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Super Kings v Sunrisers Hyderabad

IPL 2019

Watson 96 as CSK maintain spotless home record

The under-fire opener came good, which meant David Warner and Manish Pandey's fifties went in vain for Sunrisers

BCCI

Luck Index - How Watson made the most of his reprieve

Shane Watson was dropped when he was 33 off 26 balls. Here's why that was the most significant moment of the game

Talking Points - Does Shane Watson need a break? Hell, no!

David Warner falls to a spinner for the first time in IPL 2019, but it came well after MS Dhoni & Co. would have wanted

RCB v KXIP

IPL 2019, BENGALURU

Bottom-placed Royal Challengers look to continue resurgence

Kings XI, who have a number of former RCB players in their roster, will also be looking to put their up-and-down campaign back on track

Moeen hopes to end his IPL with another decisive contribution

The match against Kings XI Punjab will be the allrounder's last of the season before he joins England's preparatory camp for the World Cup

Tait: Ashwin will want to go full throttle at Kohli

Ajit Agarkar, meanwhile, says Chris Gayle will be a big factor on his return to the M Chinnaswamy stadium

BCCI
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Royals v Capitals

IPL 2019, Jaipur

Smart Stats: Pant 286.1 trumps Rahane 183.5

Though Ajinkya Rahane scored a century, his slow start and slow finish meant Rishabh Pant's rapid fifty was more valuable

Kishore: The reinvention of Rahane and Pant

One has been dropped as captain and both have missed out on the World Cup but it seems they are already addressing their shortcomings

End-of-season developments

IPL 2019

Hyderabad to host IPL final on May 12

Chennai, the original host, has failed to sort out the issue with its stands, but will share the playoff matches with Visakhapatnam

Raj, Kaur, Mandhana to lead in Women's T20 exhibition

Three teams will contest the event this year, with Jaipur to host all four matches

RCB v CSK

IPL 2019, Bengaluru

Smart stats - Who has been the best fielding side in IPL 2019?

An in-depth look at who are the best and worst fielding teams and who are the key game changers - positively and negatively

BCCI

Ravindranath: Dhoni to the rescue but even he needs help

An early collapse and a Dhoni rescue act has become a running theme for CSK this season, one they need to turn around soon

Will never question Dhoni's decision in the back end - Fleming

The CSK coach said that Dhoni refused singles in the 19th over because he felt best equipped to hit the big shots at the death

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Delhi Capitals v Kings XI Punjab

IPL 2019, Delhi

Dasgupta and Tait celebrate Lamichhane's temperament

The Nepal legspinner was hit out of the park by Chris Gayle, but came back strongly to take three wickets

2:43

Iyer, Dhawan fifties help Delhi break the home jinx

Kings XI Punjab were kept to a middling total despite Chris Gayle's explosive half-century

Talking Points - Why Kings XI were unusually aggressive in the Powerplay

Not for the first time this season, a visiting team came to the Feroz Shah Kotla with a ground-specific batting strategy

ROYALS v MUMBAI

IPL 2019, JAIPUR

With bat and in mind, Smith is happy where things are at

'Perfect team man' Ajinkya Rahane responded positively to Royals' leadership change, says the new captain

Smart stats - Was Smith the right Man of the Match?

Legspinner Shreyas Gopal was a serious contender, with a Smart Economy Rate of 2.25

How Archer and Unadkat beat the IPL's best batting side in the death

Mumbai Indians have been rampant in overs 16 to 20 thanks to Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard but in Jaipur they were both outdone

KKR v RCB

IPL 2019, Kolkata

'Have to be flexible as a team' - Russell moots promotion to No. 4

The big-hitting batsman said KKR could gain strategically by sending him up the order and forcing opposition captains to use their best bowlers earlier

Kohli hundred gives RCB victory despite Rana, Russell scare

Andre Russell and Nitish Rana plundered a barrage of boundaries in the death overs but fell short in the last over

Battered and bruised - Kuldeep's horror IPL 2019 continues

The pressure on the spinner has been rising since Knight Riders' losing streak began last week, and the 59 runs he conceded on Friday nearly broke him

