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    RCB rained off today, so they have only two wins from eight matches so far and might have to win each of their next six games to be among the top four on the points table. Sunrisers are already at third place, and the weather today meant David Warner's men continue searching for their first win away from home in 2017.

    Pune vs KKR tomorrow. The hosts are fourth and have defeated Mumbai Indians by three runs, defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets, defeated RCB by 27 runs, while Kolkata Knight Riders are second having defeated RCB by 82 runs, and lost to Gujarat Lions by four wickets, before defeating Delhi Daredevils by four wickets. 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. 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 subplots are plenty: Dhoni has struggled against Narine in T20s. He has managed only 27 runs off 54 balls. 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. Punemay use Imran Tahir or Washington Sundar against him to take pace off the all. Elsewhere, 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. Oh, and Rahane has smashed Umesh Yadav for 54 runs in 38 balls without ever being dismissed in the IPL.

    KKR have taken 28 wickets between overs 7 and 15, ten more than their closest rivals Sunrisers Hyderabad. Six KKR bowlers have taken three or more wickets during the middle overs, with Woakes' tally of six being the highest. KKR's quicks have been the most productive in the league. They have taken 34 wickets at an average of 19.82. On the other hand, Rising Pune's seamers have managed only 24 wickets at an average of 32.54. 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.
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    A shame RCB couldn't play yday
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    Rana has credited advice from Gambhir to tweak his batting technique for his form in the IPL this season. Apparently Jayawardene, Tendulkar and Gamhir helped him shift from a low stance to a more upright one and open up his front shoulder. With 266 runs, is currently the fourth-highest run-scorer in this IPL season and one of only two batsmen - Moises Henriques being the other - to score three fifties.

    And apparently Fleming is surprised by the IPL pitch conditions, which in some grounds have been more difficult to bat in than in previous seasons, leading to a better balance between bat and ball. Pune defending 160 to beat Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium is a prime example. That came a day after Kolkata Knight Riders defended 131 to win an even more low-scoring game at the Eden Gardens, where RCB slid to 49 all out, the lowest-ever IPL total.

    Mumbai needed 17 runs off the last over against Pune but the the first ball as Pandya holed out to deep extra cover. Their captain Rohit, though, brought the equation down to 11 off four balls. Unadkat's next delivery was going to be another slower one, but having seen Rohit shuffle across the stumps, he pushed it wide. Rohit, on the other hand, realised that the ball was veering away from the guideline for wide deliveries, and left it alone. However, the umpire didn't call it a wide, leaving Mumbai incensed. With 11 needed off three balls now, Rohit miscued a slog and was caught-and-bowled for a 39-ball 58, and eventually Mumbai went down by three runs.

    Harbhajan admitted that the penultimate over, where Ben Stokes conceded only seven runs, was crucial. And Rahane revealed the thinking behind giving Unadkat the ball in the last over. He said Unadkat was preferred to Thakur because of his relatively slower pace. Malinga missed his second game in a row, against Rising Pune Supergiant, and it has emerged he has taken a break to "work something out" with his bowling according to team-mate Harbhajan Singh.

    After KKR folded for 131 from a position of 65 for 1 in the sixth over, Gambhir made it clear to his players that players could lose their spot in the XI. He says he felt "hurt" by his team's batting collapse, and seemed to rally the tewam vs RCB with his interval address, Nathan Coulter-Nile struck in his first three overs to set the tone for the side. Coulter-Nile finished with returns of 3 for 21, all top-order wickets, and earned the Man-of-the-Match award as Royal Challengers folded for 49, the lowest total in IPL history. Not a single Royal Challengers batsman scored in double-figures.

    Knight Riders are currently second on the table, with 10 points after seven games. KKR were expected to feel Russell's absence - but they haven't. In 2015 and 2016, Russell had scored 514 runs in 19 innings at an average of 32.12 and a strike rate of 181.62, apart from taking 29 wickets at an economy rate of 7.96. Among all batsmen who faced 200-plus balls in these two seasons, his strike rate was the highest.

    KKR have missed him in the death overs. Their run-rate in the last five overs so far is 8.78, the lowest among all teams. And they are the only team scoring at fewer than nine an over (the next lowest is 9.34, by KXIP). The run-rate of 8.78 is also Knight Riders' lowest in the death overs across all IPL seasons: in 2015, they had a rate of 10.31 in these overs; in 2016 it was 9.78.

    But their first 15 overs are thriving, and in the first six overs, KKR have averaged 10.16 runs per over, the best among all teams this season, and their best across seasons; their previous highest in any season was only 8.44 in 2015. Their middle-overs run-rate of 8.56 is their best across seasons, and the second best among all teams this season, after Sunrisers' 8.87.

