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    KKR win! They posted 159-4 to beat RCB by six wickets, after Bangalore had posted 158-6.

    Yadav had Gayle caught by Gambhir first ball, before trapping Kohli leg before for 5, and having Negi caught by Lynn for the same number as he posted 3-36. Woakes had Jadvhav caught by Umesh, for 8, and Narine claimed two for 29, clean bowling ABDV for 10 and having Mandeep caught by Umesh for 52. Head finished 75 unbeaten, before Lynn and Narine aced the chase, posting 50 and 54 respectively before they were claimed by Negi, clean bowling the former, and Choudhary, who had the latter stumped. Negi had de Grandhomme stumped for 31, and Gambhir fell for 14 when he holed out to Negi off Chahal, leaving Pandey and Pathan unbeaten to get them over the line.

    Narine now holds the record for the fastest fifty (15 balls) in IPL history and Knight Riders recorded the highest score in the Powerplay - 105 runs in 36 balls. Kohli, Gayle and ABDV recorded their lowest aggregate in a match two weeks ago. They matched it today, as Gayle fell for a golden duck in his 100th IPL match, while de Villiers' average against spin this season has been 13.75. Mandeep and Head were given the task of rescuing the innings. One man hadn't scored a fifty since May 2015. The other had never scored one in the IPL. But they were excellent in putting on 71 runs in 63 balls. 49 of those runs came the hard way - by sprinting between the wickets.

    For KKR, Narine began with three sixes and there were 19 boundaries in the Powerplay. That's a four or six every 1.89 deliveries. Royal Challengers, in their entire innings, managed only 17. The Powerplay was just majestic - and it far eclipses the 100-2 Chennai posted in 2014 vs KXIP, and the 90-0 they managed a year later vs Mumbai. Other high-profile Powerplay innings in the IPL include Kochi's 87-2 vs Rajasthan, KXIP's 86-1 in 2014 vs Sunrisers, Deccan's 84-1 vs Delhi in 2009, RCB's 83-4 vs Sunrisers in 2015, Kings' 82-1 earlier this season vs MI, and RCB making 79-1 vs Kochi in 2011. Sunrisers had scored 79-0 vs KKR in the Powerplay earlier this season, too.
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    what a century by Hashim Amla!
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    Narine's journey to become T20 batsman has been a wild one, but his latest effort was sterling. Narine scored 28 runs through the long-off region, including three sixes. Today was the first time Narine took two wickets in a game this IPL - his previous best was 1 for 18.

    Tomorrow, Sunrisers face MI in a battle of fourth vs first. The two teams have faced off nine times and Mumbai Indians lead the battle 5-4, including a win earlier this campaign. Sunrisers, who have lost their previous two games, are without Ashish Nehra. Siraj will likely be Nehra's replacement. For Mumbai Indians, Buttler is set to leave for England duty and Simmons has made himself the obvious choice in his place. Mumbai will miss Krunal again, with Karn Sharma expected to keep his place.

    Expect MI to give the new ball to Malinga and Harbhajan. Harbhajan has gone at less than six in the Powerplay this, and he has dismissed Warner thrice in the IPL. Malinga has removed Dhawan four times. Harbhajan has taken only eight wickets in nine games but has an economy of 5.82 this season. He has not gone at an economy of more than 6.75 in any match this season. Harbhajan's economy in the Powerplay (5.12) is the best among all bowlers (minimum four overs). Dhawan has picked up pace and form as the tournament has progressed. In his first five games, Dhawan scored 135 runs at a strike-rate of 112.50. Over the last six games, Dhawan has hit 253 runs at a strike-rate of 136.02. In their last five games, Sunrisers' opening pair of Warner and Dhawan average 75.80 runs for the first wicket. The duo have scored four 50+ partnerships. Two of them have been partnerships of more than a hundred. Yuvraj struggles against Harbhajan; he has scored 45 runs off 58 balls against him, but Parthiv has been dismissed by B Kumar five times.

