“When We Were Losing…”: RCB Star Opens Up About Emotional Journey | Cricket News

Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) all-rounder Swapnil Singh, who entered the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the second half and made an immediate impact, opened up on his “emotional” cricketing journey that saw him experience numerous ups and downs and his relationship with star batter Virat Kohli.

RCB completed a remarkable turnaround from a horrid first half of the IPL 2024, which saw them win just one in eight games, to securing six successive games to reach the playoffs. In these six matches, Swapnil has played a crucial role with his small batting cameos, wicket-taking abilities and low economy rate. He has scored 28 runs across four innings at a strike rate of 164.70 and also got six wickets at an average of 19.00 and an economy rate of 8.76, with the best figures of 2/28.

Introducing himself to the audience, Swapnil said that though he was born in Lucknow, he has played for Baroda (2005-2020) and currently plays for Uttarakhand (2021-22 season onwards).

In 76 first-class matches, he has scored 2,727 runs at an average of 26.22, with two centuries and 16 fifties and taken 181 wickets. In 63 List-A games, Swapnil has made 1,153 runs at an average of 25.06, with six fifties and taken 67 wickets. In 81 T20s, he has made 877 runs with two fifties and got 69 wickets.

“My father was my first coach. I am playing cricket because of him. It was his passion to make me play that made this all possible. I was in class sixth when I shifted to Baroda for my cricket. He wanted me to become a batter. When I came to Baroda, I started to bowl. I made by Ranji debut at the age of 14 years and 355 days,” he recalled.

Recalling his bond with Virat, Swapnil said that he has played U15 and U19 level cricket with Virat and was his roommate during tours to Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

“When I met him after so many years, it felt so warm. We were meeting after so many years, asked each other about our lives and families. It felt really good,” he added.

Swapnil recalled being picked by Mumbai Indians (MI) in 2008 IPL, the first-ever season and making his debut in the league for Punjab Kings much later in 2017, playing four games.

“I was picked in 2008 for Mumbai Indians. Sachin (Tendulkar) is like a god to us all. When I met him and interacted with him for the first time ever, it felt good. My IPL ebut happened against CSK while playing for PBKS. Maxi (Glenn Maxwell) was my captain. I had taken just one wicket, of MS Dhoni, caught and bowled,” said Swapnil.

Later, Swapnil recalled one of his biggest career setbacks, being removed from Baroda side in 2020 despite his consistent performances as an all-rounder. The 33-year-old said that this proved to be a blessing in disguise for him as he learnt to stand on his feet. Former cricketer Irfan Pathan helped him in finding another state, Uttarakhand, to further his career.

“In 2016-17, played Duleep Trophy for Baroda, scoring the highest run for them and took a lot of wickets. In 2019, I was among top three all-rounders in India in white-ball cricket. Then came COVID-19. After this, Baroda selections were held. I felt I was a sure shot. But the captain told me that my place was not available in the team. It was given to a youngster. So I was searching for a new state to play. Irfan Pathan helped me. It was a blessing in disguise because when you are thrown out of your house, you learn to stand on your feet. Now I realise Baroda did good to me, otherwise I would have been finished,” said Swapnil.

Swapnil said that Deepak Hooda, the all-rounder from Baroda, is like a brother to him and it was he who contacted Swapnil and helped him make a comeback to IPL as a net bowler for Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) last year.

The all-rounder said that though coach Andy Flower and spin coach Narendra Hirwani were impressed with his bowling, he asked Andy for an opportunity to bat as well, which he got. His batting also impressed the coaching staff. He also played two matches for LSG.

He also said that when Andy moved to RCB as a coach, he urged the Zimbabwean to give him one more chance and he got to attend a camp organised for selecting new players. He also recalled that during the auctions, he had almost given up on himself untill his family informed him that he was picked by RCB.

“Deepak Hooda is like a brother to me. When he called me to become a net bowler for LSG, I cut the phone and abused him (laughs). He called me again to think about it. Irfan told me to go. I was like I have played in IPL myself. The concept of net bowler had started just then. I went hesitatingly. Coach Andy Flower was impressed with me. I was bowling from ball one till the last. Narendra Hirwani was impressed with me, he was our spin coach. He flipped me 180-degree as a bowler. I talked to Andy as to why he did not try me in batting. He also made me bat. GG bhai (Gautam Gambhir, then LSG mentor) was also there, they were impressed with batting too. Andy has a big role to play in all this,” said Swapnil.

“When RCB picked me up, they had conducted a trials-cum-camp. I asked Andy to give me one more chance, that could have also been my last. He invited me for the camp. The camp was average. When the auction was happening, I was travelling to Dehradun for Ranji Trophy. When I landed, it must be 7 or 8 PM, last rounds of the auction must have been going on. Nothing had happened. I had also missed it thinking that its over. I wanted to play this ongoing season and one more season if possible since I did not want to do this all my life. I was very disappointed. I thought there were other things to conquer. But then my family called me, and we just broke down. Nobody knows how emotional this journey has been for me,” he added.

Swapnil said that when he came here, he was well aware that he would get a chance to play only later. So to prove himself, he treated each and every net session he attended as a proper match before he got a chance to play.

“When we were losing, I thought fans would abuse us. But fans were not going down. It was shocking to me. I felt really good that fans are really loyal to us. I used to talk to my brother that I wanted to hit just a four and six in the IPL, since I have a wicket. I got to do that as well. On my seventh ball of my first over (in which he bowled a no ball), I got a wicket. It is all god’s work,” he concluded.

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How Is MI Looking At Their Captaincy Swap Move After Disappointing IPL 2024? | Cricket News

Five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians (MI) became the first side to be knocked out in the IPL 2024 season. The Mumbai-based franchise entered the competition under a new skipper, Hardik Pandya, and unfortunately, the Indian star all-rounder couldn’t replicate his Gujarat Titans success this year at MI. The star-studded Mumbai side lost their ninth game of the season against Kolkata Knight Riders in Kolkata on Saturday and are currently reeling at the ninth position on the points table with only four wins in 13 games so far.

The power-packed batting unit didn’t glue up to perform well with the bat in one of the most explosive seasons this year. The top order led by veteran Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan has fired only in bits and pieces, while the middle order comprising Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, and Hardik Pandya looked inconsistent throughout the season.

Despite Jasprit Bumrah’s stellar performances with the ball, the bowling unit has also looked clueless, leaking runs for most of the tournament. The spin department consisting of Piyush Chawla, Mohammad Nabi, and Shreyas Gopal didn’t make a difference either.

This year, MI had a captaincy change that sparked controversy, with Hardik taking over for Rohit. The franchise’s fans did not take it well, even booing the all-rounder in the first few games at the Wankhede Stadium.

The captaincy swap left the team divided and scattered which also affected the dressing room atmosphere. Hence, it led the renowned MI side to their worst-ever IPL season in the tournament’s history.

Well, the franchises are bound to have a bad season once in a while but let’s discuss what has haunted Mumbai Indians’ IPL 2024 season under new skipper Hardik Pandya.

MI’s legacy

Once upon a time in the late 2010s, there was a power-packed Mumbai Indians side that could beat any T20 XI in the world.

The Mumbai-based franchise became one of the strongest sides under skipper Rohit Sharma’s helm and went on to lift the IPL title record five times – 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020.

Apart from IPL, Mumbai has also clinched the Champions League T20 title twice in 2011 and 2013.

The franchise built its core squad around captain Rohit Sharma which comprised the likes of Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock and Trent Boult.

But, for the past few years, MI has looked rusty after losing its core group of players since the end of the 2021 IPL season. They have only made the playoffs once (2023) in the last four seasons including the ongoing IPL 2024.

Hardik taking over leadership duties for Rohit

After a couple of below-par seasons from the team, MI owners might have brought in Hardik Pandya for Rohit Sharma as captain keeping the former’s successful campaigns at Gujarat Titans in mind.

In November 2023, MI traded all-rounder Cameron Green to Royal Challengers Bengaluru in an all-cash deal through the trading window. This transaction provided the necessary funds for MI to finalize another all-cash deal with Gujarat Titans (GT) to acquire the services of Hardik Pandya.

This can also be termed as a tactical move by the franchise considering the team’s future and Rohit edging closer to the end of his career.

Even mathematically, Rohit Sharma is one of the most successful captains in the IPL history with 89 wins in 158 games for MI, boosting a win percentage of 56.

Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya’s stint as Gujarat Titans’ captain has also mesmerized the world as the two-year-old franchise reached the IPL finals in 2022 (champions) and 2023 consecutively.

As GT’s captain, Hardik had won 22 of the 31 matches he played for the Ahmedabad-based side. The star all-rounder boosted a magnificent win percentage of 71 which caught the eyes of MI’s management.

What’s wrong with Hardik’s captaincy in IPL 2024?

MI under Hardik Pandya looked unsettled in their IPL 2024 opener against GT where they failed to complete an easy run chase in Ahmedabad. Except for Jasprit Bumrah (20 wickets) none of the Mumbai star players have been consistent this year.

Even Hardik’s own performances didn’t help this season; having managed only 200 runs with the bat he is yet to score a half-century. While the fast bowler in him has probably delivered 11 wickets in as many innings.

There might be numerous factors for the downfall of Mumbai Indians this season but former IPL star batter AB de Villiers reckons Hardik Pandya’s captaincy style as one of the major reasons for MI’s collapse.

“The captaincy style of Hardik Pandya is quite bravado. It’s ego-driven in a way, chest out,” de Villiers said in a recent video on his YouTube channel. “I don’t think how he walks on the field is always genuine, but he has decided that is his way of captaincy. Almost like MS (Dhoni). Cool, calm, collective, always got your chest out. But when you play with a lot of experienced players, guys who have been around for ages… They don’t buy into that. It worked at GT, where it was a younger team. Sometimes, inexperienced players love to follow that kind of leadership.”