    Narine has shone, and has scored at a strike rate of 195.08 when he has opened the batting, the best among all openers this season. In second place is Lynn, the batsman who Narine has replaced, who scored at a strike rate of 192.30 before being ruled out of the tournament due to injury.

    Gambhir, Uthappa and Pandey have also improved their scoring rates. The overall strike rate for Knight Riders' top four has gone up from 127.79 in the previous two seasons, to nearly 154 this season, an increase of 20%.
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    Big win for KKR that. They posted 184-3 - Bravo ending six unbeaten alongside Pandey, after Gambhir and Uthappa made 62 and 87 respectively, before Christian and Unadkat had them caught by Thakur and Tripathi. Narine had earlier fallen for 16, ran out, after Kuldeep posted 2-31 (having Dhoni and Tiwary caught behind) and Rahane and Tripathi were out for 46 and 38, the former stumped off Narine and the latter bowled by Chawla. Smith ended not out, on 51, and Umesh had Christian caught by Pandey to seal the innings, with Pune making 182-5.

    Uthappa and Gambhir's 158-run partnership is the second highest for KKR in the IPL and ruthlessly exposed the limitations of a Rising Pune attack that was without Stokes, who was nursing a niggle. In Stokes' absence, there was a case for Pune to pick either Ferguson or Zampa. Instead, they opted for South African batsman du Plessis, who did not even get to bat. Pune lost the match with the all - five of Rising Pune's six bowlers went for over eight runs an over - and three went for over 10. They were made to rue missed chances in the field too: Uthappa, who was dropped on 12, moved to his highest IPL score of 87 off 47 balls at a strike-rate of 185.10. Gambhir, who was dropped on 32, went on to make 62.

    It was a big night for Uthappa, who rounded off three stumpings with a sterling knock. Uthappa's third half-century of the season was, by his own admission, a crucial knock, and he said it was important to not get ahead of himself. He has been shunted down the order and his new position means he loses out on the advantage of batting in the Powerplay sometimes. On Wednesday, though, Narine was dismissed in the third over and the Gambhir-Uthappa reunion that followed produced a 158-run alliance, the second biggest for KKR.

    It was brave of Gambhir to give the 18th over to Kuldeep Yadav. He had conceded 11 runs in his last over, which included a short ball that MS Dhoni pulled for six. It could have been a hugely expensive over - Dhoni was set and he was brought on strike to face the second ball - but Kuldeep stumped Dhoni and Tiwary with googlies and conceded only five runs. Gambhir's captaincy was excellent, as was Uthappa's batting. He hammered 57 runs off 25 balls pitched good, and 49 vs spin. Uthappa hit 13 boundaries in 47 balls - that's 3.61 balls per boundary. His strike-rate of 185.10 is his highest under condition of 30 balls faced in an IPL innings and KKR have won six out of six games at the MCA stadium in Pune.

    RCB vs Gujarat tomorrow, after Bangalore saw their match washed out v Sunrisers. They have lost to KKR but beaten Gujarat recently, by 21 runs, while the Lions have lost to KXIP and RCB but beaten KKR. Bravo has been ruled out of the entire season with a hamstring injury, so Lions have signed up Irfan Pathan as a replacement, who will now be playing for his sixth IPL franchise.

    B-Mac has a poor record in T20s against both Badree (26 off 34 balls, two dismissals) and Chahal (20 off 23 balls, three dismissals) - a case, perhaps, for Royal Challengers to bowl their legspinners in tandem with the new ball. Of all the spinners to bowl a minimum of five overs in the Powerplay this season, Yuzvendra Chahal has the best balls-per-boundary ratio - 10.00. Harbhajan (9.00) is second on that list. Narine (6.75) is a distant third.

    In comparison, Kohli/ABDV have outstanding records against Lions. Kohli averages 91.00 and has a strike-rate of 160.58 against them, while de Villiers averages 228.00 and scores at 198.26.

    Lions did not play Kulkarni in their previous match but could include him at Chinnaswamy. In the IPL, he has conceded less than eight an over against Kohli, Gayle and de Villiers - his economy rate against Gayle is a mere 6.77. He has also dismissed Kohli four times and Gayle three times. Jadeja's economy rate of 9.70 is the worst for any spinner who has sent down a minimum of 50 balls this season. He has only taken two wickets at 97.00 - the worst average of any spinner this season. Jadeja has a good T20 record against Kohli, conceding only 104 runs to him off 95 balls. He has, however, struggled against Gayle, de Villiers, Shane Watson and Kedar Jadhav, conceding more than nine an over against each of them.

