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    Urgh. Match delayed by rain.

    Looking ahead to tomorrow, RCB face Mumbai. The two teams have met 22 times, with Mumbai winning 14 and losing eight. Recent history is also on Mumbai's side - they have won five of their last six matches against Royal Challengers, including a four-wicket win earlier this campaign. Pandya has dismissed ABDV three times in as many innings, conceding only 12 runs off 21 balls in that time. Krunal usually comes on as soon as ABDV is at the crease - RCB could try and combat this strategy by opening the batting with ABDV. Krunal has never opened the bowling in his IPL career so far.

    Mumbai have only used 15 players so far, eight of whom have played all nine of their matches. They are benefitting from a settled XI, but Rohit struggles vs RCB's legspinners. In all T20s, he has scored 36 off 36 balls against Badree for three dismissals, and has been out once to Chahal while scoring 16 off 19. Harbhajan, too, has an excellent record against Chris Gayle, dismissing him four times while conceding only 92 runs off 110 balls. He has done fairly well against ABDV too, dismissing him once while giving away only 93 off 82 balls.

    But, ominously for Mumbai, the Wankhede Stadium is de Villiers' quickest-scoring ground in the IPL among the venues in use this season. He has made 184 runs off 100 balls, while being dismissed four times at the Wankhede. RCB left Mandeep Singh out of their line-up in their previous game against Pune because he has had a terrible season so far, scoring 73 runs in seven innings at an average of 10.42 and a strike rate of 90.12. Among the 47 batsmen who have batted five or more times in the top-seven positions this season, only two batsmen - Saha and S Yadav - have a poorer average, and only one - Nair - has a worse strike rate.

    McClenaghan and Bumrah have accounted for exactly half (23 out of 46) of the wickets taken by Mumbai's bowlers this season. The pair have bowled 186 balls in the last five overs of games this season, conceding 273 runs at an economy rate of 8.81. The rest of Mumbai's bowlers, in that period, have combined to send down 83 balls, conceding 146 at 10.55 per over. RCB's control percentage of 68.87 is the lowest among all batting teams this season. Every other team has managed a 70-plus control percentage, with Sunrisers Hyderabad topping the table at 76.93%.

    Elsewhere, a Tye-less Gujarat face Pune in a battle of 6th vs 4th. In the reverse fixture, Tye led his side to a seven-wicket victory at home, where Lions nailed a 172-run chase with two overs to spare. Lions have won all the three games played between the two teams and have done so while chasing. Pune will miss Stokes, if he fails to pass a late fitness test, and for Gujarat, Nathu Singh, who was replaced by Irfan Pathan in Lions' previous game, is understood to be recovering well from a back niggle.

    The subplots, as ever, are fantastic: Jadeja has dismissed Steve Smith four times in nine innings in the IPL; no other bowler has dismissed Smith more than twice. Against Jadeja, Smith has scored only 45 runs off 46 balls. In the recently concluded Test series, Jadeja got Smith out three times, while the other India bowlers could collectively dismiss him only four times. Jadeja has been effective against both MS Dhoni and Manoj Tiwary, conceding 26 off 18 and 32 off 29 respectively. He has dismissed both Dhoni and Tiwary twice in the IPL.

    McCullum has struggled against Jaydev Unadkat's pace, having fallen to the left-arm bowler twice in two innings. McCullum has, however, had more success against Imran Tahir, scoring 38 off 15 balls without being dismissed once in two innings. Raina has scored 310 runs in the nine innings so far this year - the most he has in any season in the first nine innings. The last time he crossed 300 after playing nine games was in 2009, where he had made 309. Among 16 players who have opened the innings and scored 100 or more runs in the tournament so far, Ajinkya Rahane has the worst strike-rate - 121.26. Barring the first game, where he made 60 off 34 at 176.47, he has struggled to score at a rate in excess of 130. Lions rely heavily on Finch to deliver, highlighted by his contribution in the team's three wins: 33* off 19 against Rising Pune, 31 off 15 against Kolkata Knight Riders and 72 off 34 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. His highest score in a losing cause is only 19.
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    Urgh. Match delayed by rain.

    Looking ahead to tomorrow, RCB face Mumbai. The two teams have met 22 times, with Mumbai winning 14 and losing eight. Recent history is also on Mumbai's side - they have won five of their last six matches against Royal Challengers, including a four-wicket win earlier this campaign. Pandya has dismissed ABDV three times in as many innings, conceding only 12 runs off 21 balls in that time. Krunal usually comes on as soon as ABDV is at the crease - RCB could try and combat this strategy by opening the batting with ABDV. Krunal has never opened the bowling in his IPL career so far.

    Mumbai have only used 15 players so far, eight of whom have played all nine of their matches. They are benefitting from a settled XI, but Rohit struggles vs RCB's legspinners. In all T20s, he has scored 36 off 36 balls against Badree for three dismissals, and has been out once to Chahal while scoring 16 off 19. Harbhajan, too, has an excellent record against Chris Gayle, dismissing him four times while conceding only 92 runs off 110 balls. He has done fairly well against ABDV too, dismissing him once while giving away only 93 off 82 balls.

    But, ominously for Mumbai, the Wankhede Stadium is de Villiers' quickest-scoring ground in the IPL among the venues in use this season. He has made 184 runs off 100 balls, while being dismissed four times at the Wankhede. RCB left Mandeep Singh out of their line-up in their previous game against Pune because he has had a terrible season so far, scoring 73 runs in seven innings at an average of 10.42 and a strike rate of 90.12. Among the 47 batsmen who have batted five or more times in the top-seven positions this season, only two batsmen - Saha and S Yadav - have a poorer average, and only one - Nair - has a worse strike rate.

