IPL 2020: The complete news timeline

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IPL 2020: The complete news timeline

What's hot, what's not, who's in, who's out. Everything that you need to know about IPL 2020 - we have it covered here!



Friday, November 6

Bumrah is world's best T20 bowler: Bond

Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond has described his side's pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah as the best T20 bowler in the world, saying it was always a privilege to watch him play in the Indian Premier League. Bumrah and his pace partner Trent Boult blew away the Delhi Capitals batting line-up in the IPL Qualifier 1 on Thursday to help MI reach the final.

I don't focus on end result: Bumrah

Mumbai Indians pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah says he is reaping the reward for not worrying about results and just focusing on executing the role assigned to him by the team. Bumrah was adjudged the 'Player of the Match' for returning with figures of 4-1-14-4 as four-time champions MI reached yet another IPL final with a 57-run win over Delhi Capitals in the first qualifier here on Thursday.

Our execution in death overs was miles off: Ponting

Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting lamented that his bowlers were miles off in the death overs against Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1 and they will have to "dig deep" as a team to make the IPL final. Delhi will get another shot at making the title clash in Qualifier on Sunday after being outplayed by Mumbai on Thursday night.

The way we finished at back-end was magnificent: Rohit

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma was all praise for his team's collective effort in beating Delhi Capitals by 57 runs in the first qualifier of the Indian Premier League on Thursday (5th November 2020). Mumbai Indians dominated the one-sided proceedings to make it to their sixth IPL final. "Yes, I guess so," Rohit said when asked if it was his team's best performance in this year's IPL.

Thursday, November 5

Drop in temperature made it easier to chase: Tendulkar

Batting great Sachin Tendulkar feels that with temperatures dropping in the UAE, it has become easier to chase in the ongoing IPL as the tournament enters its business end during which the dew factor has also come into play. Tendulkar compared the first five weeks of the tournament to the one gone by, when more teams started chasing targets well in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

 Wednesday, November 4

Rohit may have lost touch: Dhawan

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma may have lost a bit of touch due to an injury-forced absence and Delhi Capitals would look to exploit that when the two teams clash in the IPL Qualifier, says opener Shikhar Dhawan. A left hamstring injury kept Rohit out of action for nearly two weeks before he came back for the game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday.

Knowing well we can do damage: Bond

Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond on Wednesday said no team wants to face them, knowing the extent of damage they can do with their explosive batting and lethal bowling attack. Defending champions MI entered the play-offs of the 13th IPL with nine wins and 18 points. "We have got as good batting line (up) as anyone in the tournament, our bowling line up is as good as anyone's in the tournament.

Win against MI is a confidence booster: Nadeem

Sunrisers Hyderabad spinner Shahbaz Nadeem said despite an IPL play-offs berth at stake, his team treated the do-or-die game against the mighty Mumbai Indians like any other match and that is what helped the side pull off a stunning 10-wicket triumph. The Sunrisers delivered under pressure in the must-win game to crush table-toppers Mumbai Indians by 10 wickets and qualify for the play-offs.

'Hamstring is absolutely fine,' confirms Rohit

Rohit Sharma on Tuesday allayed concerns over his fitness, saying his "hamstring" is absolutely fine after the Mumbai Indians skipper returned to action after a two-week injury lay-off. "I was happy to be back, it's been a while. I'm looking forward to play few more games here, let's see what happens. It (hamstring) is fine, absolutely," said Rohit at the post-match presentation after the 10-wicket loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad.

SRH have a never say die attitude: Warner

Sunrisers Hyderabad's "never-say-die" attitude helped the team stage an incredible turnaround and secure a spot in the IPL play-offs, skipper David Warner stated. Sunrisers Hyderabad delivered under pressure in a must-win game to crush table-toppers Mumbai Indians by 10 wickets and qualify for the play-offs.

Tuesday, November 3

Bouncing back after losing four straight matches was the 'hardest thing,' says Ponting

Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting says losing four matches on the trot before bouncing back in the last league match of IPL was the "hardest thing" to endure, but maintaining confidence of the players during the barren run did the trick. The Delhi-based side had the best start to the tournament, winning seven out of their first nine games. However, Shreyas Iyer and his men suffered four losses on the bounce to slip to the third spot and were in danger of missing out on the play-offs due to their deteriorating net-run-rate.

MI one of the best teams but DC are fearless: Iyer

Delhi Capitals' skipper Shreyas Iyer is quite "chuffed" about the way his team bounced back from four consecutive losses to make the IPL playoffs and insists that the "fearless" bunch has what it takes to upstage defending champions Mumbai Indians up next. Delhi Capitals earned a top-two finish with an easy six-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday. They will take on the defending champions on Thursday for a place in the IPL title clash. "The Mumbai Indians are one of the best teams. Having said that, I feel we are also a fearless and amazing bunch of boys," Iyer said at the post-match press conference. 

Was disappointed when I didn't get to play: Rahane

Delhi Capitals (DC) batsman Ajinkya Rahane finally came good against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as his 46-ball 60 not just helped his side win, but also ensured that they qualify for the playoffs. With this win, they also bring an end to their four match losing streak. The will face Mumbai Indians in the Qualifier 1 on November 5 in Dubai. Rahane, who shared a 88-run stand for the second wicket with Shikhar Dhawan said that he was disappointed initially when he did not get an opportunity to play.

RCB played good enough cricket to earn a playoff spot: Kohli

Skipper Virat Kohli on Monday insisted Royal Challengers Bangalore deserved a qualification spot in the Indian Premier League playoffs and said his team would make full use of the opportunity. RCB slumped to their fourth defeat on the trot after losing to Delhi Capitals by six wickets. Despite the reverse, Kohli and his men secured a playoff berth, largely because of their performance in the first half of the tournament.

Monday, November 2

Watson retires from all forms of cricket

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batsman Shane Watson has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, following his side’s final match in the Indian Premier League (IPL) against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). However, Watson played his last match for CSK against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Dubai on October 29, in which he scored 14.

Learnt a lot more this year than I did in the first season: Ngidi

South Africa fast bowler Lungi Ngidi had a mixed season for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. He started off well with a three-wicket haul, but got smashed for 56 runs against Rajasthan Royals (RR) after which he did not play for more than a month. However, when he returned, he picked up five more wickets in two matches as CSK failed to make it to the playoffs for the first time in their history. Talking about his experience this season, the 24-year-old feels that he learnt a lot more this season than the previous one, which was also his first season in the IPL.

When you think CSK you think of MS Dhoni: Du Plessis

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) may have not made it to the playoffs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, but the silver lining is perhaps that they on the last three matches of the tournament and more importantly, their captain MS Dhoni has confirmed that he will definitely play in the tournament next year. CSK batsman Faf du Plessis believes that CSK and Dhoni are synonymous and reckons that the former Indian captain is motivated as ever to come back stronger next season. 

We couldn't have done anything more, up to the Gods now: Morgan

Pleased with his team's efforts in a crunch situation, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan said they couldn't have done anything more in a must-win game against Rajasthan Royals. KKR finished their league campaign with a 60-run win over the Royals on Sunday (1st November 2020) to get into the top four with 14 points. However a negative Net Run-Rate (-0.214) might be an impediment towards qualification.

Short-run game against DC came back to bite us, says Rahul

Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul believes that the "short run" that played a part in their opening IPL loss to Delhi Capitals massively affected their playoff chances despite a remarkable comeback in the second leg of the tournament. KXIP finished on 12 points after losing their last game against Chennai Super Kings after winning five games on the trot to raise visions of a playoff chance.

We need to change our core group, says Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday (1st November 2020) said that Chennai Super Kings' "core group" of players is set for overhaul after the franchise finished out of the IPL playoff bracket for the first time in 11 appearances. CSK crushed Kings XI Punjab by nine wickets to end their worst-ever IPL season on a positive note, with Ruturaj Gaikwad's third successive half-century providing hope for a bright future.

Sunday, November 1

IPL playoffs another 'small little tournament': Rohit

His first target accomplished, defending champions Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma has not set his sights on the IPL playoffs, which he considers as a "small little tournament". MI (18 points from 13 games) has ensured a top-two finish in the IPL league table with a clinical nine-wicket win over Delhi Capitals on Saturday and will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in their final game on Tuesday in Sharjah.

Dhoni confirms KXIP game not his final one for CSK

Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be back in the IPL next year. The World Cup-winning captain confirmed it himself at the toss of Chennai Super Kings' final game of the season on Sunday. Dhoni made the customary toss tradition a memorable one for his countess fans by confirming that he will be back in the yellow jersey next season.

'To get Kohli out is always special,' says Sandeep

Sandeep Sharma has got RCB skipper Virat Kohli out seven times in the IPL, more than any other bowler, making it a "special achievement" for the Sunrisers Hyderabad medium pacer. Sandeep dismissed Kohli for seven which played no small part in SRH's five-wicket win over RCB in their IPL match here on Saturday.

It's a terrible feeling to lose three in a row: De Villiers

Star Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsman AB de Villiers has described losing three matches in a row as a "terrible feeling" with a dip in form towards the end of the league stage jeopardising their play-off spot. The South African, however, promised that his side would give their best in their do-or-die match against Delhi Capitals in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

We weren't brave enough with the bat: Kohli

We weren't brave enough with the bat," said Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli after his side suffered a five-wicket defeat at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad. Kohli said Saturday's (31st October 2020) defeat has virtually made their last game against Delhi Capitals a must-win for a top-two finish in the standings. RCB only managed 120 for seven after SRH asked them to take first strike. "It was never enough. We thought 140 might be a good total to sort of get into the game on that kind of wicket. We weren't brave enough with the bat throughout the innings and credit to them - they used the pitch well and the change of pace," Kohli said after the match.

Saturday, October 31

Rohit is getting better and will be back soon, assures Kieron Pollard

Mumbai Indians stand-in captain Kieron Pollard informed that regular skipper Rohit Sharma's injured left hamstring is on the mend and he is expected to be back soon for the team. Rohit sustained a recurrent left hamstring injury during MI's IPL match against Kings Xi Punjab, which also prompted the national selection committee to leave him out of the Australia-bound Indian team.

There are lot of flaws in our game: Shreyas Iyer

A distraught Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer admitted that there are too many "flaws" in their gameplan and execution as his side slumped to its fourth straight defeat, on Saturday (31st October 2020). Following a nine-wicket thrashing by the Mumbai Indians, the Capitals now need to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in their final league game to qualify for the Playoffs.

Gayle fined 10 per cent of match fee for flinging bat

The swashbuckling Chris Gayle has been fined 10 per cent of his match fee for breaching the Indian Premier League's code of conduct during Kings XI Punjab's match against Rajasthan Royals. The IPL did not specify the exact incident for which he was penalised but it is understood the Jamaican was penalised for throwing his bat away in disgust after getting out for 99 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Dew made it tough for us to defend the score: Rahul

Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul blamed his side's inability to defend a decent total against Rajasthan Royals in their IPL match to the dew factor, saying it made life miserable for his bowlers, especially the spinners as they struggled to grip the ball. Sent in to bat, KXIP posted a decent 185 for four but RR overhauled the target without much ado, scoring 186 for three in 17.3 overs.

Friday, October 30

We always look to get good starts: De Kock

Mumbai Indians opener Quinton De Kock says having an experienced and strong middle-order is always a plus for any team but it does not make the job of the openers easy since they are responsible for team's good starts. Table-toppers Mumbai Indians, who have already made it to the Play-offs, have a strong middle order with the likes of Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya in the ranks.

I am never happy with where I am as player: Stokes

His peers, seniors and even critics can't help being in awe of the brilliance that defines Ben Stokes' career but the World Cup-winning English cricketer prefers being mostly unhappy with his performances to ensure that improvement never stops. In the form of his life for the past three-four years, the 29-year-old already has 7000 plus runs and more than 270 wickets across formats and finds his name mentioned alongside the likes of Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff.

Mumbai Indians first team to qualify for IPL play-offs

Mumbai Indians on Thursday became the first team to qualify for the IPL play-offs after Chennai Super Kings pulled off a six-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders. While CSK were already out of the tournament, the loss made KKR's task a lot tougher. KKR are on 12 points and can get to only 14 if they win their final league game.

We have put ourselves in this position by losing games: Hussey

The defeat against Chennai Super Kings has made the Play-offs road tougher for Kolkata Knight Riders and mentor David Hussey is not a pleased man. KKR bowlers could not defend a decent 172-run total, losing the game to CSK by six wickets on Thursday. The result meant that they stayed at fifth position in the table with 12 points. They not only need to win their last league stage game but also need favourable results from other matches.

Ruturaj is one of the most talented players going around: Dhoni

Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni heaped rich praise on Ruturaj Gaikwad, saying the young opener is "one of the most talented players going around". Gaekwad scored his second straight half-century to set up a six-wicket win over KKR. 

I would rather be in bio-bubble than sit at home: Stokes

The monotony of being in a bio-bubble might be a concern for some but not for English all-rounder Ben Stokes who feels the isolating measure at least lets him play the sport he loves while the world battles a raging pandemic. In an interview to PTI, the world's premier all-rounder spoke about life in a bio-bubble amid the COVID-19 threat and host of other issues including his role as an opener in T20 cricket for Rajasthan Royals.

Thursday, October 29 

Why CSK failed? Lara explains

Chennai Super Kings' unflinching reliance on experience over youth has been their undoing this IPL season, said West Indies batting icon Brian Lara, urging the franchise to give its younger lot a chance in the remaining games. One of the most successful sides in the history of the tournament, CSK are languishing at the bottom of the points table. While most sides nurture youngsters, that has not been the case with the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side, often referred to as 'Dad's Army'.

Won't be surprised if MS Dhoni is retained as CSK captain: Gambhir

Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Chennai Super Kings owners share such mutual trust and fabulous relationship that he could be retained as captain of the side in 2021 despite enduring an abysmal IPL season in the UAE, says former India opener Gautam Gambhir. Three-time winners CSK have failed to clear the leagues stage for the first time in the tournament's history and are currently placed at the bottom of the points table following an unprecedented eight defeats in 12 outings.

Morris, Hardik reprimanded for a heated exchange

Royal Challengers Bangalore all-rounder Chris Morris and his Mumbai Indians' counterpart Hardik Pandya have been reprimanded for a verbal altercation during their teams' IPL clash. The incident took place in the 19th over of Mumbai Indians' chase when Pandya struck Morris for a massive six and gestured towards the South African. Morris got his revenge when he dismissed Pandya in the fifth ball of the over and gave him a send off. Mumbai Indians' won the match by five wickets.

Suryakumar has burning desire to don India blue: Kieron Pollard

Mumbai Indians skipper Kieron Pollard was effusive in his praise for Suryakumar Yadav, who made quite a statement with a match-winning IPL knock after being overlooked for national duty, and said the batsman is driven by a "burning desire" to don the India blue. After restricting Royal Challengers Bangalore to 164/6, courtesy effective death bowling led by lead pacer Jasprit Bumrah (3/14), Mumbai Indians rode on a blistering unbeaten 79 off 43 balls by Yadav to chase down the target and record a five-wicket win on Wednesday night.

Wednesday, October 28

Chasing an area of concern for DC: Ponting

Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting conceded that chasing is an area of concern for his team and it needs to hit the "reset" button to seal an IPL play-off spot in the remaining two league games after enduring a third straight loss. After a flying start, the Capitals suffered a hat-trick of losses, two of them while chasing, to slip to the third spot in IPL standings. The most recent of those defeats was on Tuesday when the side lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad.

I bowl with clear mind: Rashid Khan

Rashid Khan continues to bamboozle batsmen in the Indian Premier League and the Afghanistan leg-spinner credited his astonishing success to bowling with a clear mind. Going into Tuesday's (27 October 2020) contest against Delhi Capitals in a do-or-die situation, Sunrisers Hyderabad registered a comfortable 88-run win to stay alive in the race for the play-offs.