    The first six overs of Royal Challengers' innings should make for interesting viewing. They have the worst Powerplay run-rate (6.78) of all the teams this season, while Lions have the worst economy rate (9.80). Gayle has scored only 69 off 70 balls in the Powerplay this season, with a 61.5% dot-ball percentage, the worst among all batsmen this season.
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    DD have brought in Samuels as a replacement for de Kock. He was among the unsold players in the IPL auction this year, and last played in the IPL over four years ago, in 2013 for Pune Warriors,. In 2012, he played eight matches for them to score a total of 124 runs and take eight wickets. In 2013, he featured in only two matches, with scores of 5 and 3, and only one wicket to his name.

    His overall T20 record is more impressive though. In 149 matches since his debut in 2006, he has scored 3757 runs at an average of 32.66 and a strike rate of 117.51, with two hundreds to his name. He has also taken 68 wickets with an economy rate of 7.01.

    DD are currently placed second from bottom with only two wins from six matches, and play their next match on Friday, vs KKR. Their batting has cost them a few matches so far. Not one of their batsmen features among the top 10 run-scorers this season and they are set to lose Billings/Morris.
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    Two matches tomorrow: KKR vs DD and KXIP vs Sunrisers.

    KKR have beaten Pune and RCB recently, while Delhi have lost to KKR, Sunrisers, and Mumbai. Couler-Nile is expected to reclaim his spot in the XI, at Bravo's expense. Knight Riders are likely to persist with the same bowling combination that demolished RCB for 49. As aforementioned, DD have recruited de Kock but Daredevils are likely to stick with their overseas combination - Corey Anderson, Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris and Pat Cummins - from their loss against Mumbai Indians.

    Zaheer has the third-worst economy rate in the IPL this season outside the Powerplay (9.91). In the Powerplay, Zaheer has an economy rate of 6.45 this season, the fourth best among all teams and he has also dismissed Gautam Gambhir six times in the IPL. On the other hand, Narine has dominated Daredevils' top order in the IPL. In a combined 56 balls against Sanju Samson, Karun Nair and Corey Anderson, he has conceded just 49 runs with three dismissals.

    Morris has been Daredevils' end-overs specialist with both bat and ball. He has scored 319 runs in just 173 balls in the end overs in the IPL, at a strike rate of 184.39 and an average of 53.16. With the ball, he has taken 29 wickets in 36 innings at an economy rate of 8.18. Narine, meanwhile, has scored 89% of his runs this season in boundaries. He has hit 122 runs of his 137 in fours and sixes. Pant hits a boundary nearly every two dot balls he faces in the IPL. He has hit 44 boundaries - 28 fours and 16 sixes - and has faced 90 dot balls. And Uthappa has struggled against Daredevils' bowlers in the IPL. He has been dismissed nine times in the 134 combined balls he has faced from Chris Morris, Amit Mishra and Zaheer Khan. He has scored just 139 runs in those 134 deliveries.

    Kuldeep has so far gone wicketless in just one match this IPL and has collected eight wickets, and has had an impressive run since the beginning of the domestic season. He was the highest wicket-taker and the leading run-scorer for Uttar Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy; he topped the wicket-takers charts in the Duleep Trophy too, with 17 wickets in three matches, and he shone on his Test debut with 4 for 68 against Australia in Dharamsala.

    In the other match, Sammy could be a like-for-like replacement for Marcus Stoinis, who hasn't fired with bat or ball. He has limped to 17 runs off 24 balls in three innings, and has taken only two wickets at an economy rate of 10.47. Sunrisers fast bowler Mustafizur was set to join the Bangladesh squad on Tuesday but will now be available until May 4. Sunrisers have two left-hand batsmen at the top, there is, perhaps, a case for Kings XI to open the bowling with an offspinner in Maxwell. Mumbai's Harbhajan kept Warner and Dhawan to only 22 runs off 18 balls while also dismissing Warner and Washington Sundar stifled Sunrisers' openers in the Powerplay for Pune.