Sunrisers v CSK

IPL 2019, Hyderabad

Tait: Rashid does things the Warne way

Experts Shaun Tait and Murali Kartik praise Rashid Khan's consistency over the years in the IPL

3:30

Sunrisers' vintage bowling attack takes them back to winning ways

After three successive losses, they relied on the depth in their attack, some solid bowling plans and a bit of fortune

Ambati Rayudu v Vijay Shankar - non-fight after mega hype

In the same week one took the other's place in India's World Cup squad, they squared off against each other in an IPL game and it was... well, weird

Around the IPL

IPL 2019

Tait picks 'vintage' Dhoni to lead IPL XI

Who makes the cut in Shaun Tait's team of the tournament?

BCCI
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Deep Dasgupta's IPL XI: Kohli in, Gayle out

Chris Gayle and Yuzvendra Chahal have no place in Deep Dasgupta's IPL XI

BCCI
2:12

Taking stock

IPL 2019

IPL 2019 mid-season review: how has each team fared?

Halfway through IPL 2019, what are the teams' biggest strengths, and what potential strategy changes can they employ to make up for their weaknesses?

BCCI

Why Pollard's 31-ball 83 is the top innings of IPL 2019

Where does Alzarri Joseph's record-breaking 6 for 14 rank? Here are all the top batting and bowling performances of IPL 2019

Quiz - Which of these batsmen has not hit a six this season?

How clued in are you to the IPL? Take our quiz and find out

Mumbai v Royal Challengers

IPL 2019, Mumbai

Syncing in speed: How Mumbai Indians' pace attack ambushed RCB

Much before Hardik Pandya's meaty blows with the bat, the Mumbai Indians fast-bowling unit scripted RCB's undoing. Here's how

Malinga and Hardik hand RCB seventh defeat

AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali struck fifties but Mumbai chased down 172 with an over to spare

Smart Stats - Hardik drop costs RCB 18 runs (and the match)

Hardik Pandya had a slice of luck early in his innings, but he was good enough to make the most of it even as his brother had a night to forget at the Wankhede

KNIGHT RIDERS V SUPER KINGS

IPL 2019, KOLKATA

Smart Stats: Tahir's haul worth 5.4 wickets, the best this season

Tahir finished with figures of 4-0-27-4, but his Smart Stats were even better, given the batsmen he dismissed and the time when he dismissed them

Raina, Jadeja script another last-over win for CSK

Chennai Super Kings extended their winning streak to four matches and lengthened their lead at the top of the table in IPL 2019

Kings XI v Royal Challengers

IPL 2019, Mohali

Dasgupta: The intensity in Kohli's game was high as ever

2:07

Kohli, de Villiers mastery trumps Gayle's 99*

RCB overcome sequence of six successive losses in style; Kings XI consigned to first loss at home this season

Quitting international cricket has kept me energetic - AB de Villiers

Nearly a year after retirement, de Villiers said his staggered schedule has worked out well

Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians

IPL 2019

Buttler's 89 off 43 sets up sloppy Royals win

The result ended Mumbai’s three-match winning streak while Royals notched just their second win of the season

Smart Stats: Buttler does half of Royals' job

ESPNcricinfo's Smart Stats reckons Jos Buttler contributed 49% to Rajasthan Royals' four-wicket win against Mumbai Indians

From 6/12 to 0/53 - a week in the life of Alzarri Joseph

He returned the best figures in IPL history on debut, but the Mumbai pacer has now conceded the most runs in a three-over spell in the competition

DHONI TAKES ON THE UMPIRES

Final-over drama

Krishnaswamy: Soft signal on Dhoni is a chance put down

The game's most high-profile league and its most successful player came up against each other. Here was a chance to set a fitting precedent; in the end the league blinked

BCCI

Knight Riders v Capitals

IPL 2019, Kolkata

Away win in Kolkata marks Ganguly's homecoming

He emerged from the away dressing room at Eden Gardens clad in Delhi Capitals' red and blue, and later headed for his office as the president of CAB

Round Two: Russell bosses the Rabada tussle

The fast bowler had won last week's meeting with an inch-perfect Super Over yorker. How would it go this time?

Talking Points - Is it the familiar mid-season Nitish Rana struggle again?

And has Prithvi Shaw failed to address an old technical flaw?