Furthermore, the RCB legend shared his personal experience playing under Graeme Smith in the National team.

“I remember Graeme Smith. He was out there for the team. All I needed to do as a youngster was to follow. Now there’s a Rohit (Sharma), there’s a (Jasprit) Bumrah. They go like, ‘All we need you to be is calm. Give us a bit of input on how to win matches. We don’t need the bravado. I’m not having a go at Hardik. I love watching him play. I love him putting out his chest because I was like that. I believed that as a batter, sometimes you’ve got to fake it to make it,” de Villiers added.

As per a report, the senior MI players have expressed their views to the coaching staff on the way the team is being led and their perspectives on the team’s underwhelming results.

What’s next for MI?

With the top-four spots out of reach, Mumbai Indians will only play for pride in their final league game against Lucknow Super Giants. While there are a lot of learnings and takeaways for the much-important mega-auction ahead of their next season in 2025.

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Boost For India Ahead Of T20 World Cup: Virat Kohli Shows Uptick In Strike-Rate, Spin Game In IPL 2nd Half | Cricket News

Star Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) and India batter Virat Kohli continues to prove his undeniable mettle as a T20 player amid the divisive views by fans, cricket experts and former players, giving Men in Blue a boost ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024, which will take place in West Indies and USA this year from June 1 onwards. Continuing his fine run with the bat and indicating that he can hit big from ball one if needed, Virat played a solid knock of 27 in just 13 balls against Delhi Capitals (DC) on Sunday.

His knock had a four and three massive sixes and a strike rate of over 207. A huge part of this knock was his back-and-forth with compatriot and pacer Ishant Sharma, someone who has been around Virat since his academy days. Both exchanged jokes, shared laughs and tried to get one-up on each other before a fine delivery by Ishant was nicked by Virat straight into the hands of wicketkeeper Abhishek Porel.

In the ongoing season, Virat is the Orange Cap holder for most runs, making 661 runs at an average of 66.10 and a strike rate of 155.16, with a century and five fifties. His best score is 113*. RCB, who has made a remarkable comeback in the tournament with five successive wins after a horrid win-loss record of 1-6 in the first half, will need Virat to be at his best against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their final league game at Bengaluru on May 18 for a chance at playoffs.

Often being questioned on his strike rate, Virat has swung back at his critics in his signature fashion, ditching boundaries in favour of huge sixes and passing verbal jabs at naysayers during post-inning or match presentations.

In the first six games of the tournament, Virat scored well at a healthy strike rate. He made 319 runs in his first six innings in 225 balls at a strike rate of 141.77. 29 fours and 12 sixes came from Virat’s bat, marking a ratio of 5.4 balls per boundary. He was forced to play the anchor and attacker at the same time as other batters around him struggled for form and rhythm. Virat scored a century and two fifties in these six innings.

The switch flipped in Virat’s batting when they were tasked with chasing 288 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their seventh game. Though RCB faced a 25-run loss despite a valiant effort, Virat scored 42 in 20 balls, with six fours and two sixes. His strike rate was 210.00.

Since that SRH game, fans have experienced a different Virat. In these next seven innings, Virat scored 342 runs in just 201 balls, with a strike rate going up to a massive 170.14. 27 fours and 21 sixes have come from his bat in these seven innings starting from that SRH game. The balls per boundary ratio has also come down, with 4.1 balls taken to smash one.

An unnoticed positive of Virat’s remarkable run is his six-hitting. He has smashed a total of 33 sixes so far, the second-highest by a batter next to SRH’s Abhishek Sharma (35 sixes). Virat has more sixes than Sunil Narine (32), Travis Head, Heinrich Klaasen and Riyan Parag (31), Australian sensation Jake Fraser McGurk and Shivam Dube (28), Rajat Patidar (27) and Rishabh Pant (25).

This is the only second time Virat has crossed 30 sixes in a single season of IPL, with his highest peak coming in 2016, when he smashed 38 sixes in 16 games. He has one more league game atleast to add more to his tally.

Since that Sunrisers game, Virat’s strike rate against spin, something considered his weakness, has also gone up. In his first six IPL 2024 innings, Virat scored 128 runs in 98 balls against spin, with only four boundaries and seven sixes coming from his bat. He played 28 dot balls against spin and his SR against spin was 130.61.

However, that SRH inning during the chase of 287 runs, sparked a change in his spin game as well. From that knock onwards, Virat has smashed 132 runs in 90 balls against spin, with 11 fours and six sixes coming from his bat. His strike rate also increased to 146.66 against spin and he played 26 dots against the moving ball.

Virat’s overall strike rate against spin in this IPL is 138.29, with 260 runs hit in 188 balls against spin. He has smashed 13 sixes against spin and 15 boundaries. He has played 54 dot balls against spinners.

In the past five seasons, Virat’s overall SR against spin has been: 113.46, 108.08, 100.00, 108.91 and 130.14. His strike rate against spin was at its best in the 2016 season, where he struck at 152.30 and 2015 season, where he scored his runs at 151.21 against spin bowling.

Following his match-winning knock of 92 in just 47 balls against Punjab Kings recently on May 9, Virat had spoken about being more attacking in his approach, bringing out slog sweeps against spinners after a long-time and the idea of self-improvement.

“For me, it is still quality over quantity (on his runs and numbers). More so now, at this stage of my career, heading into 36. The understanding of my game over so many years allows me to practice less, and still stay mentally switched on. And some added challenges in terms of improving your own game. Certain aspects of the game, you want to get better at. It’s an ever-evolving process. I am not a guy who wants to sit around saying ‘this is the way I play’ and not improve on the things I need to,” said Kohli.

Kohli further explained about his slog-sweep shot against the spinners.

“I brought out the slog-sweep to the spinners. It was me mentally putting myself in that situation. I did not practice that at all. I know I can hit it because I have played that shot a lot in the past. So I just felt like I needed to take a bit more risk and for me, that shot was something that I used to hit regularly back in the days. That shot is now allowing me to hit off the backfoot as well. I am always looking to expose that side of the field against the spin. It’s been a massive factor for me in the IPL,” the right-hand batter added.

“It just takes a bit more conviction and put out that thought that props up ‘what if I get out?’. I have been managing to stay ahead of that thought. And that has allowed me to keep my strike rate up in the middle overs and scoring for my team as well,” the Delhi-born player concluded.

This refreshed approach of Virat in T20 cricket, especially against spinners, could just be what India needs on slow surfaces of the Caribbean and it would be interesting if Virat would carry forward his form to the World Cup.

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Indian Stars’ Performance In IPL After T20 WC Squad Selection: Rohit’s Form A Concern, Hardik A Positive | Cricket News

The Indian cricket team’s 15-member squad for the T20 World Cup 2024 to be held in the West Indies and the United States was announced on Tuesday, April 30. Since then, all the 15 players selected for India’s squad for the T20 World Cup have played at least one game for their respective franchises in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 season. Here we take a look at how these Indian players have performed since their selection in the T20 World Cup squad.

Rohit Sharma (captain)
Indian cricket team captain Rohit Sharma has registered a string of low scores since the announcement of the 15-member squad for the T20 World Cup 2024. Mumbai Indians’ star opening batter scored just four runs off five balls against Lucknow Super Giants on the very day the squad was announced. Two days later, Rohit managed 12-ball 11 against Kolkata Knight Riders at Wankhede. The right-handed opener was once again dismissed cheaply as he scored four runs against SunRisers Hyderabad in MI’s previous outing on May 6. Overall, Rohit has scored just 19 runs in three matches since the squad announcement.

Yashasvi Jaiswal
Flamboyant left-handed batter Yashasvi Jaiswal celebrated his inclusion in India’s T20 World Cup 2024 squad with a scintillating fifty against SunRisers Hyderabad. Chasing 202, Rajasthan Royals’ dashing opener slammed 67 off 40 balls, laced with seven fours and two sixes. Despite his brilliant half-century, RR lost the game by just one run in Hyderabad. Meanwhile, Jaiswal scored just four runs against Delhi Capitals in RR’s previous fixture. Since the squad announcement, the 22-year-old has scored 71 runs in two games.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli has been in magnificent form in the ongoing Indian Premier League. Opening the batting for Royal Challengers Bengaluru, Kohli continued his good run after he scored a 27-ball 42 against Gujarat Titans before scoring a 92 against Punjab Kings. But, it also has to be kept in mind that Virat was dropped twice during his stay at the crease. Kohli was also given apt support by Rajat Patidar who scored a half-century to help RCB put 241/7 on the board.

Suryakumar Yadav
India’s swashbuckling batter Suryakumar Yadav has produced some outstanding knocks since the squad announcement for the T20 World Cup. Mumbai Indians’ accomplished batter scored a match-winning hundred against SunRisers Hyderabad in their last game. MI were reduced to 31/3 in 4.1 overs while chasing SRH’s 173/8. Batting at number four, Suryakumar smashed 102 not out off just 51 balls to guide MI to a seven-wicket win at Wankhede. Earlier, the right-handed batter hammered a 35-ball 56 against Kolkata Knight Riders while other MI batters struggled on that night. However, he was dismissed for 10 against Lucknow Super Giants on the day the squad was announced. Overall, Suryakumar has scored 168 runs in three games since the squad announcement.

Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper)
Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant has been one of the standout wicketkeeper-batters in IPL 2024. The hard-hitting southpaw has amassed 413 runs in 12 games at an average of 41.30 and a strike rate of 156.43. He has registered three fifties this season. Since India’s T20 World Cup squad announcement, Pant has featured in just one game against Rajasthan Royals in Delhi. Batting at No.5, the southpaw scored 15 off 13 balls against RR before he fell to Yuzvendra Chahal. His cameo guided DC to a massive 221/8, which they later defended and won by 20 runs.

Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper)
Sanju Samson pipped KL Rahul to be included in India’s 15-member T20 World Cup. Following the announcement, Rajasthan Royals’ captain was dismissed for a duck against SunRisers Hyderabad in Hyderabad. However, Samson soon bounced back against Delhi Capitals in RR’s previous outing. Chasing 222, Samson led from the front as he smashed 86 off just 46 balls which kept RR in the hunt. His knock included eight fours and six maximums. Despite Samson’s brilliant knock, RR fell short by 20 runs.

Hardik Pandya
MI captain Hardik Pandya has produced few impressive bowling performances since the squad announcement for the T20 World Cup. On the day the squad was announced, Hardik was dismissed for a golden duck against Lucknow Super Giants. Defending 144, India’s star all-rounder later bagged the important wickets of KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda to finish with figures of 2/26. Hardik then once again claimed two wickets against Kolkata Knight Riders despite conceding 44 runs in his four overs. In the batting department, he continued to struggle as he scored just one run at Wankhede. In their last game, Hardik took three wickets for 31 runs to help MI restrict SRH to 173/8. MI later chased down the target in 17.2 overs courtesy Suryakumar’s ton.

Shivam Dube
Chennai Super Kings’ Shivam Dube has suffered a shocking loss of form since his inclusion in India’s T20 World Cup squad. The hard-hitting left-hander was dismissed for a duck in the very first ball against Punjab Kings in Chennai before being dismissed for 13-ball 21 against Gujarat in Ahmedabad. On the positive front, Dube dismissed Jonny Bairstow in Chennai to bag his first wicket in IPL 2024, when CSK took on PBKS in Dharamsala.

Ravindra Jadeja
India’s star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has had a mixed bag since the announcement of the 15-member squad for T20 World Cup 2024. The 35-year-old scored just two runs off four deliveries and claimed no wickets against Punjab Kings in Chennai. Later in Dharamsala, Jadeja was adjudged the Player of the Match for his all-round performance against Punjab Kings. Jadeja then scored a 10-ball 18 against Gujarat as CSK ended up on the losing side.

Axar Patel
Another spin-bowling all-rounder Axar Patel has contributed with both bat and ball in the only game that he has played since the squad announcement. Batting at No.4, Delhi Capitals’ all-rounder Axar scored 15 off 10 balls against Rajasthan Royals to help his side post 221/8 in their 20 overs. Later, Axar dismissed Jos Buttler to finish with figures of 1/25 to guide the Capitals to a 20-run victory in Delhi.

Kuldeep Yadav
Left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav has been one of the standout bowlers in IPL 2024. The 29-year-old has bagged 14 wickets in nine matches at an average of 20.64 and an economy of 8.25. Since India’s T20 World Cup squad announcement, Kuldeep has featured in just one game for Delhi Capitals. Defending 222 against RR, Kuldeep dismissed Donovan Ferreira and Ravichandran Ashwin in the 18th over to power DC to a convincing victory in the end.

Yuzvendra Chahal
Following his inclusion in India’s T20 World Cup squad, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has been expensive in both the games that he has played since the announcement. SunRisers Hyderabad batters smashed Chahal to all parts of the ground as he conceded 62 runs in his four overs in Hyderabad. Later against Delhi Capitals, Chahal took the important wicket of Rishabh Pant. However, the 33-year-old conceded 48 runs in his four overs.

Jasprit Bumrah
Indian cricket team’s bowling spearhead Jasprit Bumrah has continued his good form even after the squad announcement for the T20 World Cup. Bumrah produced an economical spell of none for 17 against Lucknow Super Giants while defending just 144. Against Kolkata Knight Riders, Bumrah was the wrecker-in-chief for MI as he picked up three wickets for 18 runs in his 3.5 overs to bowl them out for 169. India’s right-arm pacer once again bowled an economical spell against an in-form SunRisers Hyderabad’s batting line-up. Bumrah finished with figures of 1/23. He is the current Purple Cap holder in IPL 2024 with 18 wickets in 12 matches.

Mohammed Siraj
Indian fast bowler Mohammed Siraj has featured in two games since the announcement of the 15-member squad for T20 World Cup 2024. Playing for Royal Challengers Bengaluru, Siraj bowled an impressive spell against last season’s finalist Gujarat Titans at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on May 4. Siraj finished with figures of 2/29 to help bundle out GT for 147 in 19.3 overs. Siraj then picked up 3 wickets for 43 runs against Punjab Kings in Dharamsala.

Arshdeep Singh
Left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh has produced a few lacklustre performances since his inclusion in India’s T20 World Cup squad. While Punjab Kings’ star pacer Arshdeep dismissed Chennai Super Kings captain Ruturaj Gaikwad, he conceded 52 runs in his four overs in Chennai. Later in Dharamsala against the same opponents, Arshdeep was once again expensive as he gave away 42 runs in his four overs. Even against RCB, Arshdeep leaked 41 runs in just 3 overs.

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SunRisers Hyderabad vs Lucknow Super Giants, IPL 2024: Predicted Playing XI Of Both Teams | Cricket News

In the 57th fixture of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) will lock horns with Lucknow Super Giants at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Wednesday. SunRisers Hyderabad find themselves in fourth place in the IPL 2024 standings with six wins out of 11 matches and have 12 points to their name. Due to their net run rate, Lucknow Super Giants are a spot below SRH in the IPL 2024 standings in fifth place. They too have garnered 12 points from 11 matches.

Let’s preview the anticipated starting XIs of both teams before another crucial match.

SRH Predicted XI

Travis Head

Travis Head will enter this match on the back of a 48-run knock against Mumbai Indians. His innings was laced with seven boundaries and a six while boasting a strike rate of 160. Head has amassed 444 runs in 10 matches and could have another explosive outing with the bat at home.

Abhishek Sharma

Abhishek Sharma will open the innings alongside Head in the upcoming match. Sharma wasn’t among the runs in the previous match but he has scored 326 runs in 11 IPL 2024 matches and will be hoping to get the better of LSG’s bowlers.

Mayank Agarwal

Mayank Agarwal could prove to be a key top order player for SRH. Due to limited game time, Agarwal has managed just 64 runs in four matches but he’s more than capable of taking any bowling unit to the cleaners.

Nitish Kumar Reddy

Nitish Kumar Reddy has shone for SRH this season. Reddy has scored 239 runs in eight matches while boasting an impressive strike rate of 152.23. He can also contribute as a bowler and has taken three wickets in IPL 2024.

Heinrich Klaasen (wicketkeeper)

Explosive batter Heinrich Klaasen will be an important member of the SRH playing XI against LSG. Klaasen’s lethal form with the bat has been every bowler’s nightmare in IPL 2024. With a commendable strike rate of 186.26, the Protea wicketkeeper has amassed 339 runs in 11 matches and is likely to be among the runs in the upcoming match.

Marco Jansen

Protea pacer Marco Jansen is an important part of Hyderabad’s bowling attack. Due to limited time with the ball in hand, Jansen has only taken one wicket in three matches. He will be hoping to have more of an impact with the ball and can also chip in with some crucial runs.

Shahbaz Ahmed

Shahbaz Ahmed’s inclusion to the playing XI will give some all-round balance to SRH. So far, Ahmed has scored 186 runs and taken three wickets in 11 matches. He will hope to leave his mark on the game against LSG on Wednesday.

Abdul Samad

Abdul Samad’s ability to score important runs lower down the order makes him an important addition to the playing XI. With a strike rate of 181.93, Samad has scored 151 runs in 11 matches and is capable of scoring quick runs in the death overs.

Pat Cummins (captain)

Pat Cummins showcased his skills with the bat in the last game against Mumbai Indians. The SRH skipper played a vital knock of 35 runs off 17 balls while maintaining a mammoth strike rate of 205.88. With the ball, Cummins has taken 13 wickets in 11 matches and has led SRH well this season.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Known as the master of swing, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is known to get early breakthroughs. Bhuvi has taken nine wickets in 11 matches and the Indian pacer will be raring to make inroads against Lucknow’s batting lineup come Wednesday.

T Natarajan

T Natarajan will lead SunRisers Hyderabad’s bowling attack. With 15 wickets in just nine matches, Natarajan has been one of the most standout bowlers in IPL 2024. Moreover, he has recorded a four-fer in IPL 2024 and is known for restricting batters while bowling in pressure situations.

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LSG Predicted XI

KL Rahul (captain and wicketkeeper)

LSG captain KL Rahul will open the innings against SRH. He has led from the front this season and is his team’s top-scorer of the season with 431 runs in 11 matches. Rahul will be hoping to get LSG off to a quick start against SRH.

Arshin Kulkarni

Arshin Kulkarni looks set to join KL Rahul at the top of the order for the Super Giants. Despite not producing his best so far, the young batter boasts a strike rate of 158.53 in T20 cricket, indicating his potential with the bat. He can also roll his arm over and has accounted for four T20 scalps in his nascent career.

Marcus Stoinis

Marcus Stoinis is crucial for LSG having scored 352 runs in 11 matches, including a century. He has a commendable strike rate of 153.71 and has also taken four wickets. Stoinis will be hoping to produce another top quality performance against SRH.

Deepak Hooda

Deepak Hooda has accumulated 134 runs in eight matches at a strike rate of 142.55 in IPL 2024. While he hasn’t been at his best this season, Hooda is a quality player who is capable of taking a game away from any opposition on his day.

Nicholas Pooran

West Indies batter Nicholas Pooran has made waves with the bat in IPL 2024. While boasting an average of 52.50 and a noteworthy strike rate of 159.09, Pooran has scored 315 runs in 11 matches and is yet to be dismissed in five of them. The wicketkeeper batter failed to score runs in the previous match and will be raring to set the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium ablaze.

Ayush Badoni

Ayush Badoni has managed to register a fifty-plus score and accumulate 152 runs in 11 IPL 2024 matches. He will be eager to produce a big knock against SRH and have a positive impact on the team’s fortunes.

