Cricket

Chennai ends Punjab run in IPL, Delhi stops Mumbai advancing

PUNE, India (AP) Chennai Super Kings ended Kings XI Punjab's IPL hopes with a five-wicket win and Delhi Daredevils stopped defending champion Mumbai Indians from advancing with an 11-run victory on Sunday.

Punjab needed to restrict Chennai to 100 for a place in the Indian Premier League playoffs after it was bowled out for 153 with two balls left. But Suresh Raina's unbeaten 61 off 48 balls led Chennai to 159-5 with five balls to spare.

Sunrisers Hyderabad pushed Chennai to No. 2 on the leaderboard because of a better run-rate after both teams finished on 18 points.

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Kolkata through to IPL playoffs, Bangalore knocked out

HYDERABAD, India (AP) Kolkata Knight Riders qualified for the Indian Premier League playoffs after beating Sunrisers Hyderabad by five wickets and Rajasthan Royals ruined Royal Challengers Bangalore's bid in a 30-run victory on Saturday.

Kolkata came back strongly through seamer Prasidh Krishna's 4-30 - including three wickets in the last over - to contain Hyderabad to a competitive 172-9. Then Chris Lynn hit a composed 55 off 43 balls and Robin Uthappa scored 45 as Kolkata cruised to 173-5 with two balls to spare. (MORE)

Daredevils beat Chennai Super Kings ahead of playoffs

DELHI, India (AP) Chennai Super Kings lost to Delhi Daredevils by 34 runs on Friday, making a top-two finish in the Indian Premier League playoffs uncertain going into the last game.

The Super Kings are through, but now need to win against Kings XI Punjab on Sunday to ensure third-place Kolkata Knight Riders has no chance of jumping up to second instead. (MORE)

De Villiers and Moeen inspire Bangalore to victory

BENGALURU, India (AP) Kane Williamson's 81 off 42 balls proved in vain as Royal Challengers Bangalore won a run-fest against Sunrisers Hyderabad to keep its Indian Premier League playoff bid alive on Thursday.

AB de Villiers scored 69 and Moeen Ali made 65 to power Bangalore to 218-6. Hyderabad then stayed in the game until the last over before finishing on 204-3 to lose by 14 runs.� (MORE)

Turmoil as Zimbabwe appoints Rajput as interim coach

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) Zimbabwe has appointed former India batsman Lalchand Rajput as interim coach amid turmoil after Heath Streak, his backroom staff, the captain and the chairman of selectors were all fired.

The players are also on the brink of revolt, saying they haven't been paid. (MORE)

Bumrah leads Mumbai to close win over Punjab in IPL

MUMBAI, India (AP) Defending champion Mumbai Indians pulled off a three-run victory over Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier on Wednesday and stayed in contention for a place in the playoffs.

Lokesh Rahul's sixth half century in the IPL had nearly ended Mumbai's run in the tournament before fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah (3-15) turned the match on its head in his return spell and restricted Punjab to 183-5. (MORE)

Astle added to New Zealand list of contracted players

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Leg spin allrounder Todd Astle has been included on New Zealand Cricket's list of contracted players for the first time, at the age of 31.

Astle is the only newcomer on the list, which was announced Wednesday and has been reduced for the next year from 21 to 20 players. Batsman Neil Broom and allrounder James Neesham have been cut from the previous list. (MORE)

Yadav's 4-20 earns Kolkata crucial win over Rajasthan in IPL

KOLKATA, India (AP) Spinner Kuldeep Yadav grabbed 4-20 and earned Kolkata Knight Riders an important six-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League on Tuesday.

Yadav, a left-arm spinner, mopped up the top order with a wicket in each of his four overs to bowl out Rajasthan for 142 in 19 overs. (MORE)

Imam guides Pakistan to victory over test debutant Ireland

DUBLIN (AP) Ireland's bid for an unlikely victory in its inaugural test came up short as debutant Imam-ul-Haq steered Pakistan out of trouble and to a five-wicket win on the final day on Tuesday.

Chasing 160 to win, Pakistan slumped to 14-3 and looked in real danger of becoming just the fourth team to lose a test after enforcing the follow-on. (MORE)

Buttler gets test recall by England after 17-month absence

LONDON (AP) Jos Buttler has been recalled to England's test squad after a 17-month absence for the first test against Pakistan, despite having not played red-ball cricket since last year.

Butter is set to be a specialist batsman, with Jonny Bairstow also included in a 12-man group and expected to play as wicketkeeper. (MORE)