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  1. Smarting from successive defeats, an under-pressure Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will look to regain their momentum and remain in the hunt for the knockout stage when they clash with laggards Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Squads Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, Vishnu Vinod (wicketkeeper), Sreenath Aravind, Kedar Jadhav (wicketkeeper), Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Samuel Badree, Iqbal Abdulla, Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tymal Mills, Aniket Chaudhary, Praveen Dubey, Billy Stanlake. Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Darren Bravo, Yusuf Pathan, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa (wicketkeeper), Umesh Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav, Ankit Rajpoot, Trent Boult, Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter Nile, Colin De Grandhomme, Rishi Dhawan, Sayan Ghosh, Shaikb Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Ishank Jaggi, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Woakes, Chris Lynn, Manish Pandey.
  2. Discuss : Punjab Vs Gujarat

    On a roll with back-to-back wins, a resurgent Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will look to go all guns blazing against down and out Gujarat Lions (GL) here tomorrow (May 7) to keep their IPL 2017 play-off hopes alive. Squads Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell (captain), David Miller, Manan Vohra, Hashim Amla, Shaun Marsh, Darren Sammy, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Nikhil Naik, Ishant Sharma, Armaan Jaffer, Martin Guptill, Eoin Morgan, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Arman Jaffer, Anureet Singh, Mohit Sharma, KC Cariappa, Pradeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, T Natrajan, Matt Henry, Varun Aaron, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Gurkeerat Mann, Rahul Tewatia. Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (captain), Akshadeep Nath, Basil Thampi, Shubham Agarwal, Dwayne Smith, Chirag Suri, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Manpreet Gony, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Dhaval Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Brandon McCullum, Pradeep Sangwan, Jason Roy, Jaydev Shah, Shelly Shaurya, Nathusingh, Tejas Baroka and Andrew Tye.
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  4. Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) would be hoping that their Bengaluru trip does not end up with them again going lower down the order. The team has recovered from a pretty delicate situation to give itself an outside chance of making it to the IPL 2017 knockout stages and they would be very keen to make sure that they don't trip over the down and out Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), who have little to play for barring pride. However, they could still be party poopers for some teams. With 8 points from 9 games, KXIP are placed fifth while RCB after 8 defeats from 11 games are at the bottom of the heap. For KXIP, a win will keep them in contention with another four matches after Friday's encounter. KXIP won in a canter crushing Delhi Daredevils by 10 wickets in their previous game. For the Glenn Maxwell-led side, Hashim Amla with 315 runs, including a century has been in good form. Martin Guptill also looked in ominous touch during his 27-ball half-century. While KXIP batting needs to fire in unison, they will be hoping that pacers Sandeep Sharma and Varun Aaron do a repeat act of their performance against the Daredevils. They would also pin hopes on left-arm spinner Axar Patel, who has taken 10 wickets from nine matches. Squads: Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell (capt), David Miller, Manan Vohra, Hashim Amla, Shaun Marsh, Darren Sammy, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Nikhil Naik, Ishant Sharma, Armaan Jaffer, Martin Guptill, Eoin Morgan, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Arman Jaffer, Anureet Singh, Mohit Sharma, KC Cariappa, Pradeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, T Natrajan, Matt Henry, Varun Aaron, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Gurkeerat Mann, Rahul Tewatia. Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (capt), AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, Vishnu Vinod, Sreenath Arvind, Kedar Jadhav (wk), Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Samuel Badree, Iqbal Abdulla, Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tymal Mills, Aniket Chaudhary, Praveen Dubey, Billy Stanlake.
  5. Good win for Delhi in the last game at home. Another home game today and it is time for another win for Delhi. Lets go Delhi.
  6. Gambhir and co. can't handle that spicy Puneri Misal! RPS on a rampage! पुणेकर जोमात, गंभीर कोमात. Bring it on, rasgullas!
