Star bags IPL media rights

From INR 8,200 Crores (in 2008) to INR 16,347.50 Crores (in 2017) – IPL Media Rights © Cricbuzz Star has pipped Sony Pictures Network to acquire the IPL media rights, including both TV and digital rights for a period of five years (2018-2022), with a whopping global bid of INR 16,347.50 crores (USD 2.55 billion).…

IPL Media Rights: BCCI gears up for skyrocketing bids

In a week that saw the Supreme Court of India come up with some landmark judgements, a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud also heard Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy’s petition on e-auction for Indian Premier League (IPL) rights and concluded that the BCCI’s existing process needs to…

VIVO retains IPL title sponsorship for next five years

Chinese mobile manufacturers VIVO have retained the title sponsorship rights of the Indian Premier League for the next five years [2018-2022]. VIVO bid for INR 2199 Crores, a 554% increase from their previous contract to stave off competition from other suitors. “We are delighted to have Vivo joining us once again as the title sponsor…

IPL 2017: MI clinch record third IPL title after one-run heist

Wow! At the halfway stage, it looked as good as over. Midway through Rising Pune Supergiant’s chase, the writing was on the wall. But in the final quarter of the 2017 Indian Premier League final, Mumbai Indians came storming back into the contest with one of the most thrilling comebacks in IPL history to end…

IPL 2017: Karn, Bumrah seal final spot for MI

Kolkata Knight Riders fell to their bogey team, Mumbai Indians, yet again and this time they fell apart rather spectacularly in a loss that cost them dear. Mumbai Indians booked a place in the final of IPL for the fourth time in ten editions, thanks to a brilliant bowling display by Jasprit Bumrah and Karn…

IPL 2017: KKR overcome rain, nerves to eliminate SRH

Gambhir’s unbeaten 32 ensured that KKR overcame the early rattles and progressed to a rightful win. © BCCI In what was a dramatic, rain-affected Eliminator, Kolkata Knight Riders nearly shot themselves in the foot before Gautam Gambhir prevented the panic attack from spreading through and took his team to victory. The win ensured that KKR…

Boom or bust for Sunrisers and KKR

Head-to-head This season: Sunrisers and KKR split their games in the group stages. KKR defended 172 at Eden Gardens in the first meeting. David Warner’s response was a sensational 59-ball 126 in Hyderabad. Overall: Sunrisers have won just four of 11 games against KKR. They won the Eliminator last season at the Feroz Shah Kotla,…

IPL 2017: Dhoni, Sundar seal maiden final berth for RPS

If ever the best team of this season, Mumbai Indians, had a few concerns against any side, it was the Rising Pune Supergiant, who had beaten them twice in the league stage. RPS, though, were jolted early but recovered in time to post a challenging total of 162 in 20 overs. Mumbai, in contrast, started…

Pune rout Kings XI for 73 to book second place

Rising Pune Supergiant stormed into the playoffs, earning at least two more matches, and the opportunity for an IPL title before signing out of franchise cricket. They demolished Kings XI Punjab in a knockout match at home to book a spot in the first qualifier against Mumbai Indians on Tuesday. Kolkata Knight Riders will take…

Indian Premier League: Three held over betting

Police have arrested three people suspected of illegal betting in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The men were arrested on Thursday at a hotel where two IPL teams were staying after a match in the northern city of Kanpur Police told the BBC that the men had contact with low-level staff at Green Park stadium…

IPL 2017: Shreyas Iyer brilliance helps DD hunt down 196

Set a target of 196 by Gujarat Lions, Delhi Daredevils’ chase didn’t play out nearly as well as the one at the Feroz Shah Kotla few days ago, but the end result was the same. This time, it was Shreyas Iyer, who hit a fine 96 to guide the visitors to a thrilling two-wicket win…

IPL 2017: KXIP overcome Lynn onslaught to seal crucial win

Kings XI Punjab defended a modest 167 against second-placed Kolkata Knight Riders at the PCA Stadium in Mohali, to keep their playoffs hope alive. Asked to bat first, it took a quickfire 44 from skipper Glenn Maxwell’s bat to help KXIP to a fighting score in their final home game. With Chris Lynn anchoring the…