A comeback on the horizon?

West Indies news

What does Pollard think of his West Indies chances?

The allrounder wants to just do his best for whichever side he represents, but states he's far from done at 31

0:31

Dikshit: Pollard serves another polite reminder

He looked a man every inch in command of the side. When under pressure, he promoted himself and secured a magical win

Administrative changes give Pollard World Cup hope

The new set-up at CWI means that players previously frozen out of selection could be given a chance to return

Mumbai v Kings XI

IPL 2019, Mumbai

'I've a lot of cricket left in me' - Kieron Pollard

Kieron Pollard discusses Mumbai Indians' unlikely win, West Indies players in the IPL and more

3:39

Smart Stats - Pollard easily outshines Rahul

Mumbai Indians' stand-in captain scored his runs at a rate of 16 per over while the batsmen at the other end only managed 43 off 40

An innings Dre Russ said was 'fun to watch'

Plenty of praise for Kieron Pollard after his sensational 83 in Mumbai Indians' last-ball win over Kings XI Punjab

CSK v KKR

IPL 2019, CHENNAI

Chahar - from CSK's Powerplay specialist to death overs saviour

He's been MS Dhoni's go-to man at the start, but the injures at Super Kings have meant there's a role for him at the end too - and he's practiced for it

Chepauk choke: Chennai Super Kings' game plan a throwback to 2011

Super Kings' performance was a throwback to 2011, when they were invincible at home. Can they repeat it in 2019?

Dhoni concerned by 'low-scoring' Chepauk pitch

"I don't think we want to play on wickets like these because it becomes too low-scoring and it becomes slightly difficult for our batters to get going," the Super Kings captain said

Royals v Knight Riders

IPL 2019

'At least it can be a dead ball' - Rahane's plea after Lynn's reprieve

The delivery from Dhawal Kulkarni hit the stumps, but the bails stayed put, and it ran away for four runs too

Lynn, Narine power KKR to victory; Smith 73* in vain

Rajasthan Royals were 103 for 2 after 15 overs but could manage only 33 in the last five

Talking Points - What's up with the zing bails in IPL 2019?

For the third time this season, a batsman got away thanks to the bails refusing to fall off the wicket

Royal Challengers v Capitals

IPL 2019

Kagiso Rabada comes of age as an IPL enforcer

Bowling yorkers may be 'simple' for Delhi Capitals' main weapon, but Rabada has also shown the adaptability that is the hallmark of the best

Iyer 67 consigns RCB to sixth straight defeat

Capitals' win was set up by Kagiso Rabada's four-wicket haul in the first innings

We need to grab our chances; can't give excuses every day - Kohli

The Royal Challengers captain asked each of his team-mates for self-introspection

Dre Russ magic continues

RCB v KKR, IPL 2019

Russellmania hits T20

Decoding the method behind the madness of cricket's most fearsome hitter

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'I know I'm special' - Andre Russell

"The mindset was just simple: try and hit as many sixes as possible," says the man who is redefining the art of T20 batting

Hodge: This is the new age and Russell's a prime example

3:54

The way Russell batted today was unreal - Chawla

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Super Kings v Kings XI

IPL 2019, Chennai

CSK take victory despite Rahul, Sarfaraz fifties

The spinners lulled the Kings XI Punjab pair into a false sense of security, as a gettable 71 off 49 balls turned into a far more challenging 43 off 14

Massive step for Kuggeleijn to be part of the group - Fleming

After leaking 27 in his first two overs, the seamer gave away only ten runs in his last two while claiming the wickets of Rahul and Sarfaraz

Superstats - Ashwin or Harbhajan, whose contribution was bigger?

Smart Stats compares the performances of the two leading offspinners in the Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab game

Inside the IPL

Franchise operations

'Make finals or pack your bags' - Hodge on IPL's 'cut-throat' culture for coaches

The former Australia batsman has been part of the IPL as player and coach for several franchises, and brings an insider's view to how teams operate

Podcast: What's it like inside an IPL team?