  7. Rising Pune Supergiant will aim to take two crucial points in their bid to push for the Indian Premier League (IPL) playoffs as they face an inconsistent Gujarat Lions at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Monday.Pune have 10 points from nine matches and have gained momentum, having won three of their last four matches. They are coming off a comprehensive 61-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday.And at home and going by how Pune have peaked lately, they will be expected to have another successful outing against a side which won their first duel of the edition in Rajkot.Pune will bank on their in-form opening duo of Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi to give the team a great start. The middle order comprising the likes of captain Steven Smith, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Manoj Tiwary has the experience to take the opposition bowlers to the cleaners at ease. With all-rounders Daniel Christian and Rajat Bhatia, the lower order batting can come in handy if needed.Rising Pune allrounder Ben Stokes, who has missed a couple of matches due to an injured shoulder, has regained fitness and is likely to be available for selection.In the bowling department, the young Indian pace duo of Jaydev Unadkat and Shardul Thakur has impressed both in the opening and death overs while seasoned leg-spinner Imran Tahir, Christian and rookie tweaker Washington Sundar can provide the breakthroughs as well as stop the flow of runs in the middle overs.Gujarat, who lost to Mumbai Indians in a match decided by super over, are sixth on the points table with three wins from nine games. Their batsmen and bowlers are not clicking at the same match -- a problem they must solve as the race for playoffs is hotting up. Already without the services of key all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, Gujarat Lions will miss key Aussie pacer Andrew Tye, who has been ruled out of the tournament with a dislocated shoulder. Tye, who claimed a five-wicket haul, including a hattrick, on his IPL debut after being on the bench for 34 IPL games, dislocated his left shoulder while fielding on the boundary during their loss against Mumbai Indians on Saturday at Rajkot. “The shoulder popped out of the socket and remained out for a while. They put it back in at the hospital. The extent of the damage is still unknown. I will be flying home in the next couple of days to figure that out. As for the recovery time, I am not too sure at the moment, but hopefully it’s not too long,” Tye said in a statement. The likely XIs Rising Pune Supergiant: 1 Ajinkya Rahane/Mayank Agarwal, 2 Rahul Tripathi, 3 Steven Smith (capt), 4 Manoj Tiwary , 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Dan Christian, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Lockie Ferguson, 9 Deepak Chahar, 10 Imran Tahir 11 Jaydev Unadkat Gujarat Lions: 1 Ishan Kishan, 2 Brendon McCullum, 3 Suresh Raina (capt), 4 Aaron Finch, 5 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 Dwayne Smith, 8 James Faulkner, 9 Basil Thampi, 10 Nathu Singh/ Irfan Pathan, 11 Ankit Soni
  8. A keen contest is on the cards when the rampaging Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) clash with defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in a second phase league match Leading the points table with 14 points from nine matches (with just two losses), KKR have been in sublime form in the ongoing edition of IPL. Sunrisers, on the other hand, are currently on the third spot with 11 points from nine matches. Squads Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra, Naman Ojha (wicketkeeper), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Tanmay Agarwal, Ricky Bhui, Bipul Sharma, Ben Cutting, Eklavya Dwivedi, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Siddharth Kaul, Ben Laughlin, Abhimanyu Mithun, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammed Siraj, Mustafizur Rahman, Rashid Khan, Vijay Shankar, Barinder Sran, Pravin Tambe. Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Darren Bravo, Yusuf Pathan, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa (wicketkeeper), Umesh Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav, Ankit Rajpoot, Trent Boult, Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter Nile, Colin De Grandhomme, Rishi Dhawan, Sayan Ghosh, Shaikb Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Ishank Jaggi, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Woakes, Chris Lynn, Manish Pandey.
  9. Struggling teams Delhi Daredevils (DD) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) face off as they desperately seek to get back to winning ways to stay in the hunt for a play-offs berth. DD are presently last on the table and it can't get any worse for them. Their problem is the vast disparity between his fast bowling and very moderate batting. KXIP found some hope in Shaun Marsh against Sunrisers Hyderabad, and it seems it would be a good idea if they could deploy both Marsh and Hashim Amla. However, it is their bowling that has let them down repeatedly. The medium-pacers are struggling, the spinners are mediocre and the fast bowlers non-existent. Both the teams are in trouble, but DD are really in a hole. Zaheer Khan would be hoping that his fast bowlers, who are formidable in the shape of Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris and Corey Anderson. But the batting is struggling and there is where DD are at rock bottom. Either way, both teams would be hoping that they can reverse the process. Time is running out fast and DD need to react in a flash. As do KXIP Squads Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell (captain), David Miller, Manan Vohra, Hashim Amla, Shaun Marsh, Darren Sammy, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Nikhil Naik, Ishant Sharma, Armaan Jaffer, Martin Guptill, Eoin Morgan, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Arman Jaffer, Anureet Singh, Mohit Sharma, KC Cariappa, Pradeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, T Natrajan, Matt Henry, Varun Aaron, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Gurkeerat Mann, Rahul Tewatia. Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan (captain), Mohammad Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), CV Milind, Khaleel Ahmed, Pratyush Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Aditya Tare, Shashank Singh, Ankit Bawane, Navdeep Saini, Corey Anderson, Angelo Mathews, Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris, Carlos Brathwaite, Sam Billings.