    Ominously, Warner has excellent numbers against Kings XI in the IPL: 617 runs in 14 innings at a strike-rate of 143.15, including fifty-plus scores in his last five innings. Sunrisers have the second-lowest run rate - 7.38 - in the first six overs this season. They try to make up for the slow start by going big in the middle overs. Sunrisers' run rate of 8.87 during this period is the second best in the league this season. KXIP have been the worst team in the slog overs this season, leaking 11.62 an over and picking up only eight wickets. Sunrisers have fared much better in this phase, conceding 9.54 runs an over while picking up 19 wickets. Dhawan continues to be troubled by left-arm quicks in the IPL. Four bowlers have dismissed him three or more times. Of the four, three - Faulkner, Zaheer and Johnson - are left-arm seamers.
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    Another mauling for RCB, who were removed for 134 before Gujarat racked up that total with seven wickets to spare. Ishan was removed for 16, trapped in front by Badree, who finished with 2-29 by removing McCullum for 3, courtesy of an ABDV catch. ABDV also snaffled Finch off Negi, but he struck 72 off 34 by that stage and took the Lions over the line with Raina 34 not out. RCB utterly collapsed - losing three wickets to Tye, who claimed 3-12 by removing Gayle, Head and Mandeep, caught by Karthik, Raina and Jadeja for 8, 0 and 8 respectively. Thampi claimed Kohli for 10, via a Finch catch, and ABDV was ran out for five by Jadeja. Jadeja himself clean bowled Jadhav for 31, and Negi went one run better before he holed out to Thampi off Soni. No other RCB batsman achieved anything of note: Jadeja claimed his second wicket, Badree, with the help of a Ishan catch for 3, McCullum caught Aravind off Faulkner for 9, and Chahal was run out for 1.

    Finch smashed 32 runs off 11 balls to deliveries pitched on a full or a yorker length and hit 47 runs through long-on, off just 12 balls, including all his six sixes. He was equally merciless against spin and pace. He hit the seamers for 45 runs off 21 balls and the spinners for 27 runs off 13 balls.
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    KKR post 161 for 3 to beat DD, who made 160 for 6.

    All four of Delhi's first four wickets fell to LBW, with Coulter-Nile trapping Iyer and Pant, for 47 and 6 respectively, after Samson and Nair had posted 60 and 15 before they were pinned by Yadav and Narine. Coulter-Nile claimed 3-34, with Woakes snaffling Morris off his bowling, before Anderson was ran out. Daredevils got off to a flier - 53 in the Powerplay in both matches - but were slow in middle overs and couldn't manage a flourish at the end. Samson has batted really well thus far, but he has scored just 81 runs off 76 balls of spin this season. Against pace he has claimed 203 off 119. Typically, he gets off to a flying start - as he did when he claimed his ton, with 35 off 19. But he has a habit of being strangled. During that century, he followed a strong start and then only scored 13 off the next 19. Today, he did the same, going from 27 off 12 to just 12 off the next 13 balls. He then scored just 35 off the last 29 balls he faced, despite two late sixes. Iyer was also slow, scoring 18 off the first 21 balls he faced.

    Rabada clean bowled Narine early - for just four runs - to give DD hope, but Uthappa and Gambhir claimed 59 (ran out) and an unbeaten 71 off 52, after Rabada clean bowled Pandey to finish with 2-20, leaving Jackson not out on 12 alongside Gambhir at the end. Uthappa's dot-ball percentage of 31 is his lowest for an IPL season, and his SR vs Morris was 316, compared to 240, 155 and 125 against Mishra, Cummins and Rabada respectively. Uthappa has hit 17 sixes in this IPL. He had hit only 15 sixes in the last 2 editions combined and today he only faced nine dot balls. 24 of his 59 runs - a whopping 58% - came through cow corner, including 6 of his 9 boundaries.
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    SRH beat KXIP by 26 runs. Hyderabad scored 207 runs in Mohali, mostly thanks to Dhawan and Williamson.


    In response, Guptil scored 23 of 11 and Marsh 84 of 50. Amla bizarrely wasn't playing as he was in contention for the orange cap.

    Bhuvi scored 2-27 and extends his lead in the purple cap chase, Rashid was ever economical with 1-16 in 4 overs, Kaul and Mishra both got 3 wicket hauls with 3-36 and 3-42 respectively. Hooda had the worst economy with 0-17 in 1 over. Henriques also was expensive with 0-39 in 3 overs.

    Tomorrow is Pune vs RCB in Bengaluru (if RCB lose again, they should be bottom) and Mumbai vs Gujarat in Rajkot.
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    DD dropped Uthappa - and it cost them. Uthappa, then on nine, went on to smash a 33-ball 59, his second consecutive half-century. When he was run-out in the 13th over, KKR needed only 44 runs off 46 balls to complete a chase of 161, which they did with 22 balls to spare. Samson admits it cost them the game, and yet again, Samson made a start (as he has in almost every innings, including scores of 42 and 39) but did not kick on. He made a 38-ball 60 but his removal in the 14th over really slowed DD and they scored only 37 runs in the last six overs.