Ashton Turner

Ashton Turner has struggled to have an impact with the bat in IPL 2024. Due to limited game time, the Australian has only scored 21 runs in two matches. However, he can be devastating with the bat on his day and has accumulated 2872 runs in T20 cricket besides also claiming 31 wickets.

Krunal Pandya

Krunal Pandya’s inclusion to the playing XI will aid LSG’s batting and bowling. Pandya has scored 79 runs in 11 matches and has remained unbeaten on seven occasions this season. He has also taken five wickets and is crucial for the balance of LSG.

Ravi Bishnoi

Ravi Bishnoi has claimed seven wickets in 11 matches this season and has led the spin attack for LSG. He has taken eight scalps against SRH in the past and will be keen to add to that tally on Wednesday.

Naveen Ul Haq

Naveen Ul Haq has been a livewire in Lucknow’s pace attack in IPL 2024. The Afghan pacer has taken 10 wickets in seven matches and has proven his ability to contain batters as well as add pressure on opposition batters during the powerplay and death overs.

Mohsin Khan

With nine wickets in seven matches, Mohsin Khan has done well for LSG in IPL 2024. Although he remained wicketless in the team’s previous game against KKR, Mohsin is generally among the wickets and will aim to add more scalps to his tally for the season when Lucknow go up against SRH.

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MI vs KKR Highlights, IPL 2024: Hardik Pandya’s Mumbai Indians All But Eliminated, Kolkata Knight Riders Breach Wankhede 1st Time In… | Cricket News

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MI vs KKR Highlights, IPL 2024: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Mumbai Indians by 24 runs at Wankhede Stadium. Chasing 170-run target, MI were bundled out for 145. Earlier, MI bowled out KKR for 169. Nuwan Thushara claimed three wickets inside the powerplay to dent KKR’s start but a solid partnership of 83 runs between Venkatesh Iyer (70 off 52) and Manish Pandey (42 off 31) led the two-time champions’ fightback. Jasprit Bumrah later returned with a double-wicket over to keep KKR’s progress in check before ending with a spell of 3 for 18 in 3.5 overs. (Scorecard | IPL 2024 Points Table)

Here are the Highlights of Mumbai Indians vs Kokata Knight Riders IPL 2024 game:

  • 23:16 (IST)

    IPL Live Score: KKR win!

    Mitchell Starc claims three wickets in the first five balls of his final over to finish the game. KKR win by 24 runs.

    MI 145 (18.5)

  • 23:10 (IST)

    MI vs KKR Live: SIX!

    A short ball from Andre Russell and Gerald Coetzee has slammed it over the cow corner for a six. This is a much-needed boundary for Mumbai Indians. Russell bowls a dot ball in the follow-up. Mumbai Indians need 32 runs in 12 balls.

  • 23:05 (IST)

    MI vs KKR Live: Brilliant bowling

    Only three runs came off Mitchell Starc’s third over. Mumbai Indians have scored only 8 runs off the last two overs and this match is now slipping out of their hands. They need a big over or it is soon over for them. Mumbai Indians need 43 runs in 18 balls. 

    MI 127/7 (17)

  • 22:55 (IST)

    IPL Live Score: OUT!

    Suryakumar Yadav is out! It is a horrible dismissal as Andre Russell had bowled a full toss at knee height to SKY but the batter mistimed it in the air before Philip Salt took a brilliant catch running behind. Surya is gone for 56 off 35 balls.

    MI 120/7 (15.3)

  • 22:48 (IST)

    MI vs KKR Live: Fifty for Suryakumar Yadav!

    Suryakumar Yadav raced to his half-century in 30 balls. He is playing a majestic knock for Mumbai Indians, keeping the side alive in this chase. A 20-run over from Vaibhav Arora and Mumbai Indians are truly back in the game. They need 60 runs in 36 balls.

    MI 110/6 (14)

  • 22:43 (IST)

    IPL Live Score: Mumbai Indians steady

    Sunil Narine ends his quota of four overs with figures of 2 for 22. Mumbai Indians still need 80 runs in 42 balls. This partnership between Hardik Pandya and Tim David is the last batting pair for Mumbai Indians as Gerald Coetzee is the one to come in next. The Hardik-David duo needs to take their innings deep.

    MI 90/6 (13)

  • 22:33 (IST)

    IPL Live Score: OUT!

    Hardik Pandya is out for 1 run off 3 balls and Mumbai Indians are in all sorts of trouble here at Wankhede Stadium. It was a good length ball but Hardik wanted to play it from the back foot with a crossed bat on the leg side. The ball took a leading edge of Hardik’s bat before Manish Pandey took the catch at short mid-wicket. 

    MI 71/6 (11.2)

  • 22:29 (IST)

    IPL Live Score: OUT!

    Mumbai Indians are creating trouble for themselves. Even rotating the strike properly is getting tough for them. It was a fuller ball from Sunil Narine and Nehal Wadhera has dragged the ball on his stumps while trying to play it on the leg side. MI need 100 runs in 55 balls.

    MI 70/5 (10.5)

  • 22:25 (IST)

    Live Score: End of 10 overs!

    Mumbai Indians are halfway down their chase. They need 103 runs in 60 balls. With enough batting firepower left, MI would back themselves to chase this target down comfortably. Suryakumar Yadav is playing really well and he should take his innings deep.

    MI 67/4 (10)

  • 22:14 (IST)

    Live Cricket Score: OUT!

    Tilak Varma is gone. This is a poor shot from the star Mumbai Indians batter. He has been scoring runs consistently for MI this season but fails in this game. It was a fuller ball well outside off stump from Varun Chakaravarthy. Varma chased the ball for a drive and edged it into the hands of Narine at short third man. MI need 109 runs in 68 balls.

    MI 61/4 (8.4)

  • 22:08 (IST)

    Live Score: Asking rate goes up for MI

    Only 11 runs have come off the last three overs and the asking rate now goes to 9.31 per over for Mumbai Indians. The key for them from here should be stitch a partnership first. They need 121 runs in 78 balls and a decent partnership between Suryakumar and Tilak Varma can put them back in command.

    MI 49/3 (7)

  • 22:01 (IST)

    MI vs KKR Live: WICKET!

    Rohit Sharma is out and Mumbai Indians are three down. This match has come alive as KKR are truly back in the game. Mumbai Indians need 124 runs in 85 balls.

  • 21:53 (IST)

    Live Cricket Score: SIX!

    Mitchell Starc bowled a fuller ball on the second delivery of the over and Rohit Sharma smashed it for a handsome six over the deep extra cover. It was a stunning shot from Rohit. A total of 13 runs came off the over. Starc is definitely not at his best.

    MI 38/1 (4)

  • 21:49 (IST)

    MI vs KKR Live: Dhir off the mark

    Naman Dhir played four dot balls before getting off the mark with a four on the leg side on the bowling of Vaibhav Arora. He then played another dot ball before slamming the second four of his innings. 9 runs came off the over. 

    MI 25/1 (3)

  • 21:42 (IST)

    Live Cricket Score: OUT!

    1.4 – That is the perfect revenge for Mitchell Starc. He was hit for a four and a six by Ishan Kishan in the previous two deliveries but Starc made a brilliant comeback with a fuller delivery angling into the batter and rattling the leg stump.   

    MI 16/1 (2)

  • 21:36 (IST)

    MI vs KKR Live: Rohit comes in as impact player

    Rohit Sharma has come in as Impact Player as Mumbai Indians have kicked off their chase of 170 runs. Vaibhav Arora bowled the first over and conceded 6 runs in it.

  • 21:17 (IST)

    Live Cricket Score: KKR all out for 169!

    Jasprit Bumrah cleans up Venaktesh Iyer with a fuller delivery and that is the end of KKR innings. Bumrah finishes with figures of 3 for 18 in 3.5 overs, helping MI bowl out KKR for 169 runs. Captain Hardik and the MI team management must be happy with the team’s bowling effort tonight.

    KKR 169 (19.5)

  • 21:11 (IST)

    MI vs KKR Live: Expensive over

    This is some really good batting from Venkatesh Iyer. He smashed Nuwan Thushara for a six and a four in the penultimate over. Iyer retained the strike for himself with a single going into the final over. A total of 12 runs came off the over. 

    KKR 167/9 (19)

  • 21:07 (IST)

    Live Cricket Score: OUT!

    Jasprit Bumrah strikes again! It is a double-wicket over for him. Coming to the most recent dismissal, Bumrah bowled a perfect yorker to Mitchell Starc, who failed to bring his bat down in time and that saw the ball taking an inside edge and crashing on the stumps. 

    KKR 155/9 (18)

  • 21:05 (IST)

    Live Cricket Score: OUT!

    Another one bites the dust. Ramandeep Singh becomes the victim of Jasprit Bumrah. It was a short ball directed at the body. Ramandeep played an upper cut on it but failed to get it over Gerald Coetzee at third man. Kolkata Knight Riders are faltering towards the end. 

    KKR 155/8 (17.4)

  • 21:00 (IST)

    Live Score: Russell is gone!

    Andre Russell is OUT! Venkatesh Iyer has sold Russell down the river. The southpaw went for a reverse sweep that was stopped by the short third man inside the circle. Iyer took a couple of steps forward before denying a single to Russell, who by then had already crossed half of the pitch. Russell did try to return but Hardik collected the throw and dislodged the bails in time for the wicket.

    KKR 153/6 (16.5)

  • 20:56 (IST)

    Live Score: OUT!

    The 83-run partnership has been broken! Hardik Pandya has removed Manish Pandey on the latter’s individual score of 42 off 31 balls. It was a slower ball from Hardik and Manish mistimed it into the hands of substitute fielder Dewald Brevis.

    KKR 140/5 (16.1)

  • 20:47 (IST)

    MI vs KKR Live: Fifty for Venkatesh Iyer!