Tendulkar, Shastri laud Saha's knock against DC

The legendary Sachin Tendulkar lauded Wriddhiman Saha's "under-rated" shot-making while the national team's head coach Ravi Shastri found his 45-ball-87 simply "outstanding" as they lavished praise on the Test specialist's IPL performance for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Saha smashed 12 fours and two sixes for SRH in their 88-run victory over Delhi Capitals, showing his hitting skills which have largely gone unnoticed over the years.

SRH likely to "wait and watch" on Saha's Injury

Wriddhiman Saha's groin injury is "not serious" but his IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad is expected to adopt a cautious approach after consultation with the BCCI's medical team as the senior wicketkeeper-batsman is Australia-bound after the T20 event.

Tuesday, October 27

Nothing bowlers have to change drastically after loss to RR: Bumrah

Mumbai Indians pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah on Tuesday said there is nothing that the bowlers have to change drastically following the hammering they received at the hands of Rajasthan Royals in the previous game. MI were at the receiving end of RR's Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson who chased a stiff 196-run target with ease.

'It feels surreal,' says Chakravarthy on his maiden India call-up

"It feels surreal," said the architect-turned-mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy after he got a maiden India call-up for the T20 series in Australia following his exploits for Kolkata Knight Riders in the ongoing IPL. The 29-year-old, who only started taking his spin bowling seriously in 2018, said he was not expecting to be picked in the national team. He has played only 12 T20s and featured in a lone First-Class game.

Gavaskar calls for transparency from BCCI over Rohit's injury

Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar has called for more transparency on the status of limited-overs' vice-captain Rohit Sharma's hamstring injury after he was seen practising at the Mumbai Indians' nets within hours of being left out of the squad for an upcoming tour of Australia. The BCCI did not throw much light on Rohit's fitness and just stated that it is monitoring his progress while announcing the three teams for the Australia tour on Monday. On the same day, Rohit was seen pacticing at the Mumbai Indians nets.

Impressed with Chakravarthy's performances in IPL: Tendulkar

Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar showered praise on Varun Chakravarthy, who on Monday earned his maiden India call-up for T20 Internationals against Australia, saying he has been impressed by the mystery spinner's variations and calm head during the ongoing IPL in the UAE. Varun has been bowling well throughout this tournament (IPL). And very rarely he has given a little more runs at this level," Tendulkar said in a video shared on 100MB.

Mandeep's performance made everyone emotional, says Rahul

Kings XI Punjab KL Rahul was all praise for his teammate Mandeep Singh, who battled personal grief to play a match-winning knock of unbeaten 66 against Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL on Monday. Mandeep lost his father a couple of days back and he attended his funeral through video call. "With the bubble, you don't have your closed ones. The kind of toughness Mandeep has shown has rubbed on to other ways. Everybody is emotional. Just to put his hand up, just to be there, just to finish off the game, makes us so proud." said Rahul, terming it as "complete team performance".

Gayle greatest T20 player, he should never retire: Mandeep

Kings XI Punjab opener Mandeep Singh, who is grieving the loss of his father, was in awe of Chris Gayle's power-hitting against Kolkata Knight Riders, and described the Jamaican as the "greatest T20 player" of the game. Casing 150 on Monday night, Gayle, who was overlooked and was also ill in the first phase of the IPL, showed why he is called the 'Universe Boss' during his innings of 51 off 29 balls.

Monday, October 26

Saini doubtful for crucial fixture against MI

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) pacer Navdeep Saini, who split his webbing between his thumb and index finger during his team's match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Sunday could miss the crucial match against Mumbai Indians (MI) on Wednesday if he fails to recover. RCB physio Evan Speechly has revealed that he does not know how long Saini will take to recover.

KXIP have been brilliantly led by KL Rahul, says Gavaskar

The legendary Sunil Gavaskar has attributed Kings XI Punjab's impressive turnaround of fortunes in the IPL to the captaincy of KL Rahul and the fighting spirit of head coach Anil Kumble. Down in the dumps after five successive losses, KXIP scripted a remarkable comeback, notching up four wins on the trot to grab the fifth place with 10 points in the IPL standings. They are in with a chance to make the playoffs with three more games to go.

Smith pleased with RR's batting effort against MI

Rajasthan Royals (RR) skipper Steven Smith was pleased with the batting effort that steered the team to an eight-wicket win over defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) but felt the death bowling and overall fielding left a lot to be desired. Riding on Ben Stokes' 107 off 60 balls, Rajasthan chased a stiff 196-run target with 10 balls to spare to stay afloat in the tournament. Sanju Samson also chipped in with an equally aggressive 54 not out.

CSK out of playoffs race for first time in IPL

Three-time champions Chennai Super Kings have been knocked out of the race to secure an IPL playoffs berth for the first time in 13 years after Rajasthan Royals defeated Mumbai Indians by eight wickets in Abu Dhabi. The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side had made it to the play-offs in each of the 10 IPL seasons that it participated since the league started in 2008.

Credit to RR, I feel that they really batted well: Hardik

Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya said their bowlers were left with "not much options" against the marauding duo of Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson, who executed their skills to perfection to guide Rajasthan Royals to a eight-wicket win. Courtesy Pandya's (60 off 21 balls) blitzkrieg, Mumbai put up an imposing 195 for five but Stokes (107 off 60) and Samson (54 off 31) made light work of the target, conjuring a match-winning unbroken 152-run second wicket stand to take Rajasthan home with 10 balls to spare.

Hopefully my hundred will give my family some happiness: Stokes

Rajasthan Royals' star England all-rounder Ben Stokes is hoping that his swashbuckling return to form with a hundred would not just rejuvenate his side but also give some happiness to his family as it copes with his father Ged's battle with brain cancer. Rajasthan rode on a blistering 107 by Stokes and an equally aggressive 54 by Sanju Samson to overhaul a 196-run target set by defending champions Mumbai Indians with 10 balls to spare on Sunday. The duo forged an unbeaten 152-run stand for the second wicket.

Du Plessis credits spinners for win over RCB

Chennai Super King's batting mainstay Faf du Plessis believes that slower conditions always bring the best out of his side and attributed their eight-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore to the exploits of the spinners. CSK on Sunday restricted RCB to a modest total of 145 for 6 and then returned to overhaul the target with ease in 18.4 overs.

Dubai to host IPL 2020 final on November 10

Dubai will host the Qualifier 1 and IPL final while the other two play-off games will be held in Abu Dhabi, the BCCI announced on Sunday. The Qualifier 1, to be contested between the top two teams in the league standings, is scheduled for November 5 while the Grand Finale will be held on November 10. The Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi will host the Eliminator, to be be played between third and fourth placed teams, on November 6, as well as the Qualifier 2 (winner of Eliminator vs loser of Qualifier 1) on November 8.

You have painful 12 hours left in IPL but got to enjoy every moment: Dhoni

Chennai Super Kings' IPL campaign may well end on Monday (26 October 2020), which will be their first without reaching the playoffs, if KKR win their next match but Mahendra Singh Dhoni wants his team to enjoy even as they endure a painful next 12 hours. KKR are on 12 points and a win against KXIP on Monday will take them to 14 points. Three other sides -- Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore -- have already got 14 points.

Sunday, October 25

Since the Super Over win over MI, belief has been great: Arshdeep

The nervy double Super Over win against defending champions Mumbai Indians sky-rocketed Kings XI Punjab's belief and played a role in effecting a turnaround in their fortunes in the IPL, according to the team's left-arm fast-medium bowler Arshdeep Singh. Arshdeep played a pivotal role in KXIP's 12-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday night, returning impressive figures of 3/23 to help them defend 126. The win kept them afloat in the tournament.

Warner confident of winning final three games to keep playoff hopes alive

His team may be faced with the herculean task of beating the tournament's top three sides to keep its playoff hopes alive in the ongoing IPL but Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner is confident the former champions "will definitely" get the job done. Warner, though, rued his batsmen's "complacence" after they collapsed from a highly advantageous position in a chase of 127 in their game against Kings XI Punjab on Saturday.

KXIP trying to make winning a habit, says Rahul

Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul said his side is trying to make winning a habit, after a fourth straight victory kept its play-offs hopes alive in the ongoing Indian Premier League. KXIP made an incredible comeback at the death, taking five wickets in the final two overs to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 12 runs and stay afloat in the tournament.

Our most complete performance so far: Morgan

Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan on Saturday (24th October 2020) said his team produced its most complete performance of the season so far when it upstaged the fancied Delhi Capitals by 59 runs to stay alive in the IPL. Having suffered a massive defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore after putting up 84/8 in their last outing, KKR were not given much of a chance against the high-flying Delhi Capitals.

Play with freedom, not with survival mind-set: Shreyas Iyer to team-mates

Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer on Saturday (24 October 2020) urged his team-mates to toughen up their minds after they crashed to a 59-run loss at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders, a rare poor show for the side this IPL season. Chasing a massive 194/6, which KKR posted courtesy half-centuries by Nitish Rana (81) and Sunil Narine (64), DC were held to 135/9 as mystery spinner Varun Chakarvarthy (5-20) wrecked the in-form line-up. Delhi have won seven of their 11 games so far.

Saturday, October 24

Rana dedicates his fifty to late father-in-law

Kolkata Knight Riders reached a formidable 194 for 6 in their match against Delhi Capitals (DC) thanks to Nitish Rana’s 81 off just 53 balls. His innings included as many as 13 fours and a six. After he reached his fifty, Rana held up a KKR jersey with his father-in-law's name, Surinder Marwah, inscribed on it, who passed away on Friday (October 23).

RCB to don green jersey against CSK

In their next match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will don the green jersey as part of their ‘Go Green’ initiative at the Dubai International Stadium. All players and staff from the RCB contingent will be sporting the green jersey on Sunday (25th October 2020) in a bid to spread the awareness too keep the plant clean and green. 

Captain can't run away, so I'll be playing in all the games: Dhoni

The usually indefatigable Mahendra Singh Dhoni conceded to being hurt at the way Chennai Super Kings' IPL campaign has hurtled from one disaster to another but ruled out benching himself from the remaining three games, saying "a captain can't run away". CSK are all but out of reckoning from a play-offs spot and Dhoni said the three remaining games would be an exercise in understanding how the side should plan for the next season. They next take on Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday.

The game was almost over in the powerplay, admits Fleming

Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming has attributed his team's 10-wicket loss to Mumbai Indians to a "terrible" powerplay where they lost too many quick wickets. CSK were on Friday reduced to 21 for five in the powerplay and could only post a paltry 114 for nine, thanks to a 47-ball 52 by Sam Curran. MI returned to overhaul the target, scoring 116 for no loss in 12.2 overs.

Wickets becoming slower and drier, it comes down to accuracy: Boult

Mumbai Indians' pacer Trent Boult says he is reaping the rewards of consistent accuracythis IPL season on pitches which are getting slower and drier with each passing game. The left-arm seamer, who was roped in by Mumbai Indians as a replacement for the experienced Lasith Malinga, scalped four wickets -- three in the powerplay -- to set up his team's 10-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings here on Friday.

We have not played to our potential this season: Dhoni

Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday (23rd October 2020) admitted that his side failed to perform to their potential from the second game onwards as they suffered an embarrassing 10-wicket defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians in an IPL match. With the loss, CSK are all but out of reckoning for a place in the playoffs with just six points from 11 matches. They remained rooted at the bottom place in the IPL points table.

Cricket without pressure is boring: Morris on his key role at RCB

For allrounder Chris Morris, cricket without pressure is boring and he feels the clarity over his role in the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) set-up has helped him perform consistently so far in the IPL. Morris has always been a sought-after cricketer in the IPL and after four seasons with the Delhi Capitals, he is currently with the RCB providing the balance that Virat Kohli's team was seeking desperately.

Friday, October 23

It was do-or-die game for me: Vijay Shankar

All-rounder Vijay Shankar says he treated the match against Rajasthan Royals as a 'do-or-die game' as his good show with both bat and ball may have saved his place in Sunrisers Hyderabad's playing XI. The comfortable eight-wicket win lifted the team to the fifth spot in the eight-team competition with eight points from 10 games.

It's just great to show that we do have a middle-order: Warner

Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner said their middle order, under the scanner in the ongoing IPL, proved itself by guiding the team to a victory against Rajasthan Royals. Manish Pandey (83) and Vijay Shankar (52) scored unbeaten half-centuries after Warner and Jonny Bairstow were dismissed early in the run chase to help SRH register a comfortable eight-wicket win.


Thursday, October 22 

I can't force my opinion on others: Rabada

Made up of strong limbs and a liberated mind, Kagiso Rabada on Thursday (22nd October) invoked Nelson Mandela and emphasised on fighting for the right causes without "shoving" his opinion down anyone's throat. Moving away from the usual cricket stuffs, the leading South African fast bowler spoke about the influence of the iconic anti-apartheid leader in his life and how it shaped his philosophy as he became an elite sportsperson.

Slow nature of wickets allowing me to attack: Rahul Chahar

Mumbai Indians leg-spinner Rahul Chahar on Thursday said the pitches getting gradually slower in the UAE and bigger grounds than India has allowed him to attack the batsmen consistently in the Indian Premier League. Chahar has taken 11 wickets in nine games with a decent economy rate of 7.40.

Loss against RCB was morale-crushing: McCullum

Disappointed with his team's "timid approach" with the bat, Kolkata Knight Riders head coach Brendon McCullum has admitted that the crushing defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore would definitely affect the morale of the side, but their destiny is still in their hands. He believes KKR can go all the way to the final, despite just hanging on to the fourth spot in the eight-team competition with 10 points from as many games.

It was a late call to ask Siraj to open the bowling: Kohli

Mohammed Siraj's furious spell upfront tore apart the Kolkata Knight Riders' batting line up but RCB skipper Virat Kohli revealed that the seamer initially did not figure in their plans for opening the attack. Siraj, who replaced Shahbaz Ahmed in RCB's playing XI on Wednesday, took three wickets in rare two wicket-maiden overs to decisively turn the match in his team's favour.

Wednesday, October 21

Seifert replaces Khan in Kolkata Knight Riders

New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert has joined the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League to replace injured bowler Ali Khan. Seifert, who has played three one-day internationals and 24 Twenty20 matches for the national side, joins the Eoin Morgan-team just when they are still in a chance to reach the IPL playoffs.

Dwayne Bravo ruled out of IPL with groin injury

Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has been ruled out of the ongoing IPL with a groin injury, dealing a massive blow to the already struggling side which has very slim chances of advancing to the play-offs. The 37-year-old Bravo, an integral part of the CSK team for years now, couldn't bowl the final over against Delhi Capitals in a match in Sharjah on October 17.

Shami has put his hand up as a senior bowler: Rahul

The ever-reliable Mohammed Shami has bowled with a lot more "clarity of mind" in the ongoing IPL, which has helped him deliver near-perfect performances this season, feels Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul. Shami, a world-class Test bowler, has been in his elements, taking 16 wickets for KXIP in 10 matches so far and played a big role in the last three games that the team has won.

Loss against KXIP a wake-up call for us: Iyer

It's a wake up call, said Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer as he urged his team's batsmen, with the exception of an in-form Shikhar Dhawan, to take "more responsibility" following a surprise IPL loss to Kings XI Punjab. Delhi Capitals lost by five wickets after putting 164/5 on the board.

One of our top four has to finish off games: Rahul

Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul was relieved to see his team finally get over the line comfortably but said the top-four batsmen must consistently close out games in the remainder of their IPL campaign. KXIP have often struggled to finish games from comfortable positions in this IPL.

