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Mumbai Indians vs. Rising Pune Supergiants 1st Qualifier

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Mumbai Indians vs. Rising Pune Supergiants is going to be a cracker of a game. Both of these teams are really competitive, and they will be wanting to get to the final and not have to play the 2nd qualifier match.

The Supergiants are going to be a depleted side because their two key players Imran Tahir and Ben Stokes have left for international duties for their respective teams. As the England vs. South Africa 3 match ODI series begins on 24th May. Stokes and Tahir have been fantastic for the Supergiants especially the all-rounder Stokes who has made his mark in this IPL 2017. It is Rising Pune Supergiants last year in the IPL alongside the Gujarat Lions. As the two teams Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals who were suspended for two years over match-fixing will be back in action in 2018.

MS Dhoni is Supergiants most experienced player in terms of getting to playoffs, so with his calm cool demeanour Supergiants might be able to pull of a triple win over Mumbai Indians. As in their last two meetings Supergiants have won both matches at their home ground and away from home as well. In the first game on their home ground they won by 7 wickets thanks to fifties from Rahane and Smith. At Wankhede they won by 3 runs where Stokes had bowled a very critical over, in order to seal the victory for Supergiants.

Rising Pune Supergiants had a spectacular rise in the table ranks. As they have won 8 of their 10 games and they have also had contributions throughout those games from other players such as,Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar and Jaydev Unadkat.

For Mumbai Indians they have won the IPL twice and their team is in excellent form they finished at the top of the table. With the likes of Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Lasith Malinga in their ranks they have the team to take them all the way, and really give the Supergiants a run for their money. As these players have played in the playoffs before and know how to turn the game in their favour. So this is definitely a dangerous team and the Supergiants will have to give it their all. Given the form all the Mumbai Indians players are in and on home turf right now, everything looks to be more in Mumbai Indians favour more than Supergiants but yet again they cant be underestimated at all.

This match will definitely have everyone on the edge of their seats from the first bowl being bowled, as both teams have everything to play for. It will keep all the cricket enthusiasts glued to their seats.

Both teams have had a fantastic run and the game of T20 is very unpredictable, now it is definitely down to who performs better on the day. Also who will be holding there nerve and capturing the key moments in the game will be another factor to consider.

Here are some stats about both Mumbai Indians and Pune Supergiants (credit espncricinfo.com)

Mumbai rested Nitish Rana for their last game against Kolkata Knight Riders, and the performance of Ambati Rayudu in that match may cause them to rethink bringing Rana back. Since scoring successive half-centuries against Gujarat Lions and Kings XI Punjab, Rana has only made 78 runs in six innings at an average of 13.00.

Rohit Sharma does not have a great record in IPL playoffs and knockout matches. In 12 innings for Deccan Chargers and Mumbai, he has scored 159 runs at 14.45 and a strike rate of 101.27, with only one half-century.

Among all the bowlers he has faced 20 or more balls against in the IPL, Rohit has scored quickest against Daniel Christian, taking 64 runs off him in just 28 balls at 13.71 per over, with four fours and six sixes, the most sixes he has hit off any bowler. He has also hit six sixes off Rajat Bhatia – another Pune bowler – and Morne Morkel.

Who will replace Stokes? Usman Khawaja is one option, but his record against spin may mitigate against his selection. In the IPL, he has only scored 36 off 31 balls against spin, while being dismissed three times. In those 31 balls, moreover, he has only hit one four and two sixes. Khawaja has done a lot better against pace – 91 off 69 balls with one dismissal, while hitting 13 fours and a six.

In the two league meetings between these two sides this season, Ajinkya Rahane scored 21 off nine balls against Mitchell McClenaghan, without being dismissed. In all, Rahane has achieved a strike rate of 156.67 against left-arm pace this season, while only managing 110.85 against all other bowlers. Rahul Tripathi, on the other hand, has scored at 125.64 against left-arm pace while rattling along at 155.50 against all other kinds of bowlers. It will be interesting to note how Mumbai use McClenaghan against these two openers.

Eight Mumbai batsmen have scored fifties this season, the most for any team. It’s an indication of how their entire batting line-up has shared the responsibility of scoring runs, rather than one or two batsmen having big seasons. None of their batsmen has managed 400 runs yet, this season, but six of them – Kieron Pollard, Rana, Parthiv Patel, Rohit, Jos Buttler and Hardik Pandya – have scored 200 or more, with all of them managing strike rates in excess of 125.