    McClenaghan and Bumrah have accounted for exactly half (23 out of 46) of the wickets taken by Mumbai's bowlers this season. The pair have bowled 186 balls in the last five overs of games this season, conceding 273 runs at an economy rate of 8.81. The rest of Mumbai's bowlers, in that period, have combined to send down 83 balls, conceding 146 at 10.55 per over. RCB's control percentage of 68.87 is the lowest among all batting teams this season. Every other team has managed a 70-plus control percentage, with Sunrisers Hyderabad topping the table at 76.93%.

    Elsewhere, a Tye-less Gujarat face Pune in a battle of 6th vs 4th. In the reverse fixture, Tye led his side to a seven-wicket victory at home, where Lions nailed a 172-run chase with two overs to spare. Lions have won all the three games played between the two teams and have done so while chasing. Pune will miss Stokes, if he fails to pass a late fitness test, and for Gujarat, Nathu Singh, who was replaced by Irfan Pathan in Lions' previous game, is understood to be recovering well from a back niggle.

    The subplots, as ever, are fantastic: Jadeja has dismissed Steve Smith four times in nine innings in the IPL; no other bowler has dismissed Smith more than twice. Against Jadeja, Smith has scored only 45 runs off 46 balls. In the recently concluded Test series, Jadeja got Smith out three times, while the other India bowlers could collectively dismiss him only four times. Jadeja has been effective against both MS Dhoni and Manoj Tiwary, conceding 26 off 18 and 32 off 29 respectively. He has dismissed both Dhoni and Tiwary twice in the IPL.

    McCullum has struggled against Jaydev Unadkat's pace, having fallen to the left-arm bowler twice in two innings. McCullum has, however, had more success against Imran Tahir, scoring 38 off 15 balls without being dismissed once in two innings. Raina has scored 310 runs in the nine innings so far this year - the most he has in any season in the first nine innings. The last time he crossed 300 after playing nine games was in 2009, where he had made 309. Among 16 players who have opened the innings and scored 100 or more runs in the tournament so far, Ajinkya Rahane has the worst strike-rate - 121.26. Barring the first game, where he made 60 off 34 at 176.47, he has struggled to score at a rate in excess of 130. Lions rely heavily on Finch to deliver, highlighted by his contribution in the team's three wins: 33* off 19 against Rising Pune, 31 off 15 against Kolkata Knight Riders and 72 off 34 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. His highest score in a losing cause is only 19.
    1st off all: darn you for sniping the 200th post

    2ndly, and I think I can speak for everyone on this thread but your insight has been friggin awsome in terms of knowledge and stats. your like the Mauro Ranallo of tsr (although tis sad he left wwe).

    we should team up and do a sports site or podcast / webseries about cricket, wrestling and motorsport (althought I recall you dislike f1)
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    1st off all: darn you for sniping the 200th post

    2ndly, and I think I can speak for everyone on this thread but your insight has been friggin awsome in terms of knowledge and stats. your like the Mauro Ranallo of tsr (although tis sad he left wwe).

    we should team up and do a sports site or podcast / webseries about cricket, wrestling and motorsport (althought I recall you dislike f1)
    Mamma Mia! I love Mauro. Gutted he's left

    Two great matches today. Sunrisers posted 209-3, beating KKR, who made 161-7. Warner smashed 126 off 59 before Gambhir snaffled him off Woakes, after Dhawan and Williamson were ran out for 29 and 40 respectively, before Kumar, Siraj and Kaul bagged two wickets apiece: the former sent back Pandey caught and bowled for 39, and Jackson via a Rashid catch for 16. Rashid also caught de Grandhomme off Kaul for 19, and Gambhir off the same bowler for 11. Siraj had Narine and Uthappa caught by Warner for 1 and 53 respectively, and Pathan was sent back by Rashid, with the help of a Kaul catch.Warner finished with 78 runs off 30 balls against the spinners, and Sunrisers' opening stand amounted to 139 in 12.4 overs. However, Warner's partner Shikhar Dhawan accounted for just 29 off those, off 30 balls. Warner said that was the kind of batting required of Dhawan at that stage. Warner also praised 23-year-old fast bowler Siraj, who made the first breakthrough for Sunrisers in their defence of 209, and then claimed a well-set and threatening Uthappa.

    KKR and MI still remained at the top of the table with 14 points, but Sunrisers are now breathing down their necks, just one point behind. This was the fifth-fastest IPL century, and Warner reached his century in the 11th over, having faced 43 balls by then already. His share of strike reduced in the following deliveries - 16 out of 32- as Sunrisers managed their highest total and the highest by any team against KKR. Warner faced 59 balls and hit 18 boundaries. That is one boundary every third ball. He was dropped by Woakes on 13 and then again on 86. 16 of Warner's runs came via switch-hits, three off Yadav and one off Narine, 25 per cent of the balls he faced were dots, he scored 78 off 30 spin deliveries and reached 50 inside 4.1 overs, the quickest ever. Before the match against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday, Warner had scored just nine runs off 17 balls against Kuldeep Yadav, and was dismissed by him on two occasions. On Sunday, though, Warner hammered Kuldeep for 30 runs off 12 balls.

