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    (Original post by ssharma123)
    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.
    Ugh that sucks, I don't really like watching just the commentary and I'm too broke to buy nowTV.
    I'll just follow it I guess lol
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    Shami and Sharma are in the CT squad after injury. Dhawan is chosen to replace Rahul, who is injured, with Rahane expected to act as Rohit's partner. Shami makes it four specialist quicks to go with Hardik Pandya as the seaming allrounder. Raina, Pant, Karthik, Kuldeep and Thakur are all on standby. Jadeja and Ashwin are both picked, but the latter conceded 188 runs in 27 overs in the three-ODI series against England, his last limited-overs assignment. In the previous ODI series that he played, in Australia in early 2016, Ashwin was dropped after two matches. With Yuvraj Singh and Kedar Jadhav capable of bowling part-time spin, India were satisfied with just the two spinners. Instead they went for the extra quick to go with Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

    MS Dhoni was the only specialist wicketkeeper in the squad, with the selectors resisting the temptation of going for Pant. Prasad, the chief selector, says Dhoni is the best 'keeper in the world, but he has struggled recently in limited-overs cricket. In 13 ODIs since January last year, Dhoni has scored 443 runs at an average of 34.07, 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, Dhoni has compiled 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.Pant has been scoring 281 runs from 11 innings at an impressive strike rate of 172.39.

    Harbhajan, Gambhir, Kuldeep, Uthappa, Unadkat, and Chahal can all count themselves unlucky.
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    Kings XI Punjab make 167 for 6 and beat KKR, who posted 153 for 6.

    Woakes and Kuldeep claimed two apiece - the latter having Saha stumped for 38 and Maxwell caught by Woakes for 44, and the former clean bowling Marsh for 11 and Swapnil for 2 - but it wasn't enough. Umesh had Vohra caught behind for 25, and Narine trapped Guptill in front for 12, before Tewetia claimed two in the chase (Gambhir and Uthappa caught by Marsh and Patel for 8 and a golden duck respectively). Sharma bowled Narine for 18, and had Pathan caught by Maxwell for 2, before Patel snaffled Pandey off Henry for 18. Lynn made 84 before he was run out.

    It was brilliant bowling from Mohit and Tewatia, who strangled and choked KKR, who needed 50 off 30 at one stage. Lynn and Pandey's dismissal off successive deliveries off the 18th over helped close out a tight game. KKR began well, conceding just 41 in the Powerplay and dismissing both openers, as KXIP went 17 deliveries without a boundary after Marsh's dismissal in the ninth over. KKR went to 60-1 before Tewatia strangled them, as evidenced by Lynn's strike-rates: 188 vs seam and 63 vs Tewatia. KKR's run rate dropped from 9.14 to 7.57 by the end of his spell. Tewatia bowled half of his 24 deliveries on full length, conceding just 11 runs.

    Gujarat Lions v Delhi Daredevils tomorrow. Earlier this campaign, Pant and Samson cleared the ropes 16 times between them as Daredevils mowed down a target of 209 with 15 balls to spare.

    DD have lost Rabada, Morris and Mathews to the CT, and Billings will not return to the IPL despite the series having ended, since Daredevils are now out of contention for a playoff spot. They are left with only five overseas players to choose from - Corey Anderson, Carlos Brathwaite, Pat Cummins, Ben Hilfenhaus and Marlon Samuels. Like Billings, Roy will not return to the IPL for Lions, who also have no chance of making the playoffs.

    This will be Kanpur's first match of the season. The venue has only hosted three T20s previously - two IPL games and one India-England T20I - with the chasing team winning on all three occasions.This season, Lions have won four out of six matches while chasing, and have lost six out of six batting first. Nadeem has an excellent record against Smith, who has been out twice to him, while scoring only 59 off 49 balls, and Finch, who has made 29 off 28 while being dismissed once. R Jadeja has struggled against Mishra in T20 cricket, only scoring 30 off 37 balls while being dismissed four times in six innings. Pant has had three ducks, two other single-digit scores, and five 30-plus scores in 11 innings. He has the best strike rate (172.39) and the most sixes (20) by any player with three ducks in an IPL season.

    Tewatia came on to bowl on Tuesday night with KKR at 61-1. He was introduced with 104 runs needed in 13 overs and it was his first match in this year's tournament, his previous appearance in the IPL having come in 2015. He began by conceding only four runs in his first over and did even better in the second. He claimed Gambhir and Uthappa and KKR managed only two boundaries between the seventh and 14th overs, with Tewatia conceding one of those in his spell of 4-0-18-2. Mohit and Sandeep ensured Kings XI clinched the game by 14 runs to keep their playoff chances alive. Lynn and Narine had taken the seamers on earlier in the match and the former was a real obstacle for them, but they ran him out swiftly and the quicks made sure the game was safe.
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    DD post 197 for 8 to beat Gujarat Lions, who made 195 for 5.