Tuesday, October 20

What spark does Dhoni see in Jadhav? Srikkanth asks

Kris Srikkanth, the former India captain and selection committee chief, has slammed Mahendra Singh Dhoni's "ridiculous" calls for Chennai Super Kings in the ongoing IPL and asked what "spark" did he see in the under-performing Kedar Jadhav. Srikkanth was referring to Dhoni's remark that the youngsters in the Chennai Super Kings squad did not show the spark needed to challenge the seniors and break into the playing XI.

Happy to play wherever the team requires me: Buttler

England batsman Jos Buttler says he does not mind batting in the middle-order for Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) if his team requires him to do so. Buttler, who started as an opener in the tournament, has been batting down the order in recent games. Against CSK on Monday he was at his destructive best, while skipper Steve Smith held the other end.

Fleming hints at giving youngsters chance for remainder of IPL

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) coach Stephen Fleming and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni say that the bottom-placed team will ring in the changes in its upcoming IPL matches by trying out youngsters even though the Indian is yet to notice the requisite "spark" in them. With just three wins from 10 matches so far, CSK now have only mathematical chances of making the play-offs. They next take on defending champions on October 23.

RR lucky to have Buttler: Smith

Jos Buttler is second to none when it comes to winning games at the back-end, said Rajasthan Royals skipper Steven Smith, likening the English batsman to swashbucklers-par-excellence such as AB de Villiers and Kieron Pollard. After Royals spinners stifled Chennai Super Kings to stop them at 125 for five, Buttler came up with an unbeaten 70-run knock off just 48 balls to lead his side to a comfortable seven-wicket IPL win on Monday night.

Dhoni admits CSK's failure after Royals thumping

Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted on Monday that Chennai Super Kings have not lived up to their billing this Indian Premier League season after the three-time winners were outclassed by Rajasthan Royals. Chennai skipper Dhoni's 200th match in the Twenty20 tournament turned out to be a damp squib as his team lost by seven wickets in Abu Dhabi to slip to the bottom of the eight-team table.

Monday, October 19

DC's focus will be on chasing well in second phase of IPL, says Kaif

Delhi Capitals' (DC) assistant coach Mohammad Kaif on Monday said that his team's focus will be on chasing well during the second phase of the IPL having successfully defended targets in multiple games. With seven wins in nine matches, the Capitals' have been the team to beat this IPL but out of the two games that they lost, one was while chasing against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai.

DC name Praveen Dubey as Mishra's replacement

Delhi Capitals (DC) on Monday named Karnataka leggie Praveen Dubey as a replacement for veteran spinner Amit Mishra, who was ruled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 due to a fractured finger. The 27-year-old leg-spinner has played 14 domestic T20 matches for his state, and has 16 wickets to his name with an economy rate of 6.87.

'Angry and upset' going into the Super Over: Gayle

The big-hitting Chris Gayle revealed that he felt "angry and upset" going in to the Super Over after Kings XI Punjab were in a comfortable position to win the IPL match against Mumbai Indians in regulation period. After defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore off the last ball, KXIP once again found themselves taking the run chase too deep against Mumbai, leading the game to two Super Overs on Sunday.

Bumrah has taken over the mantle from Malinga, feels PollardMumbai Indians all-rounder Kieron Pollard feels that pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah has taken over the mantle from Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga to become the lynchpin of the four-time IPL champions' bowling attack. After picking up the crucial wickets of KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and Nicholas Pooran in the stipulated 20 overs, Bumrah (3/24) bowled an excellent Super Over against Kings XI Punjab, conceding just five runs.

Shami wanted to bowl six yorkers in Super Over: Rahul

Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul said that his pace spearhead Mohammed Shami wanted to bowl six yorkers in the Super Over while defending just five runs in their dramatic IPL match against Mumbai Indians on Sunday. The match ended in a tie in the regulation 20 overs and KXIP could only score five runs in the first Super Over but Shami bowled brilliantly to restrict MI to the same score.

Getting Warner out in Super Over was special: Ferguson

He decisively turned the match in Kolkata Knight Riders' favour with his exceptional bowling and no wonder Lockie Ferguson's favourite moment was dismissing Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner off the first ball of the Super Over. The Kiwi paceman bowled Warner with a pacey back-of-a-length delivery and Abdul Samad with a slower ball yorker respectively while conceding only two runs in the Super Over. This was after he took three wickets in Sunrisers Hyderabad's chase in regulation time.

Sunday, October 18

Seifert named Ali Khan's replacement at KKR

New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert has replaced injured USA fast bowler Ali Khan at IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) According to ESPNcricinfo, Seifert has been roped in as replacement for USA fast bowler Khan, whose maiden stint at the lucrative league ended without any game time due to a side strain that he suffered while playing in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

Narine cleared to bowl in the IPL

Kolkata Knight Riders' West Indian spinner Sunil Narine was on Sunday cleared by the Indian Premier League's (IPL) suspect bowling action committee after being reported last week. Narine was reported for a suspect action during his team's clash against Kings XI Punjab last Saturday and another such instance could have led him to being barred from bowling in the league.

'Dhoni made the worst decision in a long while,' quips Blake

Star sprinter Yohan Blake said Mahendra Singh Dhoni had "made the worst decision in a long while", fuming in front of his TV set in faraway Jamaica as Delhi Capitals closed in on a remarkable win in IPL. Blake, an ardent admirer of the sport, questioned the Chennai Super Kings skipper's move to give Ravindra Jadeja the final over on Saturday night.

Axar and I had the advantage over Jadeja, says Dhawan

Chennai Super Kings' (CSK) left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja bowling the final over was an advantage for Delhi Capitals' (DC) left-handed duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Axar Patel, the senior opener acknowledged after his maiden IPL hundred. Capitalising on the lives he got, Dhawan hit 101 while Axar smashed three sixes in the final over, as Delhi Capitals knocked off the required 17 runs for a five-wicket win over CSK on Saturday.

Bravo 'out for a few days or a couple of weeks,' says Fleming

Chennai Super Kings' death bowling expert Dwayne Bravo could be "out for a few days or a couple of weeks" due to a groin injury, according to head coach Stephen Fleming. Bravo's inability to bowl the final over cost CSK their IPL game on Saturday as Delhi Capitals knocked off the required 17 runs. "He (Bravo) seems to have a right groin injury, obviously it was serious enough to keep him from coming back to the field, he is just really disappointed that he was not able to bowl the final over, that's pretty much for what he is in the team for," Bravo said.

Bravo was not fit to bowl final over: Dhoni

Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday (17th October) said he had to hand the ball to Ravindra Jadeja to bowl the match-deciding final over against Delhi Capitals since Dwayne Bravo, his preferred option, was not available due to fitness issues.

Saturday, October 17

AB is IPL's most impactful player, says Kohli

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday (17th October) called AB de Villiers the "most impactful player in IPL" after the South African blasted a 22-ball 55 to set up an incredible win against Rajasthan Royals. Chasing 178, De Villiers smashed six sixes to help RCB win the game after all seemed lost for them following the dismissal of Kohli (43) in the 14th over.

Not thinking about playoffs, taking one game at a time: De Kock

Mumbai Indians (MI) find themselves in pole position to make it to the playoffs after a thumping eight-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). MI wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock, who starred in the game with an unbeaten 44-ball 78 says that his team are not thinking about the playoffs and are more keen on taking it one game at a time. https://www.cricket.com/news/not-thinking-about-playoffs-taking-one-game-at-a-time-de-kock-1602928259973

Morgan blames top-order batting failure for KKR's defeat

Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan blamed top-order batting failure for his side's comprehensive defeat to Mumbai Indians in their IPL match here and said they need to "turn things around" quickly. Electing to bat, KKR were reduced to 42 for 4 in the eighth over and half of their batsmen were gone for 61 in the 11th over. An 87-run unbroken stand for the sixth wicket between Morgan (39 not out) and fast bowler Pat Cummins (53 not out) took them to a respectable 148 for 5.

We were clinical in both batting and bowling: Rohit

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said his team lived up to the expectations with its clinical showing in both batting and bowling, which culminated in an eight-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. After the bowlers restricted KKR to 148 for five, opener Quinton de Kock blazed his way to 78 off 44 balls to complete the task for Mumbai.

Karthik stepping down incredibly selfless: Eoin Morgan

Kolkata Knight Riders' new skipper Eoin Morgan hailed Dinesh Karthik's decision to step down as captain of the IPL side as an "incredibly selfless" act of putting the team ahead of an individual. Karthik handed over the reins to his deputy Morgan hours before their IPL match against Mumbai Indians.

Friday, October 16

Ponting wants his wards to play better cricket in 2nd half

Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting believes that playing well in the second half of IPL will be a bigger challenge as the tracks in the UAE will get slower. Citing as an example their win against Rajasthan Royals last Wednesday, he said any score in the region of 160 could prove to be a good total.

When Gayle is batting, you have a chance of winning: Pooran

Chris Gayle's presence in the middle had the team brimming with confidence and the 'Universe Boss" with a cracking half-century proved his worth during Kings XI Punjab's win over Royal Challengers Bangalore, said batsman Nicholas Pooran.

Dinesh Karthik steps down as KKR captain

Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik stepped down as captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders team and wished to hand over the leadership to his English deputy Eoin Morgan hours before the IPL match against Mumbai Indians. The 35-year-old told the management that he wants to focus on his batting and contributing more to the team's cause. 

Took cue from RCB bowlers: M Ashwin

Kings XI Punjab leg-spinner Murugan Ashwin has credited the lessons learnt from observing Royal Challengers Bangalore tweakers for his fine economical performance against the same side in an IPL clash.

AB down the order didn't work: Kohli

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli admitted the decision to push AB de Villiers down the order didn't work but said his bowlers should have been able to defend 171 against Kings XI Punjab in an IPL match.

Thursday, October 15

Mahela wants to continue with pace-heavy attack

The pitches in the UAE are getting slower with each passing day but Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene is keen to persist with their pace-heavy attack. A lot of teams are relying on their spinners now as the ball has started to stop a bit after pitching, forcing the batsmen to muscle the ball around instead of timing it.

Didn't know I bowled IPL's fastest ball: Nortje
South African speedster Anrich Nortje, who set the Indian Premier League ablaze by bowling the fastest delivery in the tournament's history, says he was unaware of the feat until after the end of the match. The 26-year-old pacer clocked a breathtaking 156.2 kmph while bowling to Jos Buttler in the third over of Rajasthan Royals' run-chase against Delhi Capitals on Wednesday. He bettered compatriot Dale Steyn's (154.4 kmph) record in the process.

Shreyas is in pain but is able to move shoulder: Dhawan

Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer is in pain after hurting his left shoulder and a complete picture will only emerge after his scan reports arrive, said stand-in captain Shikhar Dhawan after their team beat Rajasthan Royals by 13 runs in an IPL game on Wednesday (14th October). Iyer hurt his left shoulder while trying to effect a diving stop during RR innings and had to leave the field due to severe pain.

Captains should have option of reviewing wide ball: Kohli

India captain Virat Kohli said he wouldn't mind having an option of reviewing contentious wide deliveries and waist-high full tosses in T20 cricket, more so in high-profile tournaments like the Indian Premier League. Hosting a star-studded 'Puma India Instagram live chat show', Kohli, who leads Royal Challengers Bangalore in the lucrative league, said they have "discussed it internally" as "these things can make a massive difference".

Like to release the ball as late as possible: Sundar

Washington Sundar believes that secret of his success in this year's IPL is primarily about releasing the ball late which also allows him a fraction of a second more to read the batsman's mind. Sundar has played a major role in RCB's success so far this season with skipper Virat Kohli using him mostly in the Power Play overs. He has taken five wickets in seven games but at an astonishing economy rate of 4.90.

Wednesday, October 14

Made changes as trend of our losses was becoming too familiar: Fleming

Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming is glad that changes made to the team broke an increasingly familiar "trend of losses" in the IPL and said the side will look to find new ways to achieve match-day perfection in the upcoming games.

Dhoni slammed for 'bullying' umpire into changing mind

Cricket fans have slammed icon Mahendra Singh Dhoni for apparently bullying umpire Paul Reiffel into changing a wide call during an Indian Premier League game. The incident occurred Tuesday when Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings paceman Shardul Thakur bowled outside the off stump of Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Rashid Khan.

It was one game that was as close to being perfect: Dhoni

His team-mates had not given him many opportunities to be proud of their performances thus far but on Tuesday (13th October) Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was effusive in his praise for his side, describing the win over Sunrisers Hyderabad as a near perfect show.

Tuesday, October 13

Winning purple or orange cap inconsequential: Ashwin

Winning "Purple" or "Orange" Cap is inconsequential in the larger context unless a player executes his role to perfection while contributing to team's cause, feels senior Delhi Capitals off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. In IPL, the highest scorer in the tournament gets 'Orange Cap' and top wicket-taker bags the 'Purple Cap' but Ashwin feels that monikers like these are useless until the team wins matches.

Maxwell attributes inconsistent run in IPL to frequent changes in role

Australian big-hitter Glenn Maxwell has attributed his inconsistent run in the IPL over eight seasons to frequent changes in his role, something that is very clear to him when playing for his country. The 31-year-old Kings XI Punjab batsman came to the IPL on the back of a successful tour of England, where he smashed a 90-ball 108 batting at number seven to script a memorable series-winning run chase alongside Alex Carey.

Gayle likely to play against RCB

Senior Kings XI Punjab batsman Chris Gayle is likely to play his first game in the ongoing on Thursday after recovering from a bout of food poisoning. Head coach Anil Kumble had said that the team could not play Gayle against Sunrisers Hyderabad last week because he was down with food poisoning. The 41-year-old also missed the following game against KKR on Saturday.

Been working on keeping things simple, hitting the hard length: Sundar

Royal Challengers Bangalore off-spinner Washington Sundar feels he is getting rewarded for keeping things simple this IPL, whether it is stifling the batsmen in the powerplay or the middle overs. Sundar has played a major role in RCB's success so far this season. He grabbed two wickets in two overs against KKR on Monday, including the prized scalp of England World Cup-winning skipper Eoin Morgan. His team won the game by 82 runs.

Wasn't that easy to bowl to de Villiers: Karthik

Kolkata Knight Riders may have missed a trick by not playing Kuldeep Yadav on a slow Sharjah wicket but skipper Dinesh Karthik said AB de Villiers made the game beyond their reach with an incredible display of power-hitting. The South African veteran changed gears in the last five overs, smashing six sixes and five fours in an unbeaten 73 off 33 balls to set up an 82-run win for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Barring one superhuman, every batsman struggled: Kohli on de Villiers

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli said AB de Villiers' match-wining 73 against Kolkata Knight Riders was a "superhuman" effort as "every other batsmen" struggled on the dry Sharjah pitch. RCB registered a massive 82-run win on the back of de Villiers' unbeaten 33 ball blitzkrieg and the guile of Yuzvendra Chahal (1/12) and Washington Sundar (2/20), who were instrumental in stifling KKR to 112 for nine chasing 195.

Monday, October 12

Ishant ruled out of IPL due to ribcage injury

Veteran pacer Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of the Indian Premier League with a ribcage injury, his team Delhi Capitals said on Monday. The 32-year-old Test specialist had played only one of the seven games that the Capitals have played so far, finishing his four overs wicketless for 26 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Abu Dhabi.

NADA begins collecting samples of players competing in IPL

The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) on Monday said it has started collecting samples of players competing in the Indian Premier League in the UAE after enlisting personnel from Dubai. The agency posted a tweet to confirm the move.

Hopeful that there would be an appropriate resolution: KKR on Narine

Two-time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday hoped that there would be an "appropriate resolution" to the issue of their spinner Sunil Narine being reported for a suspect bowling action, expressing surprise at the development. The franchise, however, did not say whether he will be left out of the team. Narine has been placed in the warning list and one more reporting of his action by the on-field umpires could lead to him being barred from bowling in the ongoing event.

