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Welcome everyone to the 2018 IPL thread. After the success of the 207 and 2016 IPL threads, I thought Id start this thread again.

So big changes are aplenty with teams having to sell most of their squads during the off season and the return of Chennai Superkings + Rajastan Royals (after their 2 year ban for Match-fixing) and the exit of Pune Supergiants + Gujarat Lions. With the ball tampering mess which involving australia, the Captain for Rajastan and Hyderabad are no longer there.

All matches will be broadcast on Sky Sports (as well as the opening ceremony) from tomorrow and the first match is between the reigning Champions, Mumbai Indians and their arch rivals (or as me and my relative calls them...those tamil B******s) the Chennai Superkings.

So everyone, feel free to post on this thread and remember, no discrimination.

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I would post a lot more but am working till late the afternoon so unable to. Mackay, if your free, you want to add a post with the team rosters? (also make it colour-coded like how I have done other threads)

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Yeeeees!
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First Match Results:
Chennai Superkings win on return by 1 run and 1 ball.

Mumbai had a poor start (7-1 after 2 overs, lost sharma cheap...as usual when batting first) but the middle order of Suryakumar Yadav (43 off 29), Ishan Kishan (40 off 29), Krunal Pandya (41 off 22 not out) and Hardik Pandya (22 off 20 not out) ensured Mumbai got to 165-4 after 20 overs. Shane watson got 2-29 with Deepak Chahar getting 1-14 (off 3 overs) and Imran Tahir the other wicket (1-23 off 2 overs).

In response Mumbai demolished Chennai with rookie bowler Mayank Markande getting 3-23 in his 4 overs and Hardik Pandya getting 3-24. Sadly a botched catch by McClenighan started a horrid final 3 overs where the score went from 47 off 17 to 7 off 7 courtesy of Dwayne Bravo, who got out for 68 off 30 deliveries. In the end Jadhav ended the match with a 6 and Mumbai's most established bowlers were very expensive (Bumrah 1-37; The Fizz 1-39, McClenighan 1-44).

Next match for mumbai I expect Pat Cummins to replace McCenighan and Evin Lewis to be replace as well.
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Today's match is mumbai indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in Hyderabad.

So far the reigning champions have lost their opening match and hyderabad have won their. Additionally both sides are missing key players (Hardik Pandya for mumbai, Bhuvuneshwar Kumar for Hyderabad).

In the first innings, Mumbai scored quite low getting 147-8 (low for Hyderabad) with Lewis scoring 29 and both Pollard and S. Yadav scoring 28. Of the bowlers, Rashid Khan (the no.1 20 bowler in the world atm) took 1-13, with Kaul taking 2-29, Stanlake 2-42, Sandeep Sharma 2-25 and Shakib 1-14.

In retaliation (after 16 overs), Hyderabad are 124/5, with Mumbai's rookie Bowler Markande taking 4-23 in his 4 overs. In terms of Batting, Dhawan scored 45 off 28 and so far no other Hyderabad batsman has scored above 20 sans Saha (22 off 20)
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So many Englishmen. Love it.
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So many Englishmen. Love it.
match decided on the final ball and went in Hyderabad's favour. The Fizz hasnt been the same since his injury last year and as expected Mumbai's batting line up isnt great. Shame Hardik is injured else the match potentially could have been interesting.
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Sunrisers have the best team on paper but should play Hales over Williamson imo
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Sunrisers have the best team on paper but should play Hales over Williamson imo
williamson is the captain and in honesty who else could be his replacement in that role? But agreed, hales should be opening (if not top 3) for Hyderabad.
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williamson is the captain and in honesty who else could be his replacement in that role? But agreed, hales should be opening (if not top 3) for Hyderabad.
Dwarwan, Shakib? Williamson is not the right man to play T20
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This chat is going to be awesome
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Dwarwan, Shakib? Williamson is not the right man to play T20
forgot about Shakib tbh :lol:

Dhawan is a hothead and imo wouldnt be good as captain as it would interfere with his playing abilities
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Royal Challengers' biggest question is about which overseas players to slot into their middle order. While there is little doubt that Quinton de Kock will open, they will decide between Brendon McCullum and Moeen Ali, possibly for the other opener's position at the expense of one of the overseas quicks - Chris Woakes and Tim Southee.
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Royal Challengers' biggest question is about which overseas players to slot into their middle order. While there is little doubt that Quinton de Kock will open, they will decide between Brendon McCullum and Moeen Ali, possibly for the other opener's position at the expense of one of the overseas quicks - Chris Woakes and Tim Southee.
I hope they go with the same top 4 as the last game. De kock, Mcculum, Kohli , Abd = fire
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Royal Challengers' biggest question is about which overseas players to slot into their middle order. While there is little doubt that Quinton de Kock will open, they will decide between Brendon McCullum and Moeen Ali, possibly for the other opener's position at the expense of one of the overseas quicks - Chris Woakes and Tim Southee.
Id keep AB and De Kock for sure. the other 2...no idea :lol: as they are in Banglore, ideally they should aim for more hitting power as it has tiny boundaries
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CSK!!!!!!!!!!
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Id keep AB and De Kock for sure. the other 2...no idea :lol: as they are in Banglore, ideally they should aim for more hitting power as it has tiny boundaries
ABD and Mcullum have to play. They are so exciting. I'd drop De Kock and give Mcullum the gloves
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CSK!!!!!!!!!!
Sunrisers ftw
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ABD and Mcullum have to play. They are so exciting. I'd drop De Kock and give Mcullum the gloves
what about AB for wicket keeping? he was RCBs main wicket keeper for ages. But depends on nets. Also if parthiv is playing they may feel the need to make him wicket (although likely a slip)
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By the time Woakes and Moeen pose availability problems - in May - Royal Challengers will have a pretty good picture of their desired batting combination. Colin de Grandhomme and Corey Anderson, who replaced Coulter-Nile, will compete for the finisher's role at No. 6.
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KXIP Won
Gayle was awesome today
And thank you to RCB and CSK for not retaining KL Rahul and Ashwin
For real CSK tho you retain or RTM Jadeja and not Ashwin Loooooool CSK what a mistake
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