    Mohammed Shami had D Smith ran out for 8 and then returned to clean bowl Finch for 69, after Cummins clean bowled Raina for 6, Karthik holed out to Anderson off Brathwaite for 40, and Mishra had Ishan snaffled by Khan for 34. In reply, Faulkner had Nair caught by Smith for 30 and Cummins by the same bowler for 24, to end with 2-39, after Jadeja ran out both Samuels and Anderson for 1 and 6 respectively. Sangwan clean bowled Samson for 10, Kulkarni had Bravo caught and bowled for 11, and Pant was ran out for 4. Iyer racked up 96 to get them over the line, though, before he was bowled by Thampi.

    Gujarat have won only one match while batting first in 13 attempts now. The last time they played Delhi Daredevils, they had failed to defend 208. DD were 121 for 6 at one point, but Iyer Cummins plundered 52 from three overs and, suddenly, Daredevils only needed 23 off 18 balls. The Lions should never have scored that much - DD's bowlers were bowling too straight - and often too short - and conceded 52 runs, and 10 boundaries (out of 26 overall), on the leg side.

    DD were struggling on 15 for 2. but Iyer hit 57 off 34 balls, with Karun Nair and kept his head when all around him were losing theirs. Daredevils smashed 17, 14 and 21 runs off the 15th, 16th and 17th overs. Iyer has played 30 of his 51 T20 matches as an opener and his average of 30.78 as an opener is better than his career average of 27.26, as is his strike rate - 132 as against a career strike-rate of 128.87. Seven of his eight half-centuries before Wednesday had also come from that position. After a promising debut season, he has had a middle-order role and he did well today after Daredevils had lost two quick wickets in a steep chase of 196. His 96 is his highest T20 score - eclipsing his 86 vs Mumbai last year - and he hit 15 fours, and scored 66 per cent of his runs on the offside.

    Tomorrow, it's Mumbai Indians v Kings XI Punjab, with the hosts winning the reverse fixture earlier this campaign. It's 1st vs 5th, with KXIP missing Amla and Miller, and the hosts still boasting Malinga in their ranks - for now. Although Mumbai have qualified for the playoffs, they haven't booked a top-two spot yet. With 18 points in 12 games, Mumbai need one win from their remaining two matches to ensure that.
    For KXIP, they need to win their two remaining games and need other results to go their way.

    Both teams have great bowling at the death - and with the pressure of a must-win game, it may not be a bad tactic for whoever wins the toss to bat first. Rana's form is dwindling - in his first six innings, he scored 255 runs at a strike rate of 142.45. In his next five innings, he has scored 66 runs at a strike rate of 90.41. In those first six innings, he was particularly strong against the short ball, scoring 50 off 16 balls without being dismissed. But in his last five innings, teams have bowled just three short balls to him. Rohit's form has gone the other way after he started slowly, scoring just 54 runs off 57 balls in his first six innings. In his next five innings, he has hit 196 runs off 134 balls with just one single-digit score. Sandeep has been effective against Parthiv and Rohit, though. He has gone for 18 runs in 19 balls against Rohit, and has got him out twice. Against Parthiv, he has conceded 29 runs off 46 balls with two dismissals. It is Parthiv's lowest strike rate against any bowler who has bowled him at least 20 balls. Mohit has got Kieron Pollard out three times in six innings, and Maxwell has been productive against Mumbai's end-overs specialists: hitting a combined 53 runs off 31 balls against Bumrah and McClenaghan.

    Last time out, Rohit won the toss and opted to bat first. But his ploy backfired as his batsmen struggled. Sharma was the only Mumbai batsman that found form and thumped a 45-ball 67. Parthiv and Hardik helped in pushing the tourists to 138. In reply, Hyderabad needed just 6.90 an over from the onset. Henriques and Shikhar Dhawan, with a 91-run stand for the second wicket, provided just the platform they required. Henriques finally fell in the 13th over for a 35-ball 44 that included six fours. Hyderabad was still 41-runs adrift at that stage. Dhawan refused to budge and guided the defending champions home with 10 balls remaining. Dhawan remained unbeaten on 62 off 46. The counter-attacking display kept Hyderabad's playoff chances alive.

    Hyderabad made a few tactical calls that would have likely invited criticism had they lost. The real eyebrow-raiser was the omission of Kane Williamson in favour of Nabi. After all, Williamson has scored 232 runs in six innings, including two fifties, at a strike-rate of 162.23 - he has scored more quickly than Warner, Dhawan and Yuvraj Singh. The rationale behind retaining Moises Henriques as the first-choice allrounder might have been questioned as well. While Henriques has three fifties and has done well with the bat, he has done little with the ball, so why play him ahead of Williamson, the better batsman?