    Remember, KXIP have played fewer games than the Sunrisers, meaning the latter are in danger of missing out on a top four spot if Kings XI get on a winning run. Even if Sunrisers win their last two games, they will have to hope results involving Kings XI go their way. Mumbai's win-loss ratio of 4.5 is their best in any IPL season and they have already qualified for the play-offs, with two wins from their remaining three matches probably enough to ensure a top-two finish.
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    Gujarat Lions posted 192 for 4 to beat Kings XI Punjab, who made 189 for 3, by six wickets.

    Amla made a 60-ball 104, before he was trapped in front by Thampi, while Thampi snaffled Guptill for 2 off Sangwan, before S Marsh fell for 58 when he holed out to Finch off Kulkarni. Maxwell and Axar ended unbeaten on 20 and 2 respectively, before D Smith made a 39-ball 74, eventually having Guptill catch him off Maxwell. Natarajan had Ishan caught by the sub for 29, Gurkeerat Singh caught Raina for 39 off Sandeep, and Karthik finished not out on 35 to get them over the line after Saha caught Finch for 2 off Sandeep.

    Amla scored his second century of the tournament, only the third player to do so in an IPL season, but Kings XI Punjab's playoff chances were dented with their sixth loss in 11 matches. His first century - against Mumbai Indians - had also gone in vain when Kings XI could not defend 198. Tonight, they failed to defend nine less. Gujarat were depleted without Tye, B-Mac and Bravo, as well as Roy, so only deployed three overseas men and things looked ominous when none of their first three bowlers - Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma and Varun Aaron - struck in their first spells.

    Smith, Amla's counterpart, had not scored a fifty in 10 IPL innings and, before this game, had managed only 103 runs in nine innings this season, with single-digit scores in his last six innings. KXIP can rue missed chances, too. Miller dropped Smith on 42, Gurkeerat then dropped him on 51 and did the same to Raina late in the innings. Full credit to Smith, though. He had managed only 103 runs in nine innings this season, including six single-digit scores in his last six innings. 44/74 of his runs came in the V in front of the stumps, with all four of his sixes hit straight and true. He scored 31 off 14 at a SR of 222 after being dropped by Miller, and his previous scores were: 0,1,5,4,0,9. This was his first IPL fifty in 11 innings.
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    Monday 8th May is the start of the final week of the group stages. It is also the day that mumbai are playing hyderabad in Hyderabad.

    Mumbai are already in the playoff and have only conceded 2 losses in the tournament (Both to Pune). SRH meanwhile will be looking for a victory to improve their own chances.
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    Harbhajan wants a CT call-up. Harbhajan, who will turn 37 in July, last played an ODI for India in October 2015, and his most recent international appearance in any format came more than a year ago against United Arab Emirates during the 2016 Asia Cup T20. He has only eight wickets from nine matches so far in IPL 2017, but his 5.82 economy rate is the best for any spinner in this year's IPL and second overall behind only Gujarat Lions medium pacer Nathu Singh, who has bowled just four overs in two matches.

    As for KKR, I'm chuffed they're back to winning ways. Logic stated, when Lynn was ruled out, Uthappa would move to open with Gambhir. After all, the duo are second only to Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner among the most prolific opening combinations in IPL history. But they opted for Narine, who opened for Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League earlier this year, instead. His batting credentials had already received a significant boost in the Pakistan Super League where his 116 runs in eight matches came at a strike rate of 181. He has proved them right to trust him, with 194 runs off 103 balls in the nine matches he has opened this season, at a strike rate of 188.34.