Rohit stresses on the need to remain ahead of their opponents

Defending champions Mumbai Indians have proved to be the team to beat once again in the IPL and skipper Rohit Sharma stressed on the need to remain ahead of their opponents, especially at the back end of the tournament. "We have had a good run so far. Like we all know this is where the challenges will arise more, the backend of the tournament, we all know what happens. The teams will start catching up and we just got to be ahead of them," Rohit said in a video posted on Mumbai Indians' Twitter handle.

Stokes' presence fills the team with confidence: Tewatia

Rahul Tewatia on Sunday said the presence of England all-rounder Ben Stokes is a morale booster for Rajasthan Royals after the Indian batsman led the team to a much-needed IPL win. Royals snapped their four-match losing streak after edging out Sunrisers Hyderabad by five wickets in Stokes' season debut in the Twenty20 tournament in Dubai.

16-year-old boy nabbed for issuing threats to Dhoni's daughter

A 16-year-old boy was nabbed on Sunday from Mundra in Gujarat for allegedly issuing threats against cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni's minor daughter, police said. "The class 12 student from Namna Kapaya village was detained for questioning in connection with a disgusting threat message that was posted on the Instagram account of Dhoni's wife Sakshi Dhoni a few days back," Kutch (West) superintendent of police Saurabh Singh told reporters.

Krunal credits MI's bowling unit for win over DC

Mumbai Indians' all-rounder Krunal Pandya credited the team's bowling unit for the five-wicket IPL win over Delhi Capitals, saying that taking wickets in the powerplay and not conceding too many runs at the death overs proved crucial. Defending champions Mumbai Indians dished out a clinical performance as they first restricted Delhi Capitals to 162 for four and then returned to overhaul the target, scoring 166 for 5, in 19.4 overs on Sunday night.

Pant ruled out for at least a week, confirms Iyer

Delhi Capitals' wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has been ruled out for at least a week from the ongoing IPL due to a hamstring injury that he suffered recently, team captain Shreyas Iyer has said. Pant suffered the injury during the match against Rajasthan Royals on Friday and missed the Sunday showdown against defending champions Mumbai Indians, which his team lost by five wickets.

I knew I could take the match deep and win it: Tewatia

Rahul Tewatia always had self belief that he can take the game deep during tough chases and win it for his team, something he did for the second time in this edition of Indian Premier League. Tewatia helped the Royals eke out a five-wicket victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad with a 28-ball 45 not out to snap their four-match losing streak in the IPL.

Sunday, October 11

I take pity on those who are criticising Dhoni: Kirmani

Taking pity on those who are criticising Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his not-so-inspiring performance in the ongoing IPL, former India wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani says age and long sabbatical from the game has impacted the stalwart's performance. Dhoni is in the eye of the storm for his own and Chennai Super Kings' below par show. They are languishing at the sixth spot in the eight-team competition with two wins and five defeats.

'I will never go down without a fight,' says Gayle as he recovers from stomach bug

Chris Gayle has been recovering from a stomach bug in a hospital in the United Arab Emirates as his IPL side Kings XI Punjab languishes at the bottom of table. Gayle has not played a single game for the KL Rahul-led side and coach Anil Kumble revealed last week that the explosive West Indies batsman missed out on being part of the XI after being down with an upset stomach.

Harmanpreet, Smriti, Mithali to lead in Women's T20 Challenge

The BCCI has announced the three teams for the upcoming Women’s T20 Challenge 2020, scheduled to be played in the UAE from November 4 to 9. Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj have been named captains of Supernovas, Trailblazers and Velocity respectively. The first match of the tournament will see Supernovas taking on Velocity o November 4 at 7.30 PM IST. Out of the four matches in the tournament only one match - Match 2 between Velocity and Trailblazers will be a day match - and begin at 3.30 PM IST.

Too many holes in the ship, we need to get our act together: Dhoni

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni says batting has become his team's major worry in an IPL campaign thrown haywire by "too many holes in the ship". CSK failed to chase a target of 170 against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to go down by 37 runs on Saturday night. This was their fifth loss in seven games.

It was a complete team performance: Virat Kohli

The victory against Chennai Super Kings on Saturday was closest to perfection, feels Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli who is pleased as punch to end up with two more points in his kitty. For Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the fifth defeat has led to an admission that the batting unit has not clicked and he expects his players to take a more fearless approach in the second half of the campaign.

Pulse was racing inside but I kept calm: Narine

Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Sunil Narine said he was feeling the pressure but managed to keep his calm while bowling a successful final over that earned his team a narrow two-run win against Kings XI Punjab on Saturday (10th October)

Sunil Narine reported for a suspect action

Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Sunil Narine has been once again reported for chucking during his team's IPL match against Kings XI Punjab and one more breach could lead to him being barred from bowling again.

Saturday, October 10

Ponting is teaching me the art of being a better finisher: Hetmyer

Learning the art of playing a perfect pull shot from the peerless Ricky Ponting is a dream that Shimron Hetmyer is living during his stint with the Delhi Capitals. The explosive middle-order batsman showed glimpses of his destructive self during his 24-ball-45 knock against Rajasthan Royals. The first of his five sixes was a pull shot off Andrew Tye, executed to perfection.

RR let DC get 10-15 runs too many, reckons Smith

Rajasthan Royals skipper Steven Smith said they let Delhi Capitals off the hook by conceding an extra 15-20 runs in their Indian Premier League match on a slow Sharjah pitch. Delhi posted 184 for eight, the lowest first innings total at the ground this season, riding on Shimron Hetmyer's 24-ball 45 and 39 off 30 balls from Marcus Stoinis on Friday.

Thought DC had a below-par score, but wicket's slowness helped us: Iyer

Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer said he thought his team had put up a below-par total against Rajasthan Royals but the Sharjah wicket, known for producing bagful of runs, was on the slower side and that worked in their favour on Friday. Delhi posted the season's lowest first innings total at this ground, making 184 for eight after being put in to bat.

Friday, October 9

Leaders without title play pivotal role in direction that team travels: Morgan

England's World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan believes that "leaders without title" play an equally important part as the designated one if a team intends to travel in the right direction in its pursuit of greatness. Morgan is one of the key figures in the Kolkata Knight Riders set-up under Dinesh Karthik's captaincy and he feels it has worked out well in the first three weeks of Indian Premier League.

Pant has vastly improved: Lara

West Indies batting great Brian Lara is impressed with Rishabh Pant's much-improved off-side play, which he believes will add dimension to his game making him a much well-rounded batsman in days to come. The 23-year old Pant has had a fair degree of success for Delhi Capitals in the ongoing IPL, having scored 171 runs in five games with a strike-rate of nearly 140.

Some CSK batsmen think it's a government job: Sehwag

Former India opener Virender Sehwag has taken a dig at Chennai Super Kings' faltering IPL campaign, saying that some of their batsmen think of the franchise as a "government job" in which remuneration is assured irrespective of performance. 

Strike rate very, very overrated: Rahul

Strike rates are over-rated, said Kings XI Punjab captain K L Rahul, brushing aside criticism of his bottom-placed team which lost its fourth match on the trot here, failing miserably in a chase of 202 against Sunrisers Hyderabad. KXIP lost by 69 runs and Rahul could manage only 11 off 14 balls at a strike rate of 68.75. His innings featured no boundaries despite the power-play.

Mayank's early run out was a disaster: Rahul

Struggling Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul on Thursday rued the early run-out of Mayank Agarwal, saying it was a disaster for his side in their pursuit of a stiff 202-run target against Sunrisers Hyderabad in an IPL match. KXIP were all out for 132 in 16.5 overs to slump to a 69-run loss, their fifth defeat and fourth on the trot, in six matches to remain at the bottom of the IPL points table.

Thursday, October 8

Very small margin of error against RR: Harshal Patel

Delhi Capitals all-rounder Harshal Patel reckons a very small margin of error in Friday's IPL game against a Rajasthan Royals team boasting players of the calibre of Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler. An invaluable fifth bowling option for Delhi Capitals, Patel said his team is focussed on executing the strategies.

It was a surreal moment: Chakravarthy on dismissing Dhoni

If playing against him was not enough, Varun Chakravarthy ended up bowling Mahendra Singh Dhoni out and described the moment as "surreal", three years after watching him from the stands at Chepauk with big dreams in his eyes. Chakravarthy, a mystery spinner, capped off what was a memorable day for him in the Indian Premier League by getting photographed with the World Cup-winning skipper.

Certain areas still need improvement: MI coach

Perched at the top of the points table they might be but Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene says there are several aspects of the game that his team needs to improve as it guns for a second consecutive IPL title. Mumbai recorded their third consecutive win, beating Rajasthan Royals by 57 runs on Tuesday. They have so far accumulated four wins and two losses from six matches overall.

Two bouncers per over in T20 cricket: Gavaskar

The legendary Sunil Gavaskar believes that T20 cricket doesn't need much tinkering as it is in "pink of health" but custodians of the game can consider allowing two bouncers per over, moving ahead. The shortest format, over the years, has witnessed dominance of batsmen across the globe with bowlers having little to play for on flat decks with short boundaries.

Jadhav could play spin well: Fleming

Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming said Kedar Jadhav was sent ahead of Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo in a tense run chase against Kolkata Knight Riders because of his ability to play spin well. However, Jadhav laboured to seven off 12 balls as KKR won the game by 10 runs here on Wednesday.

Kuldeep was left out due to make-up of side: Mills

Kolkata Knight Riders Kyle Mills has justified benching star Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav for the past couple of IPL matches, citing the small size of the grounds here and the "make-up" of the side. Defending a modest 168, KKR claimed a 10-run win over Chennai Super Kings. On a slow pitch, it was felt that the left-arm wrist spinner could have made some impact.

Wednesday, October 7

USA pacer Ali Khan ruled out of IPL with injury

Kolkata Knight Riders fast bowler Ali Khan, who had become the first USA cricketer to be signed by an Indian Premier League franchise, has been ruled out of the tournament due to an injury. A media advisory from IPL confirmed his injury but did not provide any details.

Rahul shouldn't be bothered with wicket-keeping: Lara

Iconic West Indian cricketer Brian Lara says "great batsman" KL Rahul shouldn't be bothered with wicket-keeping in the Indian team and he should be allowed to concentrate on his batting. Lara also feels that Rishabh Pant has matured in the past year and he should be considered as India's number one wicketkeeper-batsman.

Stokes reveals his ailing father encouraged him to return to cricket

Star England all-rounder Ben Stokes has revealed that his ailing father, for whom he took a break from cricket, encouraged him to return to action in the IPL by telling him that he was duty-bound "to do the job". Stokes took compassionate leave in the middle of the home Test series against Pakistan in August and travelled to New Zealand to attend to his father who has been diagnosed with brain cancer.

Bumrah wanted to back his yorkers: Bond

Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond has revealed that star pacer Jasprit Bumrah took the new ball and backed his yorkers with a renewed vigour against Rajasthan Royals as he was a bit disappointed with his IPL performances so far. Bumrah, who was having a rather ordinary tournament, was back to his destructive best, claiming a four-wicket haul as his side inflicted a 57-run defeat on Rajasthan on Tuesday.

We have not managed to come off as a top-order: Buttler

Rajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler admitted that his side's top-order has failed to perform in the last three games that has cost them dear in the Indian Premier League so far. The Royals suffered a 57 run-loss to defending champions Mumbai Indians, their third defeat on the trot, with only Buttler contributing a sizeable score (70) on Tuesday.

Smith fined for slow over-rate against MI

Rajasthan Royals captain Steven Smith has been fined INR 12 lakh for his side's slow-over rate during their Indian Premier League match against Mumbai Indians. This was his team's first offence of the season, Smith was fined Rs 12 lakh under the IPL's Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences.

Suryakumar's shot-making was perfect: Rohit

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma feels that Suryakumar Yadav's shot selection was perfect during their team's comprehensive win over Rajasthan Royals in an IPL match. Yadav was back among the runs with a 47-ball 79, propelling Mumbai Indians to 193 for 4.

KKR bowlers will give CSK a tough time: Tripathi

Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Rahul Tripathi feels that his side's bowlers have a measure of the pitch here (In Abu Dhabi) and they can make life difficult for Chennai Super Kings batsmen in their IPL match on Wednesday. 

Tuesday, October 6

Gayle, Mujeeb should get an opportunity in the XI soon: Jaffer

Kings XI Punjab batting coach Wasim Jaffer sees Chris Gayle and Mujeeb Zadran in the playing eleven soon as the team doesn't want to bring them in at a stage when it would effectively need to win every game to make the IPL play-offs. KXIP have struggled so far, losing four of their five games, with death bowling proving to be their biggest concern. Jaffer said the campaign has been disappointing so far but "it only takes a game or two" to turn things around. For that to happen, the more match winners in the team the better, said Jaffer adding Gayle in that list.

We are executing out plans perfectly: Shaw

In-form opener Prithvi Shaw feels Delhi Capitals are doing everything "perfect" in all departments of the game after they climbed to the top of the points table with four wins out of five games in the ongoing IPL. Shaw provided DC yet another blazing start against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday, smashing a quickfire 42 off 23 balls. The Delhi outfit went on to win the match comfortably by 59 runs.

Prithvi Raj Yarra to replace Bhuvneshwar in SRH squad

Unheralded left-arm pacer Prithvi Raj Yarra was on Tuesday named as replacement for Sunrisers Hyderabad's senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has been ruled out of the ongoing IPL due to a thigh muscle injury. Bhuvneshwar sustained the injury while bowling the 19th over of Chennai Super Kings' innings during their October 2 clash in Dubai and hobbled out of the field after just one delivery.

Poor execution of skills let RCB down, feels de Villiers

Just like his skipper Virat Kohli, Royal Challengers Bangalore's star batsman AB de Villiers too feels poor execution of skills let the team down against Delhi Capitals, resulting in a 59-run drubbing in their last IPL match. De Villiers was of the view that RCB came second best to DC in all departments of the game on Monday night.

'First and last warning of 2020,' says Ashwin as he refrains from 'Mankading'

Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday refrained from doing what he would instinctively do in the past -- Mankad the batsman after he had backed up too far at the non-striker's end. Instead, what the Delhi capitals off-spinner did was smile wryly after catching Royal Challengers Bangalore opener Aaron Finch short of the crease during their Indian Premier League match.

Kohli rues dropping sitters following heavy defeat

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli says dropping the sitters has hurt his team, which endured a 59-run drubbing at the hands of Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League. All-rounder Marcus Stoinis was dropped on 30 by Yuzvendra Chahal, after which he went on to score a 26-ball 53 and power the Capitals to 196 for four at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Monday.

Monday, October 5

Kohli inadvertently applies saliva on ball, immediately realises slip-up

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli inadvertently applied saliva on the ball after stopping a cracking drive during an Indian Premier League match on Monday, violating the ICC's COVID-19 protocol. Fielding at short cover during his team's game against Delhi Capitals, Kohli did not let the ball, which was headed in his direction at a great speed, go past him.

Thigh muscle injury rules Bhuvneshwar out of IPL 2020

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been ruled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 due to a thigh muscle injury he sustained during his side's win over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Friday (October 2) in Dubai. Bhuvneshwar pulled up in the 19th over of the CSK innings and even tried to bowl with the pain but walked off after the physio suggested so. To add to his woes, the fast bowler could also miss the Australia tour later this year.

Mishra ruled out of IPL 2020 due to finger injury

Delhi Capitals (DC) spinner has been ruled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 after suffering a finger injury during the game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Saturday (October 3). Mishra stuck out his hand attempting to take a return catch when Nitish Rana slammed the ball towards him. However, he continued bowling and got the wicket of Shubman Gill as well in the next over. But he could not bowl more than two overs. The scans revealed Mishra fractured his ring finger.