    Nabi was handed the ball in the Powerplay, bowled Lendl Simmons off his fourth delivery, and went on to complete his four overs on the trot, conceding only 13. Laxman said Nabi's inclusion was to counteract Mumbai's left-hand heavy top-three which includes the in-form Parthiv and Rana. Henriques batted expertly, and conceded just 13 runs. It was a real all-round performance from Sunrisers. Even Yuvraj, who is injured, made 9 off 11 after digging in.
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    Mumbai need 1 win to guarantee top 2 spot. If KKR lose their last match then they rely on RPS results. If they win they still rely on RPS results. If RPS wins both their last two then they guarantee top 2 spot. If they win one they rely on KKR result. If SRH win their last game they guarantee qualification. If they lose then they rely on KXIP results. KXIP need to win all games and hope SRH lose their last to qualify. Even though KKR and RPS aren't​ guaranteed to make the playoffs, there is a very small chance of them not.
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    RCB have only two wins in the season so far, and if they finish with that count, they will equal the worst performance by a team in IPL history. They recorded the lowest total in the tournament - 49 all out chasing only 132 - lost five out of six home games - one of which was despite Samuel Badree taking a hat-trick - and their batting has underwhelmed so much that they have the worst average (17.67) and strike-rate (117.03) among the eight teams. Watson has typified their failure: 67 runs in seven innings with the bat and an economy rate of 10.02 with the ball.
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    Christ. What a game. Kings XI Punjab post 230 for 3 to beat Mumbai Indians, who made 223 for 6. Saha fired an unbeaten 93, with Maxwell bowled by Bumrah for a 21-ball 47, Patel snaffling S Marsh on 25 off McCleneghan, and Guptill sent back by Kuldeep with the help of a Pandya catch for 36. Axar finished unbeaten on 19, before M Sharma claimed 2-57 in reply - bowling Kuldeep for 19, and having Patel caught by Vohra for 38. Maxwell and Guptill combined to remove Simmons, for 59, and Guptill snaffled Rana and R Sharma off Patel and Tewatia for 12 and 5, before Sandeep had Hardik caught behind for 30.

    Both of these totals were the highest in IPL history. 453 runs were racked up - the second-highest aggregate in IPL history - and Mohit defended 15 to deny Pollard in the final over. He had conceded 49 off his first three overs but recovered magnificently after Sharma conceded just seven off the penultimate over. KXIP shone without Amla, and before today, Saha had opened in only six out of 163 T20s for 126 runs. Kings XI reached 50 in 3.4 overs - the second fastest this season behind Kolkata Knight Riders, who got there in 3.3 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore. After Guptill was claimed, Maxwell and Saha let rip - with 50 off the next three overs - and despite Bumrah, who stood out with figures of 1 for 24 in his four overs (Saha managed just 10 off 13 balls against Bumrah), MI struggled.

    Simmons, preferred to Buttler, smashed 44 of the 68 runs Mumbai hit in the first six overs. and when Pollard and Hardik Pandya got together, Mumbai needed 110 off 44 balls. They struck 52 in the next three overs but, with 56 needed off 24 balls, Maxwell recalled Sandeep and he claimed Hardik. Saha hit more fours today than he had hit all season before this match. Before today, Saha had opened in only six out of 163 T20 matches. As an opener, he had managed only 126 runs in six matches at an average of 21. KXIP - out of necessity - have dropped the emphasis on overseas batsmen, and it's working. Malinga's form must worry MI. He is lacking pace and accuracy. Both Bumrah and McClenaghan are preferred over him for the tougher overs.

    Tomorrow, DD vs Pune in a battle of 6th vs 3rd. Earlier this campaign, the hosts won - courtesy of Morris' 33 off 9 balls, and Samson's maiden T20 hundred. Tomorrow, Pune will be without Imran Tahir and Faf du Plessis. Zampa will likely come in, with DD without Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris and Angelo Mathews. Pune need to win at least one of their two remaining games to guarantee qualification to the playoffs. Zampa has dismissed Samson twice in the two games he has played against Daredevils. Considering Samson's strike rate drops to the 130s against spin as compared to 150 against pace, there's perhaps a case of Pune opening with him.

    Tripathi is the second-highest scorer in the Powerplays this season, just 12 runs behind Warner's 264 runs. Tripathi has been striking at 170.27 in the first six overs. Among the 26 seamers who have bowled 20 or more overs this season, only two - Tye and B Kumar - have better economy rates than Christian's 7.25. Prior to the ongoing season, Mishra has an economy of 7.23. This season he has conceded 8.57 runs an over, his second-worst since 2014 when he went at 8.92. DD are among three teams who have taken 66 wickets, the fewest this season. Their economy of 8.77 is the second-worst among all teams this season. Tahir is he second-highest wicket-taker this season with 18 wickets at 20.50. He has bowled 47 overs in 12 games. Only Rashid Khan and B Kumar have bowled more overs. Zampa, who could replace Tahir, has played just two games this season.
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    How long is it till the English players are recalled?
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    Delhi Daredevils post 168 for 8 to beat beat Rising Pune Supergiant, who made 161 for 7, by seven runs.

    Zaheer took two - Rahane first ball and Tripathi snaffled by Pant for 7, before Shami claimed Stokes for 33, caught by Anderson, and ran out Dhoni for 5, as well as trapping Christian in front for 3. Smith was trapped in front by Nadeem for 38, and Cummins clean bowled Tiwary for 60 afte Stokes and Unadkat had claimed two apiece: the former sending back Nair for 64, caught by Unadkat, and running out Samson for 2, as well as clean bowling Cummins for 11. The latter had Iyer caught by Dhoni and Shami by Stokes for single figures, before Pant holed out to Christian off Zampa for 38 and Sundar had Anderson stumped for 3, after Christian had Samuels caught behind for 27.