    In terms of where that innings ranks, Gayle still boasts three of the top 10 - vs KXIP in 2011 and 2015, off 46 balls apiece, and in 30 balls vs Pune in 2013. ABDV took 47 balls vs Mumbai in 2015, Vijay and Jayasuriya took 46 vs Rajasthan and Chennai in 2008 and 2011 respectively, ABDV racked up a ton in 42 balls vs Gujarat last year, Gilchrist achieved the total in 42 vs MI in 2008, and Miller and Pathan both racked up a century in 38 balls vs RCB and Mumbai in 2013 and 2010 respectively.

    All of this came after Kings XI Punjab, having won just three in eight games, recorded a much-needed victory to push themselves up the points table. Sandeep had picked up three wickets in the Powerplay to reduce DD to 22 for 3 before KXIP used spin effectively, with Axar and Maxwell attacking to claim three wickets between them, finishing with combined returns of 8-0-36-3. By the time the spinners were done, Daredevils were tottering at 59 for 6 after 14 overs, paving the way for a crucial win for Kings XI, propelling them to fifth on the points table.

    In terms of RCB, I don't know where they go from here. Their average runs per wicket is 18 - the second-lowest by ANY IPL team EVER - and they have 40 single-digit dismissals, 16 more than the next highest, Delhi. 7.2 balls per boundary is woeful in this format. Last season, they averaged almost 42 runs per wicket at a run rate of 9.62 - both stats being the best by any team in a season. They also struck a four or a six every 4.90 balls. This year, their W/L record is 2/7 after 9. Last season, the quartet of Kohli, de Villiers, Gayle and Watson had a combined average of 43.04, at a strike rate of 155.2 (2066 runs in 1331 balls). This season, they have struggled to 585 runs from 485 balls, at an average of 27.86, and a strike rate of 120.6; Kohli has a strike rate of 123, Gayle 124.6 and de Villiers 125.4.
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    Am I right in saying that now MI have qualified for the playoffs?
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    Big win for MI, who posted 165-5 to beat RCB, who made 162-8.

    McCleneghan claimed 3-34, removing Kohli (caught by Rohit for 20), Jadhav (caught by Pollard for 28) and Negi for 35, again caught by Pollard. Aravind was ran out for 0, Bumrah clean bowled Watson for 3, Pandya snaffled Mandeep and Head off Sharma and the other Pandya respectively, for 17 and 12, and then Pandya also removed ABDV for 43, via Bumrah. In reply, Negi and Head combined to remove Buttler and Rana for 33 and 27, and the same fielder snaffled Pollard off Chahal for 17. Watson had Sharma caught by Milne for 9, Krunal retired hurt on 2, and Patel was sent back by Choudhary, via Chahal's catch, for a golden duck. Rohit ended on 56 not out.

    RCB are now out of the tournament. Despite the first-ball loss of Parthiv, Buttler and Rana ran away to a quick start against the pace, taking Mumbai to 55 for 1 by the end of the Powerplay. Rohit hit just one six in his 56 off 37, getting 22 via singles and 24 in fours. His SR vs pace was a whopping 187, compared to 84 vs spin. Rohit's strike rate of 151.35 was his best in all knocks this IPL season. This was the 15th instance of Rohit staying not out in a successful chase - the joint-third most in the IPL.
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    Boom. There we go. Pune post 167-5 to beat Gujarat, who made 161 all out. Imran and Unadkat claimed three wickets apiece: the former removed Ishan, via a Sundar catch, for 31, had Finch caught and bowled for 13, and dismissed Smith for a golden duck. The latter removed Soni for a golden duck, as well as Faulkner and Sangwan for 6 and 1, caught by Tiwary and Tripathi respectively. Raina was ran out for 8, Karthik for 29, Unadkat snaffled Jadeja for 29 off Christian, and Rahane caught B-Mac off Thakur.

    In reply, Stokes made 103 not out after Rahane and Smith fell for 4, both to Sangwan, the latter caught by Soni and the former trapped LBW. Stokes' 103 came via 63 balls, after Tripathi was ran out for 6, Thampi sent back Tiwary for a duck, and Thampi had Dhoni caught by McCullum in the 'teens. Stokes' maiden IPL ton sent Pune to their sixth win of the season after Lions ran away to 55 for no loss inside the Powerplay, but lost their way thereafter to get bowled out for 160. Pune were 10-3 and 42 for 4 at one point, before Stokes, with a bit of help from MS Dhoni and Christian, took the game away from Lions once again.

    Stokes had scored only 127 from seven innings before this, but in Pune, coming in to bat in the second over, at the fall of the third wicket. he scored 63% of his team's total. He had batted sooner in an innings only four times before that. Last night, Warner batted with a 78% control percentage, which is phenomenal when you are attempting to hit a boundary every second ball. Stokes displayed 79% control. Stokes scored 77 more runs than anybody else in the team, beating his previous T20 best (77) this was Stokes' third Man-of-the-Match award this season, more than any other player, the highest score by a batsman at No. 5 or lower in the IPL and Stokes faced 63 balls, the third-most faced by a batsman in an IPL chase.

    Tomorrow sees DD face Sunrisers, in a battle of 8th vs 3rd. Earlier this season, Williamson, playing his first match of the season, struck a 89 as Sunrisers Hyderabad put up 191 and prevailed by 15 runs. Samuels did not play in Daredevils' previous match, vs KXIP, having landed in the country on the eve of the match. After getting shot out for 67, though, Daredevils could bring him in on Tuesday. Zaheer Khan has still not recovered after hurting his hamstring against KKR. Karun Nair will continue to lead Daredevils as the stand-in captain.