  10. vs scheduled at 8:00 PM IST on 29th April Preview Is it a little too late? This is a question the Gujarat Lions players will ask themselves as they head into the second half of their campaign. By no means Lions are out of the race to make it to the play-offs but they will need at least four more wins in their last six matches to stand a chance. In the three wins that they have registered in eight games so far in IPL 2017, they've shown that things are slowly falling in place for them. The bowling - which was their weak link - has stepped up and now inspires confidence that they can win matches for the team. Their clinical show against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru showcased that they have the ability to dismantle even the strongest batting line-up in the tournament. Andrew Tye has emerged as the linchpin of the Lions bowling while Ravindra Jadeja, Basil Thampi and James Faulkner have done well to provide him with ample support. However, when they take on Mumbai Indians, the bowling will be put under pressure yet again. Mumbai have, on several occasions, found different batsmen to carry them through tough situations despite Rohit Sharma's indifferent form. Considering they will be welcomed by a track full of runs, Mumbai will look at this as an opportunity to cement their place at the top of the table with another win. Six wins from eight games have given the much-needed cushion but the think-tank will be keen to carry forward the momentum. As is the case in a tournament like IPL, it's not about racking up wins in the first half of the tournament but sustaining the momentum and making it count at the business end of it. On more than one occasion, it has been the batsmen who have helped the team get over the line but in the clash against Delhi Daredevils, where they defended 142, the bowlers showed they aren't just playing support cast. While Harbhajan Singh, Krunal Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah have been exceptional, Mitchell Johnson has ensured they don't miss Lasith Malinga, who has been out of the playing XI due to poor form. They will, however, look forward to a much-improved show from Mitchell McClenaghan, who has picked up wickets but more often than not, has leaked runs. Lions have some tough games ahead of them. After the game against Mumbai, they play Daredevils twice, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rising Pune Supergiant and Kings XI Punjab but after their win against Royal Challengers, they will believe they can rack up crucial wins and give themselves a chance. Mumbai, on the other hand, will know two more wins and they will have one foot in the play-offs and that should prop up the side. History: The two teams have met thrice in the tournament so far. While Lions won both their clashes in the last edition, Mumbai thrashed Lions by six wickets at home in the tenth edition. What: Gujarat Lions vs Mumbai Indians, April 29, 20:00 IST Where: Saurashtra Cricket Association Ground, Rajkot What to expect: A hot evening expected in Rajkot. The track, as has been the case in all the previous four games here, will be full of runs and the teams will prefer to chase. Team news: Gujarat Lions: The Suresh Raina-led side have finally found the right combination, one where they don't appear batting heavy. After their win against Royal Challengers, it's unlikely they will make any changes to their line-up. Probable XI: Ishan Kishan, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina (c), Aaron Finch, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Andrew Tye, Basil Thampi, Nathu Singh, Ankit Soni. Mumbai Indians: After their loss against Rising Pune Supergiant, Mumbai have had four days off, giving them ample time to rejuvenate. Despite the loss, it's highly unlikely there will be too many changes to the combination that has propelled them to the top of the table. Krunal Pandya should come in in place of Karn Sharma. Probable XI: Parthiv Patel (wk), Jos Buttler, Nitish Rana, Rohit Sharma (c), Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mitchell Johnson, Jasprit Bumrah. What they said: "It was a very good performance from the team tonight (against RCB). We've put ourselves in this position by being poor in a couple of games. We're still very confident, though. We have a good side, but time will tell." - Aaron Finch. Did you know? - Rohit Sharma needs 14 more runs to become the third player to score 4000 runs in IPL after Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina - Among those who have bowled at least 15 overs in IPL 2017, Krunal Pandya has the best balls-per-boundary percentage among bowlers - 11.50 - Harbhajan Singh is the only bowler this IPL to concede at less than six runs per over - 5.88 (min 15 overs) Teams: Mumbai Indians (From): Parthiv Patel(w), Jos Buttler, Nitish Rana, Rohit Sharma(c), Karn Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mitchell Johnson, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Shreyas Gopal, Lendl Simmons, Vinay Kumar, Siddhesh Lad, Jagadeesha Suchith, Tim Southee, Jitesh Sharma, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Punia, Saurabh Tiwary, Nicholas Pooran, Krishnappa Gowtham, Kulwant Khejroliya, Ambati Rayudu, Asela Gunaratne Gujarat Lions (From): Ishan Kishan, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina(c), Aaron Finch, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik(w), James Faulkner, Andrew Tye, Nathu Singh, Basil Thampi, Ankit Soni, Dwayne Smith, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Pradeep Sangwan, Shadab Bashir Jakati, Jaydev Shah, Manpreet Gony, Jason Roy, Munaf Patel, Chirag Suri, Akshdeep Nath, Shubham Agarwal, Tejas Baroka, Pratham Singh, Shelley Shaurya, Irfan Pathan Source : Cricbuzz
  11. Match #31 | RCB vs GL | 27th April | 8:00 PM IST