    In the other match, Sunrisers made a whopping 207-3 before KXIP made 181-9 in return. Maxwell clean bowled Warner for a 27-ball 51, before he caught Dhawan for a 48-ball 77, off Sharma, and returned to have Yuvraj caught by Patel for 15, leaving Williamson not out on 54 off 27, and Henriques on 7 off 6. In reply, Nehra and Kaul claimed 3-42 and 3-36, the former removing Vohra for 3 (caught by Kaul), Anureet (caught by Williamson for 15), and Sharma for single figures, caught by Hooda, and the latter claiming Maxwell for a duck (caught by Nehra), clean bowling Saha for 2, and having Patel caught by Warner for 16. B Kumar claimed 2-27, removing Guptill for 23, via a Henriques catch, and Marsh for 84, caught by Hooda. Hooda also caught Morgan for 26, off Rashid.

    The platform for Sunrisers came via half-centuries for all three top order batsmen, putting on the joint second-highest total of the season and following it up with another relatively comfortable defence. Sunrisers plundered 60 in the Powerplay, their best this season. Warner and Dhawan hit five boundaries in the first five overs of the innings and six more between overs 6 and 10. By the time Warner was claimed, Sunrisers were already above 100. Williamson justified his selection after he spent five matches on the sidelines earlier this term. His strike-rate of 178.26 is the best for Sunrisers this season. Limit it to batsmen who have scored more than150 runs this IPL, Williamson is now behind only Glenn Maxwell in terms of strike-rate. He smashed 25 runs off 10 balls through cow corner, including both sixes, and scored 34 off 12 pace deliveries, and 20 off 15 spin ones. Williamson faced only one dot ball in this innings. And this, in 26 balls, was not Williamson's fastest fifty. He scored one in 25 when he went on to score a hundred for Northern Districts in Raipur in 2014.
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    Gujarat vs MI tomorrow, in 6th vs 2nd. The hosts have beaten RCB and KKR but lost to KXIP, while MI have lost to Pune but beaten DD and KXIP recently. Earlier this season, Mumbai won vs the Lions - courtesy a 36-ball 53 from Nitish Rana and useful contributions from Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard.

    Smith was omitted from the Lions XI vs RCB and Faulker - his replacement - was economical and Lions may stick with him. Irfan Pathan, who replaced Bravo, is available for selection. Pandya has recovered from the illness that kept him out of Mumbai's previous game, but his selection will be subject to a fitness test before the match. Rayudu announced on Twitter this week that he had fully recovered from injury. You imagine Lions will attack Rana, who has been out in the previous two innings attempting to pull bouncers from Dan Christian and Pat Cummins. MI's pace-attack has two left-arm quicks in McClenaghan and Johnson, but left-arm pacers struggle at Rajkot. They concede 116 runs in 66 balls with an average of 58 runs per wicket. Lions are free-scoring, too, and have scored 170-plus totals five times. They have also conceded 170-plus total six times.

    Promisingly, Singh has bowled four overs in two games but has only gone for 15 runs. His economy of 3.75 is the best in the IPL. Mumbai have not hit 160-run mark this season when Rana has made a single-digit score. B-Mac enjoys batting against Jasprit Bumrah, too, and off 19 balls in four innings, McCullum has hit him for 37 runs. Against Malinga, though, McCullum has been dismissed four out of seven times. Singh has dismissed Suresh Raina five times, the most by a bowler against Raina in the IPL. Tye takes a wicket for every 11 runs he concedes in the IPL. Lions have used 16 bowlers, but Tye has taken 12 of the 33 wickets their bowlers have earned. Finch has a strike rate of less than 100 against three Mumbai bowlers: off Krunal Pandya, he has managed only 7 runs in 12 balls. Against Malinga, he has scored only 13 runs in 18 balls. Against Mitchell Johnson, Finch has scored 32 runs off 35 balls. Johnson has also removed Finch three times, the most by a single bowler to him. Sharma has hit only three boundaries in 68 balls vs Jadeja and has been out twice. Dhawal Kulkarni concedes 9.48 runs per over against Rohit - going for 49 runs in 31 balls - but has dismissed him four times.

    In the other game, Pune face RCB, who are bottom having lost to Gujarat and KKR recently. They have beaten the Lions recently, too, though, while Pune are fourth having lost to KKR, but won vs Mumbai and Sunrisers. Stokes is likely to miss next couple of matches through injury. Mills could come back in for RCB, who will face Tripathi, who has a rapid strike-rate of 170.71 (169 runs off 99 balls) in the first six overs this season. Against left-arm bowlers in the same period, however, his strike-rate drops to 114.8 (31 runs off 27 balls). Even though RCB often bowl Badree or Chahal in the Powerplay, they could opt for Aravind or Negi this time to keep Tripathi in check. Tripathi has been dismissed only twice in 99 balls in Powerplays this season.