    Venkatesh Iyer raced to his half-century in 36 balls. It came on the first ball of what was a brilliant over from Nuwan Thushara. He gave away only 5 runs in the over despite bowling a no-ball in it as well.

    KKR 133/5 (16) 

  • 20:46 (IST)

    Live Score: Timeout!

    Kolkata Knight Riders have made a brilliant recovery after losing five wickets inside 6.1 overs. They now have only five overs left to play. It’s high time either of Venkatesh Iyer or Manish Pandey puts his foot on accelerator.

    KKR 128/5 (15)

  • 20:39 (IST)

    Live Score: KKR accelerate!

    12 runs came off the second over of Jasprit Bumrah. Manish Pandey smashed a four and a six in the over. The partnership for the sixth wicket has grown to 64 off 47 balls. KKR have six more overs to go and Andre Russell yet to come. They should target a total of over 180.

    KKR 121/5 (14)

  • 20:30 (IST)

    MI vs KKR Live: SIX!

    Just watch and keep admiring the shot from Venkatesh Iyer. He dances down the track and smashed the Gerald Coetzee for a six over the deep extra cover. 15 came off the over. This pitch is really good to bat on and KKR are scoring at a good pace despite going five down.

    KKR 106/5 (12)

  • 20:24 (IST)

    MI vs KKR Live: Momentum for KKR

    Kolkata Knight Riders have scored 19 runs in the last two overs. Manish Pandey and Venkatesh Iyer have stitched 34 runs off 29 balls for the sixth wicket so far. KKR’s scoring rate is 8.27, which is not bad keeping in mind the fact thay they got five down right at 6.1 overs.

    KKR 91/5 (11)

  • 20:12 (IST)

    IPL 2024 Live: Mumbai Indians on top!

    Mumbai Indians are dictating terms in the game. They have already forced KKR to use the Impact Player. Manish Pandey has been brought in and he is trying to dig in his heels with Venkatesh Iyer at the other end.

    KKR 68/5 (8)

  • 20:01 (IST)

    MI vs KKR Live: OUT!

    Rinku Singh is gone! He has edged a Piyush Chawla delivery back to the bowler to depart for the score of 9 off 8 balls. Mumbai Indians, who are all but out of playoff race, are spoiling KKR’s run more than keeping their slim top-4 hopes alive.

    KKR 57/5 (6.1)

  • 19:55 (IST)

    MI vs KKR Live: WICKET!

    Hardik Pandya has got the wicket of Sunil Narine and KKR are in all sorts of trouble. That is some revenge for Hardik. He bowled a short ball on the first ball of the over that was smashed by Narine for a six over deep backward square leg. Hardik went with a length ball next and rattled the stumps of Narine. 

    KKR 43/4 (4.2)

  • 19:48 (IST)

    MI vs KKR Live: OUT!

    A third wicket for Nuwan Thushara! He is wreaking havoc. Started with the wicket of Phil Salt, then removed Angkrish Raghuvanshi and now dismissed Shreyas Iyer. Kolkata Knight Riders are off to a terrible start in the game.

    KKR 28/3 (3)

  • 19:44 (IST)

    MI vs KKR Live: OUT!

    Another wicket for Nuwan Thushara! A slower ball from the MI pacer and Angkrish Raghuvanshi is gone after hitting the ball into the hands of Suryakumar Yadav at cover. Kolkata Knight Riders are two down.


    KKR 22/2 (2.2)

  • 19:38 (IST)

    MI vs KKR Live: OUT!

    Nuwan Thushara strikes! This is a big blow for KKR at the start of play as they have lost Philip Salt. The batter advanced down the track but failed to play the good length ball. He edged it high in the air before Tilak Varma took the catch and avoided a nearly serious collision with his teammate Naman Dhir.

    KKR 7/1 (0.4)

  • 19:31 (IST)

    MI vs KKR Live: Match starts!

    Nuwan Thushara is bowling the first over. Phil Salt is on the strike, Sunil Narine is at the other end. Here we go!

  • 19:30 (IST)

    Rohit’s thoughts on Impact Player rule

    “I genuinely feel that it is going to hold back (development of India all-rounders),” Rohit had told on ‘Club Prairie Fire’ regarding the Impact Player rule. “Eventually, cricket is played by 11 players not 12 players. I am not a big fan of ‘Impact Player’, you are taking out so much from the game just because of little bit of entertainment, for people around,” he had pointed out.

  • 19:28 (IST)

    MI vs KKR Live: Rohit Sharma not in MI’s playing XI

    Rohit Sharma has been dropped out of the playing XI and kept in the impact substitutes’ list instead. Interestingly, Rohit is among the players who don’t like the Impact Player rule.

  • 19:10 (IST)

    MI vs KKR Live Score: Impact subs –

    Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Shams Mulani, Shivalik Sharma, Dewald Brevis, Romario Shepherd

    Kolkata Knight Riders: Anukul Roy, Manish Pandey, Srikar Bharat, Sherfane Rutherford, Chetan Sakariya

  • 19:09 (IST)

    MI vs KKR Live: Here are the playing XIs –

    Mumbai Indians: Ishan Kishan(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Nehal Wadhera, Hardik Pandya(c), Naman Dhir, Tim David, Gerald Coetzee, Piyush Chawla, Jasprit Bumrah, Nuwan Thushara

    Kolkata Knight Riders: Philip Salt(w), Sunil Narine, Angkrish Raghuvanshi, Shreyas Iyer(c), Venkatesh Iyer, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Ramandeep Singh, Mitchell Starc, Vaibhav Arora, Varun Chakaravarthy

  • 19:04 (IST)

    MI vs KKR Live: Kolkata Knight Riders unchanged

    “It’s always about doing the small things well, obviously the dew is a factor but we have to keep that out of mind. The message is clear, each one of them knows their role and responsibility. Batting first we are going with the same team,” said KKR captain Shreyas Iyer.

  • 19:04 (IST)

    Live Score: One change for Mumbai Indians

    “We will bowl. It’s always about playing for pride, it looks quite tough for us but at the same time, we want to play good cricket. Looks like a good track, it’s a fresh wicket so thought that bowling first will be good. Only one change, Naman Dhir comes in place of Nabi,” said Mumbai Indians captain Hardik Pandya.

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SRH vs RR, IPL 2024: Predicted Playing XIs And Impact Substitutes | Cricket News

SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) will take on Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the 50th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday, May 2. Having won five games out of nine, SRH are placed fourth in the IPL 2024 standings. On the other hand, RR are currently placed first in the IPL 2024 standings with 16 points on the board after winning eight matches out of nine.

Ahead of this exciting clash, we look at the predicted XIs of both sides.

SRH Predicted XI

Abhishek Sharma

Abhishek Sharma, one of the most promising batters in IPL 2024, will open the innings for SRH in the upcoming game. Sharma has been in exceptional form, scoring 303 runs in nine matches at a magnificent strike rate of 214.89. His performance will be crucial if SRH aim to set a formidable total on Thursday.

Travis Head

Australian opener Travis Head has made a huge impact in IPL 2024. The left-handed batter has amassed 338 runs at an impressive average of 42.25 and a remarkable strike rate of 211.25. Head has also recorded a century and two half-centuries this season. Expected to open alongside Sharma in the upcoming match, he will be keen to provide SRH with a strong start against RR.

Aiden Markram

Aiden Markram is set to bolster SunRisers Hyderabad’s top order. Despite scoring only 199 runs in nine matches this season, the South African batter will look to contribute significantly in the next game and ease the pressure on the team’s openers.

Nitish Kumar Reddy

Nitish Kumar Reddy, a talented all-rounder, has done his bit in the SRH lineup. With 143 runs and three wickets in six matches, he has showcased his ability with both bat and ball. Reddy will be keen to exert pressure on RR’s batters and bowlers with his versatile skills.

Heinrich Klaasen (wicketkeeper)

Renowned for his aggressive approach to batting, Heinrich Klaasen has emerged as one of the most dangerous batters in IPL 2024. Having amassed 295 runs in nine matches, the South African boasts an impressive average of 42.14 and a striking strike rate of 185.53. Klassen’s power-hitting skills have been instrumental in SRH achieving record-breaking totals, making him a player to keep an eye on during Thursday’s match.

Shahbaz Ahmed

Shahbaz Ahmed will look to solidify his spot in SRH’s middle-order. The all-rounder has been impressive, scoring 176 runs and remaining unbeaten in three of them. With the ball, Shahbaz has claimed three wickets in nine matches, providing valuable support to the team’s spin bowling unit.

Abdul Samad

Abdul Samad has found his aggressive batting form and often left SRH fans in awe in the ongoing IPL. The right-handed batter has piled up 148 runs at a scintillating strike rate of 187.34. Samad will be a raring to showcase his batting skills against RR in the upcoming match.

Pat Cummins (captain)

SunRisers Hyderabad captain Pat Cummins has been particularly effective with the ball, claiming 10 wickets in nine matches. He can also provide depth to the lower order, having scored his runs at an impressive strike rate of 140 this season.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Known for his swing variations and bowling the right lengths, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is expected to open the bowling for Hyderabad. The Indian pacer has scalped five wickets in nine matches and will want to improve his tally in the upcoming match against RRi.

Jaydev Unadkat

Jaydev Unadkat’s inclusion in the playing XI adds variety to SRH’s bowling attack. The left-arm pacer’s ability to swing the ball and vary his pace has led him to take eight wickets in seven matches. His experience in the IPL could be vital as he can provide crucial breakthroughs when needed and maintain pressure on the opposition throughout the match.

T Natarajan

Indian fast bowler T Natarajan will lead the SRH bowling attack. Natarajan has taken thirteen wickets in just seven matches, showcasing his skill in generating swing and bowling accurate lengths. He is the top wicket-taker for SRH this season and will need to be at his best to restrict RR.