    vs scheduled at 8:00 PM IST on 27th April Preview One team is struggling with the bat and the other is struggling with the ball. Does this make Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) versus Gujarat Lions (GL) an even battle? Two crucial points are up for grabs at the Chinnaswamy stadium come Thursday (April 27). A victory for RCB will see them jump to fifth place in the league standings. Two points will push GL to sixth place, while they also have the chance of moving to fifth depending on the net run rate. A wash-out against Sunrisers Hyderabad has put RCB under extra pressure, with the team needing to win a minimum of five of their remaining six games to progress to the play-offs. GL, who are currently ranked last, have the cushion of an extra game than RCB, although their campaign needs to gain steam if they are to aim for a top-four finish. On the eve of the game, all eyes were on the Bengaluru skies, the pitch and the Lions' new signing Irfan Pathan. The left-handed all-rounder was very early to arrive at the ground for practice and addressed the media with a refreshing smile, expressing his delight at returning to top-level cricket. There was much more intensity during the visitors' practice session than the hosts' as their key attractions - Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle opted out. Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Mandeep Singh, Stuart Binny, Sachin Baby and Vishnu Vinod - all had short stints, some with both bat and ball. The Lions looked relaxed as a unit and started off with a mini football session. Jason Roy sent some hits soaring into the stands, while Brendon McCullum and Suresh Raina had a long look against the spinners. Aaron Finch swung his willow around and was followed by Ravindra Jadeja. Ishan Kishan, who was not fit for the Lions' previous game against Kings XI Punjab, seemed to have recovered and batted for a good amount of time. When: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Lions, April 27, 20:00 IST Where: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru What to expect: On the weather front, there were a few grey clouds hovering over the ground on pre-match day, but with the city receiving no rain post the washout, things are expected to be cricket-friendly on the game day. The radar too looks promising and the chance of a full game happening is very high. The pitch and the square was covered as a precautionary measure though. The playing surface that was supposed to serve the RCB-SRH game will now be used for Thursday's encounter. When the cameras zoomed in on the 22 yards on Tuesday, one could spot quite a few cracks. On the eve of the game, the ground staff decided to shave off whatever grass that had grown overnight and it is expected to be a slow pitch, meaning stroke-play could not be all that easy. History: RCB and GL have played each other four times so far in IPL history, with the former winning thrice and the latter triumphant in one. Team News Royal Challengers Bangalore Surprisingly, a batting line-up rated as one of the best in the season, has failed miserably to put together a complete performance. Only once have two batsmen registered fifty-plus scores in the same match after eight games - a plight RCB fans find hard tough to believe, especially after a dream season in 2016. The one positive though is that their best game of the season as a batting unit came against Gujarat Lions in their away game, when Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli made a strong statement. This probably will keep the morale high in the team in the build up to the game. Yuzvendra Chahal had a good game at the Eden Gardens and with the pitch likely to assist the spinners, he holds the key for RCB against the explosive GL batting line-up. Tymal Mills could also be handy with his cutters as pace of the ball is most likely to help the bowlers. Probable XI: Virat Kohli (c), Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Kedar Jadhav (wk), Stuart Binny, Pawan Negi, Tymal Mills, Samuel Badree, Sreenath Aravind, Yuzvendra Chahal Gujarat Lions Dwayne Smith was not to be seen in the training session. With Roy having a hit in the middle, it could be a straight swap between the two hard-hitters. While the batting line-up has looked pretty consistent, Gujarat has made a number of changes to their bowling attack. They have fielded about 12 bowlers thus far, trying to meet combination and injury concerns. Basil Thampi is one to watchout for, with him bowling at pace and having the ability to nail good yorkers. He also had a reasonably good game against RCB, conceding less than eight runs per over and even accounting for Chris Gayle. Shadab Jakati rolled his arm over against captain Suresh Raina and with Shubham Agarwal not having a great last game against Kings XI Punjab, the left-armer could replace the leg-spinner. There is a chance that James Faulkner could get a game too ahead of Smith and Roy, for he bowled at good pace, even breaking the top of middle stump when bowling to Ishan Kishan. Probable XI: Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Suresh Raina (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Jason Roy/James Faulkner, Irfan Pathan, Andrew Tye, Basil Thampi, Shubham Agarwal/Shadab Jakati, Nathu Singh Did you know? Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli are 43 runs short of becoming the first pair to put together 3000 partnership runs in 20-over cricket. GL average 31.79 with the bat and 46.67 with the bowl - the difference of 14.88 being the highest among the eight teams. Among those who faced at least 50 balls in IPL 2017, only three players strike at less than 100, two of them are from RCB - Shane Watson (96.83) and Mandeep Singh (97.01). Suresh Raina has dismissed 18 times by leg spinners - the most for a batsman in IPL. He has got out to Yuzvendra Chahal four times. What they said: "We can definitely turn things around. We have a good bunch of players. We need to give our best for all six games and win," Sreenath Aravind talking about RCB's future in the season. "It's like I'm coming back from the dead. It's wonderful. When you don't get picked it's disappointing. Even if it's halfway stage of the tournament or the fag end, it's a really wonderful feeling to get picked. Hopefully I will get an opportunity and play well," Irfan Pathan on being picked by Gujarat Lions. Teams: Gujarat Lions (From): Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Suresh Raina(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Smith, Akshdeep Nath, Andrew Tye, Basil Thampi, Shubham Agarwal, Nathu Singh, Irfan Pathan, Dhawal Kulkarni, James Faulkner, Praveen Kumar, Ishan Kishan, Pradeep Sangwan, Ankit Soni, Shadab Bashir Jakati, Jaydev Shah, Manpreet Gony, Jason Roy, Munaf Patel, Chirag Suri, Tejas Baroka, Pratham Singh, Shelley Shaurya Royal Challengers Bangalore (From): Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli(c), Mandeep Singh, AB de Villiers, Kedar Jadhav(w), Stuart Binny, Pawan Negi, Samuel Badree, Tymal Mills, Sreenath Aravind, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shane Watson, Harshal Patel, Adam Milne, Sarfaraz Khan, Iqbal Abdulla, Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Praveen Dubey, Aniket Choudhary, Billy Stanlake, Vishnu Vinod, Harpreet Singh Source : Cricbuzz
  12. Form guide Rising Pune Supergiant (fourth): defeated Mumbai Indians by three runs, defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets, defeated RCB by 27 runs Kolkata Knight Riders (second): defeated RCB by 82 runs, lost to Gujarat Lions by four wickets, defeated Delhi Daredevils by four wickets In the news Knight Riders will be without Nathan Coulter-Nile, who in their previous game bowled Royal Challengers Bangalore out for 49 which is the lowest total in IPL history. The 29-year old seamer has not travelled with the team to Pune, with captain Gautam Gambhir citing workload management as the reason. Coulter-Nile's absence means either Shakib Al Hasan or Trent Boult could return to the team. Colin de Grandhomme hasn't fired with the bat but his three-wicket haul on Sunday has boosted his chances of retaining his place. The likely XIs Rising Pune Supergiant 1 Ajinkya Rahane, 2 Rahul Tripathi, 3 Steven Smith (capt), 4 Ben Stokes, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Manoj Tiwary, 7 Dan Christian, 8 Washington Sundar, 9 Shardul Thakur, 10 Imran Tahir, 11 Jaydev Unadkat Kolkata Knight Riders 1 Gautam Gambhir (capt), 2 Sunil Narine, 3 Robin Uthappa (wk), 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Yusuf Pathan 6 Suryakumar Yadav, 7 Colin de Grandhomme, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Umesh Yadav, 10 Trent Boult/Shakib Al Hasan, 11 Kuldeep Yadav Strategy Punt Overall in the IPL, Sunil Narine smashes spin at a strike-rate of 233 but pace at only 126. But this season, with his promotion to opener, he has smashed fast bowlers for 93 runs off 53 deliveries. So perhaps there is a case for Rising Pune to take pace off the ball and use Imran Tahir or Washington Sundar against him. Stats that matter Manoj Tiwary has scored 139 runs off 82 balls, at a strike-rate of 167.07. He has been dismissed only three times in his last nine T20 innings, and has been hitting a boundary every four balls. Ajinkya Rahane has smashed Umesh Yadav for 54 runs in 38 balls without ever being dismissed in the IPL. Spinners have been more effective than seamers at MCA stadium this season. They have given away only 6.97 runs per over, taking a wicket every 19.42 runs. Seamers have leaked 9.50 runs an over, taking a wicket every 42.61 runs.
  13. On a roll after a six-game winning streak, high-flying Mumbai Indians (MI) will take on a resurgent Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), their only conquerors in IPL season 10, in a potentially high-voltage clash here today Squads Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Jasprit Bumrah, Jos Buttler, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Asela Gunaratne, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Kulwant Khejroliya, Siddhesh Lad, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Parthiv Patel (wicketkeeper), Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Punia, Nitish Rana, Ambati Rayudu, Jitesh Sharma, Karn Sharma, Lendl Simmons, Tim Southee, Jagadeesha Suchith, Saurabh Tiwary, R Vinay Kumar. Rising Pune Supergiant: Steve Smith (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Ashok Dinda, Faf du Plessis, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Sharma, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar, Daniel Christian, Lockie Ferguson, Imran Tahir, Jaskaran Singh, Usman Khawaja, Saurabh Kumar, Ben Stokes, Washington Sundar, Milind Tandon, Manoj Tiwary, Adam Zampa, Jaydev Unadkat, Ishwar Pandey, Rahul Tripathi, Shardul Thakur.
  14. KKR v ArCeBe | Kolkata,8 PM IST

    Just as you step out of the Dum Dum airport in Kolkata and head into the city, two things would hit you almost immediately - the unrelenting humidity and the unquantifiable hustle and bustle. And if you are someone who is used to a long, breezy drive from the airport before encountering a beeline of vehicles in the city, Kolkata's cacophony will catch you off guard. Amid all these elements, the Knight Riders still manage to catch your attention even as you are shoving your bag away in that cab, making space for yourself and asking the chauffeur to crank up the air-conditioner further. One of the first hoardings that you come across is that of Gautam Gambhir sporting that rare smile, half-smile rather, alongside his teammates while endorsing their jersey partners. You drive down a few hundred meters and there stands a huge Virat Kohli hoarding, of him smiling at you while dressed in an ethnic attire. Then