    Mishra has not bowled in the Powerplay this IPL. But that is surely about to change, considering he has conceded at only 6.72 runs per over against Warner and has dismissed him once in the four innings he has bowled at him. It is a significant dip from Warner's overall scoring rate of 9.05 an over this year. Against Dhawan, too, Mishra has impressed with an economy rate of 6.85, having scalped his wicket once in two innings. Mishra's economy rate of 8.29 is the worst among wristspinners this IPL. Williamson has a strike rate of 96.08 against legspinners in all T20s in Asia. Against Mishra, however, it shoots up to 176.47. In the previous match between these two sides, Williamson slapped 21 runs off the nine balls he faced against Mishra.

    DD have lost on both occasions they have faced Sunrisers at Feroz Shah Kotla. Nair's average of 12.71 is the worst among batsmen who have featured in the top three of their team's line-up and have played a minimum of five innings. His strike rate of 90.81 is also the lowest among those who have faced a minimum of 50 balls faced at the top of the order. His highest score of 33 this season and his career-best of 83 not out in the IPL have, however, both come against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Sunrisers have got 32 out of their 59 wickets through the pair of B Kumar and Rashid, which amounts to 54.2% of the team's wickets - the highest for a single pair this season. Daredevils, similarly, have relied heavily on pairs: Cummins and Morris have accounted for 48.8% of the team's wickets, while the combinations of Morris and Mishra, and Zaheer Khan and Morris have each contributed to 44.2% of Daredevils' wickets. Not only have Bhuvneshwar and Rashid been Sunrisers' most reliable strike bowlers, they have also been the hardest to score off. Together, the duo have an average of 15.03 and an economy rate of 6.68. The rest of their attack gives away 36.37 runs per wicket, and goes at 9.28 runs an over.
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    ABDV, are the cracks beginning to show?

    At times, he has struggled vs seam in Tests - namely Tait and Broad, who has dismissed him 10 times, the most by any bowler in the five-day format. Broad's nagging length around off stump and his ability to move the ball both the ways constantly threatened both of de Villiers' edges. Eight of his 10 dismissals against Broad have been a result of him being beaten on either edge.

    But now he seems to be struggling vs spin. Krunal removed him last year, and in the reverse fixture four weeks later. This season, de Villiers also holed out off Krunal's bowling - and, at this point, Krunal had bowled 22 balls at de Villiers and conceded 18 runs. On Monday,it was the fourth time De Villiers was dismissed by Krunal in four innings, his worst record against a bowler in T20s. Royal Challengers have lost all four games.

    Stalling de Villiers with left-arm spin hasn't been limited to just Mumbai though. In T20Is and the IPL since 2016, de Villiers' strike rate against left-arm spin is just 133.33, compared to his strike rate of 172.28 against other spin. Prior to IPL 2016, de Villiers had scored just 286 runs off 222 balls against left-arm spin at a strike rate of 128.88, with just eight sixes. Against pace in the same phase, de Villiers hit 74 sixes with a strike rate of 155.33. In all T20Is, de Villiers has scored 222 runs off 195 balls with a strike rate of 113.84 against left-arm spinners, with six dismissals. De Villiers hasn't been dismissed often against left-arm spin - 11 times in 116 IPL innings - but many teams may finally have their solution of how to stall, or stop, de Villiers when he decides to attack.

    The story of Krunal is a really frustrating one. He has been known as the "other Pandya" but he shone - albeit briefly - for Baroda in the Ranji Trophy, and is now carving his own path. Injury wrecked his first-class season, after he posted 237 runs in nine innings at a strike rate of 191.12, and six wickets at an economy-rate of under eight, in last year's IPL. He was arguably Mumbai Indians' find of the season. But things are looking up for him now. His Man-of- the-Match winning show on Saturday night, when he claimed 3 for 14 vs Gujarat, was brilliant. Two off those three wickets - Ravindra Jadeja and Irfan Pathan - featured left-hand batsmen. Krunal's battle with injuries means he has emerged as a more mature, mentally stronger individual. His approach in Mumbai's nervy chase against Lions was a case in point. His 20-ball 29 kept Mumbai in the match even as they collapsed to eventually tie the game.

    Elsewhere, Pujara says he doesn't watch the IPL on TV. He posted 1316 runs at 62, including four hundreds, this summer. He, Cook and the upcoming likes of Hameed, maybe even Renshaw or Handscomb, are proof you can be red-ball specialists and still offer something. Still, his earnings from 2016-2017 are just 4.4 crore, less than Nehra, Uthappa and Rayudu, who earned 5 crore, 5.5 crore and 6 crore respectively. Raina and Mohit earned 9.5 crore and 6.5 crore, too. Pujara hasn't played in the IPL since the 2014 season, and did not find any takers in February's auction. He says, however, that he is not concerned by what he is earning in relation to other players.
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    ABDV, are the cracks beginning to show?

    At times, he has struggled vs seam in Tests - namely Tait and Broad, who has dismissed him 10 times, the most by any bowler in the five-day format. Broad's nagging length around off stump and his ability to move the ball both the ways constantly threatened both of de Villiers' edges. Eight of his 10 dismissals against Broad have been a result of him being beaten on either edge.