Mumbai ending the league stage at the top of the table had a lot to do with the fact that both their batting and bowling have clicked this season. They have managed the biggest difference between batting run rate and bowling economy rate (0.60) of all teams this season, with Sunrisers Hyderabad (0.50) in second.

This match will pit the best slog-overs batting team of the tournament – Mumbai have a table-topping run rate of 10.45 in the last five overs – against arguably the best death-bowling team. Rising Pune’s economy rate in the last five overs (9.41) across the tournament is not as good as that of Sunrisers and Mumbai, but they have been the best death-bowling side, by far, since they began their run of eight wins in ten matches. In that time, they have led the bowling teams by a distance, conceding only 8.03 per over, which is significantly better than the next-most economical team, Kings XI Punjab, who managed an economy rate of 9.19.

 

 

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IPL Cricket Games: Teams, Changes, and Updates

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As the 12th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) rolls in, the
excitement is more palpable than ever.

If the fans’ excitement was bursting even before the 2019 season matchup
was announced, it’s exploding all over the place now.

The transfers and retention list for the 2019 season were announced in
November 2018 but there have been personnel changes along the way. The
opening match of India during the Cricket World Cup was also postponed. It
was moved from June 2 to June 5 to give way to the mandatory 15-day gap
from when the IPL concluded and the declaration of India as a subsequent
international fixture.

IPL teams

 Chennai Super Kings
 Kings XI Punjab
 Delhi Capitals
 Kolkata Knight Riders
 Rajasthan Royals
 Mumbai Indians
 Sunrisers Hyderabad
 Royal Challengers Bangalore

Delhi Capitals was previously known as the Delhi Daredevils, and was
renamed on 4 December 2018. During a function, the franchise announced
the new name and released a new logo for the team.

IPL Cricket Major Changes and Surprises

Anyone who’s followed IPL over the course of its 11-year run is no stranger
to the curse that is forever attached to the league. Great names fall hard on
the ground. Unknown players get the upper hand. Huge changes happen and
leave heads rolling in their wake.

The 2019 IPL season is no different. It gives life to the phrase “you win
some, you lose some.”

On 18 December 2018 the player auction was held in Jaipur, where some of
the players were released, while other remained unsold.

Some of the prominent players that were released are:

Gautam Gambhir
Role: Batsman
Batting Style: Left Handed Bat
Bowling Style: Right-arm legbreak

Yuvraj Singh
Role: Batsman
Batting Style: Left Handed Bat
Bowling Style: Left-arm orthodox

Glenn Maxwell
Role: Batting Allrounder
Batting Style: Right Handed Bat
Bowling Style: Right-arm offbreak

Jaydev Unadkat
Role: Bowler
Batting Style: Right Handed Bat
Bowling Style: Left-arm fast-medium

Some of the players who remained unsold are:

Cheteshwar Pujara
Role: Batsman
Batting Style: Right Handed Bat
Bowling Style: Right-arm legbreak

Brendon McCullum
Role: WK-Batsman
Batting Style: Right Handed Bat

Alex Hales
Role: Batsman
Batting Style: Right Handed Bat
Bowling Style: Right-arm medium

Saurabh Tiwary
Role: Batsman
Batting Style: Left Handed Bat

Vinay Kumar
Role: Bowler
Batting Style: Right Handed Bat
Bowling Style: Right-arm fast-medium

Unfortunately for them they will not be playing in the tournament for the
first time since IPL cricket was established.

In the case of Saurabh Tiwary, it’s not a surprise that no one even tried to
buy him. Following his breakthrough season with the Mumbai Indians, his
form simply hit rock bottom when he signed up with the Royal Challengers
Bangalore. And it was downhill from there.

In fact, he was released by Mumbai Indians, which repurchased him in the
2017 auction, because he failed to get a single game in the IPL 2018 edition.

The auction also revealed that:

 Jaydev Unadkat is 2018’s costliest Indian player
 Varun Chakravarthy shares the distinction with Jaydev Unadkat
 Sam Curran is the most expensive among foreign players.