there's some more of KKR, some more of Kohli and by the time, you reach your destination, you wouldn't know if you were in Kolkata or Bengaluru. The Sunday crowd at the Eden would stand divided, they wouldn't love their team any lesser but they would not be able to stop fan-boying about the Chris Gayles, the AB de Villiers, the Kohlis either. The last time these two teams met here at the Eden Gardens, the support was bisected and the sell-out crowd would once again come in, hoping for a KKR win, wishing for a Gaylestorm, an ABD special and some Kohli magic. The morale seemed a little low in the team hotel on the eve of the match, following their maiden loss at home this season. In the optional practice session, not too many of the front-liners turned up. While the likes of Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine bowled a bit before tonking a few balls away, the extras in the form of Rovman Powell, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Jackson and Sayan Ghosh spent some time honing their skills. In scenarios like these, where the teams have just one day to recover in between games, you cannot blame the players giving the pre-match practice a skip. The home side's losses to Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Lions were similar in more ways than one. On both occasions, the opponents changed the complexion of the game at the back end and won the game by four wickets. While MI knocked down 64 runs in the last five, GL had a far more comfortable equation, needing only 42 off 30, having done the tough job earlier. KKR, in their wins, have been able to mask their loopholes well but every time it has stood exposed, it has made for an intensive case study. KKR's pace bowling unit has leaked a lot of runs and while they gunned for overseas pacers like Chris Woakes and Trent Boult in this year's auction, none of them have been consistent enough, with the major worry being controlling their death spillover. On a surface that has been contrasting to the Eden we all knew, this particular loose end has let KKR down on more occasions than one. The hosts, though, couldn't have expected their batting to fire any better with skipper Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan all getting amongst the runs. While the KKR think tank has brushed the question away of having a mainstream batsman opening the innings along side their skipper, how long would they be able to surprise the opponents and get the best out of Sunil Narine remains a mystery. Jacques Kallis summed it up in an apt way when he said that his had not been able to put up a complete game so far. RCB have always been heavily reliant on their top three but as a matter of fact, Gayle, Kohli and de Villiers have all played together in only one game thus far. And now that all of them have runs under their belt, especially with Gayle coming into his own with a scintillating 38-ball 77, Sunday's contest might see a rejuvenated Bangalore who registered a thumping victory in just their previous outing. De Villiers was seen having a decent hit, shrugging away worries of a troubling back, and Tymal Mills bowled for a fair amount of time in the nets on the match eve. While the batting looks finally settled, their bowling remains a jigsaw puzzle that is still on a look out for the right pieces. With Pawan Negi and Yuzvendra Chahal having ticked the right boxes, Samuel Badree, their powerplay specialist, might continue to miss out. Having two leggies at the Eden might not be the best of ideas and with the wicket aiding more pace and bounce, RCB might go in with two overseas pacers in Adam Milne and Mills. Overall, RCB would stick to their known guns again, expecting their batting to be their stronger arm yet again. History and Head-to-Head Both the sides have faced off against each other on as many as 18 occasions in the IPL, with the honours equally shared between the two. If you include the one occasion when KKR locked horns with RCB in a Champions League contest, KKR won that comprehensively, taking the overall T20 head to head numbers to 10-9. When: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, April 23, 20:00 IST Where: Eden Gardens, Kolkata Team News: Kolkata Knight Riders The Knight Riders should open with Narine again, unless they decide to trick everyone with another one of their surprise moves, but given Narine's success in the previous game, he would be the first-choice opener. In what could be a shuffle between Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla, the experienced legspinner might get the nod with as many as five right-handers in the top six of the RCB batting line-up. Probable XI: Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Woakes, Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Umesh Yadav Royal Challengers Bangalore Predicting the eleven for the RCB has become an arduous task, especially for the constant rejig that has taken place. Shane Watson would be debated hard and would only make a cut if his batting services are exuding enough confidence, otherwise Mills might find his way back. Milne and Billy Stanlake present very familiar numbers and offer similar pace too, making it a tough pick here as well. Probable XI: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Kedar Jadhav, Mandeep Singh, Stuart Binny, Pawan Negi, Adam Milne, Sreenath Arvind, Tymal Mills, Yuzvendra Chahal What they said: "I love to bowl on flat wickets. I don't like bowling on turning wickets. It is more difficult to beat the batsman, whereas on a flat wicket, you can plan when to bowl the sliders and googly. For me, I like pace on the wicket," Yuzvendra Chahal said on being asked about the different nature of the Eden surface. "I think he [AB de Villiers] is ready to play tomorrow. I don't know about (Tymal) Mills," Chahal added. "We have reached nearly 40 wickets, if you compare it with other