    But now he seems to be struggling vs spin. Krunal removed him last year, and in the reverse fixture four weeks later. This season, de Villiers also holed out off Krunal's bowling - and, at this point, Krunal had bowled 22 balls at de Villiers and conceded 18 runs. On Monday,it was the fourth time De Villiers was dismissed by Krunal in four innings, his worst record against a bowler in T20s. Royal Challengers have lost all four games.

    Stalling de Villiers with left-arm spin hasn't been limited to just Mumbai though. In T20Is and the IPL since 2016, de Villiers' strike rate against left-arm spin is just 133.33, compared to his strike rate of 172.28 against other spin. Prior to IPL 2016, de Villiers had scored just 286 runs off 222 balls against left-arm spin at a strike rate of 128.88, with just eight sixes. Against pace in the same phase, de Villiers hit 74 sixes with a strike rate of 155.33. In all T20Is, de Villiers has scored 222 runs off 195 balls with a strike rate of 113.84 against left-arm spinners, with six dismissals. De Villiers hasn't been dismissed often against left-arm spin - 11 times in 116 IPL innings - but many teams may finally have their solution of how to stall, or stop, de Villiers when he decides to attack.

    The story of Krunal is a really frustrating one. He has been known as the "other Pandya" but he shone - albeit briefly - for Baroda in the Ranji Trophy, and is now carving his own path. Injury wrecked his first-class season, after he posted 237 runs in nine innings at a strike rate of 191.12, and six wickets at an economy-rate of under eight, in last year's IPL. He was arguably Mumbai Indians' find of the season. But things are looking up for him now. His Man-of- the-Match winning show on Saturday night, when he claimed 3 for 14 vs Gujarat, was brilliant. Two off those three wickets - Ravindra Jadeja and Irfan Pathan - featured left-hand batsmen. Krunal's battle with injuries means he has emerged as a more mature, mentally stronger individual. His approach in Mumbai's nervy chase against Lions was a case in point. His 20-ball 29 kept Mumbai in the match even as they collapsed to eventually tie the game.

    Elsewhere, Pujara says he doesn't watch the IPL on TV. He posted 1316 runs at 62, including four hundreds, this summer. He, Cook and the upcoming likes of Hameed, maybe even Renshaw or Handscomb, are proof you can be red-ball specialists and still offer something. Still, his earnings from 2016-2017 are just 4.4 crore, less than Nehra, Uthappa and Rayudu, who earned 5 crore, 5.5 crore and 6 crore respectively. Raina and Mohit earned 9.5 crore and 6.5 crore, too. Pujara hasn't played in the IPL since the 2014 season, and did not find any takers in February's auction. He says, however, that he is not concerned by what he is earning in relation to other players.
    as soon has he found this out the BCCI should have arranged a longer county stint for him. Im sure any county would be more than happy to have him in their set up
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    So, how have IPL teams fared thus far? Mumbai have been excellent and won six of their first eight matches. Mumbai have won their games mostly on the back of their Indian players - Rana and the Pandya brothers. Rana has 266 runs at an average of 38.00 and two Man-of-the-Match awards, while Pollard has 199 runs at an average of 28.42 while being part of match-winning partnerships against Lions and Royal Challengers. Malinga's form - 4 wickets and an economy rate of 10.93 (and two of his worst T20 spells have come in his last two matches) will worry them, as will Sharma's penchant for being dismissed by spinners. Maybe he should open and Buttler move down the order and keep wicket?

    My team, KKR, have done well without Russell. Lynn and Narine have shone at the top of the order, with 244 runs at a strike-rate of 193.6. Knight Riders have the best run rate in the Powerplay (10.16) this season and most of their wins have come courtesy tight bowling performances, most notably Nathan Coulter-Nile, who has 8 wickets from three games. The absence of a finisher could pose a challenge in the business end of the tournament. At the moment Knight Riders have the lowest run rate between overs 16 and 20, at 8.78.

    The other teams - Sunrisers and Pune - have been largely inconsistent. The former have four wins from seven matches. They have won all their home games but don't have a single away win yet. Their wins have largely been set up by Bhuvaneshwar and Rashid - together they have picked up 60% of the team's wickets and have conceded less than seven runs an over. Their middle-order needs to improve. Last season, David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan scored more than 60% of the team's runs. Sunrisers need to avoid this dependence on their openers and ensure the middle and lower order perform consistently. Pune have managed to string three wins against more fancied teams and their marquee players Smith, Dhoni and Stokes have all won games with quality individual performances. Tahir has 10 wickets at 8 runs per over and Stokes has collected two Man-of-the-Match awards for his bowling efforts, with six wickets and 127 runs. They are the second-worst team in the last five overs this season, conceding 11.56 an over, though, and Tiwary - who has the best strike-rate (167.07) for Rising Pune - has faced only 82 balls, meaning he needs to be promoted.

    KXIP need a settled order as they keep chopping and changing and may lose the services of Eoin Morgan, David Miller and Amla over the course of the next two weeks. Amla scored 299 runs at an average of 59.80 and a strike rate of 145.85. He is the top run-getter for Kings XI this season and has helped them make good starts in the Powerplay. Punjab have been the worst team in the death, conceding 11.62 an over and picking up only eight wickets. The less said about RCB the better. Fair enough, they've only deployed ABDV, Gayle and Kohli together three times, but haven't been consistent. Chahal's 10 wickets at 6.76 has been a rare ray of light, with RCB poor in the Powerplay overs, scoring 6.78 runs per over while other teams score at more than 9 per over.