We will continue to back our players longer than possible: Fleming

Chennai Super Kings' "reticent" approach to change when faced with poor results has been the key to its success over the years, said head coach Stephen Fleming, citing veteran Australian all-rounder Shane Watson as a shining example of what the side has achieved. Watson finally came good with an unbeaten 83 off 53 balls in his fifth game as an opener, helping the three-time IPL champions record an emphatic 10-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab here on Sunday after a hat-trick of defeats.

We did the small things right: Dhoni

Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said doing the "small things right" shaped their emphatic 10-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab. Veteran batsmen Shane Watson (83) and Faf du Plessis (87) remained unbeaten to help CSK chase down the target of 179 with ease.

Mumbai hitters capitalised when our bowlers erred in length: Laxman

Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman said Mumbai Indians' power-hitters fully capitalised when their bowlers erred in length during their IPL game on the comparatively smaller Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Mumbai Indians beat SRH by 34 runs with Quinton de Kock leading the charge with a brisk half-century before the likes of Kieron Pollard and Pandya brothers -- Krunal and Hardik -- launched a brutal onslaught.

It was nice to get Kane out for a change: Boult

Kane Williamson usually gets the better of team-mate Trent Boult in the New Zealand nets but it was the pacer's turn in the game between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. Boult deceived his New Zealand skipper with a slower one for the bragging rights, ending with tidy figures of 2/28 in Mumbai's 34-run win over Sunrisers.

Sunday, October 4

‘Learnt the flick from you’: Padikkal tells YuvrajDevdutt Padikkal has slammed three fifties in four innings in the ongoing IPL and most recently, he scored a 45-ball 63 against Rajasthan Royals (RR) at Abu Dhabi to lead Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to a comprehensive eight-wicket victory. He has been receiving a lot of praises from cricketers around the world. Yuvraj Singh took to Twitter to compliment the southpaw’s batting, especially praising his flick shot. The former India batsman also went on to say that he would he wants to bat with Paddikal to see who hits it longer. Replaying to this, Padikkal said, “Not competing with you paji. Learnt the flick from you. Always wanted to bat with you. Let’s go!”

DC capable of outperforming RCB, says Nortje

Unfazed by the threat posed by the big guns of Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals' pacer Anrich Nortje said his team is capable of outperforming their opponents on Monday. Nortje said it is all about sticking to basics and executing their plans as the Capitals, who defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 18 runs on Saturday night, will face RCB in an IPL game.

Gambhir wants Karthik to bat below Morgan and Russell

Two-time IPL winning KKR captain Gautam Gambhir believes current skipper Dinesh Karthik should bat after Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell and also wants Sunil Narine to be be dropped from the top of the order. Apart from a 23-ball 30 coming at no 3 against Mumbai Indians, Karthik has failed to produce any significant score despite batting ahead of Morgan so far in the tournament.

Difficult to bat higher up as we have a number of match-winners: Morgan

Eoin Morgan, who is playing the role of a finisher for Kolkata Knight Riders in the ongoing IPL, said it is "difficult" to get a spot higher up the order in a team which boasts of so many "match-winners". Coming in to bat at No.6, Morgan hit an 18-ball 44 to conjure up hopes of a successful run-chase before KKR fell short by 18 runs against Delhi Capitals' total of 228 on Saturday. For England, Morgan has mostly appeared at No.5 and 4.

Not a gifted a player, but I put in the hard work: Iyer

Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer doesn't consider himself a "gifted player" and has attributed all those big sixes against Kolkata Knight Riders to the enormous "hard and smart work" that he had put in the gym sessions. Iyer hit 88 off 38 balls with six sixes and seven fours in Delhi's 18-run win over KKR in an IPL game here on Saturday.

Saturday, October 3

Kohli says his side's good run gave him time to come out of lean patch

Back to form with an unbeaten fifty, Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli said his team-mates' good show gave him enough time to come out of a short lean patch in the ongoing IPL. Kohli struck 72 not out off 53 balls to lead RCB to an easy eight-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals for their third win from four matches. He had scored 14, 1, 3 in the earlier matches.

IPL player reports corrupt approach

A cricketer, competing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE, has "reported a corrupt approach", putting BCCI's anti-corruption unit (ACU) on a high alert. The 13th edition of the IPL in being held in the UAE in a bio-secure environment, which has significantly reduced the chance for persons with dubious credentials approaching the player directly. The threat though still remains by and large due to the online network of corruptors.

Learning about various aspects of the game from Pollard, Pandya: Kishan

Young Mumbai Indians batsman Ishan Kishan says he has learnt that it is not just about power-hitting in T20 matches but other aspects of the game also influence the outcome of a contest. Kishan, who caught attention with a blistering 99 against Royal Challengers Bangalore, said he is learning about various aspects of the game from his seniors Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya.

Stokes set to join Rajasthan Royals SquadWorld's top all-rounder Ben Stokes is set to arrive in the UAE for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 on Sunday and will join his side Rajasthan Royals (RR) after serving a six-day quarantine period. Stokes missed the initial matches of the tournament as he was in New Zealand to be with his ailing father Ged.

Had no pressure when Abhishek came in to bat since we know each other: Garg

The promising Priyam Garg said he "felt no pressure" when fellow rookie Abhishek Sharma walked in to bat with their team Sunrisers Hyderabad precariously placed in an IPL match here as they are "familiar" with each others' strengths. On a day when the top guns David Warner (28), Jonny Bairstow (0), Kane Williamson (9), Manish Pandey (29) failed to fire, the Sunrisers' young middle-order rose to the occasion against Chennai Super Kings.

Fleming lashes out when questioned about thought process behind sending Jadhav above Dhoni

Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming lost his cool and lashed out at those questioning the thought process behind sending Kedar Jadhav ahead of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in their Indian Premier League match against Sunrisers Hyderabad. CSK lost by seven runs to the David Warner-led side on Friday for their third straight defeat in the ongoing edition of the lucrative league. "It is a question?" a fuming Fleming asked at the post-match press conference.

Warner 'not sure' about extent of Bhuvneshwar's injury

A cloud of uncertainty hung over Bhuvneshwar Kumar's participation in the upcoming matches of the IPL with his Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner saying he is "not sure" about the extent of his lead seamer's injury. The India pacer walked off the ground in the penultimate over during SRH's match against Chennai Super Kings here on Friday, raising doubts over his participating in the coming days.

Friday, October 2

Pollard's terrific form is great sign for us: Zaheer Khan

Kieron Pollard's blazing form at the onset of the Indian Premier League is a "great sign" for the Mumbai Indians as it has been the case over the years, says bowling mentor Zaheer Khan. In his element in the last two games, Pollard smashed an unbeaten 60 off 24 balls against RCB before producing an unbeaten 47 off 20 balls against KXIP.

Off-spinner coming to bowl last over was "mouth-watering": Hardik

Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya says the very sight of off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham being handed the ball in the 20th over of his team's IPL clash against Kings XI Punjab had him and his big-hitting partner Kieron Pollard excited before they hit him for 25 runs. Pollard (47 not out) hit three sixes while Hardik (30 not out) got one maximum in that over which took MI to 191 for 4 after being invited to bat. The duo stitched 67 runs from just 23 balls. MI won the match by 48 runs.

I have bounced back, Kings XI Punjab will be back too: Cottrell

Kings XI Punjab pacer Sheldon Cottrell is unfazed by the mounting losses of his team in the IPL and asserts that the side will bounce back just as he did after being pummelled by Rahul Tewatia not so long ago. Cottrell came up with tidy figures of 1/20 though for a lost cause against Mumbai Indians here on Thursday, showing resolve after being struck for five sixes by Tewatia in the loss to Rajasthan Royals in a previous game.

We know sky is the limit in last four overs: Pollard

"We know sky is the limit in the last four overs," said Mumbai Indians all-rounder Kieron Pollard after adding 67 runs in 23 balls with his big-hitting comrade, Hardik Pandya, in the IPL here on Thursday. After skipper Rohit Sharma laid the foundation with a 45-ball 70, the duo of Pollard and Pandya smashed fours and sixes at will, lifting MI to 191 for 4 from 83 for 3 in the 14th over. In reply, Kings XI Punjab were stopped at 143 for 8.

Thursday, October 1

Have used the six-day break well: CSK coach Fleming

Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming on Thursday said the team used the six-day break to "get some clarity around" on what it needed to do to get its IPL campaign back on track. The three-time champions have not gotten off the best of starts, having lost two of their first three games.

Chahal reaping rewards of his quicker googlies in heavenly UAE

Royal Challengers Bangalore spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is finding the bigger grounds of the UAE "heavenly" to bowl in and said he is reaping the rewards of bowling a quicker version of his googly this IPL season. Chahal has taken five wickets in three games so far with his triple strike in RCB's opener against Sunrisers Hyderabad setting up an emphatic win.

Rayudu and Bravo's availability for selection

Ambati Rayudu's much-awaited comeback will be a shot in the arm for an under-pressure Chennai Super Kings when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad, who have shown resilience after early setbacks, in the IPL on Friday.

Won't call it perfect match: Karthik

His side registered a comprehensive 37-run win over Rajasthan Royals for their second consecutive victory in the IPL but Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik said they need to improve on many aspects of the game. He, however, praised the youngsters in his team like Shivam Mavi and Shubman Gill for their good show in the match.

Wicket slowed, could have taken more time to adjust: Uthappa

Rajasthan Royals batsman Robin Uthappa said that his team's failure to adjust to a slow Dubai strip, after two successive triumphs on Sharjah's batting belters, was the reason for their 37-run defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League. Defending 175, Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers wreaked havoc against the in-form Rajasthan Royals batting to have them tottering at 88/8 inside 15 overs before Tom Curran's 54 not out reduced their margin of defeat.

Uthappa spotted purportedly applying saliva on ball

Rajasthan Royals batsman Robin Uthappa seemed to have accidentally applied saliva on the ball while fielding in their IPL match against Kolkata Knight Riders. The video of Uthappa purportedly applying saliva on the ball after he dropped Sunil Narine in the fifth ball of third over went viral on social media. The ICC has already notified a ban on the use of saliva to shine the ball in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, September 30

Sanju will play all formats for India: Warne

Sanju Samson is peerless when it comes to talent quotient and Shane Warne hopes the flamboyant Rajasthan Royals batsman has a consistent 2020 IPL and establishes himself across formats in the Indian team.

Can't allow Rahul to score: MI bowling coach

Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond on Wednesday said Kings XI Punjab skipper K L Rahul would be his team's prime target in their upcoming IPL clash and called the opener a dynamic batsman, capable of scoring around the field.

Shreyas Iyer slapped with fine 

Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer has been slapped with a fine of Rs 12 lakh after his team maintained a slow over-rate against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match here. Given that this was his first offence of the season, Iyer was fined Rs 12 lakh under the IPL's Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offence.

Warner focussed on adding power to SRH's middle-order

Bolstered by the inclusion of Kane Williamson, Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner is focussed on adding depth and power to his team's fragile middle-order as it moves forward in the Indian Premier League. Opener Jonny Bairstow's sublime fifty was complemented by Williamson's 26-ball 41 and a stellar bowling effort from Rashid Khan as Sunrisers Hyderabad outplayed Delhi Capitals by 15 runs to open their account in the 13th IPL on Tuesday.

Mustafizur rues missing out on playing in IPL

Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman rues missing out on playing in the IPL and the perks that come with it after the postponement of his national team's tour of Sri Lanka amid the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hasan had asked Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to reschedule the three-match Test series next month, as the board wasn't willing to comply with the 14-day quarantine rule proposed by the host nation in view of the pandemic.

Rashid remembers late parents 

Sunrisers Hyderabad's main strike bowler Rashid Khan struggled to hold back tears, dedicating his Man of the Match performance against Delhi Capitals to his mother and biggest fan who died earlier this year. Rashid's triple strike made all the difference, allowing Sunrisers to defend 162 for their first win of the IPL season on Tuesday.

DC were just outplayed by SRH: Ponting

Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting had no qualms in admitting that they were "outplayed" in all departments in the IPL game against Sunrisers Hyderabad and refused to blame the pitch, saying it played better when his team batted. This was Delhi Capitals' first loss of the season. Chasing 163 for win and to maintain a clean slate, DC were restricted to 147 for seven at the Shaikh Zayed Stadium on Tuesday night.

Disciplined SRH finally on board with 15-run win

After two frenetic games, the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League finally had a straightforward result but it wasn’t the more fancied side that took the honours home. Instead, Sunrisers Hyderabad who had lost both their opening matches got the better of the unbeaten Delhi Capitals by 15 runs to finally register themselves on the board.

Tuesday, September 29

Presence of three international spinners in Haryana helped me: Tewatia

Fresh from playing one of IPL's most freakish innings, Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Rahul Tewatia on Tuesday said slogging it out alongside three India spinners in domestic circuit moulded him into a cricketer with an ability to do the unbelievable.

Sense of humour goes a long way in dealing with bowling at the death: Jordan

In an unforgiving format like T20, England and Kings XI Punjab pacer Chris Jordan feels having a good sense of humour goes a long way in dealing with the extreme pressure of bowling in the death overs. He vouches for it because only a sense of humour could help Jordan move on from the hiding he got from Marcus Stoinis in his team's IPL opener against Delhi Capitals.

No one can and no one should try to play like Dhoni: Samson

"No one can" and "no one should try" to play like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson said on Tuesday, rejecting comparisons with the cricket great after taking the IPL by storm with his incredible hitting prowess. Samson cleared the boundaries at will to power his franchise Rajasthan Royals to two massive wins over Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab, the second one ending in record IPL chase.

If we are ruthless we will finish them off: Katich to RCB players

Coming at the back a thumping defeat at the hands of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) did well to put on 200-plus in their next game against Mumbai Indians (MI). However, they let the game almost slip when their catching standards were below par and on more than one occasion made a mess of it. RCB coach Simon Katich is pleased with the performance, but heels that his team needs to be ruthless in finishing the opposition off.

Need to work on our skills in the field: De Villiers

AB de Villiers starred once again with his 35th Indian Premier League (IPL) fifty in the game against Mumbai Indians (MI) – a game Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) won in the Super Over after posting 201 for 3 in the initial 20 overs. RCB were well in control of the game, but a valiant partnership between Kieron Pollard and Ishan Kishan tilted the game back in MI’s favour. All that could have been avoided had RCB held on to their catches, which is something de Villiers feels they need to work on.

De Villiers adds balance to the team by keeping wickets: Sundar

Royal Challengers Bangalore spinner Washington Sundar is in awe of his superstar teammate AB de Villiers and feels that the South African swashbuckler's legendary ability to perform multiple tasks, including wicketkeeping, lend balance to the IPL side. De Villiers kept wickets in RCB's win over defending champions Mumbai Indians here on Monday, taking the keeping gloves from an off-colour Josh Philippe. He also smashed a 24-ball half century to grab the man of the match honours.

Saini bowled an outstanding Super Over: Kohli

Reining in the batsmen like Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya in a Super Over is no mean task and Royals Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli was quick to acknowledge a job well-done by his pacer Navdeep Saini. Saini conceded only seven runs in the Super Over to decisively tilt the match against Mumbai Indians on Monday after both the teams finished with the score of 201 in regular contest.

Backed Hardik, Pollard to get the job done: Jayawardene

Mumbai Indians' decision to not send Ishan Kishan, who was striking the ball hard and clean, to bat in the Super Over surprised many but their head coach Mahela Jayawardane defended the tactic saying they had faith in their experienced players to do the job. It was wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan, who with his blistering knock of 99 runs brought Mumbai Indians back in a stiff 202-run chase along with Kieron Pollard (60).

Monday, September 28

Told Tewatia that he will have his day in the IPL: Childhood coach

"I always told Rahul (Tewatia) that he will have his day in the IPL and it would be because of his batting," the excitement and satisfaction was palpable in childhood coach Vijay Yadav's voice while talking about his ward's match-defining 31-ball 53 for Rajasthan Royals in an IPL encounter.