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RR Predicted XI

Yashasvi Jaiswal

RR’s flamboyant opener Yashasvi Jaiswal returned to form with a match-winning century against Mumbai Indians. Chasing 180, Jaiswal remained unbeaten on 104 off just 60 balls to guide RR to a nine-wicket win in Jaipur and the southpaw will look to continue his resurgent form against SRH.

Jos Buttler

Yashasvi Jaiswal’s opening partner Jos Buttler has also been in scintillating form this season. Buttler has scored 319 runs in eight games at an average of 53.17 and a strike rate of 150.47, including a magnificent ton against KKR and he will aim to produce another big knock in Hyderabad.

Sanju Samson

Sanju Samson has been one of the standout performers for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2024. The 29-year-old wicketkeeper-batter has amassed 385 runs in nine games at an average of 77 and a strike rate of 161.09.

Riyan Parag

Riyan Parag has been one of the leading run scorers for RR this season so far. Batting at No. 4, Parag has accumulated 332 runs in nine matches at an average of 55.33 and a strike rate of 159.62. He will once again hold the key in the middle order for the Royals against SRH.

Dhruv Jurel

Dhruv Jurel is another quality inclusion in RR’s playing XI and the youngster has scored 102 runs in nine matches in IPL 2024. With RR’s top-order firing, Jurel has had limited opportunities but will look to impress in Hyderabad.

Shimron Hetmyer

West Indies’ explosive batter Shimron Hetmyer is one of the top finishers in T20 cricket. Hetmyer has scored 70 runs this season in his limited opportunities at an impressive strike rate of 194.44. He will look to contribute against SRH if he gets time in the middle.

Rovman Powell

West Indies’ T20I captain Rovman Powell is a match-winner on his day. The 30-year-old has played four matches for the Royals this season and has chipped in with some handy contributions. He is expected to retain his place in RR’s playing XI against SRH.

Ravichandran Ashwin

Veteran cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin can contribute with both bat and ball in the T20 format. However, Ashwin has picked up two wickets and scored only 53 runs in eight matches this season. He will be raring to have more of an impact in RR’s upcoming games.

Trent Boult

RR’s star pacer Trent Boult has provided early breakthroughs for the Royals in IPL 2024. The left-arm fast bowler has scalped 10 wickets in nine matches at an economy of 7.81 and could trouble the SRH batting line-up on Thursday.

Avesh Khan

Avesh Khan has been a wicket-taker for RR this season. The right-arm pacer has claimed nine wickets at an economy of 9.54 in just as many games and will be crucial in the middle overs against SRH.

Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzvendra Chahal has been the leading wicket-taker for RR in IPL 2024. The star leg-spinner has already bagged 13 wickets in nine matches and could once again be the wrecker-in-chief for the Royals in Hyderabad.

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Virat Kohli’s Batting Decoded Ahead Of T20 World Cup 2024: Is He Really Weak Against Spin? | Cricket News

It is that time of the year once again. As the ICC T20 World Cup squad announcement for India comes closer, the discussions around the strike rate and approach of star batter Virat Kohli in T20 cricket are once again at the centre of all possible discussions around the squad, its players and the overall balance of it. Virat is currently leading the IPL 2024 run charts, with 500 runs in 10 matches at an average of 71.42 and a strike rate of over 147, with a century and four half-centuries. His best score is 113*. He is also the highest run-scorer in the league’s history, with 7,763 runs at an average of 38.43 and a strike rate of 131.02. His best score is 113*. Virat has scored eight centuries and 54 fifties.

The superstar batter is also a different beast in ICC T20 World Cups, where he is the leading run-scorer of all-time, with 1,141 runs at an average of 81.50 and a strike rate of 131.30, scoring 13 half-centuries in 27 matches and 25 innings. He also secured the ‘Player of the Tournament’ honours in 2014 and 2016 for his performances. In the tournament, Virat has a history of bringing his absolute A game against Pakistan, during the run-chases and lastly during the knockout games, where he has always scored a half-century.

Despite all the numbers, Virat’s recent T20 form, strike rate and overall approach has produced mixed debates. While many opine that his slightly conservative, anchor-like style that involves calculated risks is irrelevant in modern-day T20s, many cricketers, experts, media and fans still side with the batter because of his tendency to perform under pressure, his ability to accelerate and anchor as per needs and his great statistics. The constant chatter around Virat does call for a look into his numbers.

Let us look into his IPL game this season and in the past, across all the phases and styles of bowling, starting with the middle overs, where the Virat is said to often slow down and take less risks, especially against spin.

Middle overs (7-16 overs): As per ESPNCricinfo, Virat’s middle-overs strike rate in IPL 2024 is 137.17, his highest since his peak year of 2016, which saw him score 973 runs. This year, he has made 214 runs in this phase in 156 balls and dismissed four times, bringing his average to 53.50. 14 of these deliveries have been sent for four while eight were dispatched into the skies for a six. He has played 40 dot balls in this phase this year. His middle-overs strike rate during the years was: 133.96 (2023), 115.21 (2022), 106.53 (2021), 108.10 (2020) and 118.60 (2019). At his peak in 2016, he scored at an SR of 150.76 in middle overs, scoring 490 runs in 325 balls, with 37 fours, 18 sixes and 68 dot balls. Virat was dismissed five times in this phase back in 2016, bringing his average to 98.00.

Against spin-bowling in middle overs this year, Virat has struck at a SR of 138.4. He has scored 144 runs in 104 balls, only dismissed once by spinners in this phase. He has smashed six fours and seven sixes against spin in this phase and played 24 dots. 56 of his runs have come through singles. This strike rate of 138.46 is actually his best in years, having struck at: 110.48 (2023), 105.55 (2022), 101.03 (2021), 105.17 (2020) and 111.53 (2019) over the years against spin in this phase. Even in 2016, his SR in middle-overs against spin was slightly low at 137.23. His all-time high SR against spin in overs 7-15 was back in 2015, scoring at 157.42, making 159 runs in 101 balls, with nine fours, 10 sixes and 28 dot balls. 45 runs came through singles and the rest through doubles and triples.

His pace game in middle overs has declined as compared to last year, when he was striking at 170.58, his all-time high against pace in this phase. This year, his SR against pace is 134.61 in middle overs, having scored 70 in 52 balls, with eight fours, a six, 16 dot balls and 22 runs coming through singles. Even back in 2016, Virat’s SR against pace in this phase was 169.34, scoring 232 runs in 137 balls, with 21 fours, nine sixes, 28 dots and 65 singles. The rest of the runs came through doubles and triples. Other than 2023 and 2016, his SR against pace in middle-overs has never touched 150.

Now, the focus shifts to two of Virat’s strengths, which is the ability to get his team to a blasting start during the power-plays and let loose his arms completely during death overs.

Power-play (1-6 overs):This year in the power-play, Virat has scored at a strike rate of 154.43. He has scored 244 runs in 158 balls, with 29 fours, 10 sixes and 58 dot balls. 54 runs have come through singles and the rest through doubles and triples. Even in the powerplay, Virat’s numbers have shown massive improvement over the years and are in-fact, at an all-time high. In the past five seasons before this, he struck at 136.81, 116.78, 130.27, 109.45 and 138.95.

During his peak year of 2016, his strike rate in power-play was 119.55. He scored 269 runs in 225 balls, with 29 fours and six sixes. He played 87 dots during this phase and took 91 runs through singles and the rest through doubles and triples.

Death overs (17-20 overs):This year, Virat has scored at a rather decent strike rate during the death overs, mostly because he never really got a chance to play much in this phase or he just lacked support at the other end. His SR at death this year is 168.00. He has faced 25 balls and scored 42 runs in this phase this year, with three fours and two sixes. He has played five dots in this phase and taken 12 runs through singles and the rest through doubles and triples.

Last year though, Virat’s death overs strike rate was 216.00, scoring 54 runs in 25 balls, with four boundaries and four sixes. He played five dots, got 10 runs via singles and rest through doubles and triples. During the last five seasons before this, Virat’s strike rate has been at death: 216.00, 115.78, 100.00, 205.88 and 266.66.

Virat’s strike rate at death been his strongest trait, staying above 200 for eight seasons, including numbers of 241.17 in 2016 and 266.66 in 2015.

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Overall SR against pace:Virat’s overall strike rate against pace in IPL 2024 is 157.69. He has scored 287 runs in 182 runs, with 35 fours, 10 sixes, 61 dots, 65 singles and the rest of the runs through doubles and triples. In the previous five seasons: His SR against pace has been: 163 (his all-time high against pace), 120, 132.19, 135.16, 146.77. Other than in 2024 and 2023, his SR against pace touched 150 on three occasions in 2010, 2016 and 2018.

Overall SR against spin:His strike rate against spin this year has been: 135.66. He has scored 213 runs in 157 balls against spinners this year, with 11 fours, 10 sixes, 42 dots, 79 singles and rest of the runs through doubles and triples. In the past five seasons, Virat’s overall SR against spin has been: 113.46, 108.08, 100.00, 108.91 and 130.14. His strike rate against spin was at its best in the 2016 season, where he struck at 152.30 and 2015 season, where he scored his runs at 151.21 against spin bowling.

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Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals, IPL 2024: Predicted Playing XI Of Both Teams | Cricket News

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will take on Delhi Capitals (DC) in Match 47 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday. Having won five games out of eight, KKR are placed second in the IPL 2024 standings. On the other hand, DC are currently placed fifth in the IPL 2024 standings with ten points on the board after winning five matches out of ten. Ahead of this exciting clash, we look at the predicted XIs of both sides

KKR Predicted XI

Phil Salt (wicketkeeper)

Phil Salt has been in spectacular form for KKR this season, providing them with blitzkrieg starts for the team as an opener. The Englishman has made 324 runs in eight IPL 2024 games with an average of 46.29 and a strike rate of 176.08.