    Delhi are also struggling, with inexperienced batting and poor decisions with the bat. They are most likely to lose the maximum number of players (Sam Billings, Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada) to national duty in the coming weeks and it is vital they gain momentum with some key wins at home. Morris has impressed and has 126 runs at an average of 42 and a strike rate of 175. He has also picked up 12 wickets at 6.90. And Gujarat have been undermined by Bravo's absence. Their batting order is poor despite B-Mac, who has 264 runs at 37.71 with two fifties and has helped Gujarat get off to good starts.
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    Delhi Daredevils post 189 for 4 to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad, who made 185 for 3.

    Mohammed Shami claimed 2-36, removing Warner clean bowled for 30, and Williamson, via a Morris catch, for 24. Dhawan claimed 28 before Mishra had him caught by Iyer, leaving Yuvraj and Henriques unbeaten on 70 and 25 respectively. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough, with Siraj conceding 41 runs for his two wickets - Samson, caught by Dhawan for 24, and Pant clean bowled for 34 - leaving Anderson and Morris to get DD over the line, unbeaten on 41 and 15 respectively, after Siraj caught Iyer off Kumar for 33, and Kumar snaffled Nair for 39 off Kaul. DD did well after their opponents wracked up 66 in the Powerplay, but regular lapses in the field allowed Sunrisers a way back in. Yuvraj made use of a dropped catch and dominated an unbroken 93-run stand for the fourth wicket with Henriques.

    Yuvraj was exceptional with a 41-ball 70, and that knock was even more impressive considering his recent form. In his last four outings he has fetched 24. Tuesday was just the second time Yuvraj had faced more than 20 deliveries since he made that sparkling 27-ball 62 nearly a month ago. His SR vs pace was 218 vs 78 against spin, and he made up for a slow start. His first six balls brought him 10 runs, his first 14 claimed 16 runs, and his first 26 claimed 28 runs, but he accelerated after he was dropped and wracked up 71 off 40. This was Yuvraj's 25th T20 fifty and his second-highest IPL score. His previous best of 83 came for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Rajasthan Royals in 2014.

    Tomorrow sees KKR vs Pune. Uthappa's 47-ball 87 paved the way for Knight Riders to hunt down a target of 183 with 11 balls remaining in the reverse fixture. Lynn, who has been out of action since dislocating his left shoulder while fielding against Mumbai Indians on April 9, trained with the Knight Riders squad on Tuesday. He hopes to return before the playoffs. Shakib has only played once for KKR this season, and the match against Rising Pune is likely to be his last chance for game-time: he is set to leave the tournament on Thursday to join Bangladesh's training camp in Sussex ahead of a triangular ODI series in Ireland, which also involves NZ.

    Lynn’s T20 stats are mind-boggling. In the 2016-17 Big Bash, he scored 309 runs at 154.50 and a strike rate of 177.50. In his last seven innings he has made 434 runs at 144.60 and a strike rate of 181.59. All of this came against a career average and strike rate of 37 and 146.51. His 93 from 41 deliveries for Kolkata Knight Riders against Gujarat Lions: it featured a 19-ball fifty, of which 46 came in fours and sixes; it had 23 from a single Dwayne Smith over; 69 runs against pace at a strike rate of 287.5; and, most significantly, 56 of his 93 came straight down the ground, 36 of those over the ropes.

    Pune are better at scoring off pace (8.97 per over) than spin (7.32) - and Dhoni who has scored at 8.15 against pace and 5.28 against spin. Dhoni has had a difficult time against Sunil Narine in T20s, scoring only 29 off 58 balls, while being dismissed once. Woakes has been Knight Riders' joint-highest wicket-taker this season with 11, but his wickets have come at a price. His economy rate of 9.65 is the second-worst among all bowlers who have bowled 20 or more overs this season, with only Malinga proving more expensive. KKR have tended to go with pace-dominated attacks this season, but they might think of a spin-for-seam swap in the allrounder department, with Shakib coming in for de Grandhomme. Pune lost three of their first four matches of the tournament, and have won five out of six since then.

    In their first four games, their bowlers averaged 38.15, gave away 9.41 an over, and conceded a boundary every 4.76 balls. In the period since then, they have topped the tournament in terms of average (21.61) and economy rate (7.69), while only conceding a boundary every 6.68 balls. Pune have become better both in the first six overs - their economy rate has dropped from 10.00 to 7.50 - and in the last five - 13.00 to 8.03 ad Unadkat has made a difference to their bowling in both these critical phases. In Pune's last six matches, he boasts a Powerplay economy rate of 7.80 and an economy rate of 7.92 in the last five overs.
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    Do you think that the rumours of an open auction are true for next year? I wouldn't like it personally.
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    Do you think that the rumours of an open auction are true for next year? I wouldn't like it personally.
    Ive heard that too, all players will go into auction for open bidding, so theoretically we could see Dhoni playing for KKR and Kohli for CSK... imagine that for a second
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    Nair has been appointed DD captain - and he is the latest in a long string of IPL captains with limited experience. Hopes, at Delhi Daredevils, in 2011, replaced Sehwag, and Parthiv captained Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the same year, after they were out of contention for the playoffs.