Mankad controversy

IPL 2019

If mankading doesn't fit into cricket, change the rule - Ashwin

The Kings XI Punjab captain said his conscience was clear and that his character couldn't be judged from his decision to run Jos Buttler out

Buttler queries 'wishy-washy' mankad law

England batsman gives first in-depth interview since controversy in IPL opening fixture

Delhi Capitals v Sunrisers

IPL 2019, Delhi

'Worst of the three home tracks this season' - Ponting on Kotla

An animated conversation ensued between Capitals' consultant Ganguly and the head groundsman of the Kotla after Capitals lost another home match

Monga: How Sunrisers get the best out of Mohammad Nabi

He only plays sporadically, but his team has won seven out of seven when he's featured, a reflection of the super-specialisation of skills in T20 cricket

Superstats - How much did the Bairstow drop cost Capitals?

Here's what the Luck Index has to say

Mumbai Indians v Super Kings

IPL 2019

How Mumbai stalled Super Kings' juggernaut

Suryakumar Yadav's anchoring knock, Jason Behrendorff's new-ball burst and Hardik's all-round show broke Super Kings' unbeaten three-match streak

'Just some clumsy errors which we can tidy up' - Fleming on CSK's fielding

"It's one of the downsides of maybe having athletes who are a bit older. But we're okay with that," he said after Chennai Super Kings' 37-run defeat

These seven months have not been easy - Hardik

'Now my only focus is to play IPL and make sure India wins the World Cup,' says allrounder

Slow over-rates in the IPL

Tom Moody wants NRR deduction for tardy teams

CSK coach Stephen Fleming, meanwhile, thinks matches are taking so long they are 'defeating the purpose of the short game'

Teams concerned by slow over-rates, 'tactical' subs

Mohammad Kaif feels teams have been using substitute fielders to hide their slower fielders

Umpires should take note of on-field substitutions - Kaif

Delhi's assistant coach discusses the long IPL matches, Shikhar Dhawan's form and more.

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Royals v Royal Challengers

IPL 2019, Jaipur

Haven't found the perfect team balance yet - Virat Kohli

The Royal Challengers captain hinted at the possibility of further chopping and changing, following his team's fourth-straight loss in IPL 2019

Talking Points - Wrong'un is right for Kohli and de Villiers

Shreyas Gopal got them out similarly last year. He's had the last laugh here too

Shreyas Gopal, Buttler hand RCB fourth straight defeat

The legspinner picked up the wickets of Kohli, de Villiers and Hetmyer with his wrong'un to keep the visitors down to 158

AROUND THE IPL

IPL 2019

BCCI asks Ganguly to respond to conflict charges

The former India captain serves dual roles: president of the Cricket Association of Bengal and advisor to Delhi Capitals

Tushar Arothe says he's innocent after betting-related arrest

Says he had gone to the Vadodara cafe - which is co-owned by his son - to meet a friend when the arrests happened

Reporters' Diary: The cricketers' shops you might not have heard of before

Away from the on-field action, our correspondents bring you the flavour of the IPL

Kings XI Punjab v Delhi Capitals

IPL 2019

It was 'pace off the ball' - Harris on Kings XI's spin strategy

Playing three spinners "a theme that we would like to follow", said R Ashwin

IPL 2019

Stats and trends from week one

Andre Russell and David Warner take Smart Stats honours

The top players from the first week of IPL 2019, according to Smart Stats

Trends - are middle overs the new death overs?

Twelve games into IPL 2019, the veterans of the game are finding ways to succeed, even as teams are experimenting with the use of overseas slots

Sunrisers v Royal Challengers

IPL 2019

'Nothing went right for us from ball one' - Kohli

RCB's captain warned his team against getting stuck in predictable ways after their third defeat in a row

Headbutt episode in the past for Warner, Bairstow

Sixteen months ago, they were sledging each other in the midst of an Ashes battle. Now, they're opening the batting and having fun

Bairstow, Warner hit tons as Sunrisers demolish RCB

Mohammad Nabi and Sandeep Sharma shared seven wickets as Royal Challengers fell to a demoralizing 118-run defeat after being set 232

Indian Premier League

TeamMWLTPNRR
CSK11830160.091
DC11740140.181
MI10640120.357
SRH10550100.654
KXIP1055010-0.044
KKR104608-0.013
RR103706-0.47
RCB103706-0.836

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