KXIP remain positive despite two close defeats, says Agarwal

Kings XI Punjab opener Mayank Agarwal says his team's dressing room remains a positive space despite two close defeats in three IPL games so far and it won't be long before things fall in place for the side. Having done well at the Test level, Agarwal is in the middle of his breakthrough year in the IPL and smashed a spectacular hundred on Sunday night.

Tewatia requested 'pat on the back' from Ponting last season

Rahul Tewatia had to request for a "pat on the back" last year but this season he has earned it. In a debriefing video of the 2019 season that has gone viral following his match-winning six-hitting spree on Sunday, Tewatia, who played for Delhi Capitals last year, can be seen walking up to head coach Ricky Ponting to remind the legendary Australian about his four catches in the win against the mighty Mumbai Indians.

Hitting five sixes in an over was amazing: Tewatia

Rahul Tewatia, who smashed five sixes in an over to help Rajasthan Royals beat Kings XI Punjab in an incredible IPL match, said he always kept believing that he could achieve the feat despite struggling initially in his innings. Tewatia struck five sixes in the 18th over off Sheldon Cottrell, four of them on the trot, to turn the match on its head after the Royals needed 51 runs from the last three overs.

I have been hitting it well for the past one year: Samson

In-form Rajasthan Royals batsman Sanju Samson on Sunday said he has been timing the ball really well for the last one year but was left frustrated after some of the things that he tried didn't work out. Samson hit quickfire 74 and 85 in the last two innings, scoring a total of 159 runs at an average of 79.50. "I have been hitting it well for the past one year. So I was just sticking to my routine and feeling confident. I am happy to win a few games," Samson said after helping the Royals beat Kings XI Punjab by four wickets.

Sunday, September 27

We are looking forward for Hardik to bowl but need to be patient: Zaheer

Mumbai Indians (MI) Director of Cricket Operations Zaheer Khan on Sunday said Hardik Pandya is keen to bowl but the team management needs to listen to his body as the all-rounder is playing after a lengthy layoff due to a back injury. The 26-year-old Hardik, who underwent a back surgery in London in November last year and returned to cricket in March, did not bowl for Mumbai Indians in the first two IPL games.

Kohli is only human, not a machine: Rajkumar SharmaIndian Premier League’s (IPL) leading run-scorer and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli has not made a particularly good start with the bat. He has scored just 15 runs in the first two games of the tournament and his team was on the receiving end of a thumping 97-run defeat at the hands of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). But they pulled things back in the first game against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to sneak a 10-run victory. Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma however has defended the India captain, saying that he is not a machine

Gill hails Cummins for his strong comeback

Young Kolkata Knight Riders opener Shubman Gill, who played an unbeaten match-winning knock against Sunrisers Hyderabad, hailed Pat Cummins for his strong comeback after the Australian pacer had a forgettable outing against Mumbai Indians in their opening IPL fixture.

We could have tried to hit more boundaries in the middle period: Warner

Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner has criticised the below-par effort of his batsmen after they slumped to their second successive defeat in the ongoing IPL, saying poor application in the middle overs let the team down yet again. Manish Pandey (51 off 38) and Wriddhiman Saha (30 off 31) failed to take on Kolkata Knight Riders' disciplined bowling in the middle overs to set a modest 143-run target after Warner chose to bat.

Karthik admits he need to up his game and get a few runs

It was a happy weekend outing for his team Kolkata Knight Riders but skipper Dinesh Karthik had no qualms in admitting that he needs to up his own game after failing again in the IPL. Young Shubman Gill shone with an unbeaten 62-ball 70 as Kolkata Knight Riders overwhelmed Sunrsiers Hyderabad by seven wickets for their first win. While he was delighted with his team's convincing win on Saturday, Karthik, who failed to open his account, said he will look to get going in the coming matches.

Gill hungry to learn, would love to bat with him once again: Morgan

England's Eoin Morgan heaped praise on young Indian opener Shubman Gill after the batting duo led Kolkata Knight Riders to a comprehensive win in the Indian Premier League on Saturday. Gill and Morgan put on an unbeaten fourth-wicket partnership of 92 as Kolkata chased down their target of 143 with two overs to spare and win by seven wickets against David Warner's Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Learnt how to make everyone feel important in the team from Ponting: Rohit

IPL's most successful skipper, Rohit Sharma has learnt from Australian batting great Ricky Ponting how to make everyone feel important in his team, something that played a part in his success at Mumbai Indians. Rohit, who has won a record four IPL titles as captain, one more than Chennai Super Kings' Mahendra Singh Dhoni, opened up on his team's success and how he likes to lead the team.

Saturday, September 26

Expecting a high-scoring game against KXIP: Buttler

After missing out in the first match, England wicketkeeper-batsman is all set to feature for Rajasthan Royals (RR) against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Sunday at Sharjah. Buttler, who was in quarantine for a few more days as he had arrived in the UAE with his family, believes that RR will find a tough contest in KXIP and he expects a high scoring game.

Trying to find a balance that allows us to be competitive: Fleming

Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming has admitted that his side were "a little bit muddled" at the moment and they need a clearer strategy going ahead after suffering two losses in three matches in the Indian Premier League. Fleming also rued the missing of some key players that he said has affected the team combination.

In Rayudu's absence, we're lacking a bit of steam in batting: Dhoni

Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has no qualms in admitting that he has missed injured Ambati Rayudu badly in the last two games, and said that the three-time champions are "lacking a bit of steam" in their batting unit in the ongoing Indian Premier League.

Had he played today, Dean Jones would have been sought after in T20 cricket: Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar has no doubts in his mind that Dean Jones would have been one of the "most sought after batsmen" if he were to be part of the T20 generation and called him a player well ahead of his time. The 59-year-old former Australia batsman died of cardiac arrest in a Mumbai hotel on Thursday. He was in India as a part of host broadcaster's commentary panel.

I never blamed Anushka nor made sexist comment: Sunil Gavaskar

Putting up a stout defence, iconic Sunil Gavaskar said neither he blamed Virat Kohli's actor-wife Anushka Sharma for India captain's failure nor he made any sexist remarks during an IPL match and his comments were being misinterpreted.

Friday, September 25

RCB skipper Kohli fined Rs 12 lakh for slow over-rate

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has been fined Rs 12 lakh after his team maintained a slow over-rate during their match against Kings XI Punjab. IPL’s official release stated, "As it was his team's first offence of the season under the IPL's Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Mr. Kohli was fined Rs 12 lakh.”

'Anil sir' asked me to be calm and back my skills: Bishnoi

Kings XI Punjab's young spinner Ravi Bishnoi said, head coach Anil Kumble has advised him to always stay calm and back his skills as a bowler. About bowling against the top players, the 20-year-old said, "Since we had a long camp before the IPL, I was preparing myself mentally as skill level is the same for everyone here. So being mentally strong and brave was my main focus. I told myself not to bowl lose deliveries which would allow them to attack me.”

Gavaskar creates controversy, Anushka calls it 'distasteful

The legendary Sunil Gavaskar on Friday found himself in the midst of a controversy for making an unsavoury comment against Virat Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma. Reacting to what she termed a "distasteful message" by Gavaskar, Sharma sought an explanation from the former India captain. In reply, Gavaskar said neither he blamed Virat Kohli's actor-wife Anushka Sharma for India captain's failure nor he made any sexist remarks during an IPL match and his comments were being misinterpreted.

Dube bowling the last over was a bad calculation: Gambhir 

Talking about RCB’s loss against Kings XI Punjab, former India player Gautam Gambhir said, Shivam Dube bowling the last over for RCB was a ‘bad calculation’. He suggested that Umesh Yadav could have been used if Navdeep Saini had completed his quota instead of Shivam Dube.  Gambhir told ESPNcricinfo, “I know Shivam Dube bowled really well in his first two overs. Yes, you would be tempted to give him a third over, but not the last over. When KL Rahul is already set and batting on 100+, you are walking on the edge, because that can happen.”

Rahul says he wasn't 'feeling in control' of his batting

Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul, who scored a scintillating century against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday, said he was lacking confidence in his skills as a batsman heading into the team's second IPL fixture. Rahul starred with an unbeaten 132 off 69 balls as KXIP outplayed RCB by 97 runs. He had already spoken about his fears leading up to the IPL, considering he was coming back after a five-month long break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kohli takes blame for dropping Rahul twice

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli had no qualms in taking the blame for dropping Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul twice, which contributed significantly to their 97-run defeat on Thursday. Kohli felt had he not dropped Rahul, who remained unbeaten on 132, twice KXIP would not have been able to go past the 200-run mark.

Thursday, September 24

Don't judge Cummins just after one game: Karthik

Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Dinesh Karthik finds it extremely "unfair" that his premier pacer Pat Cummins is being criticised after just one bad performance, that too when he played straight after completing his quarantine. All eyes were on Cummins, this edition's highest paid overseas recruit and he was taken apart by Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma as he went for 49 runs in 3 overs during KKR's 49-run IPL defeat on Wednesday.

Not easy to play long innings in these conditions: Rohit

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma said playing in the hot and humid conditions of UAE "takes a lot out of you", an opinion shared by his pacer Trent Boult and Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Dinesh Karthik. Rohit starred with a 54-ball 80 to help defending champions Mumbai Indians to a 49-run win over KKR. During his stay in the middle, he played the pull shots to perfection and hit a couple of sixes. "I back myself to play the pull shots and have practised quite a bit. Pretty happy with the performance of my squad. All my shots were good (laughs), can't pick one," he said.

Mumbai thrash Kolkata to register first win

After starting their campaign with a loss, Mumbai Indians bounced back in style by defeating Kolkata Knight Riders by 49 runs at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Kolkata’s power-packed batting never fired on the day as they crawled to 146/9 in their 20 overs to go down without a fight.

Wednesday, September 23

Putting less responsibility on myself this year: Stoinis

Star all-rounder Marcus Stoinis says carrying the confidence of good BBL performance into the 13th IPL and not putting too much pressure on himself should help him deliver for his new team Delhi Capitals. The 31-year-old made a quick-fire 53 off 21 balls to help his side score 157 for 8 and then snapped two wickets to drag their IPL opener against Kings XI Punjab into a Super Over, where they emerged victories.

It will take some time to Dhoni at his best: Fleming

It will take some time to see MS Dhoni - the finisher, that everyone is waiting for, says Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming as his side fell short in its run chase against Rajasthan Royals despite having the former India captain at the crease. Dhoni came out to bat at number seven in Tuesday's match and took time to settle down before unleashing his powerful shots. 

Marsh ruled out, Jason Holder named as replacement

Sunrisers Hyderabad all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been ruled out of the Indian Premier League 2020 due to ankle injury, the franchise announced on Wednesday. West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder will replace him for the remainder of the IPL. Marsh suffered an ankle injury during their IPL opener against Royal Challengers Bangalore. 

Morris doubtful for game against KXIP

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Director of Cricket Operations Mike Hesson said that there are doubts on South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris’ availability for the match against Kings XI Punjab on Thursday. Hesson said, "Chris Morris unfortunately picked up a slight side strain a few days ago, he would have played a huge role through the middle and death overs, his batting would have had a huge impact as well." After a terrifying 2019 season, RCB began this year's IPL campaign on a positive note by registering a 10-run win over SRH. 

Dhoni didn’t lead from front, feels Gambhir 

Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir feels that Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not lead from the front by dropping himself down the batting order during a mammoth chase. He told ESPNcricinfo, “This is not what you call leading from the front. Batting at No. 7 when you're chasing 217. The game was over. Faf was probably the lone warrior.” On Dhoni hitting three sixes in the final over, Gambhir said, "Yes, you can talk about MS Dhoni's last over but it was of no use to be honest. It was just all personal runs." 

I worked on power-hitting skills during break: Samson

Wicket-keeper batsman Sanju Samson said that he worked on his power-hitting skills during the coronavirus enforced break. The work done by Samson was there to be seen when he helped Rajasthan Royals beat Chennai Super Kings by blasting 74 runs off 32 deliveries. He said, "I think range-hitting is what the game demands in this generation. I had time to work out in these 5 months, and I think I've increased that ability.”

Tuesday, September 22

Samson, Smith star as Rajasthan topple Chennai

Steve Smith led Rajasthan Royals from the front, but it was Sanju Samson and Jofra Archer who brutalised Chennai Super Kings in Match No. 4 of the Indian Premier League 2020 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday (September 22). The two struck 13 sixes between them and helped Rajasthan outmuscle Chennai by 16 runs in their first game of the season.

14-day quarantine didn't help: Dhoni 

The extended two-week quarantine of Chennai Super Kings unit did hamper his preparations as he didn't get a chance to bat for a long time, said skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni after his team's 16 runs defeat to Rajasthan Royals in their second IPL game on Tuesday. Dhoni came in to bat at No 7 sending the likes of Sam Curran and Kedar Jadhav ahead of him in a mammoth 217-run chase. Asked why he came so low, the CSK skipper said, "I haven't batted for a long time. 14-day quarantine doesn't help."

I'm sure Gill will exceed all expectations: Karthik

Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Dinesh Karthik is optimistic that Shubman Gill will exceed all expectations in the current IPL edition. Gill got limited opportunity to showcase his skills in the last edition as his batting position was constantly fiddled. This time KKR coach Brendon McCullum has already given the opener's slot to the 21-year-old. Last season KKR started off well by winning four of their first five matches, but lost six matches on the trot to miss the qualifiers.

De Villiers surprised to find form right away

AB de Villiers was "surprised" to find form in RCB’s IPL opener after being out of action for five months due to the coronavirus-induced break. The former South African skipper said, "I surprised myself to be honest. We had a competitive game in South Africa, which was great, gave me a little bit of confidence." He added, “As a 36-year-old to come here, having not played a lot of cricket, in the middle of some talented youngsters - was a pleasing start. Very happy with the basics, seems to be in place.”

Hope to replicate Russell's contribution for KKR: Morgan

England’s limited over skipper Eoin Morgan said that he is getting ready to complement the pyrotechnics of the big-hitting Andre Russell, when KKR take the field in this edition of IPL. He said, "I know Russell has done that role significantly well for a number of years for Kolkata. He's done exceptionally well. If I get a go, hopefully I will be able to aid that.” Morgan was bought by KKR at the auction after they looked heavily reliant on Andre Russell to finish close games as they missed the qualifiers by a whisker in 2019.

Was nervous before IPL debut: Padikkal

Young Karnataka batsman, Devdutt Padikkal who made an impressive IPL debut for RCB, revealed that he was nervous when his place in the playing XI was confirmed to him. He said, "I was very nervous upon hearing the news of making my debut. But when I came to bat I settled down after playing a few balls." About his skipper, Padikkal said that he learnt a lot from Virat Kohli, and he showed a lot of confidence in the young player on his debut. 

I am sure Bumrah will be on the mark: Boult

Left-arm fast bowler Trent Boult has backed Jasprit Bumrah to bounce back strongly in Mumbai Indians' next IPL game against Kolkata Knight Riders here on Wednesday, after the India pace spearhead had a rare off day in the tournament opener. Bumrah, regarded as India's best death bowler, leaked 43 runs against Chennai Super Kings in a losing cause in the IPL 2020 opener on Saturday.

Marsh likely to miss remainder of IPL 2020

Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh is likely to be ruled out of the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as the ankle injury he suffered during the game against RCB has turned out to be "serious", team sources said on Tuesday. Playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad, Marsh was handed the ball by skipper David Warner to bowl the fifth over but he could bowl only four deliveries. Marsh, whose career has been marred by a series of injuries, twisted his ankle in the second ball while trying to stop a drive by Aaron Finch in his follow through but managed to bowl two more balls before hobbling out. 