    Finch captained Pune in 2013, Karthik led a DD side featuring AB de Villiers and Virender Sehwag in 2010, after their regular captain, Gautam, was injured early in the season. Miller was a surprising choice to lead Kings XI earlier this season, given that he had no significant captaincy experience. Vijay was Miller's replacement and was short on prior captaincy experience himself. He had led his state side, Tamil Nadu, in just 13 games across formats.
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    (Original post by sachinisgod)
    Ive heard that too, all players will go into auction for open bidding, so theoretically we could see Dhoni playing for KKR and Kohli for CSK... imagine that for a second
    It just doesn't seem like a good idea for teams to keep shuffling around every season. And every team is just going to bid on the players that did well the season before, it would be messy imo.
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    Anderson and Iyer came together in the 12th over, when Delhi was still 77 runs adrift from their 186-run target yesterday. They close the gap to 44 off 30 by wracking up a quick fire 39-run stand, for the fourth wicket, in just 4.2 overs they batted together. Nair was given some nervy moments, namely when Sunrisers esponded by smashing 66 in the Powerplay. Yuvraj helped them get towards 200, but Delhi's openers Nair and Sanju Samson scored at 9.60 runs at the onset and set the tone for the chase and, with the asking rate touching 9.62, Anderson and Iyer came to the rescue. Iyer departed for a 25-ball 33, but his partnership with Anderson, who remained unbeaten on 41 off 24 balls, took Delhi home.

    Daredevils came into the game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on the back of a five-match losing streak and the scars of a ten-wicket drubbing at the hands of Kings XI Punjab, which saw them bundled out for 67. DD are a very young side - indeed, Anderson is the oldest at 26 - and Nair, who is leading the team in the absence of the injured Zaheer Khan, had made only 89 runs from seven innings before this game. But, his 20-ball 39 - with a little help from B Kumar who dropped him on 20 - set the tone for Daredevils' pursuit.

    DD will be wary, though, as shabby fielding could have cost them the game. While there were a few misfields, the costliest error came from Sanju who dropped Yuvraj on 29. Yuvraj went on to smash an undefeated 70 off 41 balls. Yuvraj rued how expensive the team's bowlers were in the Powerplay and admitted that the lack of wickets in the middle overs cost them dearly. He praised young seamers Mohammed Siraj and Siddarth Kaul, who picked up three wickets between them, and said the bowling would acquire greater menace once Nehra recovers from his injury.

    Elsewhere, with KKR pursuing a top-two finish in the IPL 2017 league stage, Lynn is keen to play a match before the playoffs, ideally targeting a return either against KXIP (May 9) or MI (May 13). He injured his left shoulder while landing awkwardly during a dive in a match against Mumbai Indians earlier this season. He had made an impressive start, making an unbeaten 93 off 41 against Gujarat Lions and 32 vs MI. KKR are currently second on the points table, with seven wins in ten matches. After the match against Pun, they will play two away matches - against RCB and KXIP on may 7 and 9, before having Mumbai at home on May 13.
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    Rising Pune Supergiant post 158 for 6 to beat KKR, who made 155 for 8.

    Unadkat and Washington claimed two wickets apiece, for 28 and 18 runs conceded respectively. The former removed Narine, caught and bowled for a six-ball duck, and de Grandhomme for 39, caught by Sundar, who removed Gambhir for 24 - caught by Rahane - and Jackson, hit wicket for 10. Woakes was ran out for 1, Tahir trapped Pathan for 4, Rahane caught Pandey for 27 off Christian, and Yadav finished 30 not out after Stokes had Coulter-Nile caught by Sundar for 6. In reply, Woakes claimed 3-18 - removing Tripathi, caught by Powell for a 52-ball 93, Smith and Tiwary, both clean bowled for 9 and 8 respectively. Narine caught and bowled Stokes for 14, Dhoni edged to Jackson off Kuldeep for 5, and Umesh had the wicket-keeper catch Rahane to kick-start the innings.

    Tripathi inspired Pune to their sixth win in seven games and they duly move to third spot in the league. He hit 78 runs in boundaries as they consigned Kolkata Knight Riders to only their second defeat in six home games this season. KKR were let down, for once, by their top order, after they stumbled to 55-4 in the tenth over. Knight Riders were 41 for 3 - their second-worst Powerplay score this season - at one stage. de Grandhomme and did well to rescue his side as Knight Riders scored 44 runs between overs 11 and 14, but it was to be Tripathi's day. At the end of the Powerplay, Rising Pune had 74 - 33 more than KKR had managed. Tripathi then scooped Narine fine to raise the fastest fifty by a Rising Pune batsman, off 23 balls; at that point, 50 of his 53 runs had come in boundaries. He left Rising Pune with only six to get off eight balls.

    Tripathi treated Coulter-Nile with disdain, tonking him for 32 runs off just 13 balls at a strike-rate of 246.15. He was prolific against spin as well, hitting 41 off 22 balls from Sunil Narine and Kuldeep. Tripathi is now the top scorer in the Powerplays, surpassing David Warner's 238 off 160 balls. Tripathi has 251 off 144 and his 23-ball fifty is the quickest by a Pune batsman in the IPL.