Sunil Narine

Sunil Narine has been in superb form in IPL 2024, with two fifty-plus scores, a century, and an average of 44.63 and a strike rate of 184.02. He has also taken ten wickets in eight games, establishing himself as one of KKR’s key players this season.

Angkrish Raghuvanshi

Young Angkrish Raghuvanshi has impressed whenever he has gone out to bat for KKR. With 118 runs in seven games at a strike rate of 161.64, including a fifty, he’s a player to watch in IPL 2024, eager to continue making an impact.

Shreyas Iyer (captain)

KKR captain Shreyas Iyer has had a topsy-turvy season, but he remains a crucial player in the middle order. He has scored a fifty this season and he will be geared up to lead from the front against his previous side.

Venkatesh Iyer

Despite his limited time at the crease, Venkatesh Iyer has already notched up a fifty this season. With his ability to contribute with the ball as well, he’ll be eager to make an impact, whether with bat or ball, against DC.

Andre Russell

Dre Russ is a match-winner with both bat and ball and has been in superb form for KKR this season. The Jamaican has scored 179 runs in eight games at an average of 44.75 and a remarkable strike rate of 186.45. Russell has also claimed nine wickets at an average of 18.88, establishing himself as one of KKR’s key players.

Rinku Singh

While Rinku Singh hasn’t set this IPL season alight as he has done in the past, the hard-hitting left-hander has produced a few impactful cameos for the team. Singh has made 112 runs at a strike rate of 157.75 and will have a role to play as a finisher against DC.

Ramandeep Singh

All-rounder Ramandeep Singh has done well in his limited time at the crease. He has scored 81 runs at a strike rate of 184.09 and is capable of chipping in with the ball, making him important for the balance of the team.

Dushmantha Chameera

Dushmantha Chameera’s first match of the IPL 2024 was against PBKS, and it was quite expensive. He has collected 55 wickets in 55 international appearances and will look to prove his worth against DC.

Varun Chakravarthy

Leg spinner Varun Chakravarthy has been among the wickets in IPL 2024, having claimed eight scalps so far. He’s performed well against DC in the past and will back himself to get the better of their batters come Monday.

Harshit Rana

Harshit Rana seems to be enjoying his best IPL season yet with KKR having taken nine wickets in seven games in the ongoing campaign. He’s managed to take wickets in crucial moments for the two-time IPL champions and is averaging 27.33 in IPL 2024.

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DC Predicted XI

Abishek Porel

After a slow start to the season, Abishek Porel has progressively found his form in IPL 2024 and has accumulated 184 runs in ten matches at a strike rate of 155.93. Porel will look to continue scoring runs against KKR.

Jake Fraser-McGurk

Australian opener Jake Fraser-McGurk has been in sensational form for DC since his IPL 2024 debut. With 247 runs in just five matches, Jake boasts an average of 49.40 and an exceptional strike rate of 237.50, making him an important player at the top of the order for DC.

Axar Patel

Axar Patel returned to form with a fiery 66-run knock against GT at a strike rate of 153.49. Patel has also been effective with the ball for Delhi, taking seven wickets in ten matches and could be a key player in the upcoming match.

Shai Hope

Shai Hope will enter this contest on the back of a quick-fire 41 runs off 17 balls at a blistering strike rate of 241.18 against MI. Despite scoring only 109 runs in five matches, Hope is capable of both anchoring an innings and also producing big shots when needed.

Rishabh Pant (captain and wicketkeeper)

Delhi’s captain and wicketkeeper, Rishabh Pant, showcased his brilliance in the game against Gujarat. The left-handed batter hammered an unbeaten 88-run knock of 43 balls, including eight sixes and five boundaries, at a stunning strike rate of 204.65. With a total of 371 runs in ten matches, Pant’s destructive form will intimidate KKR’s bowlers.

Tristan Stubbs

Tristan Stubbs played an electric knock, scoring 48 runs off just 25 balls against Mumbai. The Protea batter has been in good touch for Delhi Capitals, amassing 273 runs in ten innings at an impressive average of 68.25 and a strike rate of 192.25, making him a key player for the team.

Rasikh Salam

Despite limited opportunities, Rasikh Salam has featured in four games for Delhi Capitals this season, claiming six wickets. He will be keen to make significant breakthroughs against KKR’s strong batting lineup.

Kuldeep Yadav

Kuldeep Yadav has emerged as one of Delhi Capitals’ top bowlers in IPL 2024. With his crafty spin variations and ability to deceive batters with his googlies, he has taken 12 wickets in seven matches, maintaining an impressive economy rate of 8.52 and an average of 19.17.

Lizaad Williams

Lizaad Williams made his IPL debut against Mumbai and did not contribute significantly. The South African bowler has 16 wickets in 11 international appearances and might be a valuable asset for DC against KKR.

Mukesh Kumar

Mukesh Kumar has emerged as a key figure for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2024. With an average of 21.69 and an economy rate of 11.06, Kumar has taken 13 wickets in seven matches while bowling in difficult situations. The Indian pacer will be eager to continue his effective bowling performance against KKR on Monday.

Khaleel Ahmed

Khaleel Ahmed is set to lead Delhi Capitals’ bowling attack in the upcoming match. Having already taken 12 wickets in ten matches with an impressive economy rate of 9.49, his ability to take wickets in both the powerplays and death overs could prove challenging for KKR’s batting lineup.

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CSK vs SRH Highlights, IPL 2024: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Tushar Deshpande Star As Chennai Super Kings Thrash SunRisers Hyderabad By 78 Runs | Cricket News

IPL 2024, Chennai Super Kings vs SunRisers Hyderabad Highlights© BCCI

IPL 2024, CSK vs SRH Highlights: Skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad missed his second successive IPL century by a whisker, while pacers Tushar Deshpande and Matheesha Pathirana decimated the Sunrisers Hyderabad batting as Chennai Super Kings won their IPL home game by 78 runs at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday. After Gaikwad scored a 54-ball 98 and shared a 107-run partnership with Daryl Mitchell (52) to give CSK a healthy 212/3, Deshpande (4/27) and Sri Lankan Pathirana (2/17) came up with match-winning bowling figures to dismiss SRH for 134 in 18.5 overs. Deshpande took the wickets of opener Travis Head (13) and Anmolpreet Singh (0) in his first over before getting rid of Abhishek Sharma (15) and captain Pat Cummins (5), while Pathirana got the dangerous Aiden Markram and Heinrich Klaasen to demolish SRH. (Scorecard | IPL 2024 Points Table)

Highlights of Chennai Super Kings vs SunRisers Hyderabad IPL 2024 match:

  • 23:34 (IST)

    IPL 2024 Live Score: CSK win!!!

    Chennai Super Kings have won this game by 78 runs. It is a really big margin of victory and that is going to boost their net run rate. CSK win this game after losing consecutive matches to LSG.

  • 23:27 (IST)

    IPL 2024 Live: OUT!

    Sunrisers Hyderabad go 9 down. Chennai Super Kings are only one wicket away from victory.

    SRH 132/9 (18.2)

  • 23:26 (IST)

    IPL 2024 Live: CSK close in on win

    Sunrisers Hyderabad need 85 runs in 12 balls. The asking rate is 42.5.

    SRH 128/8 (18)

  • 23:15 (IST)

    IPL 2024 Live: OUT!

    Another one goes down for SRH. CSK are extremely close to victory. Shardul Thakur has got the wicket of Abdul Samad. That is a good catch from substitute fielder Sameer Rizvi at long-off that puts an end to Samad’s knock.

    SRH 119/7 (16.2)

  • 23:12 (IST)

    IPL 2024 Live: OUT!

    Heinrich Klaasen is gone! He has played the Matheesha Pathirana delivery into the hands of Daryl Mitchell at long-on. Sunrisers Hyderabad need 96 runs in 25 balls.

    SRH 117/6 (15.5)

  • 23:04 (IST)

    CSK vs SRH Live: Asking rate shoots up

    A 3-run over from Shardul Thakur and the asking rate is now over 20 for SRH. Sunrisers Hyderabad need 104 runs in 30 balls. Unless CSK bowlers bowl too poorly, they are going to win this game quite comfortably.

    SRH 109/5 (15)

  • 22:53 (IST)

    Live Score: 100 up for SRH!

    SunRisers Hyderabad crossed the 100-run mark in the 13th over. They were comparatively slow to the mark. MS Dhoni dropped Abdul Samad’s catch on the fifth ball of Shardul Thakur’s over. It was a tough chance as the ball fell to the right of Dhoni.

    SRH 102/5 (13)

  • 22:42 (IST)

    IPL 2024 Live: OUT!

    Wow! That is a sensational yorker from Matheesha Pathirana bowl Aiden Markram. It was a 147 kmph delivery and that rattled the middle stump of Markram. What followed was a discussion between MS Dhoni and CSK captain Ruturaj Gaikwad. Definitely, the strategy from here onwards for the side in this game. Sunrisers Hyderabad need 128 runs in 55 balls.

    SRH 85/5 (10.5)

  • 22:34 (IST)

    Live Score: Vintage MS Dhoni

    There was a run-out chance on the final ball of Mustafizur Rahman’s over. MS Dhoni received a throw from deep and took out his vintage style of deflecting the ball directly onto the stumps without even collecting it. The ball did hit the target but Markram comfortably completed the second run. Sunrisers Hyderabad need 135 runs in 60 balls.

    SRH 78/4 (10)

  • 22:26 (IST)

    IPL 2024 Live: OUT!

    That is a really good catch from MS Dhoni to send Nitish Reddy packing. Ravindra Jadeja surprised the batter with a quick short ball and the latter ended up in mishitting the ball high in the air before Dhoni got under it and completed the catch. Sunrisers Hyderabad need 141 runs in 67 balls.