    Rising Pune Supergiant needed 91 off 60 balls with seven wickets in hand. They brought that down to 52 off the last five overs, and then, were just shut down by Zaheer. DD started awfully, at 11-2, but they recovered well through a combination of Nair and good seam bowling at the death, nailing the yorkers. Before this match, Karun Nair had managed only 336 runs in 22 innings across formats since his triple-hundred vs England.

    Nair finally hit form and repaid the faith with 64 off 45 balls, which underpinned Daredevils' 168 for 8. His teammates made 94 off 75. His SR was 160 and 120 vs seam and spin respectively. His 66 is his best score this term - eclipsing the 36 vs Sunrisers. Only 29% of the balls Nair faced today were dots. Before today, 50% of the balls he had faced this season had been dots. Nair ran 19 ones and three twos.
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    Tomorrow, Gujarat vs Sunrisers in a battle of 7th vs 4th, with the away side boasting a nine-wicket win from the reverse fixture.

    A Sunrisers win against Lions will put them in the playoffs. Even if they lose, they could sneak in provided Rising Pune Supergiant beat Kings XI Punjab on Sunday. However, if Sunrisers lose and Kings XI defeat Pune, they will drop out of the top four. Nehra and Yuvraj could both be missing, and Dhawan has been dismissed four times by James Faulkner while managing only 23 runs off 24 balls in the IPL. So, perhaps, there is a case for Lions to hand the new ball to Faulkner.

    Kaul has been Sunrisers' most effective bowler in their last five matches, picking up 13 wickets at an economy rate of 7.65. Their lower order (No. 5 or lower) is largely untested. The lower-order batsmen have faced only an average of 17 balls per innings and have contributed only 14.7% of the team's total runs - the lowest by any team this season. B Kumar has dismissed Dwayne Smith three times in the IPL while conceding 38 off 39 balls.

    Thampi and Tye have taken 23 wickets between them; all their 16 other bowlers have bagged 31 among them. But Lions' spin contingent has put in the worst performance of any side, returning nine wickets at an average of 86.33 and economy rate of 8.98.

    Also tomorrow is KKR vs MI in an absolute mouthwatering fixture. It's 2nd vs 1st, with Mumbai winning the first match off the penultimate ball. Woakes and Buttler, owing to England duty, won't be available for the playoffs. This will be their final game, with Coulter-Nile and Shakib out of contention, and S Yadav having a niggle.

    Both teams have play-off qualification all but secured. Both are now eyeing a top two finish. If MI win, it will mean they finish the round-robin stage at No. 1. Given their superior net run rate, even a loss here is highly likely to have them finish in a coveted top-two spot. Despite KKR's loss against Kings XI, sticking with the Lynn-Narine combo at the top would be welcome, given how ruthless they have been in the Powerplay overs. But fans are calling for Uthappa at No. 3 - instead of Gambhir - because he enjoys the Powerplay overs and scores at a strike-rate (135.90) higher than his captain (123.50). Then Gambhir, who plays spin so well, can negate the strength of Mumbai's spinners, Harbhajan and Karn Sharma, in the middle overs. KKR's run rate of 9.87 in the Powerplay so far this season is the highest ever by any IPL side in a season. Gambhir has scored 22 runs in 34 balls (strike rate 64.70) when he has not opened the batting this season. He hasn't hit a boundary, and has a sub-100 strike rate in both his innings. In the first 11 games of the season - where he opened - he had a strike rate of below 100 just once.

    Ominously for KKR, Rohit has scored 335 runs in five innings at the venue, with an average of 167.50 and a strike rate of 155.09. His scores at Eden Gardens for Mumbai have been 10, 109*, 34, 98* and 84*. In the Powerplay, McCleneghan has taken nine wickets at an economy rate of 7.61, the joint-highest wicket-taker in the Powerplay this season. In the middle overs (overs 7-15), he has an economy rate of 12.44 and an average of 112, the worst economy rate for any bowler who has bowled at least five overs. He has been Mumbai's best end-overs bowlers, taking seven wickets with an economy rate of 8.43.

    Pandey has struggled against Harbhajan Singh and Lasith Malinga in the IPL. In 103 balls against both bowlers, he has scored 100 runs and has been dismissed eight times. And to target Rohit, KKR could deploy Narine, who has conceded just 77 runs in 71 balls against him. He has also dismissed Rohit once in three innings at Eden Gardens, and had him lbw in the reverse fixture.
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    Nair an Pant's 74-run stand for the third wicket was decisive in DD's win. They won the toss and opted to bat first, even though only once in four seasons has that led to a victory at the venue. This seems a mistake when they lost Samson via a run-out in the first over and Shreyas Iyer caught behind in the third. The score was 11 for 2. But Nair hit nine boundaries in 18 balls as the side rebuilt, with Pant's departure for a 22-ball 36 put the brakes on Delhi and Nail fell in the 18th over for 64 off 45 balls. The Nair-Pant combino had scored at 11.10 runs an over and helped Delhi post a respectable 168. Pune managed just 161 in reply.