    Tripathi smashed 78 of his 93 runs with boundaries only - nine fours and seven sixes - before he was dismissed in the penultimate over of the chase when Rising Pune were six runs away from their target. Out of the seven sixes he struck, six were smashed on the leg side against U Yadav, Coulter-Nile and K Yadav. He made reading Kuldeep's wristspin look easy by hammering him for three straight sixes in the 13th over. Kuldeep had troubled Dhoni and Tiwary with his wrong'uns in their last meeting in Pune, but on Wednesday, Tripathi smacked 29 runs off the 10 balls he faced from the wristspinner. Tripathi has now scored more runs than his international team-mates Steven Smith and Stokes and has given his team solid starts even as Rahane has not scored big while averaging just over 20 in 11 innings. Tripathi is also the top-scorer in the Powerplays this season, surpassing Warner's 238 off 160 balls. He has scored 251 runs off 144 balls so far.
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    KXIP vs RCB tomorrow, with the visiting side having lost to Mumbai Indians by five wickets, lost to Rising Pune Supergiant by 61 runs, lost to Gujarat Lions by seven wickets recently. KXIP are fifth and eyeing the play-offs after wins vs DD and Gujarat. Despite a sensational 46-ball 89 from ABDV, KXIP thrashed RCB when the teams met in Indore earlier in the season. Four wins from Kings XI's remaining five games could be enough for a spot in the playoffs. Three wins could also be enough if other results go their way: if Pune don't win more than one more game or if Delhi Daredevils don't win more than four of their remaining games.

    Head's poor form, and RCB's preference to open with Gayle at the Chinnaswamy, could mean a reshuffling of the playing XI. For Kings XI, Eoin Morgan will not be available for the rest of the season, having joined England for national duty. KXIP could use Axar to slow down ABDV, whose strike rate against left-arm spin is comparatively low as opposed to other types of bowling. De Villiers' strike rate against left-arm spin is 133.66 vs 158 against pace. ABDV also has a strike rate of 172.28 against other types of spin in the IPL since 2016. Gayle, though, has hammered Axar for 56 runs off just 22 balls in the IPL at a strike rate of 254.

    The Universe Boss has also scored 797 runs against Kings XI in the IPL, the most by a batsman against an opposition, with an average of 56.92 and a strike rate of 175.55. At the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Gayle has scores of 107, 71, 77, 4, 117 and 73 against Kings XI with an average of 74.83 and a strike rate of 187.08.

    Sandeep has taken six wickets in the Powerplay this season, the joint second-most by any bowler. His economy rate in the Poweplay is 6.47, the second best after B Kumar, for bowlers who have bowled a minimum of ten overs. ABDV and Kohli have strong records against Sandeep. De Villiers has hit Sandeep for 59 runs off just 25 balls, while Kohli has taken 48 runs off 27 balls. However, Sandeep hasn't dismissed anyone as often as he has dismissed Kohli in the IPL - four times. Maxwell has dominated Pawan Negi, but hasn't quite been able to get on top of Yuzvendra Chahal: both spinners take the ball away from Maxwell. He has struck 31 runs off just 13 balls against Negi, and 19 runs off 16 balls against Chahal.
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    KXIP vs RCB tomorrow, with the visiting side having lost to Mumbai Indians by five wickets, lost to Rising Pune Supergiant by 61 runs, lost to Gujarat Lions by seven wickets recently. KXIP are fifth and eyeing the play-offs after wins vs DD and Gujarat. Despite a sensational 46-ball 89 from ABDV, KXIP thrashed RCB when the teams met in Indore earlier in the season. Four wins from Kings XI's remaining five games could be enough for a spot in the playoffs. Three wins could also be enough if other results go their way: if Pune don't win more than one more game or if Delhi Daredevils don't win more than four of their remaining games.

    Head's poor form, and RCB's preference to open with Gayle at the Chinnaswamy, could mean a reshuffling of the playing XI. For Kings XI, Eoin Morgan will not be available for the rest of the season, having joined England for national duty. KXIP could use Axar to slow down ABDV, whose strike rate against left-arm spin is comparatively low as opposed to other types of bowling. De Villiers' strike rate against left-arm spin is 133.66 vs 158 against pace. ABDV also has a strike rate of 172.28 against other types of spin in the IPL since 2016. Gayle, though, has hammered Axar for 56 runs off just 22 balls in the IPL at a strike rate of 254.

    The Universe Boss has also scored 797 runs against Kings XI in the IPL, the most by a batsman against an opposition, with an average of 56.92 and a strike rate of 175.55. At the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Gayle has scores of 107, 71, 77, 4, 117 and 73 against Kings XI with an average of 74.83 and a strike rate of 187.08.

    Sandeep has taken six wickets in the Powerplay this season, the joint second-most by any bowler. His economy rate in the Poweplay is 6.47, the second best after B Kumar, for bowlers who have bowled a minimum of ten overs. ABDV and Kohli have strong records against Sandeep. De Villiers has hit Sandeep for 59 runs off just 25 balls, while Kohli has taken 48 runs off 27 balls. However, Sandeep hasn't dismissed anyone as often as he has dismissed Kohli in the IPL - four times. Maxwell has dominated Pawan Negi, but hasn't quite been able to get on top of Yuzvendra Chahal: both spinners take the ball away from Maxwell. He has struck 31 runs off just 13 balls against Negi, and 19 runs off 16 balls against Chahal.
    Do you still think Gayle is the universe boss?
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    (Original post by ssharma123)
    Do you still think Gayle is the universe boss?
    Not at all. But his T20 stats do make for jaw-dropping reading: 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. 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. 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.

    RCB have been woeful: 49 vs KKR and 96 for 9 vs Pune. Last year, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli went to town on one bowling attack after another, with the latter nearly becoming the first man to finish with 1000 runs in a single season. This time around, though, the entire side has managed 1407 runs from 11 games, and a playoff berth is already impossible.
 
 
 
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