teams. See, it is about wickets, don't go by runs because as a bowler, you game destination is decided by the number of wickets. You may bowl a couple of maidens, but wickets are a very important aspect for the bowler. So in that aspect, I think, we have done really well. We will definitely improve in the couple of areas we have found out, the boys are up for it. We have quality bowlers and it is about adaptation. The tournament is six-week long, so you slowly educate yourself for the next phase, i.e the powerplays and death overs," Lakshmipathy Balaji, the KKR bowling coach, said when asked if the bowling department was letting the side down. Did you know? - Chris Gayle has scored 339 runs in five innings against KKR at Eden Gardens with a hundred and two fifties. - RCB is the only team to score at less than seven in the powerplay this season (6.83). Last year, they were the only side to score at above eight (8.10). - RCB have used 19 players so far this season - the joint most by any team along side RPS in this edition. - Since 2013, KKR haven't lost a game at the Eden Gardens while chasing. Teams: Royal Challengers Bangalore (From): Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Kedar Jadhav(w), Mandeep Singh, Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Pawan Negi, Adam Milne, Sreenath Aravind, Yuzvendra Chahal, Travis Head, Harshal Patel, Sarfaraz Khan, Samuel Badree, Iqbal Abdulla, Sachin Baby, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tymal Mills, Praveen Dubey, Aniket Choudhary, Billy Stanlake, Vishnu Vinod, Harpreet Singh Kolkata Knight Riders (From): Gautam Gambhir(c), Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa(w), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Woakes, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Colin de Grandhomme, Piyush Chawla, Chris Lynn, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Rajpoot, Trent Boult, Darren Bravo, Rishi Dhawan, Rovman Powell, Ishank Jaggi, Sayan Ghosh, Ramsingh Sanjay Yadav SOURCE : CB
  15. vs Scheduled to start at 20:00 IST Preview: Mumbai Indians walk into their seventh game of IPL 2017, against Delhi Daredevils, in red-hot form. The Rohit Sharma-led side suffered a false start when they lost to Rising Pune SuperGiant in Pune, but since then, the side has looked like a different team altogether. They've been involved in a top of the table battle with Kolkata Knight Riders and will look to consolidate that position with a thumping performance against a Delhi Daredevils squad that has been blowing hot and cold thus far. Mumbai's solid start to the tournament has been highlighted by the performances from their lesser-known Indian players. While captain Rohit Sharma's form has been indifferent, the likes of Nitish Rana, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Parthiv Patel and Hardik Pandya have been on good consistent runs so far. In addition to this, their foreign players (Kieron Pollard, Jos Buttler and Mitchell McCleneghan) have come up with match-winning performances when the team really needed them. Delhi Daredevils started the campaign with much promise. They won two out of their first three, but could easily have won their first four with a little more application. Gradually, however, their problems have started to come exposed. The inclusion of Angelo Mathews has proved to be a big gamble that has not worked for Zaheer Khan's side. The form of Karun Nair, too, has been an issue, with the right-hander not scoring big batting at number three. However, they have had some great performances to place their hopes on a good showing, none more than Sanju Samson's stunning hundred against RPS. Delhi will hope that they can put an end to their two-match losing streak and settle in the top half of the table. When: Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils, 25th Match, April 22, 20:00 IST Where: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai Weather: The temperatures should hover in the high twenties in the evening, but humidity is expected to be quite high. Head-to-Head: Both teams have faced each other 18 times, and are tied at nine wins each. Team News: Mumbai Indians: Having won their last five games, Mumbai Indians will think twice about tweaking their winning combination. One possibility could be to leave out the out-of-form Lasith Malinga for Tim Southee. Delhi Daredevils: Unlike the hosts, Delhi will have to ponder a number of changes. Angelo Mathews's lack of impact could mean a return for Corey Anderson, named Man of the Match in his last game. If Anderson is still not fit, Carlos Brathwaite could also get a look in. They could also look at bringing in Shahbaz Nadeem for Jayant Yadav. Did you know? - MI are the best team in the death overs (16-20) with a run rate of 12.27 while DD have been the best with the ball in the same stage conceding just at 7.71 per over. - Rohit Sharma has scored 655 runs against DD from 19 matches at 40.93 - the most runs scored against them by a player. - Lasith Malinga is the leading wicket taker against DD in IPL with 19 wickets and he has never been wicketless against them. - DD have lost five out of the six matches they've played at the Wankhede, with their lone win coming in 2011. Teams: Delhi Daredevils (From): Sanju Samson, Sam Billings, Karun Nair, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Angelo Mathews, Chris Morris, Pat Cummins, Mohammed Shami, Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan(c), Corey Anderson, Kagiso Rabada, Ankit Bawne, Aditya Tare, Murugan Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Shashank Singh, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Carlos Brathwaite, Chama Milind, Khaleel Ahmed, Pratyush Singh, Ben Hilfenhaus Mumbai Indians (From): Parthiv Patel(w), Jos Buttler, Nitish Rana, Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma(c), Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Ambati Rayudu, Shreyas Gopal, Lendl Simmons, Vinay Kumar, Siddhesh Lad, Jagadeesha Suchith, Tim Southee, Jitesh Sharma, Deepak Punia, Saurabh Tiwary, Nicholas Pooran, Mitchell Johnson, Karn Sharma, Asela Gunaratne, Krishnappa Gowtham, Kulwant Khejroliya Source: Cricbuzz
