Ryan Harris appointed KXIP’s bowling coach

The churning continues at Mohali-based Indian Premier League franchise, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), with former Australia pacer Ryan Harris taking over as the new bowling coach, replacing Venkatesh Prasad, who assumed duties during the 2018 edition of the cash-rich tournament. KXIP, who finished a disappointing seventh during the 2018 edition of the tournament, reacted to the performance by making…

IPL 2019: Current status of each franchise

But this time they are allowed to retain as many as they can. As expected each franchise has retained their core players for the next edition even though there are some surprise exclusions too. After finalizing the lists of players, each franchise has a limited amount of money in their account for the next auction…

Sunrisers Hyderabad trade Dhawan to Delhi Daredevils

Former Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Shikhar Dhawan has been traded to Delhi Daredevils in exchange for three players – Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem and Abhishek Sharma. The move is a homecoming for the left-hander who is not only a Delhiite, but also turned up for the Delhi franchise in the inaugural IPL season in 2008. He had been…

Nehra confirmed as RCB coach alongside Gary Kirsten

Ashish Nehra, hitherto a bowling coach with Royal Challengers Bangalore, has been confirmed as a coach for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League. He will work alongside Gary Kirsten and operate as a part of the “coaching leadership team” for the franchise. The former India pacer, who had joined the coaching setup last season, will…

KKR to face Sunrisers for spot in the final

KKR 169 for 7 (Karthik 52, Russell 49*, Gowtham 2-15) beat Rajasthan Royals 144 for 4 (Samson 50, Rahane 46, Chawla 2-24) by 25 runs Rajasthan Royals got the best of the conditions but made a complete mess of a chase that seemed to be under control. Chasing 170, they seemed to be cruising at…

Qualification scenarios – Six games, five teams, two spots

There are only six league games left in the season, but five teams are still in contention for the last two playoff spots. ESPNcricinfo looks at how the qualification scenarios will be affected by the result of Thursday’s game between Royal Challengers Bangalore (10 points, 0.218 net run-rate) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (18 points, 0.400 NRR).…

New captain Iyer’s 93* off 40 blows KKR away

Delhi Daredevils 219 for 4 (Iyer 93, Shaw 62, Munro 33) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 164 for 9 (Russell 44, Gill 37) by 55 runs Thrusting a young player to a leadership position often goes one of two ways. Burdened by captaincy, a player’s performance in their main role – batting, bowling or keeping –…

Iyer replaces Gambhir as Daredevils captain

Gautam Gambhir has stepped down as captain of Delhi Daredevils after the team suffered another woeful start to the IPL. According to his recommendation, the 23-year old batsman Shreyas Iyer has been appointed as his successor. “I take full responsibility for where we are at the points table,” Gambhir said. “I thought I hadn’t done…

MI, SRH look to fix issues, revive fortunes

With just a third of IPL 2018 completed, Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad already find themselves facing each other for a second time in less than two weeks. The last time the two teams met, it had resulted in a compelling last-ball finish with Billy Stanlake taking Sunrisers past the finish line. On Tuesday (April…