  • 22:19 (IST)

    Live Score: 11-run over

    Shardul Thakur started his over with a slower back of length delivery on the leg side to Aiden Markram, who mistimed the ball. MS Dhoni gave a full-fledged jump to the leg side but failed to stop the ball from running away for a four. 11 runs came off the over.

    SRH 70/3 (8)

  • 22:14 (IST)

    CSK vs SRH Live: CSK in control

    That is the end of first powerplay. Tushar Deshpande helped CSK dominate the session with three wickets. Nitish Reddy and senior batter Aiden Markram are in the rebuilding act for SRH. The asking rate is over 11 now, so SRH need at least one boundary every over to keep the required run rate under control. 

    SRH 53/3 (6)

  • 22:00 (IST)

    IPL 2024 Live: OUT!

    Tushar Deshpande strikes again! He has got another big wicket. This time, it is Abhishek Sharma. It was a short ball outside off stump and Abhishek hit it into the hands of fielder at deep backward point. SRH are truly in a spot of bother.

    SRH 40/3 (3.5)

  • 21:51 (IST)

    IPL 2024 Live: OUT!

    Travis Head and Anmolpreet Singh are out in consecutive deliveries. Tushar Deshpande gets both the wickets and he is fired up. CSK are right on top of this game.

    SRH 21/1 (1.5)

  • 21:41 (IST)

    IPL 2024 Live: Match starts!

    Travis Head is off the mark on the very first ball with a four. Deepak Chahar gave a bit of width and Head slammed it away for a four on the off side.

  • 21:27 (IST)

    Live Score: CSK post 213 for 3

    12 runs came off the final over bowled by T Natarajan and that is the end of CSK innings. They have got a really good total on the board. This pitch is not a belter for sure and the boundary dimensions are also big here. If CSK bowl well, this is going to be a really good contest in the second innings. 

    CSK 212/3 (20)

  • 21:22 (IST)

    Live Score: OUT!

    Ruturaj Gaikwad hit the ball into the hands of long-on fielder to miss his century and depart at the score of 98. MS Dhoni came in next and slammed the first ball of T Natarajan for a four.

  • 21:18 (IST)

    Live Score: Brilliant over

    With both Shivam Dube and Ruturaj Gaikwad in the hitting mode, Jaydev Unadkat has managed to bowl an economical slog over. He conceded only 8 runs in his final over and ended his spell with figures of 1 for 38 in four overs. Final over coming for CSK…

    CSK 200/2 (19)

  • 21:12 (IST)

    IPL 2024 Live: CSK crusing towards 200

    T Natarajan leaked 17 runs in his third over before Pat Cummins was also hit for 16 in his final over. Cummins finished with figures of 0 for 49 in his quota of overs. Ruturaj Gaikwad is batting on 93 off 49 and CSK are all set to cross 200. 

    CSK 192/2 (18)

  • 21:06 (IST)

    CSK vs SRH Live: Poor review

    Shivam Dube reviewed for a wide ball and what came out was rather a controversial decision from TV umpire. It was a short ball from T Natarajan that covered Dube well while going through the leg side. Dube went for his shot early and the slower ball went over his hands through a decent height. Ground umpire had declared it a dot ball but TV umpire though otherwise. SRH skipper Pat Cummins smiled in frustration.  

    CSK 166/2 (16.2)

  • 20:59 (IST)

    CSK vs SRH Live: Gaikwad close to century

    Ruturaj Gaikwad finishes the third over of Pat Cummins with two consecutive fours. He is batting on 89, just 11 runs away from his second IPL century on trot. 11 runs came off the Pat Cummins over.

    CSK 159/2 (16)

  • 20:54 (IST)

    IPL 2024 Live: Big over

    Ruturaj Gaikwad continues to fire from one end. He smashed Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a six and a four in the over. A total of 14 runs came in the over.

    CSK 148/2 (15)

  • 20:49 (IST)

    CSK vs SRH Live: OUT!

    13.3 – A full toss from Jaydev Unadkat and Daryl Mitchell has somehow hit it into the hands of the fielder at deep mid-wicket. Umpires are confirming the height. Everything seems okay. Mitchell is still there as there seems to be some confusion. Umpires ask Mitchell if he wants to take a review but the batter seemigly tells them that he was waiting for their decision. Mitchell walks back now for the score of 52 off 32.

  • 20:40 (IST)

    IPL Live: Fifty for Mitchell!

    Daryl Mitchell raced to his half-century in 29 balls. The partnership between him and Gaikwad is now of 104 runs off only 61 balls. The stage is set for Chennai Super Kings to post a big total on the board. 

    CSK 123/1 (13)

  • 20:29 (IST)

    CSK vs SRH Live: 100 up for CSK!

    Chennai Super Kings have raced to the 100-run mark in the 11th over. They have nine overs remaining and as many wickets in hand, they should look to maximize as you need to score as big as possible against SRH to challenge them.

    CSK 101/1 (11)

  • 20:18 (IST)

    IPL Live: Fifty for Gaikwad!

    Ruturaj Gaikwad raced to his half-century in 27 balls. He got there with a superb six over the deep mid-wicket. A total of 15 runs came off the first over of Pat Cummins. CSK are on the move. Meanwhile, during the over, CSK star Rajvardhan Hangargekar was seen playing ‘Rock Paper Scissors’ in the dugout.

    CSK 82/1 (9)

  • 20:12 (IST)

    IPL Live: Gaikwad close to fifty

    The play resumed and Ruturaj Gaikwad slammed a four on the bowling of Shahbaz Ahmed. A total of 8 runs came off the over. CSK are looking in good control here. SRH need to break this partnership to make a comeback in the game.

    CSK 67/1 (8)

  • 20:09 (IST)

    CSK vs SRH Live: Gaikwad is injured

    Ruturaj Gaikwad seems to be having some issue with his thumb. The physio is checking him.

  • 20:03 (IST)

    CSK vs SRH Live: End of powerplay

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar conceded 15 runs in his third over while T Natarajan followed it up with a five-run over. Overall, CSK managed to have a good powerplay scoring 50 runs in it and losing only one wicket of Ajinkya Rahane.

    CSK 50/1 (6)

  • 19:53 (IST)

    IPL Live: Gaikwad keeps CSK going

    Shahbaz Ahmed leaked 11 runs in his first over. He conceded only two singles in the first three balls before Ruturaj Gaikwad boasted his class and hit two consecutive fours through the extra cover region and then took a single to retain strike.

    CSK 30/1 (4)

  • 19:46 (IST)

    Live Score: OUT!

    Pressure gets better of Ajinkya Rahane and CSK are one down. It was a good length ball around the off stump and Rahane hit it directly into the hands of the long-on fielder. Trouble increases for CSK as they were already having a slow start. CSK 19/1 after 2.5 overs.

  • 19:43 (IST)

    Live Score: Consecutive fours

    After a slow start, CSK are showing some intent here. Ruturaj Gaikwad hit a four off the final ball of the previous over that was bowled by Nitish Reddy and now Ajinkya Rahane has welcomed Bhuvneshwar Kumar with a four.

    CSK 17/0 (2.1)

  • 19:35 (IST)

    CSK vs SRH Live: Match starts!

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled the first over and conceded only four runs in it. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ajinkya Rahane both were careful in the over and Bhuvi’s disciplined attack thus helped the bowler to start on a good note.

    CSK 4/0 (1)

  • 19:11 (IST)

    CSK vs SRH Live: Here are the impact subs –

    Sunrisers Hyderabad: Umran Malik, Mayank Markande, Anmolpreet Singh, Glenn Phillips, Washington Sundar

    Chennai Super Kings: Sameer Rizvi, Shardul Thakur, Shaik Rasheed, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner

  • 19:10 (IST)

    CSK vs SRH Live: Here are the playing XIs –

    Sunrisers Hyderabad: Abhishek Sharma, Travis Head, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen(w), Nitish Reddy, Abdul Samad, Shahbaz Ahmed, Pat Cummins(c), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jaydev Unadkat, T Natarajan

    Chennai Super Kings: Ajinkya Rahane, Ruturaj Gaikwad(c), Daryl Mitchell, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni(w), Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpande, Mustafizur Rahman, Matheesha Pathirana

  • 19:09 (IST)

    CSK vs SRH Live: Gaikwad contended with team’s position

    “(On being happy with batting first) Not really. Was hoping to win the toss, nothing we can control much. If we put up runs against them they’ll definitely be under pressure. We have just lost those clutch moments in the game, just 2-3 overs while batting when we couldn’t capitalise. Even with bowling, we haven’t gotten those starts in the powerplay and sometimes when we’ve got that we haven’t been able to finish off well. Overall, we’re happy with where we are but we’re just looking to win those clutch moments,” said CSK captain Ruturaj Gaikwad.

  • 19:08 (IST)

    CSK vs SRH Live: Markande misses out for SRH

    “We’re going to bowl. Absolutely, you can see why it’s pretty loud here. Boys are pretty pumped up. We’ve got Bhuvi who’s a very nice new ball bowler, I just fill in wherever required. We’re going with one extra batter, Markande misses out. We’ve always looked to bowl first, maybe dew comes into it later in the evening,” said SRH skipper Pat Cummins.

  • 19:05 (IST)

    Live Score: SRH opt to bowl

    SunRisers Hyderabad captain Pat Cummins has won the toss and opted to bowl vs Chennai Super Kings in an IPL 2024 match at MA Chidambaram Stadium.

  • 18:56 (IST)

    CSK vs SRH Live: Are SRH going to make changes?

    There is unlikely to be any shuffling in the visiting batting order, but Aiden Markram might need to step up, having been dismissed in singles figures in the last two contests. In bowling, senior seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the only one who could be at the receiving end, having managed to claim just a wicket in the last three fixtures. With the likes of Umran Malik, Fazalhaq Farooqi and Akash Singh waiting in the wings, SRH may think of given a chance, especially to the Jammu pacer, who has the ability to bowl above 150 kmph.

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