After the IPL auction concluded, IPL cricket betting tips and predictions also
rolled out, giving fans a good idea of which team to put their money on.

Among the eight original franchises, only 3 managed to retain their original
avatars.

 Vijay Mallya of the Royal Challengers Bangalore has switched to
England.
 T. Venkat Ram Reddy, owner of Deccan Chargers, is experiencing the
threat of insolvency with his company Deccan Chronicle Holdings.
 Subroto Roy of Sahara (Pune Warriors) is sentenced to two years in
prison.
 Super King, N. Srinivasan lost his grip of BCCI and IC and his infuence
along with it.
 Part owner of Rajasthan Royals Raj Kundra and owner of Chennai
Super Kings N. Srinivasan are both penalized for match fixing.

India is 2019 IPL’s playground… hopefully

Amitabh Choudhary, acting secretary of the BCCI said on Monday that the
board is working hard to ensure that all the 2019 IPL matches will take place
in India.

During the IPL auction, Choudhary said, “We are trying our best to ensure
that not a single game is taken out of India.”

Schedule and venue of the IPL have yet to be announced, what with BCCI
awaiting the schedule of the 2019 general elections. The board wants to
avoid the T20 league schedule clashing with that of the general elections.

It won’t be a surprise if this doesn’t happen, however. It is not the first time
that the IPL has to change schedule and venue to give way for the general
elections.

In 2009, the BCCI had to host the IPL tournament in South Africa. In 2014,
it was partially hosted in the UAE. All these are due to the elections.

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India triumph in the T20 series against England

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The India vs. England T20 series has been riveting to watch. As India had won the first T20 and England came back and won the second T20 so at 1-1 the third T20 match was going to be the decider which was a treat for all the fans in Bristol who came to watch.

This decider didn’t disappoint at all as England were batting in this match and they were of too a flying start. Roy and Buttler gave England the dream start they would have wanted. Roy and Buttler really took the game away from India during the power play, They really went after the Indian bowlers and they had no response at the time. Pandya had gone for 22 runs in his first over but he learned from his mistake and came back stronger he was now giving England a tough time.

England had lost two wickets but the runs were flowing and were building up for England, and India were in for a challenge in this game. Roy, Buttler, Hales and Bairstow were the ones who scored the runs for England in this match. With Roy’s 67 runs being a vital contribution and Bairstow’s down the order nabbing those 25 runs did definitely add to England’s total and put India under pressure.

England ended on a total off 199 runs and they had done well against an inexperienced Indian bowling attack, and England would have been feeling confident at the time as they had the runs on the board and they had also won the previous T20 match and momentum was firmly on their side.

India were batting now Sharma and Dhawan to open the innings for India. Rohit has been through a lean patch. He really came into his own in this match he started off cautiously, but found his feet in no time. A player of his calibre cannot be kept quiet for long and this was the point in case in this match.

Dhawan and KL Rahul got mini starts but were out in no time. Sharma and the captain Kohli built a partnership things were slow for India in the first 10 overs. It looked like the game was going to be in England’s favour but things began to turn around, little by little India gained momentum in the game.

England got the wicket of Kohli, but Sharma continued and made sure the scoreboard was ticking over. His partnership with Pandya proved to be very successful and they scored quick fire runs which was much needed for India. Sharma ended up scoring a century for India and it was truly well deserved. Pandya with his 33 runs of 14 balls was very handy. He is proving himself to be quite the all-rounder for India.

India won the match by 7 wickets with 8 balls remaining.

Post match commentary (cricinfo.com)

Presentation time…the Man of the Match and Man of the Series is Rohit Sharma “That’s the style of my play, assessing the conditions was important. We knew the wicket would be nice to play on. I was trying to hold the shape when playing the big shots. I like to be calm, not to panic too much, because once you are there you can make up the scoring. With the wicket being so good I just knew I had to stay there. [Pandya] is a fearless individual and that’s what the team want him to do.

Eoin Morgan “We had a tremendous start with the bat and we didn’t do ourselves justice…20 or 30 short. Our execution of shots wasn’t there. Picking the right ball to hit is something we’ll have to work on. India bowled, but on a small ground we’d have expected to score more than that. Thought we’d have to do something special with the ball and it’s hard to defend on a ground like this. Hopefully we can learn as we go along. This series has produced three completely performances for us. We learn and hopefully improve.”

