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…

How do the eight IPL teams stack up?

Chennai Super Kings Total players: 25 Number of overseas players: 8 Openers: Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, M Vijay Middle-order batsmen: Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Sam Billings, Dhruv Shorey Wicketkeepers: MS Dhoni, J Narayan Allrounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Monu Kumar Singh, Kshitiz Sharma Wristspinners: Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir Fingerspinners: Harbhajan…

Late Kings XI bid keeps Gayle in the IPL

Making it in the nick of time Twice Chris Gayle’s name came up at the IPL auction, and twice he failed to get a bid. Just when it seemed like the highest-profile overseas player of the league over its first decade would not be part of the 2018 edition, Kings XI Punjab picked him up, triggering…

Dhoni, Raina and Jadeja return to CSK; Gayle left out by RCB

MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja will return to Chennai Super Kings as the IPL franchises announced their list of retentions on Thursday (January 4) in Mumbai. As CSK opted to retain three players, their auction purse of INR 80 Crore was deducted by 33 Crore (15 Crore for the first player, 11 Crore for the…

Ponting named head coach of Delhi Daredevils

Ricky Ponting, the former Australian captain, has been named as the new head coach of Delhi Daredevils for the upcoming IPL 2018 season, the franchise confirmed on Thursday (January 4). The legendary cricketer, who amassed more than 13000 runs in both Tests and ODIs, will take over the mantle of coaching the side from Paddy…