    Smith, Rising Pune's highest scorer this season, has scored only 22 runs off 26 balls with a strike-rate of 84.61 vs Chahal, RCB's highest wicket-taker so far. Among bowlers who have bowled over 10 overs in the first 15 overs this IPL, Shane Watson's economy rate of 10.60 is the worst. ABDV has the best strike-rate in the last five overs of an innings. He has scored 905 runs off 393 balls with a staggering strike-rate of 230.27 despite RCB having their worst season, with two wins and six losses, the ratio stands at 0.33. Their second-worst season was the inaugural edition in 2008 when they won only four of the 14 matches.
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    I feel almost embarassed every time RCB have a match now. The tough life of a RCB supporter :cry2:
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    A really good day of cricket yesterday - and, thankfully for RCB, they can still yet make the play-offs. To do this, with five points from nine games, they need to win all remaining five games and finish with 15 points. In fact, they can afford another loss, finish on 13 points, and still make the playoffs. This is because KKR and MI have distanced themselves, and Sunrisers are also way ahead. If the top three teams keep winning, and the rest lose most of their remaining games, even 13 points could be enough for Royal Challengers to qualify.

    To qualify, they need to win each of their remaining matches and go to 15 points or need Knight Riders, currently on 14 from nine, to win three of the remaining five games to move to 20, while Mumbai Indians win three out of six to go to 18. Sunrisers Hyderabad take third spot with 17 points by winning three of their remaining five games, Rising Pune Supergiant lose five of their remaining six games to finish on 10, Gujarat Lions and Delhi Daredevils win three of their remaining matches each, while Kings XI Punjab win two and, in such a scenario, the final points tally will see RCB qualify. It's a big game for them today vs Pune.

    Yesterday, Gambhir and Uthappa underlined their brilliance and Kolkata is yet to lose a match, chasing at Eden Gardens, since 2012, with their 108-run stand meaning they remain the most prolific pair in the Indian Twenty20 competition this season and KKR maintain their winning streak. Sanju led the way as he added a quick fire 38-ball 60 before he departed in the 14th over. His innings gave DD hope, but KKR aced the chased with 8 an over needed. Gambhir and Uthappa's 108-run partnership came of just 66 balls and guided Kolkata to a commanding position.

    Sunrisers, meanwhile, had a 107-run opening stand between Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner to thank for their fifth win in nine matches. KXIP captain Maxwell won the toss and put the opposition in to bat first, but the move backfired as the aggressive Hyderabad openers tore into the seamers early. While Ishant conceded just 3 in the first over, Anureet Singh was dispatched for successive boundaries in the next. Warner and Dhawan hit five boundaries in the first five overs of the innings and six more between overs 6 and 10. Dhawan smashed a 48-ball 77, his second fifty in three games, and Warner cracked 51 runs off 27 balls. Sunrisers also benefited from Williamson at No. 3, who furthered the momentum created by the openers. With an unbeaten of 54 at a strike rate of 200, Williamson was the key to Sunrisers smashing 52 runs in the last five overs.
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    I feel almost embarassed every time RCB have a match now. The tough life of a RCB supporter :cry2:
    RCB are jokes tbh
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    Out of the eight times they have batted this season, only thrice have RCB put up a total in excess of 150. They posted 134 on Thursday night after another underwhelming performance against Gujarat and, with no IPL team having ever successfully defended a total of 150 or less in a completed innings at the Chinnaswamy, it was a woeful effort. They started well, too, by reducing Lions to 23 for 2 in the fifth over. From thereafter, though, Finch ran up the fastest half-century by a Lions batsman, off 22 balls and Lions stormed home in 13.5 overs. RCB have big problems - the injuries, their home form, disappointing marquee performances.

    Regardless, Gayle is just a genius at T20. He has played for PCA XI, to the Barisal Bulls, AKA the Barisal Burners, the Chittagong Vikings and the Dhaka Gladiators, Jamaica and the Jamaica Tallawahs, the Karachi Kings and the Kolkata Knight Riders, the Lahore Qalandars, the Lions, the Matabeleland Tuskers, the Melbourne Renegades, the Royal Challengers, Somerset, the Stanford Superstars, Sydney Thunder, Western Australia, and the Windies.

    Gayle dominates the T20 record books much as Don Bradman does most others. He’s scored 10,081 runs. The next best is Brendon McCullum, with 7,635. Gayle’s made 18 centuries, when AB de Villiers, Kevin Pietersen, Virat Kohli and McCullum don’t even have that many between them. Gayle has single-handedly hit more sixes in T20 cricket than the entire Indian team and the entire Sri Lankan team have managed in every T20 international they’ve ever played, when you add the two together. He’s also hit the largest century ever made in T20 cricket, the fastest century ever made in T20 cricket, scored the most runs in a calendar year in T20 cricket and won the most man of the match awards in T20 cricket, 47 altogether. There are a couple of records he doesn’t have. Among the 51 players who have played in more than 200 matches, Gayle’s average is second only to Kohli. Among the 49 who have scored at least 4,000 runs, his strike rate is second only to Kieron Pollard.