Virat Kohli “I think the comeback from the bowlers was outstanding, we thought they would get 225-230. The character they showed is something we are really proud of. As captain, very happy to see that. We had the quality to bowl those wicket-taking deliveries. We applied pressure and pulled the game back. [Pandya] is a really good all-round cricketer, very confident, and the way he picked up those wickets is what you want to see in younger guys. Then he delivers with the bat, Rohit was obviously very special but Hardik was standout. The pitch was really flat, we enjoyed ourselves as batsmen. I think it was a brutal day for the bowlers. We backed up something and the guys produced the goods for us. We will continue to try different things in the batting order and the bowlers. The guys are taking this as an opportunity. Great to start with a series win.”

Kohli goes and collects the trophy and celebrates with his team. They full deserve their series win, two very convincing performances either side of the defeat. On that note, we’ll leave things there for today. The one-day series starts on Thursday at Trent Bridge (that could be a mountain of runs!) and we’ll be back to bring you all the action. For now, though, it’s goodbye from Alan and Gnasher. Thanks for joining us today.

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Kumar performs for India (2nd ODI Ind vs. NZ)

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The second ODI came around fast it was a short break between the matches. New Zealand had the edge, as they were 1-0 up in the series. They were batting first in this match, the openers once again didn’t perform it is not like Guptill not to score runs, so he will be wondering what is going wrong and be evaluating how to set things right. As Guptill is known as one of the most destructive batsman of the game, once he gets going it is hard to stop him.

It was the lower order batsman who chipped in with the runs with 20’s, 30’s and 40’s in order to save New Zealand and make sure they do get a decent score. The Indian bowlers were fantastic in this game, and made sure New Zealand were not able to score freely. The Indian bowlers made it difficult for New Zealand to score the runs, and put them under pressure. Especially Kumar who was quietly effective, he left his mark on this game and really stepped up for India. It was a great seeing him bowl so well, he definitely gave a bowling masterclass in this game.

New Zealand finished on 230 runs and lost 9 wickets in the process. This was a low scoring ODI so this was India’s game to win now.

India were into bat now and Sharma went early but Dhawan stuck around, and had a good game today, as he was timing the ball well in this ODI. The top order performed as well in this ODI considering they didn’t do well in the 1st one. They definitely switched things around and turned the match in their favour.

Another batsman who did well for India in this game was Karthik it was really good to see him amongst the runs. It was the 68 runs from Dhawan and 64 runs from Karthik that really propelled India to victory in this game. As both batsman performed, alongside getting support from the other Indian batsman who chipped in with some quick fire runs.

India won the match by 6 wickets with 24 balls remaining.

Post match commentary (espncricinfo.com)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the Man of the Match. “That’s my nature, I’m calm, and however you practice you replicate that. I never try to do anything different. It’s the way I bowl, with the new ball, I swing it. It wasn’t happening today, so I just tried to bowl in good areas, got two wickets and that gave me confidence. Things get easier for you when you’re confident. There’s no easy route to success, but with confidence, you can do those good things better. I’m not muscular, but thanks to the trainer, introducing player-specific training, I feel much confident and stronger when it comes to fitness”

“Pretty good game for us today. Exactly what we spoke at toss time. Pitch would be slow in the evening, better to bat at night,” Virat Kohli says. “Great to see Bummrah and Bhuvi, they are our top two bowlers, they know they will start more often than not, so they can create plans. And today with the wicket being slow, it was great to see them getting batsmen out in conventional ways, not ugly wickets. Shikhar has been playing very well, one odd game he’s faltered, but he’s hitting the ball really well and he’s getting good runs at the top. Dinesh as well, getting crucial runs for himself and for the team. We look forward to any challenge on us. We spoke about needing to bounce back, and we’ve done that.”

9.10 pm “One of those surfaces where if you get a good score on the board and squeeze, the bowlers would have made life difficult,” Kane Williamson says. “We weren’t good enough at the top, India’s opening bowlers were very very well, hit the mark, the length on that surface. There’s a lesson there for us. And we know we have to play a lot better to beat these guys. The surface wasn’t easy to play fluently and Colin came out and went at run-a-ball. We came here with high hopes, we put a much better performance in Mumbai and we need to be better again in Kanpur”

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