nair has been lagging behind. After a horrendous start, captaincy, change in batting position, he started to find his form back - which seemed to have deserted him since his triple ton against England. But the 25-year-old finally broke free and struck his first half century of the season. Even as wickets kept falling at the other end, he soldiered on reaching his fifty in 37 balls and holding the innings together. His knock featured nine boundaries but had no sixes. Nair finally fell in the 19th over, to an excellent catch by Unadkat off Stokes’ bowling. He top edged the delivery and Unadkat ran full throttle to pouch it with a dive. Just a glimpse of the great fielding this match saw.

Dhoni and Pune’s brilliance on the field

Speaking of excellent work in the field, just when Delhi seemed set for a big score, Dhoni swung the momentum in Pune’s favour with some outstanding glove work. The Indian keeper justified selector MSK Prasad calling him the best in the world with three dismissals in the game.

MS Dhoni's stunning catch. Image Credit: Deepak Malik - Sportzpics - IPL
MS Dhoni's stunning catch. Image Credit: Deepak Malik - Sportzpics - IPL

He first sent back Marlon Samuels with a outstanding, high one-handed catch. Dhoni timed his jump just right to seemingly pluck the ball off thin air. He followed it up with a an instinctive move to stump Corey Anderson in the split second before his feet hit the ground. It is this gut-feel glovework that makes Dhoni such a valuable wicket-keeper, and he is now the most successful one in IPL history.

Then there was the absolute screamer by Stokes at the boundary to dismiss Shami. Shami slammed one over the ground and it looked to be heading straight over the boundary, until Stokes took leaped and pushed it across. He had saved the certain six but seemed to lose balance and go over. However, he jumped right back in the fray and caught it before it hit the ground. The more we see such catches in the IPL, the better they get!

Zaheer’s early strikes

Delhi captain Zaheer had gone wicketless in his last five games. He was laying his 99th IPL match and was stuck on 99 wickets for a while. But the manner in which he got his 100th, almost made it seem worth the wait.

Zaheer knocked Ajinkya Rahane’s middle stump clean off the ground on the very first ball of the match. An aboslute peach of a delivery, it went straight through the gate to get Delhi off to a perfect start.

He followed it up with the dismissal of Rahul Tripathi, who has done well in almost every match this IPL, in his next over. He bowled a slower one and Tripathi seemed to get a slight knick, which was caught by Pant and the youngster had to walk back on 7 (off 6). Despite going for a few runs, Zaheer finished with solid figures of 2 for 25.

Tiwary, Stokes steady chase

Despite the loss of early wickets, first captain Steve Smith and then Manoj Tiwary and Ben Stokes steadied the chase of 169. Smith and Tiwary put up 38 runs in five overs, before the Australian was caught LBW by Shahbaz Nadeem on 36 off 32 balls. Tiwary was then joined by Pune’s MVP Ben Stokes and together they looked capable of finishing the chase. They put together a stand of 51 runs, even as the Delhi spin duo of Nadeeem and Amit Mishra kept up the pressure. Stokes struck three fours and two sixes in his 25-ball 33, taking full advantage of a dropped catches. However, he had to walk back in the 15th over after Corey Anderson pulled an incredible catch at the boundary himself to give Shami his first wicket. MS Dhoni and Dan Christian fell soon after to put Pune in a precarious position with 33 needed off 12

Delhi master death overs

The match ultimately went down to the wire, with Pune needing 33 off the last 12 balls, and an excellent over from Shami left them needing 25 off the last over. Tiwary brought up his fifty with a crisp six on the first ball of the last over and followed it up with another six to bring the equation to 13 off 4. A wide was given on the next ball and it looked like Tiwary could just get Pune over the line. But Pat Cummins managed to keep his nerve and Pune eventually fell short by only seven runs. Tiwary, meanwhile, was dismissed on the last ball, bowled after a commendable 45-ball 60.

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From catching Goan dances in Lisbon to sampling langar in Munich

A guide to the surprising Indian connect in Lisbon and Munich.

For several decades, a trip to Europe simply meant a visit to London, Paris and the Alps of Switzerland. Indians today, though, are looking beyond the tried and tested destinations and making an attempt to explore the rest of Europe as well. A more integrated global economy, moreover, has resulted in a more widespread Indian diaspora. Indeed, if you know where to look, you’ll find traces of Indian culture even in some unlikely cities. Lisbon and Munich are good cities to include in your European sojourn as they both offer compelling reasons to visit, thanks to a vibrant cultural life. Here’s a guide to everything Indian at Lisbon and Munich, when you wish to take a break from all the sight-seeing and bar crawling you’re likely to indulge in.