    Lions needed to score quickly - for a very good reason. Their run rate before this was bottom at -0.844, but now Lions have now sprung up two places, and the net run rate is considerably better at -0.360.
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    RCB are jokes tbh
    They're a bloody laughing stock.
    Every year the bowling let us down but this year its the batting and its just abysmal.
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    Phew, that was a close one!
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    Well, well, well. A Super Over! What a treat. Gujarat Lions posted 153 for 9 to tie with Mumbai Indians, before Mumbai Indians hit 11 in the Super Over to win, after Gujarat Lions made 6. Pandya claimed 3-14, removing Jadeja caught and bowled for 28, Karthik stumped for 2 and Pathan holing out to the other Pandya for 2 as well. Bumrah bowled the Super Over and claimed the win, after dismissing Reina (caught by Pollard) and Faulkner in the match, for 1 and 21 respectively, as well as running out Tye for 25. Pollard caught Ishan off Harbhajan for 48, and Malinga claimed B-Mac and Finch, both bowled for single figures.

    In reply, Mumbai saw Thampi claim three, Harbhajan trapped in front for a duck, Pollard hole out to McCullum for 15, and Pandya snared by Ishan. Buttler, Pandya, McCleneghan and Bumrah were all ran out for 9, 29, 1 and 0 respectively, Rana was trapped in front by Soni for 19, and Karthik caught Patel and Sharma off Faulkner for 70 and 5 respectively. The MOTM was Krunal, though. Krunal scored nearly two-thirds of Mumbai's runs in the last six overs and, he did not bowl a single short ball. His figures tonight were his best in T20 cricket. Mumbai's last five batsmen made five runs off nine balls, with four of them being dismissed. In simpler terms, after Kieron Pollard's dismissal, almost every run Mumbai made came off Krunal's bat. His 10 runs in the final over forced a Super Over, and before all this, of course, Krunal had bowled 16 dot balls in his four-over spell and accounted for Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja and Irfan Pathan. His figures read 4-0-14-3 against a team with four left-handed batsmen.

    In the other match, RCB fell for 96-9, losing to Pune, who made 157-3. Milne caught both Smith and Rahane, for 45 and 6, off Binny and Badree, while Tripathi edged to Jadhav off Negi, leaving Tiwary and Dhoni unbeaten on 44 and 21. In reply, RCB faltered: Unadkat bowled Head for 2, Tahir bowled Badree for the same, and accounted for Negi and Milne, caught by Christian and Smith. Jadhav was ran out, Ferguson sent back ABDV and Binny, via Tiwary and Sundar catches. Sundar had Sachin caught by Smith, and Kohli - who made 55 - was the only one into double figures before he was caught off Christian.

    With the exception of Kohli - he made 55 of the team's total of 96 for 9 - the other batsmen finished with single digits. Royal Challengers were on 49 for 5 at one stage and didn't strike a single six until the 17th over. Ferguson, playing only his second game, finished with figures of 2 for 7 in four overs, including the wicket of de Villiers.

    The stats make for shock reading: 61 - the margin of defeat for Royal Challengers Bangalore - is the third-largest in a chase of 160 or less. The largest was also recorded by RCB, only last week, when they lost by 82 runs. Their average run per wicket is 18.58, the second worst ever for an IPL side (last year they averaged 40+). Ferguson's 4-1-7-2 is the cheapest in IPL history, and he bowled 18 dots, the most by a bowler in an innings this season. RCB's 96 for 9 is the fourth-lowest total for a team batting out the 20 overs and they hit only 7 boundaries. It's 40 single-digit dismissals for RCB in this IPL, nearly twice as many as their closest rivals Kings XI's (21). And ABDV's form is worrying: 8, 5, 3 are his last three scores. Ferguson pitched 12 balls short, which went for 2 runs.

    So, onto tomorrow. Sunrisers face KKR, having already lost to them this season. It's 3rd vs 1st and rumour has it Narine could very well open the batting. Maybe Knight Riders should also consider opening the bowling with him, against two left-handed Sunrisers openers. Warner has scored a decent 67 runs off 50 balls against Narine, but Dhawan has only managed 31 runs off 30 balls. When Narine bowled one over to them in the Powerplay earlier in the season, he conceded seven runs, including three singles and two dots in the over.