    Out of the 116 balls he has played, 59 have been on a length or fuller according to Hawkeye data, which amounts to more than half. Match that to Narine's most effective shots - 110 runs from drives through the off side and 30 through the on side. That could mean one of two things: bowlers have bowled to Narine's strengths or Narine has feasted from repeated errors in length. How does a team stop Narine? He has not been especially comfortable against the short ball. Pitch map data shows he has faced short balls 14 times and fallen on three of those deliveries.
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    IMO, Pollard and Simmons should open the batting for Mumbai and then they just go all out.
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    (Original post by ssharma123)
    IMO, Pollard and Simmons should open the batting for Mumbai and then they just go all out.
    pollard cannot open for MI for anything. anyone who remembers their attempts in 2014 will know what Im on about (pollard is good when he isnt playing the long game ie stay start to finish).

    ideally you need a long person + a short person in t20. usually parthiv is the long one, lendl is short (same case when parthiv was at hyderabad). rohit is another short person.

    the reason why narine works as an opener is because he is got for short burts but not for staying start to finish

    you could argue kohli is a long player but due to gayles form, he is also having to play burst whilst having to stay in the game
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    (Original post by quasa)
    pollard cannot open for MI for anything. anyone who remembers their attempts in 2014 will know what Im on about (pollard is good when he isnt playing the long game ie stay start to finish).

    ideally you need a long person + a short person in t20. usually parthiv is the long one, lendl is short (same case when parthiv was at hyderabad). rohit is another short person.

    the reason why narine works as an opener is because he is got for short burts but not for staying start to finish

    you could argue kohli is a long player but due to gayles form, he is also having to play burst whilst having to stay in the game
    I wouldn't​ really call Parthiv a long person since he rarely lasts till the 10th over.
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    Narine and Lynn were excellent yesterday - and proved that it has been another week of great partnerships. They made short work of a 159-run target, with an aggressive 105-run opening stand. Narine departed for a 17-ball 54. Lynn fell an over later for a 22-ball 50.

    In terms of other sterling partnerships, Pant and Samsun came together to post a 143-run stand for the second wicket as Delhi gun down a massive 209-run target to end Gujarat's campaign. Delhi, with just three wins off nine matches before the encounter, needed to score over 10 from the onset. Samson eventually fell in the 14th over, for a 31-ball 61, after smashing seven sixes. The one that got away was KXIP's mammoth effort. They failed to capitalise on a 125-run stand for the second wicket between Amla and S Marsh and lost to Gujarat by six wickets. They looked goth, with Amla bringing up his half-century off 35 balls. His partnership of 125 with Marsh set the tone for a brisk finish, which included 66 runs off the last five overs. Amla finally fell for a 60-ball 104. Punjab's bowlers however failed to contain D Smith, who smashed 74 off 39, to guide Gujarat to victory.

    Smith and Kishan attacked from the onset. Kishan hit a four in the first over of the chase, before Smith took charge and thumped eight fours in the next five overs. Punjab added to their own woes, when David Miller and Gurkeerat Singh dropped Smith, in the sixth and eighth over respectively. The onslaught helped Gujarat post 103 in the first ten overs.The opening duo scored at 9.75 runs in the 9.2 overs that they batted together and ensured a platform that helped Gujarat, already out of contention for a playoff berth, complete their fourth win from eight matches.
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    (Original post by ssharma123)
    I wouldn't​ really call Parthiv a long person since he rarely lasts till the 10th over.
    tis true but im making a generalisation. in t20 a lot of the long people get out early and rarely do you see them lasting the match (good example amla).
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Narine and Lynn were excellent yesterday - and proved that it has been another week of great partnerships. They made short work of a 159-run target, with an aggressive 105-run opening stand. Narine departed for a 17-ball 54. Lynn fell an over later for a 22-ball 50.

    In terms of other sterling partnerships, Pant and Samsun came together to post a 143-run stand for the second wicket as Delhi gun down a massive 209-run target to end Gujarat's campaign. Delhi, with just three wins off nine matches before the encounter, needed to score over 10 from the onset. Samson eventually fell in the 14th over, for a 31-ball 61, after smashing seven sixes. The one that got away was KXIP's mammoth effort. They failed to capitalise on a 125-run stand for the second wicket between Amla and S Marsh and lost to Gujarat by six wickets. They looked goth, with Amla bringing up his half-century off 35 balls. His partnership of 125 with Marsh set the tone for a brisk finish, which included 66 runs off the last five overs. Amla finally fell for a 60-ball 104. Punjab's bowlers however failed to contain D Smith, who smashed 74 off 39, to guide Gujarat to victory.