    Tiwary has taken "complete blame" for not finishing the game for Pune, making qualification now impossible. They needed 43 runs from 24 balls with Tiwary and Dhoni in a fifth-wicket stand but Dhoni was run out for 5 and the visitors were unable to strike a single boundary for 22 balls until the last over started. Tiwary finished on 60 off 45 balls and said Dhoni "was not aware where the ball went" which led to his run-out in the 18th over. Dhoni has struggled to get going this season and has managed only 240 runs from 13 innings so far, at a strike rate of 113.74, his worst in the 10 IPL seasons. His average of 24 so far is also his lowest in an IPL season.

    So, what do the IPL sides need to do? KXIP have beat MI and KKR and Pune lost to DD, meaning five teams have a shot at the top four.
    MI are all but assured of a top-two finish, KKR are certain to make the playoffs, even if they lose to MI and KXIP beat Rising Pune. If that happens, and if Sunrisers finish on 17 by beating Gujarat Lions, then the team that will be eliminated will be Pune, because of their poor net run rate (NRR). Sunrisers will likely end up in the top four, too, and Pune's defeat to Daredevils means they could still miss out on a playoff spot if they lose their last game, and if Sunrisers win theirs. Since their NRR (-0.083) is so poor, they are the team who will be knocked out if five teams finish on 16 or more points. KXIP could even finish in the top two, but that is an extremely long shot: for that to happen, Sunrisers will have to lose, and both Mumbai and Kings XI will have to win pretty convincingly.
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    Sunrisers Hyderabad post 158 for 2 to beat Gujarat Lions, who made 154 all out.

    Warner finished 69 not out, off 52, after Kumar had prised the scalps of Dhawan and Henriques for 18 and 4 respectively, via Faulkner and Karthik catches. Shankar ended 63 not out, off 44. Siraj, earlier, had claimed 4-32: Sangwan bowled for a golden duck, Faulkner for 8, and Ishan and Raina caught by Ohja and Dhawan for 61 and 2. Rashid claimed 3-34: trapping D Smith in front for 54, Karthik caught by Hooda for 0, and Finch clean bowled for 2. Kaul bowled Soni first ball, and B Kumar claimed P Kumar and M Patel for 1 and a golden duck respectively.

    Gujarat managed a collapse even RCB would be proud of: from 111 for 0 to 154 all out. Six Lions batsmen were bowled - second-most in an IPL innings - which spoke both of the bowlers' accuracy and reckless batting. Gujarat would have fancied their chances with Sunrisers 25-3, but Sunrisers aced the chase. Sunrisers were expensive at the start of the innings, with Siraj - conceding 22 in his first 12 balls - the cheapest.But his 4-32 were his best ever IPL figures, with three of his four wickets coming via batsmen playing across the line. His second over - when he dismissed Ishan and Raina - triggered a 4-3 collapse for GL. This was only the second time that Mohammed Siraj has taken a four-wicket haul in T20s and he became the fourth Sunrisers bowlers to reach ten wickets this season.
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    Mumbai just scored 173-5 at Eden gardens with essentially a B team. Saurabh Tiwary and Ambati Rayudu both scored half centuries with Rayudu scoring 63 off 36. Should be interesting to see how KKR respond but advantage KKR so far unless mumbais bowling lineup can deliver.
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    DD vs RCB tomorrow in what is essentially a nothing match: 6th vs 8th. The reverse fixture was one of RCB's two wins this campaign, but ABDV has now left an already depleted squad to join up with SA ahead of the CT. Shane Watson, having his poorest IPL ever, may not even make the XI. DD will likely stick with Nadeem, whose tight bowling - he took 1 for 21 - vs Pune on Friday, impressed.

    RCB are the only team this season to score at a run rate of less than 8.00. Their average partnership of 18.50 runs per wicket is also the poorest among all teams. The second-worst batting average, 23.77, belongs to DD, so it may not be a classic. The two sides have been the two least successful teams in the Powerplay this season, having scored at a run rate of 6.90 and 8.23 respectively at the expense of 25 and 24 wickets in that phase. RCBs have also been the slowest in the slog overs - they have scored at a run rate of 8.44 and lost 33 wickets, the joint-most by any team. DD's inconsistency this season reflects in their being the only team to score more than 195 runs three times while being bowled out under 70 on two occasions.