Lisbon

Lisbon is known as one of the most vibrant cities in Western Europe. On its streets, the ancient and the modern co-exist in effortless harmony. This shows in the fact that the patron saint day festivities every June make way for a summer that celebrates the arts with rock, jazz and fado concerts, theatre performances and art exhibitions taking place around the city. Every two years, Lisbon also hosts the largest Rock festival in the world, Rock in Rio Lisboa, that sees a staggering footfall.

The cultural life of the city has seen a revival of sorts under the current Prime Minister, Antonio Costa. Costa is of Indian origin, and like many other Indian-origin citizens prominent in Portugal’s political, business and entertainment scenes, he exemplifies Lisbon’s deep Indian connect. Starting from Vasco Da Gama’s voyage to India, Lisbon’s historic connection to Goa is well-documented. Its traces can be still be seen on the streets of both to this day.

While the Indian population in Lisbon is largely integrated with the local population, a few diaspora groups are trying to keep their cultural roots alive. Casa de Goa, formed in the ‘90s, is an association of people of Goans, Damanese and Diuese origins residing in Lisbon. Ekvat (literally meaning ‘roots’ in Konkani) is their art and culture arm that aims to preserve Goan heritage in Portugal. Through all of its almost 30-year-long existence, Ekvat has been presenting traditional Goan dance and music performances in Portugal and internationally.

Be sure to visit the Champlimaud Centre for the Unknown, hailed a masterpiece of contemporary architecture, which was designed by the critically-acclaimed Goan architect Charles Correa. If you pay attention, you can find ancient Indian influences, like cut-out windows and stand-alone pillars. The National Museum of Ancient Art also has on display a collection of intricately-crafted traditional Goan jewellery. At LOSTIn - Esplanada Bar, half of the people can be found lounging about in kurtas and Indian shawls. There’s also a mural of Bal Krishna and a traditional Rajasthani-style door to complete the desi picture. But it’s not just the cultural landmarks that reflect this connection. The integration of Goans in Lisbon is so deep that most households tend to have Goa-inspired textiles and furniture as a part of their home decor, and most families have adapted Goan curries in their cuisine. In the past two decades, the city has seen a surge in the number of non-Goan Indians as well. North Indian delicacies, for example, are readily available and can be found on Zomato, which has a presence in the city.

If you wish to avoid the crowds of the peak tourist season, you can even consider a visit to Lisbon during winter. To plan your trip, check out your travel options here.

Munich

Munich’s biggest draw remains the Oktoberfest – the world’s largest beer festival for which millions of people from around the world converge in this historic city. Apart from the flowing Oktoberfest beer, it also offers a great way to get acquainted with the Bavarian folk culture and sample their traditional foods such as Sauerkraut (red cabbage) and Weißwurst (a white sausage).

If you plan to make the most of the Oktoberfest, along with the Bavarian hospitality you also have access to the services of the Indian diaspora settled in Munich. Though the Indian community in Munich is smaller than in other major European destinations, it does offer enough of a desi connect to satisfy your needs. The ISKCON temple at Munich observes all major rituals and welcomes everyone to their Sunday feasts. It’s not unusual to find Germans, dressed in saris and dhotis, engrossed in the bhajans. The Art of Living centre offers yoga and meditation programmes and discourses on various spiritual topics. The atmosphere at the Gurdwara Sri Guru Nanak Sabha is similarly said to be peaceful and accommodating of people of all faiths. They even organise guided tours for the benefit of the non-Sikhs who are curious to learn more about the religion. Their langar is not to be missed.

There are more options that’ll help make your stay more comfortable. Some Indian grocery stores in the city stock all kinds of Indian spices and condiments. In some, like Asien Bazar, you can even bargain in Hindi! Once or twice a month, Indian film screenings do take place in the cinema halls, but the best way to catch up on developments in Indian cinema is to rent video cassettes and VCDs. Kohinoor sells a wide range of Bollywood VCDs, whereas Kumaras Asean Trades sells Tamil cassettes. The local population of Munich, and indeed most Germans too, are largely enamoured by Bollywood. Workshops on Bollywood dance are quite popular, as are Bollywood-themed events like DJ nights and dance parties.

The most attractive time to visit is during the Oktoberfest, but if you can brave the weather, Munich during Christmas is also a sight to behold. You can book your tickets here.

Thanks to the efforts of the Indian diaspora abroad, even lesser-known European destinations offer a satisfying desi connect to the proud Indian traveller. Lufthansa, which offers connectivity to Lisbon and Munich, caters to its Indian flyers’ priorities and understands how proud they are of their culture. In all its India-bound flights and flights departing from India, flyers can expect a greeting of Namaste by an all-Indian crew, Indian food, and popular Indian in-flight entertainment options, making the airline More Indian than You Think. And as the video shows, India’s culture and hospitality have been internalised by Lufthansa to the extent that they now offer a definitive Indian flying experience.

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