    Smith and Kishan attacked from the onset. Kishan hit a four in the first over of the chase, before Smith took charge and thumped eight fours in the next five overs. Punjab added to their own woes, when David Miller and Gurkeerat Singh dropped Smith, in the sixth and eighth over respectively. The onslaught helped Gujarat post 103 in the first ten overs.The opening duo scored at 9.75 runs in the 9.2 overs that they batted together and ensured a platform that helped Gujarat, already out of contention for a playoff berth, complete their fourth win from eight matches.
    DUDE!! you keep sniping the milestone posts (200, 250). o well, ill be sure to get the 300th post
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    Shami is picked in the CT squad, alongside Rohit, Ashwin and Jadeja, and Dhoni, who acts as the only keeper. Raina, Pant, Karthik, Kuldeep and Thakur are on standby. Rahul was not among the touring party and, in his absence, the selectors have gone with Dhawan and Rahane. The seam-bowling allrounder's spot went to Hardik, while K Jadhav who made 232 runs in three innings against England, is also included.

    Prasad says Dhoni is the best WK in the world but as a batsman, he has struggled recently in limited-overs cricket. In 13 ODIs since January last year, Dhoni has scored 443 runs with an average of 34 compared to his career average of 51. He has struck them at a strike rate of 86.69 and has one century and one fifty. As a No. 4 during that period, Dhoni averages 30 and strikes at 76.14. Batting one position lower, the average and strike rate climb to 36.62 and 93.31 respectively. So far this IPL, he has notched 235 runs for Rising Pune Supergiant at an underwhelming strike rate of 114.07 - his worst across seasons. Just last season, he was striking them at 135. Dhoni has also scored at less than run a ball in six out of 12 innings so far this IPL. I'd have given Pant the nod, because he has lit up this IPL with 281 runs from 11 innings at an impressive strike rate of 172.39.

    Pujara, meanwhile, has signed for a four-match Championship stint with Nottinghamshire. He comes in as a replacement for Nottinghamshire's main overseas signing, Pattinson, who has been called up by Australia for the CT. Pujara has previously played county cricket with Derbyshire and Yorkshire and will arrive in the UK later this month for the resumption of Championship cricket following the Royal London Cup group stage. Nottinghamshire have made an excellent start to life in Division Two, with three wins from three putting them top. Pattinson has been a particular success, with 20 wickets at 11.15 and he was also the second-leading run-scorer, with Riki Wessels the only Notts batsman to reach three figures so far this season. Pujara finished India's domestic season with 1316 runs at 62.66, which included two centuries against England on their November-December tour, but was not picked up for the IPL and spent April either practising in the nets or working on his fitness. He has averaged more than 50 on both of his previous stints, in 2014 and 2015. He has twice played at Trent Bridge - on India's 2014 tour and while with Yorkshire.
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    Sunrisers Hyderabad post 140 for 3 to beat Mumbai Indians, who made 138 for 7, by seven wickets.

    Kaul claimed 3-24, removing Patel and Rana for 23 and 9 via Warner and Kumar catches, and Rohit, clean bowled for 67. B Kumar claimed Pollard and K Sharma for 5 and 5, caught by Shankar and Ohja, while Nabi clean bowled Simmons for 1 to kick-start the innings, and Pandya holed out to Henriques off Rashid for 15. In reply, McCleneghan trapped Warner leg before for 6, Dhawan finished not out on 62, Henriques holed out to Rohit off Bumrah for 44, Pandya snaffled Yuvraj for 9 off Malinga, and Shankar finished not out on 15. Dhawan and Henriques came together for a stand of 91 that came off just 11 overs as Sunrisers notched up a target of 139 with 10 balls to spare. The win means DD are out.