    DD have been particularly poor - with both bat and ball - between overs six and 15. They have lost 37 wickets, the second-most by any team, and have played out the most number of dot balls - 268 out of 694 deliveries - in the middle overs. During that period, their bowlers have taken only 24 wickets - only one more than bottom-placed Gujarat. Only seven half-centuries have been scored by the top four batsmen in either side, at an average of less than 25 - the lowest among all teams. No other team's top four averages less than 29. RCB's batsmen have been dismissed 53 times for single-digit scores - 15 more than Daredevils. In comparison, Sunrisers have had the least number of such dismissals: only 19 single-digit scores in 2017.
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    MI score 173 for 5 to beat KKR, who made 164 for 8, by nine runs. Tiwary made 52 before he was run out, Boult claimed 2-30: Simmons caught by Narine for a five-ball duck, and Pollard snaffled by Pathan for 13, while Kuldeep had Rayudu stumped for 63, and Rajpoot trapped Rohit in front for 27. In reply, Vinay Kumar bagged Pathan, caught by Hardik, for 20, and Lynn caught by the sub for 20, while Southee had Narine caught by Hardik for a five-ball duck and Kuldeep by Rayudu for 16. Hardik also bagged a brace, bowling de Grandhomme for 29 and having Pandey caught by the sub for 33. Johnson had Gambhir caught by K Sharma for 21, and the Sharmas combined to remove Uthappa for 2.

    MI top the table with 20 points. Defeat means Knight Riders, with 16 points, will not finish in the top two. Sunrisers, who had beaten Gujarat Lions in Saturday's afternoon game, end the league stage on 17. The win for MI shows their strength in depth - they made six changes - and they were in control, thanks to half-centuries from Tiwary and Rayudu. KKR will rue the fact they lost given five batsman reached 20+ runs. It was Knight Riders' first home defeat while chasing since 2013. Simmons came in with a woeful T20 record vs seam - 503 runs off 492 balls, 20 dismissals - and he duly fell to a left-arm quick. But Rohit's 27 off 20 left Mumbai at a healthy 69 for 2 in 8.2 overs.

    KKR did well to strangle Tiwary and Rayudu at first, they added 61 in 7.4 overs. The latter began fairly sedately, hitting only one boundary in his first 20 runs, but upped the pace and his 63 off 37 ensured the win. KKR lost wickets far too regularly. Lynn, Gambhir and Pathan fell in the 20s and when Yusuf holed out against Vinay, KKR needed 87 from 66 balls. Pandey and de Grandhomme gave Knight Riders the partnership they needed, putting on 41 in 31 balls, and when they fell, Knight Riders needed 46 from 35, and eventually 25 off 18, but they had lost their recognised batsmen by then.

    Rayudu was 26 off 23 at one stage but then struck 37 off the next 14 balls he faced, taking the side to a total they considered match-winning. His SR at Eden Gardens is 151, higher than his overall score of 122. 23 of the 37 balls he faced were outside of the line and went for 43 runs and his SR vs Boult, Kuldeep and Umesh was 275, 214 and 200. Tiwary and Rayudu had added 388 runs as a pair in their debut season for MI in 2010, most by any pair for MI that season. Seven of Rayudu's 14 half-centuries have come away from home.

    Tomorrow, Pune vs KXIP in 4th vs 5th. Earlier this season, the away side won the reverse fixture, but are without Eoin Morgan, Hashim Amla and David Miller while Pune are without Faf du Plessis and Imran Tahir, all of whom are away on international duty. It's straightforward winner-takes-all situation. If Pune win, they go second. If Kings XI Punjab win, they slot in at No. 4. Whichever team loses is out of the tournament. A no-result will carry Pune through - at No. 3 - and knock Kings XI out.

    Smith, Pune's highest scorer so far, has an unimpressive record against Mohit Sharma - 27 runs off 31 balls and two dismissals - in the IPL. Mohit will probably bowl first- or second-change as a result. Stokes is the only player with over 250 runs and more than 10 wickets in the 2017 IPL. Overall, he is the 10th player to do the double in the league phase of an IPL season. Dhoni, who is having his worst IPL as far as strike rate and average go, has an imposing record against Axar Patel - 63 runs off 37 balls at a strike rate of 170.27 and no dismissals. KXIP have scored over 50 runs in the last five overs of each of their last four games. They had done so only three times in their first eight matches this IPL, and have improved considerably: in their first nine matches, they scored at 9.23 per over and lost 21 wickets in the last five overs. In their last four matches, they have scored at 11.45 per over and lost only eight wickets.
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    Pune rout KXIP to take second place, racking up 78-1 to beat Punjab, who made 71 all out.

    Thakur claimed 3-19: S Marsh caught by Smith for 10, Tewatia by Unadkat for 4, and Maxwell by Rahane for a duck. Unadkat claimed two for 12, removing Guptill first ball via a Tiwary catch, and Swapnil by Dhoni for 10. He also ran out Morgan for 4. Zampa had the Sharmas caught by Christian and Smith for single figures, and Christian had Saha and Patel caught by Dhoni for 13 and 22. In reply, Tripathi was bowled by Patel, but Rahane and Smith ended 34 and 15 unbeaten respectively to seal the win.

    Pune book a spot in the first qualifier against Mumbai Indians on Tuesday. Kolkata Knight Riders will take on defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator in Bengaluru on Wednesday. The pitch was moist and Pune utilised it magnificently: Kings XI were 32 for 5 in the Powerplay. They were then all out for their lowest total in the IPL - 73. Unadkat finished with 2 for 12, only four wickets behind B Kumar, the most successful bowler in IPL 2017, having played three fewer matches. Unadkat's strike-rate of 10.8 is the second-highest among anyone that has taken 10 wickets in the tournament. Prior to today, Rahane averaged 19.07, his lowest in a season since 2008, when he played only two matches. Pune will want as many of their players in form to fill the hole that will be left by Stokes - 316 runs, 12 wickets in 12 matches - who now heads for the CT.