Chahal showed how he can get purchase on any surface: Kohli

Royal Chellangers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli on Monday credited wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal's three-wicket burst for his side's 10-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in their opening IPL match here. Chahal (3/18) removed in-form Englishman Jonny Bairstow (61) and Vijay Shankar in successive balls in the 16th over to tilt the game decisively in RCB's favour. He had earlier gotten rid of Manish Pandey (34) in the 12th over.

Wadia calls for better umpiring standards

Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia wants the BCCI to ensure better umpiring standards and optimal use of technology in the IPL, following an umpiring howler which cost his team the match against Delhi Capitals. Wadia expressed his views after KXIP appealed against on-field umpire Nitin Menon's controversial 'short run' call at a crunch time of the game held on Sunday night in Dubai.Before the match went into Super Over, the TV footage showed that square leg umpire Menon had erred in calling Chris Jordan for a 'short run' in the third ball of the 19th over, bowled by Kagiso Rabada.

David Warner backs young Indian batsmen

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) skipper David Warner has backed young Indian batsmen Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma to "keep playing their natural game" after their disappointing outing against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Chasing 164, SRH were 121 for two before Yuzvendra Chahal triggered a collapse with his twin strike in successive balls.

Pain has settled down and scan reports are encouraging: Ashwin

Senior India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is hopeful of recovering from his shoulder injury as his pain has subsided considerably and the scan reports have been "encouraging" after a nasty fall during Delhi Capitals' IPL opener against Kings XI Punjab. Ashwin endured dream and nightmare in a space of six deliveries as he scalped two KXIP batsmen and then suffered a jerk on his left shoulder trying to dive and stop a run off his own bowling. 

Monday, September 21

Smith hopeful of getting RR's campaign off to good start

Rajasthan Royals skipper (RR) Steven Smith is all set to return to action during his team's opening Indian Premier League (IPL) contest against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Tuesday, having successfully recovered from the concussion injury sustained prior to (One-Day International) ODI series against England. Smith, who got hit on the head during a net session before the first ODI in Manchester, missed the whole series on the advice of Cricket Australia's medical team.

Ashwin says he'll be ready for the next game, reveals Iyer

Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer said that Ravichandran Ashwin, who injured his shoulder after his first over, trying to stop the ball off his own bowling in their first game, will be ready for the next encounter. In his only over of the match, Ashwin got rid of Karun Nair and Nicholas Pooran to tilt the game in DC’s favour. Iyer said, “Ashwin's over was a key one, and it changed the game in our favour, but that's what T20 cricket is. Ashwin says he'll be ready for the next game, but in the end, the physio is going to decide."

Fleming impressed with Curran's attitude

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) head coach Stephen Fleming is impressed with debutant Sam Curran's attitude and said his contribution in the Indian Premier League (IPL) opener went a long way in covering the absence of star allrounder Dwayne Bravo, who is recovering from an injury. Sam played an instrumental role in CSK's five-wicket victory in the lung-opener against defending champions Mumbai Indians on Saturday. After an economical spell with the ball, the 22-year-old scored a quick-fire 18 off just six balls to help his side start the campaign on a positive note.

Playing under Rohit gives me lot of confidence: Bumrah

India pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah said the freedom he enjoys playing under Rohit Sharma's captaincy in Mumbai Indians set-up has been a huge confidence booster for him in his career. He said, "For me, Rohit has always given me the freedom, he has always told me to express yourself, be whatever you want, be it any situation, take ownership of your own bowling, that gives me a lot of confidence and a responsibility that I'm responsible for whatever I'm doing.”

Gaikwad returns to training after clearing COVID-19 tests

Chennai Super Kings batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad is back in training ahead of Tuesday's game against Rajasthan Royals after clearing the two mandatory COVID-19 tests. The 23-year old from Maharashtra had tested positive for COVID-19 and was in quarantine for two weeks. He missed CSK's tournament opener against defending champions Mumbai Indians on Saturday. Gaikwad, an India 'A' regular, who tested positive a few days after Chahar, was being touted as the one to replace Suresh Raina, who pulled out of the IPL due to personal reasons

Hurts to not close off the game: Agarwal

Disappointed after losing their IPL opener, KXIP batsman Mayank Agarwal said it feels terrible to not close off the game after making a stupendous comeback against Delhi Capitals. Chasing 158 to win, KXIP were looking down the barrel at 55 for 5 but Agarwal's blistering 89-run knock took them to 157. They needed one run off the final two balls but Marcus Stoinis' twin strike took the game to the Super Over, which they lost on Sunday night. 

The umpire should have been man of the match: Sehwag

Former India player Virender Sehwag expressed disbelief in the umpiring error and suggested that the umpire should be given the player of the match ahead of Marcus Stoinis, whose all-round effort gave Delhi Capitals a formidable total against KXIP.  After a Super Over loss in the second match of the IPL, KXIP would have been further disappointed with the fact that the umpire called short-run incorrectly, which eventually turned out to be the difference in the end. Umpire Nitin Menon adjudged that Chris Jordan had not slid his bat over the line in the penultimate over of match. 

Sunday, September 20

Excited that I don’t have to bowl to McCullum: Cummins

Cummins says that he is happy to have McCullum as his coach and he does not have to bowl at him. 

“The first thing that I am really excited about is that I don't have to bowl to him anymore!," said Cummins on KKR's official website.

Buttler to miss RR's IPL 2020 opening fixture against CSK

England wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler will miss Rajasthan Royals' (RR) opening Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 game against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Tuesday as he is in the middle of his mandatory quarantine period, having arrived with his family.

My focus is to bowl economically, not on taking wickets: Rashid

Rashid Khan is one of the lethal bowlers operating in the IPL but the Afghanistan spinner says his focus is not on taking wickets but bowling economically. The world number one T20I bowler, who plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), said he "never thought about taking so many wickets."

Ishant injured during training; to be assessed ahead of DC's opening game

India and Delhi Capitals (DC) fast bowler Ishant Sharma has injured himself during training and is doubtful for his franchise’s opening fixture against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Sunday (September 20). However, his injury will be assessed and the final call will be taken before the game.

Hope SRH youngsters translate their talent into performance: Warner

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) captain David Warner is hoping the team's young recruits "translate their talent into performance" in the 13th IPL and said gaining early momentum would do themselves a world of good.

Bravo is out for a couple of games, confirms Fleming

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) head coach Stephen Fleming has confirmed that their star allrounder Dwayne Bravo will miss another couple of matches of the 13th Indian Premier League (IPL).

Bravo picked a niggle during the recently-concluded Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and didn't bowl in the final due to a knee injury.

Saturday, September 19

Shubman will bat at the top throughout the IPL: KKR coach McCullum

Kolkata Knight Riders head coach Brendon McCullum made it clear that Shubman Gill will open for them throughout the IPL to give the team some solidity at the top in tricky UAE conditions.

Ponting should be able to deliver with DC this time: Gambhir

"Any team can win the tournament. Mumbai I feel is a favourite but all teams are equally balanced and I hope Delhi will do better in the coming days of the tournament," Gambhir told ANI.

"Delhi has not won this tournament till now so Delhi people will also love to see their team winning and it's the third year of Ricky Ponting with the team so he should deliver this time. I hope Shreyas Iyer and his combination will take Delhi to heights," he added.

Look forward to playing good brand of cricket this season: KL Rahul

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) skipper KL Rahul on Saturday said the side is motivated to making this Indian Premier League (IPL) season a memorable one by playing a good brand of cricket.

"We are all looking forward to having a good season this year. I truly believe that Kings XI Punjab have the necessary squad to go all the way in this IPL," Rahul said.

Smith, Archer, Buttler cleared to play RR's opening match

"Smith, Buttler and Archer underwent COVID-19 tests on Friday and results are negative. So they are available for selection with quarantine duration being reduced to 36 hours," an IPL source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

KXIP rope in multiple sponsors ahead of IPL 2020

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) have roped in a range of sponsors, including Ebixcash and fantasy sports Platform Dream11, for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Rahane gives DC more depth in the batting department: Ponting

Delhi Capitals (DC) coach Ricky Ponting believes that senior batsman Ajinkya Rahane's inclusion adds "more depth" to the side but there will be a healthy competition for middle-order slots during this IPL season.

Inclusion of Lynn, Coulter-Nile has further strengthened MI: Tendulkar

Mumbai Indians (MI) mentor and batting great Sachin Tendulkar believes that the inclusions of the Australian duo Chris Lynn and Nathan Coulter-Nile has further strengthened the already balanced side. Lynn was bought for his base price of INR 2 crore, while Coulter-Nile went for INR 8 crore.

Dhoni is very fit and mentally determined: Fleming

Talking about Dhoni, Fleming said, "It [Dhoni's training methods] has been no different," Fleming told CSK's official website

"He's very fit and mentally he's been very engaged and determined. In some ways, the break can work for the experienced and older players that we have. MS is fresh and ready to go."

Satisfying to see IPL take place after so many hurdles: Brijesh Patel

Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Brijesh Patel says that is very satisfying to see this edition of the cash-rich league taking place after so many hurdles.

"It is very satisfying to see IPL happening after all the hurdles on the way. Finally, we are able to make it happen but this is only the beginning as it is a long tournament so we cannot afford to be complacent but definitely, it is very satisfying," Patel told ANI.

Chahal could be a match-winner in UAE conditions feels Sunil Gavaskar

Gavaskar reckons that it won’t be either Kohli or de Villiers, but it will be Yuzvendra Chahal who could be the real match-winner for RCB, given that the pitches in the UAE will get slower as the days roll on. 

Google removes Paytm from play store for breaching gambling rules ahead of IPL

Google on Friday removed one of India's biggest digital payment apps for several hours from its online store for breaching gambling rules, a day before the start of the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament. The IPL, the world's wealthiest national league, has previously been plagued by controversies with corruption and match-fixing cases often taking centre stage.

Friday, September 18

BCCI secretary Jay Shah satisfied with Sharjah Stadium's arrangements

The BCCI secretary Jay Shah on Friday expressed his satisfaction after inspection of arrangements at the Sharjah Stadium ahead of the start of 13th Indian Premier League. Sharjah will host 12 matches of the IPL and is one of the venues besides Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The T20 tournament will kick start on Saturday with defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on Chennai Super Kings.

Anand Kripalu to replace Sanjeev Churiwala as RCB Chairman

Diageo India CEO Anand Kripalu will take over the RCB chairmanship from Sanjeev Churiwala beginning October 1, the spirits giant announced on Friday. Anand is also the Managing Director and CEO of Diageo India. He takes over the role of RCB Chairman from Churiwala, who will be moving to Singapore to take up the position of Finance Director for the APAC region.

No stadium access for media, only post-match press meet mandatory

The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League will be devoid of any physical media presence due to the strict health safety protocols put in place in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BCCI said on Friday. It has also been learnt that this will be the first edition in which franchises would not be required to conduct pre-match press conferences. However, there will be a mandatory virtual media conference after every game.

Lynn banking on T10 experience in UAE to perform in IPL

Going through a poor run of form, Australian top-order batsman Chris Lynn is banking on his exploits at last year's T10 tournament in UAE to turn things around and contribute to his IPL team Mumbai Indians. The 13th IPL, which was shifted to UAE due to rising COVID-19 cases in India, will get underway here on Saturday with a clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.

CSK will have edge in UAE conditions: Lee

Former Australian speedster Brett Lee has tipped three-time champions Chennai Super Kings to win the 13th IPL, saying the variety in their spin department gives them an advantage in the UAE conditions. The 13th IPL will get underway in Abu Dhabi on Saturday (September 19) with a clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. "They (CSK) are up there. I have picked them to win and I think CSK have a good chance because of their spin attack," Lee said on Star Sports' show Game Plan. 

MSD is fresh and determined after break: CSK coach

Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming asserted that the enigmatic skipper MS Dhoni is "mentally engaged and determined" to encounter the challenges of a "tactically different" IPL. Fleming, a former New Zealand captain, stressed that his team's experience of winning big matches will come in handy during the next 53 days. Dhoni retired from international cricket last month after being on a break for over one year and when asked about the 39-year-old's preparedness for the IPL, Fleming said, "It has been no different. He's very fit and mentally, he's been very engaged and determined."

MI's middle-order can be their weakness: Gavaskar

Talking about IPL’s defending champions Mumbai Indians' weak points, former Indian batsman and commentator Sunil Gavaskar insisted that the side has no experienced spinners and also their middle-order could be a concern. “They do not have the experienced spinners that other sides have,” Gavaskar told Sports Tak. He added, “The other thing that can be a weakness is middle order. They will have to think who will bat at number 4 and number 5 position. If Quinton de Kock plays, then he will open with either Rohit Sharma or Suryakumar Yadav.”

DC to thank COVID warriors throughout IPL campaign

IPL team Delhi Capitals on Friday said its players will don jerseys bearing the message "Thank You COVID Warriors" during the entire tournament in UAE, calling the initiative a "small token of gratitude" towards the frontline workers fighting the pandemic. Delhi Capitals' senior India pacer Ishant Sharma, spinner Amit Mishra and assistant coach Mohammad Kaif interacted with a few frontline workers, including doctors and police officers, in a virtual meet apart from sending them personalised team jerseys under the 'Salaam Dilli' initiative.

Silverwood wants England players to guard against burn-out

England head coach Chris Silverwood has no doubt that competing in a world-class event like IPL will help his players prepare well for the T20 World Cup but is worried about players burning themselves out. As many as 10 England players, including seven cricketers who were involved in the recent limited over series against Australia, reached UAE on Thursday from the United Kingdom ahead of the IPL which begins on Saturday. Silverwood said the players need to be cautious against burn-out as they have to stay in the bio-bubble for another seven weeks.

Thursday, September 17

BCCI ropes in Sportradar to detect betting irregularities during IPL

BCCI has roped in Sportradar to detect betting irregularities during the IPL beginning in the UAE on September 19. The BCCI was forced to take the IPL out of the country this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The league will kick off with the match between last year's champions Mumbai Indians and runners-up Chennai Super Kings. "As part of the agreement, all matches in IPL 2020 will be monitored by Sportradar's Integrity Services to detect betting irregularities," a press release said.

Rana hopes to imbibe Morgan's leadership qualities

KKR left-handed batsman Nitish Rana is excited to play alongside Eoin Morgan and hopes that he will imbibe some of reigning World Cup-winning skipper's leadership qualities. The England limited-overs skipper was bought at the auction for INR 5.25 crore as he's set to reunite with the franchise after his stint from 2011-2013. The 34-year-old will be joining the side after leading England to their maiden World Cup glory in 2019 and Rana, who led Delhi at the domestic level, is excited.

Australia, England players to undergo 36-hour quarantine upon arrival in UAE

The IPL franchises will be heaving a sigh of relief as all the 21 Australian and English players arriving in the UAE from the United Kingdom will have to undergo just 36 hours of quarantine instead of the earlier prescribed six days. All the franchises which have English and Australian players arriving after the white ball series in the UK had appealed for reducing the quarantine period and the BCCI under Sourav Ganguly's leadership has been able to successfully sort the issue out with local authorities in the UAE.

CA working closely with RR to ensure Smith's smooth return

Cricket Australia on Thursday revealed that Steven Smith is following "concussion protocols" which are crucial for his return to cricket in the IPL and asserted that it is "not willing" to compromise with the fitness of the Rajasthan Royals skipper. CA said it is working in tandem with RR to ensure his smooth return to competitive action after missing the entire England ODI series due to the concussion suffered during training.

Managing Hardik's workload is of utmost importance, feels Jayawardene

Monitoring comeback man Hardik Pandya's workload is paramount for Mumbai Indians (MI) coach Mahela Jayawardene as he intends to groom a "few more finishers" for the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) starting on Saturday. Defending champions Mumbai Indians will take on last year's runners-up Chennai Super Kings in the opening encounter on Saturday, which will be Hardik's first game in a year having undergone back surgery for stress fracture last year.