  16. Kolkata Knight Riders Squad G Gambhir*, TA Boult, DM Bravo, PP Chawla, NM Coulter-Nile, C de Grandhomme, R Dhawan, SS Ghosh, SP Jackson, IR Jaggi, Kuldeep Yadav, CA Lynn, SP Narine, MK Pandey, YK Pathan, R Powell, AS Rajpoot, R Sanjay Yadav, Shakib Al Hasan, RV Uthappa, CR Woakes, SA Yadav, UT Yadav Gujarat Lions Squad AD Nath, SS Agarwal, Basil Thampi, DJ Bravo, Chirag Suri, JP Faulkner, AJ Finch, MS Gony, Ishan Kishan, RA Jadeja, SB Jakati, KD Karthik, S Kaushik, DS Kulkarni, P Kumar, BB McCullum, MM Patel, Pratham Singh, SK Raina, JJ Roy, PJ Sangwan, JN Shah, SS Shaurya, NB Singh, DR Smith, Tejas Baroka, AJ Tye
  17. Gujarat Lions Vs RCB Likely XIs Gujarat Lions 1 Brendon McCullum, 2 Dwayne Smith, 3 Suresh Raina (capt), 4 Aaron Finch/Jason Roy, 5 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 6 Ishan Kishan, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Praveen Kumar/Dhawal Kulkarni, 9 Basil Thampi, 10 AJ Tye, 11 Munaf Patel/Shadab Jakati Royal Challengers Bangalore 1 Chris Gayle/Travis Head, 2 Virat Kohli (capt), 3 Shane Watson, 4 Mandeep Singh, 5 Kedar Jadhav (wk), 6 Vishnu Vinod (wk)/ Stuart Binny, 7 Pawan Negi, 8 Adam Milne/Billy Stanlake/Tymal Mills, 9 Samuel Badree, 10 S Aravind, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal
  18. https://www.facebook.com/delhidaredevils/?fref=ts Highlights from the previous home game: Match Preview: http://www.cricbuzz.com/live-cricket-scores/18138/dd-vs-kkr-18th-match-indian-premier-league-2017 https://www.facebook.com/delhidaredevils/?fref=ts Chalo chalo , Khelo Khelo , Jeeto Jeeto
  19. http://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/93996/delhi-daredevils-bowling-v-king-xi-punjab-batting-in-delhis-ipl-2017-opener Images from https://www.facebook.com/delhidaredevils/ Chalo Dilliwaalon!!
  20. Gujarat Lions v Rising Pune Supergiant, IPL 2017, Rajkot April 14,@8 pm Match facts Gujarat Lions v Rising Pune Supergiant Rajkot, April 14, 2017 •Rising Pune Supergiant (seventh): lost to Delhi Daredevils by 97 runs , lost to Kings XI Punjab by 6 wickets, beat Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets •Lions (eighth): lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 9 wickets, lost to Kolkata Knight Riders by ten wickets Last season: Lions won both matches last season and did so by chasi targets of 164 in Rajkot and 196 in Pune. In the news Ravindra Jadeja joined the Lions squad on Wednesday and is expected to get his IPL 2017 campaign underway at his home ground, having missed the first two games to a finger injury. Lions, however, will continue to miss the injured Dwayne Bravo, who is currently undergoing rehab. Assessing MS Dhoni's waning prowess in the shortest-format of the game, former India captain Sourav Ganguly has expressed his reservations about the Pune wicketkeeper being "a good T20 player" any longer. Lions' overseas combination is set to be revamped, with either James Faulkner or Andrew Tye making their way into the XI to beef up a bowling attack that has picked up only one wicket in two matches. For Pune, Steven Smith has recovered from an upset stomach that kept him out of the clash against Sunrisers. Manoj Tiwary, who also missed the last game following his father's death, has re-joined the squad. The likely XIs Rising Pune Supergiant: 1 Ajinkya Rahane, 2 Mayank Agarwal, 3 Steven Smith 4 Ben Stokes, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Manoj Tiwary, 7 Rajat Bhatia, 8 Adam Zampa, 9 Deepak Chahar, 10 Imran Tahir, 11 Ashok Dinda/Shardul Thakur Gujarat Lions: 1 Jason Roy, 2 Brendon McCullum, 3 Suresh Raina (capt), 4 Aaron Finch, 5 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 James Faulkner, 8 Praveen Kumar, 9 Tejas Baroka/Basil Thampi, 10 Dhawal Kulkarni, 11 Shivil Kaushik Stats that matter • Suresh Raina, who has hit the third-highest number of sixes in the history of the IPL, has hit just two sixes off 185 balls he has faced in Rajkot. Among the 41 instances in T20 cricket where he has registered a fifty-plus score, he has failed to hit a six on only two occasions - both of them in Rajkot. • Smith has struck only 34 runs with two fours off the 39 balls he has faced against Jadeja in the IPL. He has also fallen to Jadeja four times in eight innings. No other bowler has dismissed Smith more than twice. • Lions have lost four out of six times in Rajkot. Additionally, while visiting batsmen have struck eight half-centuries and one hundred, Lions batsmen have managed to hit only five fifties. • Before coming into the IPL, Dinesh Karthik had amassed 1872 runs - the second most after Cheteshwar Pujara - across all formats in the 2016-17 season in India. • Of the 12 matches played at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Ground, the team chasing has won five of six games, scoring at an average of 52.66 per wicket. A run rate in excess of nine has been instrumental in four of those five successful chases being closed out before the 19th over. • Despite topping the points table after the league stage, Lions had the second-worst net run-rate last year. Having lost their first two games by ten and nine wickets this season, they have the worst so far this time too. • Lion boast the least impressive economy across the Powerplay, middle (overs 7-15) and end overs (overs 16-20) this season, having conceded 11.00, 10.26 and 18.66 runs on average respectively. Pune have similarly struggled upfront and towards the end, but they have the second-best economy, 7.11, in the middle overs among all teams. full credit to cricinfo

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