    Thakur was bought by Kings XI Punjab in 2014, and was given a solitary game over the next three seasons. Pune picked him up at the auction and he has proven influential: he was vital in defending the lowest total ever at the Chinnaswamy vs Royal Challengers Bangalore. Today, his returns of 3 for 19 was his best in T20 cricket. This was the second time he had taken three wickets in 28 T20 matches. His 3 for 14 is the third-best performance in the Powerplay this season and he bowled 16 dots in his four-over spell.

    Sehwag, Kings XI Punjab's director of cricket operations, has slammed the performance of his overseas stars. Today, Guptill, Morgan, S Marsh and Maxwell all fell cheaply. This season, Maxwell scored 310 runs in 13 innings with an average of 31.00 and a top score of 47. He didn't fire in eight or nine games. That is a big disappointment, especially since he's experienced, having played for Australia's Test and ODI teams. He didn't take the responsibility as a captain. Amla, who hit two hundreds in the tournament, will be fuming neither of them resulted in wins.
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    Pune rout KXIP to take second place, racking up 78-1 to beat Punjab, who made 71 all out.

    Thakur claimed 3-19: S Marsh caught by Smith for 10, Tewatia by Unadkat for 4, and Maxwell by Rahane for a duck. Unadkat claimed two for 12, removing Guptill first ball via a Tiwary catch, and Swapnil by Dhoni for 10. He also ran out Morgan for 4. Zampa had the Sharmas caught by Christian and Smith for single figures, and Christian had Saha and Patel caught by Dhoni for 13 and 22. In reply, Tripathi was bowled by Patel, but Rahane and Smith ended 34 and 15 unbeaten respectively to seal the win.

    Pune book a spot in the first qualifier against Mumbai Indians on Tuesday. Kolkata Knight Riders will take on defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator in Bengaluru on Wednesday. The pitch was moist and Pune utilised it magnificently: Kings XI were 32 for 5 in the Powerplay. They were then all out for their lowest total in the IPL - 73. Unadkat finished with 2 for 12, only four wickets behind B Kumar, the most successful bowler in IPL 2017, having played three fewer matches. Unadkat's strike-rate of 10.8 is the second-highest among anyone that has taken 10 wickets in the tournament. Prior to today, Rahane averaged 19.07, his lowest in a season since 2008, when he played only two matches. Pune will want as many of their players in form to fill the hole that will be left by Stokes - 316 runs, 12 wickets in 12 matches - who now heads for the CT.

    Thakur was bought by Kings XI Punjab in 2014, and was given a solitary game over the next three seasons. Pune picked him up at the auction and he has proven influential: he was vital in defending the lowest total ever at the Chinnaswamy vs Royal Challengers Bangalore. Today, his returns of 3 for 19 was his best in T20 cricket. This was the second time he had taken three wickets in 28 T20 matches. His 3 for 14 is the third-best performance in the Powerplay this season and he bowled 16 dots in his four-over spell.

    Sehwag, Kings XI Punjab's director of cricket operations, has slammed the performance of his overseas stars. Today, Guptill, Morgan, S Marsh and Maxwell all fell cheaply. This season, Maxwell scored 310 runs in 13 innings with an average of 31.00 and a top score of 47. He didn't fire in eight or nine games. That is a big disappointment, especially since he's experienced, having played for Australia's Test and ODI teams. He didn't take the responsibility as a captain. Amla, who hit two hundreds in the tournament, will be fuming neither of them resulted in wins.
    Will all the english players be gone by the playoffs?
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    Will all the english players be gone by the playoffs?
    Yep.

    Royal Challengers Bangalore posted 161 for 6 to beat Delhi Daredevils, who were bundled out for 151. Cummins claimed two - bowling Vishnu and having Baby caught by Anderson for 3 and 12 respectively - while Gayle was caught by Khan off Nadeem for 48, and Kohli by Nadeem off Khan for 58. Head and Jadhav were ran out, for 2 and 12 respectively, before Patel claimed 3-43 (bowling Pant and Samuels for 45 and 0, and having Iyer caught by Watson for 32). Negi claimed 3-10 (Mishra bowled, Shami stumped and Nadeem caught by Jadhav), while Head bagged a brace (Cummins caught by Kohli and Anderson by Vishnu). Kohli caught Samson off Avesh for a two-ball duck, and Jadhav snared Nair off Watson for 26.

    DD ended their season as they began it: let down by their batsmen after the bowlers kept RCB down to a chaseable target. In their first fixture, Daredevils failed to chase down 157; here they came short going after 161. Despite the win for RCB, Kohli and Gayle fell for middling strike rates of 128.88 and 126.31. But DD did themselves no favours whatsoever - so many soft dismissals.