    Sunrisers are the only side yet to lose a home game this season, while Knight Riders are the only team to win three away games so far. Uthappa is the most prolific batsman in the middle overs (seven to 15) this season. He has amassed 225 runs off 124 balls at a commanding strike rate of 181 and this could also be Uthappa's best IPL season if he keeps scoring the way he has been. His average this IPL - 41.37 - is his second-best, behind 44 in IPL 2014. His strike rate of 168 in 2017 is second best after 171.55 in IPL 2010 and he has smashed 17 sixes already. In the last two seasons combined, he had struck only 15 sixes in 28 innings.

    B Kumar, Sunrisers' top wicket-taker and most economical bowler (minimum five overs) this season, has never dismissed Gambhir or Uthappa in the IPL. Gambhir has scored 72 runs off 63 balls against Bhuvneshwar, and Uthappa has collected 63 runs off 51 balls. And among the current Knight Riders bowlers, Umesh has been most successful against Warner. He has dismissed him three times while conceding 30 runs off 23 balls. No bowler has dismissed Warner more than three times in the IPL.

    In the other game, Delhi face KXIP, and have already claimed a victory over them this term. It's 8th vs 6th. Amla could return for the hosts, Marlon Samuels hasn't yet joined the squad after replacing de Kock, and Zaheer is injured. Sammy, who missed the first three weeks of this IPL due to injury, has joined the Kings XI squad and "is ready to play" the IPL again, having missed the last season. Morgan or Miller could be replaced by Henry to beef up their bowling attack which has only taken 36 wickets in their eight games. Maxwell has made 55 runs in 29 balls against Amit Mishra, but the legspinner has dismissed him more than any other bowler in the IPL - four times. An intriguing battle awaits.

    Kings XI have registered the worst economy rate - 11.43 - among all teams in the last five overs this season. Daredevils, on the contrary, have been the most economical at the death, having conceded at 8.15 runs per over. DD have lost all of their three matches batting second. S Marsh has scored only 41 runs off the 36 balls he has faced from Zaheer Khan and has been dismissed twice by the Daredevils captain. And Marlon Samuels, who has played only ten innings in the IPL till date - the last of them in 2013 for the defunct Pune Warriors franchise - has a highest score of 46. In the Pakistan Super League, he scored 81 runs in five innings at a strike-rate of 121, but did better in the Bangladesh Premier League, scoring 334 in eight innings at an average of 66.80. All the three Kings XI bowlers who have bowled three or more overs in the last five - Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma and Axar Patel - have leaked runs at 10 per over. Their combined returns: 6 for 250 off the 21.3 overs they sent down.
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    HAHA Delhi :facepalm:

    Kings XI turned up today with the right combination and dismantled the Daredevils. Thank god they dropped Ishant the hack, arguably the worst bowler India has produced in terms of chances given.
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    Gujarat's Tye has been ruled out of the remainder of IPL after a good campaign which saw him bag a five-for against Rising Pune Supergiant, which included his second hat-trick of 2017. With 12 wickets in six matches at an average of 11.75 and an economy rate of 6.71, Tye was third on the list of wicket-takers in this IPL season.

    Today, KXIP were 68-0, beating DD, who made just 67 all out. Guptill finished with 50 off 27, and Amla 16 off 20, after Sandeep claimed 4-20: Samson and Billings caught by Sharma and Saha for 5 and 0, Rabada caught by Marsh for 11, and Iyer caught and bowled for 6. Patel and Aaron claimed two apiece: Nair clean bowled for 11, Morris caught and bowled for 2, and the latter removing Anderson (bowled for 18) and Shami (caught by Sandeep for 2), while Maxwell and Sharma claimed Pant (trapped in front for 3) and Nadeem (caught and bowled for 0).

    67 all out is the lowest total of an IPL match and the unqualified worst for the Delhi Daredevils in 10 years of franchise cricket. The Kings XI Punjab openers gunned down their target in 7.5 overs after Daredevils crawled to 37 for 6 in 10 overs and were bowled out in 17.1, hitting a mere five boundaries. DD's batsmen were lost for ideas and they didn't assess the conditions well enough and didn't give themselves a chance. Is their batting lineup too inexperienced? Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Karun Nair and Rishabh Pant make up the top five and they have only 10 international caps between them all of whom bat in the top five.

    For me, Sandeep was MOTM. This IPL, Sandeep has gone at 5.70 an over against right-hand batsmen in the Powerplay, but that economy rate rises to 8.72 against left-hand batsmen. His 4-20 were his best figures in IPL history, with 21 of 26 balls pitched outside off, earning him 3-17. 15 balls were pitched on a good length, earning him 3-5. Sandeep has bowled more balls in the Powerplay than any other bowler in this IPL. Over 19 overs, he has gone at only 6.47 an over, bowling more dots than anyone else. His six Powerplay wickets are the joint-highest along with Samuel Badree and Mitchell McClenagahan.
 
 
 
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