    Before today, Rohit had faced 37 balls of legspin and scored just 35 while perishing four times. By the time he fell, he had struck over 50% of his team's runs. Following his dismissal, Mumbai added just 12 more off 11 balls and lost two wickets. Rohit didn't deserve to be on the losing side. Nabi had played just one game this season before he was drafted in as Kane Williamson's replacement - and he was MOTM. He bowled three overs in the Powerplay, conceded 10 runs and took the wicket of Lendl Simmons. Nabi bowled 12 dots in the Powerplay, the second most by a spinner in the IPL this year. Despite taking the ball into the right-handed batsmen, Nabi conceded just three runs off 11 balls with eight dot balls. Against left-handed batsmen, he conceded 10 runs off 13 balls. His 1-13 off 4 overs is the sixth most economical spell in IPL history, 14 of his 24 deliveries landed on a good length and 14 between the wickets, and his attack was unrelenting: he bowled four overs in one spell.

    Tomorrow, Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders in a battle of 5th vs 2nd. KKR beat KXIP by eight wickets in the reverse fixture, but they may be missing Uthappa and Coulter-Nile. Kings XI will be without Amla, who scored his second century of the season on Sunday, and David Miller, as both have left for national duties. Either Sammy or Henry is likely to replace Amla, considering Australian allrounder Marcus Stoinis was ruled out of the IPL with a shoulder injury last week.

    KXIP have only one method of making the top four: they'll need to win all three of their remaining games and hope Sunrisers lose their remaining fixture against Gujarat. Maxwell might bowl with the new ball if Narine opens the batting again - he has conceded only 26 runs in 31 balls against the left-hander in previous meetings, and has dismissed him twice. However, when he had brought himself on in the Powerplay against Knight Riders in their last meeting, he was taken for 18 runs. Varun Aaron's pace and bounce could be utilised instead. Maxwell has also chipped in to Kings XI's improved bowling - he has taken six wickets at an economy of 5.92 in their last five games. He has been dismissed thrice by Umesh Yadav in 19 balls, and twice by Narine in 31 balls. He scores at less than a run-a-ball against both of them. Gambhir has hit Maxwell for 42 runs from 24 balls.

    Saha (11.25 in eight innings) has the second-worst average among batsmen who've played more than five innings in the top seven. He is led and trailed by Royal Challengers Bangalore's Shane Watson (11.16 in six innings) and Knight Riders' Colin de Grandhomme (14.33 in six) respectively. Kings XI's recent success is down to drastic improvements in bowling: in the first six games, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma and Axar Patel had taken 15 wickets at an economy of 8.71 and an average of 38.06. In the last five, they've taken 23 wickets with an economy of 7.48 and an average of 16.00.
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    It was good to see Rohit Sharma play well even though he wasn't chasing. Unfortunately the rest of the team other than Parthiv didn't really do much.
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    kinda predicted that mumbai would lose to srh (like both teams and considering MI have qualified, srh needed to win to quali).

    nice to see the afghan duo play well for srh. hopefully we get to see them both more on the international stage.

    also anyone know why we dont see fizz or sarfaraz this year?
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    Where's everyone watching this on ??
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    Where's everyone watching this on ??
    sky sports. slight problem is sky keeps mixing up the channels they show it on. it is mainly sky sports 2 but it has been on 1,3,5 and mix, so you need to keep an eye out. the matches on weekdays start at 3:30pm GMT (8pm indian time) so keep an eye out
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    (Original post by quasa)
    sky sports. slight problem is sky keeps mixing up the channels they show it on. it is mainly sky sports 2 but it has been on 1,3,5 and mix, so you need to keep an eye out. the matches on weekdays start at 3:30pm GMT (8pm indian time) so keep an eye out
    damn, I don't have sky sports
    I'll see if I can find it online
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    (Original post by Mystery.)
    damn, I don't have sky sports
    I'll see if I can find it online
    I'm not watching it because of exams but I am following it. Unfortunately, I also tried to find somewhere to watch it but I cannot. You can use Talksport. They have some matches on online radio but it is only the commentary. If you have the cash, you could also buy a now TV sports pass which will let you watch it but it is too expensive in my opinion.
 
 
 
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