    Leading up to their final match of IPL 2017, RCB had totaled 1684 runs from 12 outings with the bat. It was just 24 more than what Kohli and ABDV alone had managed in 2016. This year, Kohli had 250 runs after nine matches, and only in three seasons had the average - 27.77 - been lower. On the rare occasion he did fire, the rest of the team let him down - he had three half-centuries before Sunday and Royal Challengers lost two of the matches. With Gayle today, Kohli added 66 for the second wicket in 50 balls. He finishes the campaign with 308 runs, meaning he has achieved 300+ every season since 2011. Kohli has crunched 149 runs off the 93 balls he has faced from Amit Mishra in the IPL. It is the second-highest for a batsman against a single bowler in IPL history, behind Suresh Raina-Piyush Chawla. On Sunday, he slapped Mishra for 19 off 9 balls. He struck at 211.11 against the legspinner while not managing a strike rate of even 150 against the rest of Daredevils' attack.
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    Tomorrow, Pune vs MI. Here we go. It all comes down to this. Pune have done the double against Mumbai this season, winning by seven wickets at home thanks to breezy fifties from Rahane and S Smith, and by three runs at the Wankhede, where Stokes was instrumental.
    MI have the experience - Rohit, Harbhajan, Pollard, Rayudu, Malinga. All five have won two IPL titles each. Pune are the novices. They have never been in the play-offs. Barring MS Dhoni, who has been involved in 17 playoff and knockout games for Chennai, their most experienced post-season player is Bhatia, who has played all of four such games, for DD and KKR respectively.

    Pune will be without Stokes and Tahir, arguably their two most important players this season. Zampa can come in for the latter - he's more or less an out-and-out replacement - but who slots in fro Stokes? Khawaja is one option, but his record against spin is 36 off 31 balls, while being dismissed three times. In those 31 balls, moreover, he has only hit one four and two sixes. Khawaja has done a lot better against pace - 91 off 69 balls with one dismissal, while hitting 13 fours and a six. Pune are the form side, they have won eight of their last 10 games, but Mumbai have no selection issues bar Buttler's departure.

    For Pune, Dhoni has not batted at No. 4 for a while, but I'd be deploying him there. He has batted at No. 4 four times this season, and scored 119 runs at an average of 39.66 and a strike rate of 146.91. He has done far worse at Nos. 5 and 6, however, scoring 121 runs in nine innings at an average of 17.28 and a strike rate of 93.07. He has excellent numbers in IPL playoffs and knockout matches, scoring 397 runs in 14 innings at an average of 44.11 and a strike rate of 139.78 - both are improvements on his overall IPL figures. He has done particularly well against Mumbai in playoffs and knockout games, scoring 154 runs in five innings at 51.33, with two half-centuries, and a strike rate of 163.82.

    Mumbai rested Rana vs KKR. Since scoring successive half-centuries against Gujarat Lions and Kings XI Punjab, Rana has only made 78 runs in six innings at an average of 13.00. Rohit does not have a great record in IPL playoffs and knockout matches. In 12 innings for Deccan Chargers and Mumbai, he has scored 159 runs at 14.45 and a strike rate of 101.27, with only one half-century He has scored quickest against Christian, though, taking 64 runs off him in just 28 balls at 13.71 per over, with four fours and six sixes, the most sixes he has hit off any bowler. He has also hit six sixes off Bhatia.

    In the two league meetings between these two sides this season, Rahane scored 21 off nine balls against McClenaghan, without being dismissed. He has achieved a strike rate of 156.67 against left-arm pace this season, while only managing 110.85 against all other bowlers. Tripathi, on the other hand, has scored at 125.64 against left-arm pace while rattling along at 155.50 against all other kinds of bowlers.

    Eight Mumbai batsmen have scored fifties this season, the most for any team. They have managed the biggest difference between batting run rate and bowling economy rate (0.60) of all teams this season, with Sunrisers Hyderabad (0.50) in second. Mumbai have a table-topping run rate of 10.45 in the last five overs - against arguably the best death-bowling team. Pune's economy rate in the last five overs (9.41) across the tournament is not as good as that of Sunrisers and Mumbai, but they have been the best death-bowling side, by far, since they began their run of eight wins in ten matches.

    MI have made it past the league stages in seven out of 10 seasons now and have won both their previous playoffs at this venue. But this season's form favours Pune. Pune's formula while winning on both occasions was to dent Mumbai's strength - their middle order. No Mumbai batsman, apart from the opener Jos Buttler, passed 35 vs Pune earlier this term. They posted 184 and, the second time, Rising Pune were defending only 160 but they didn't let any batsman, barring Rohit, score freely and over 35. Tahir has 13 wickets in 33 overs in the middle overs with an economy rate of just over seven; the next Rising Pune bowler on that list is Dan Christian with seven wickets, which shows they have been perhaps over-reliant on Tahir. Stokes bagged nine of his 12 wickets in those games at an economy rate of 6.72. Pune will miss that pair massively, but they beat KXIP without Tahir and without much contribution from Stokes. Stokes bowled three wicketless overs. Unadkat and Thakur did the bulk of the work with the new ball to dismantle Kings XI for 73.
 
 
 
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