Rohit: Not easy to come and fill Malinga's boots

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma on Thursday conceded that "incomparable" Sri Lankan pace legend Lasith Malinga, who has opted out of this year's IPL, will be severely missed by his defending champion team given his "unbelievable" past performances. The 37-year-old Malinga, who is IPL's highest wicket-taker with 170 scalps to his credit, has pulled out citing personal reasons in a major blow to the four-time champions.

Acceptance of bio-bubble restrictions has made the players relaxed: Kohli

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli emphasised how an “acceptance” of the bio-bubble reality and being appreciative of what is in front of them has made all players relaxed. Interacting during a virtual press conference organised by the franchise, Kohli revealed that despite the restrictions the team was not “cranky” or “desperate”.

UAE cricketers Ahmed Raza, Karthik Meiyappan to train with RCB

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have drafted in UAE captain Ahmed Raza and teenager Karthik Meiyappan to train with them during the IPL, beginning on Saturday. The National newspaper reported that Raza has completed his mandatory quarantine at the team hotel here and has started training with the Virat Kohli-led squad

Boult's inclusion gives edge to MI, Raina's absence a challenge for CSK: Gambhir

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir feels New Zealand pacer Trent Boult forms a formidable pair with Jasprit Bumrah, giving Mumbai Indians an edge over Chennai Super Kings in this IPL. He also said it will be a challenge for CSK to deal with the MI pace duo in the absence of Suresh Raina.

CSK's Ruturaj Gaikwad remains in isolation; unlikely for IPL opener

Chennai Super Kings batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad, who tested positive for COVID-19 last month, remains in isolation and is unlikely to be available for the team's IPL opener against Mumbai Indians on September 19 in Abu Dhabi. CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan said the India A batsman is doing "absolutely fine" but has not yet got the BCCI's clearance to join the team's bio-bubble.

Russell is currently world's best allrounder: Rinku Singh

Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Rinku Singh feels no-one can match the big-hitting prowess of explosive allrounder Andre Russell and he remains the World's best allrounder at the moment. The Jamaican allrounder, who joined KKR in 2014, has been in sensational form in the last two seasons and remains the talk of the town ahead of the 13th IPL which will get underway on Saturday.

Wednesday, September 16

Adjusting to UAE heat biggest challenge, says AB de Villiers

South African star AB de Villiers believes the biggest challenge for all teams in the upcoming Indian Premier League will be adjusting to the prevailing hot and humid conditions in the UAE. Most games will be played in the night but the conditions would still be challenging.

Now fully fit, Hardik Pandya looking ahead

Back from a lengthy injury layoff, Mumbai Indians star allrounder Hardik Pandya said the setback motivated him to work harder and he is now in good shape both physically and mentally for the IPL starting September 19.

Tuesday, September 15

Padikkal feeling as good about his game as it was before the COVID-19 lockdown

RCB young batsman Devdutt Padikkal says he is feeling as good about his game as it was before the COVID-19 lockdown after a good two and half weeks of skills training ahead of the IPL. His team will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad on September 21 in its opening match of the league, which begins on September 19 in the UAE.

I think Delhi Capitals can become champions this time: Axar

Delhi Capitals all-rounder Axar Patel on Tuesday said he has "ticked all the boxes" in every department and reckoned the franchise has the firepower this time to win the IPL title, which has so far eluded them.

Virat’s best is yet to come – Ray Jennings

Virat Kohli has always been an unbelievable cricket brain. He sets very high standards (for himself) and we went along despite one or two problems. You needed somebody around Virat to guide him (at that point in time). Of course, he and I bumped a few times but he is a good guy and a very quick learner. Nice to see him grow as a player and now as a captain. His mannerism is great. His best is yet to come

Australia, England players request BCCI to reduce quarantine period

Australia and England's IPL-bound stars, who are supposed to undergo a six-day quarantine after arriving in the UAE, have requested the BCCI to reduce the duration to three days to ensure their availability from the start of the tournament. Around 21 players, currently part of an England-Australia white-ball series, will be boarding a chartered flight from Manchester to Dubai, touching base on September 17. They can only be available from September 23, while the tournament gets underway from September 19.

Monday, September 14

Neutral venues will make it more challenging: Harshal Patel

Delhi Capitals all-rounder Harshal Patel says playing at neutral venues will take away the advantage of exploiting home conditions and adapting to different pitches at different venues on a consistent basis will be a challenge for all the teams at this year's IPL. Moved out of India due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, the upcoming edition of the world's biggest T20 league will be held in the three venues of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in the UAE. The 29-year-old said the teams will not have the liberty to curate the pitches according to their strengths.

Not sure on England, Australia players' availability: KXIP CEO

Kings XI Punjab CEO Satish Menon said that they are not sure about the availability of England and Australia players for the team’s opening matches of the Indian Premier League in UAE. Speaking to IANS, Menon said, "Nobody has any clarity on that yet. The BCCI is supposed to come back on whether the quarantine can be reduced as they are coming from a bubble in England to another bubble in UAE. Things are exactly as it was planned. We have been following the SoP that has been laid out by the BCCI and authorities.”

Zampa wants to master death bowling skill during IPL

Adam Zampa wants to forge a partnership with India's Yuzvendra Chahal during the upcoming IPL, where he hopes to master the art of death bowling while playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Zampa and Chahal are both wrist spinners but the Australian is eager to pick the brain of his IPL teammate when it comes to death bowling. Zampa was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au that "I really enjoy bowling at the death, I love those pressure overs especially when the game is on the line". 

Biggest challenge will be to adjust to UAE conditions: Boult

Set to lead four-time champions Mumbai Indians bowling attack in absence of Lasith Malinga, Kiwi left-arm pacer Trent Boult believes the biggest challenge for all the teams in the 13th IPL will be to adjust to the hot and humid UAE conditions. In his first stint with the Mumbai Indians after being traded by Delhi Capitals last year, Boult will have to share bulk of the responsibility of the team's bowling attack after Sri Lankan Malinga opted out of this year's IPL due to personal reasons. Speaking about his new association, Boult said it is always a sigh of relief for any bowler to be on the other side of a batting-heavy outfit like Mumbai Indians.

I want to finish games like Dhoni does: Miller

David Miller is in awe of MS Dhoni's finishing skills and the South African says he wants to imbibe the former India skipper's calmness in high-pressure run chases. Miller will be playing for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL beginning September 19 after eight years with Kings XI Punjab. "I absolutely love the way Dhoni goes about his business. The way he portrays himself, that's something he's extremely good at and I do enjoy that about him. I try and give off the same energy," Miller told 'ESPNcricinfo'. "...he's got his strengths and weaknesses as a batsman and so do I. I tend to be in awe of some of his chases rather than 'I want to bat like him'. I suppose I just want to finish games like he does."

Sunday, September 13

Warne to mentor Rajasthan Royals' youngsters

Legendary spinner Shane Warne has been appointed mentor of Rajasthan Royals ahead of the 2020 IPL besides his existing role as the team's brand ambassador. Warne has been associated with IPL since its inception in 2008 and led the team to its only title triumph in that inaugural year. As a 'Team Mentor', Warne will work alongside head coach Andrew McDonald. They both were teammates in Victoria from 2003-07.

Aus players will have 6-day quarantine: Eric Simons 

Australian cricketers like Steve Smith and David Warner will have to remain in isolation for six days after arrival in the UAE for the IPL despite having spent time at bio-secure bubble in the UK, according to Chennai Super Kings bowling consultant Eric Simons. Smith (Rajasthan Royals), Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad) and Australia team-mate Josh Hazlewood (CSK) will head straight to the UAE from the UK after the third and final ODI against England on Wednesday. They have been in a bio-secure bubble throughout the limited-overs series in England. 

IPL will set the momentum for Australia tour: Shami

The IPL is the right kind of tournament that allows players to get into the groove nicely, an absolute must before they hit the Australian shores for two and half months, feels Indian team's premier speedster Mohammed Shami. The Australia-bound India players will fly directly after the IPL concludes on November 10 for the much-anticipated tour which is likely to begin with a T20 series followed by four Tests and ODIs. "It would be great that the Australia-bound players are playing IPL. It will set the body and momentum perfectly by then," the Kings XI pace spearhead told PTI in an exclusive interaction.

Ruturaj to undergo two more COVID tests

Young Chennai Super Kings batsman Ruturaj Gaekwad, who tested positive for COVID-19 last month, will undergo two fresh tests starting Sunday and could miss the first few games of the IPL. Thirteen members of the CSK contingent tested positive for the virus and two of them were players, Gaekwad and Deepak Chahar. Chahar, along with 11 others, has recovered and resumed training after clearing his mandatory two tests.

*Picture Courtesy- Chennai Super Kings Twitter Account 

Saturday, September 12

IPL will set the momentum for Australia tour: Shami

Indian team's premier speedster Mohammed Shami feels that the IPL is the right kind of tournament that allows players to get into the groove nicely, an absolute must before they hit the Australian shores for two and half months. The Australia-bound India players will fly directly after the IPL concludes on November 10 for the much-anticipated tour which is likely to begin with a T20 series followed by four Tests and ODIs. "It would be great that the Australia-bound players are playing IPL. It will set the body and momentum perfectly by then," the Kings XI pace spearhead told PTI in an exclusive interaction.

Pollard and other CPL bound players check in 

After leading the Trinbago Knight Riders to victory in the Caribbean Premier League, star West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard has joined the Mumbai Indians camp on Saturday (September 12). Not only Pollard, but all the other players including a few from other countries have also touched base after completing their Caribbean Premier League engagements. "From the Caribbean Isles to Abu Dhabi The Pollard family and Rutherford have arrived OneFamily MumbaiIndians MI Dream11IPL @KieronPollard55," Pollard's team Mumbai Indians said in a tweet.

Ali Khan set to become first player from USA to feature in IPL

The IPL is set to see the participation of a player from the USA for the first time with Kolkata Knight Riders roping in fast bowler Ali Khan for the upcoming 13th edition of the league. The two-time winners will pick the 29-year-old fast bowler as a replacement for the English seamer Harry Gurney, according to an ESPNcricinfo.com report. Gurney is scheduled to have surgery related to a shoulder injury and has pulled out of both the IPL and England's Vitality Blast last month. Khan's signing will make him the first USA player to feature in the IPL.

Everyone is looking in great shape: RCB skipper Kohli

Back into the thick of things after five months of coronavirus-forced break, Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli is happy with the fitness level of his team members, saying "everyone is looking in great shape" ahead of the IPL beginning on September 19. Kohli, a fitness freak, also said that he himself felt good from the first training session after landing in the UAE. "From fitness point of view everyone is looking great, everyone is in good shape. It's a matter of feeling good and I think I felt good from the first session onwards," Kohli said in a video posted on RCB's twitter handle.

Kuldeep at top of his game: David Hussey

Kuldeep Yadav's underwhelming show let Kolkata Knight Riders down in last year's IPL, but the team's chief mentor David Hussey believes that the Indian left-arm wrist spinner is at the "top of his game" this season and will be a consistent performer. The Chinaman bowler got just four wickets from nine matches in 2019 and was dropped from KKR after logging an average of 71.50 and an economy rate of 8.66. In an exclusive interview to PTI, Hussey said Kuldeep would not have any confidence issues going into the 13th edition of the league which will get underway in UAE on September 19.

Morgan, Cummins will be available for first match: KKR CEO

According to Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore, star recruits Eoin Morgan and Pat Cummins will be available for Kolkata Knight Riders' IPL opener on September 23 after authorities in Abu Dhabi have agreed to shorten the quarantine period from 14 to six days. Mysore said negotiations were still on with the Abu Dhabi authorities to further shorten the quarantine period. "While they are still negotiating with the authorities, we are reconciled to the fact that we may have to quarantine our three players," Mysore was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

Friday, September 11

My preferred batting slot is opening the innings: Gill

Shubman Gill has the repertoire of strokes to bat at any position but given a choice, the next big thing in Indian cricket would prefer to open regularly in the shortest format of the game. Gill to PTI on a range of issues including the pressure of expectations, his interactions with team co-owner and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and his mentor Yuvraj Singh's contribution during the off-season.

Thursday, September 10

Adjusting to new normal won't be difficult: Zaheer

Mumbai Indians bowling coach Zaheer Khan is not too concerned about the "new routines" that cricketers will have to adapt to in a world scarred by COVID-19 as he believes it is just a matter of getting used to the latest system. The new routines include quarantines, bio-secure training camps, aggressive hand hygiene, regular temperature checks and a complete bar on use of saliva to shine the ball. Zaheer acknowledged that the last part is the only difficult bit about the revamped protocol.

More than 20,000 coronavirus tests planned during IPL

More than 20,000 coronavirus tests will be carried out during the virus-hit Indian Premier League, the Twenty20 tournament's medical partner said Thursday. The world's richest cricket league, starting on September 19, is being held in United Arab Emirates this year because of the pandemic, and likely with no spectators. Most of the 200 players from the eight teams arrived last month and spent six days in isolation in their hotel rooms. "During the course of the tournament, we will be conducting over 20,000 tests," a spokesman told AFP. 

CSK have experience and quality: Watson

The experience and quality of Chennai Super Kings' battle-hardened players should see the team through in the upcoming IPL despite a turbulent build-up caused by 13 COVID-19 cases in the contingent, feels veteran all-rounder Shane Watson. "Having an experienced team means your players have more understanding of being able to get their skills to execute under pressure from game one," Watson said on Nabeel Hashmi's YouTube show. The former Australian all-rounder added, "That is why we believe we've got a great chance of having a great year because of the quality of players and the experience we've got. We've got more chance of not making many mistakes trying to get up to speed as quickly as we possibly can."

BCCI anti-corruption unit arrives in UAE

Preventing corrupt approaches through social media will be the focus of BCCI's anti-corruption unit (ACU) in the upcoming closed-door IPL, ahead of which the watchdog will educate players through video-counselling rather than physical sessions. An eight-member BCCI team, led by Ajit Singh, landed in Dubai on Tuesday and is in the middle of their six-day quarantine. Singh has already said the IPL, beginning September 19, will be more secure than earlier as it is being conducted in a strict bio-bubble.

Wednesday, September 9

Chahar returns negative test twice, back to team hotel

Chennai Super Kings pacer Deepak Chahar on Wednesday returned a second negative test for coronavirus, paving way for his return to the team bubble in the UAE, where IPL starts September 19. Chahar and one more cricketer had tested positive for the dreaded virus along with several other members of the CSK contingent after reaching Dubai for the league. "Deepak Chahar has returned two negative tests for COVID 19 and is back in team bubble," CSK CEO KS Viswanathan told PTI.

Will miss energy of Eden Gardens: Karthik

Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik said his side would miss the fans who bring in a massive energy during IPL matches at the iconic Eden Gardens. "We will be missing our fans this year and the energy of Eden Gardens. We wanted to communicate directly with KKR fans, and wanted to convey what they mean to us. We do understand that they can't be here in person with us, but they will be in our heart," Karthik said.

Ashwin and I are on same page: Ponting on running out non-strikers

Delhi Capitals' head coach Ricky Ponting and senior offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin are on the same page as far as the issue of mankading is concerned according to the former. "He (Ashwin) made me get on a podcast with him when I first arrived here to have a good open chat about it," Ponting told 'Cricket.com.au'.

Feel quite strong says Delhi Capitals' Kagiso Rabada

One of the best pacers in the world and the leader of the Delhi Capitals' pace attack, Kagiso Rabada says he is feeling fit and strong and ready to go for the upcoming edition of the IPL. "I feel quite strong. I think I just need to bowl more, and make sure I haven't forgotten how to bowl (laughs). I need to keep up with the bowling practice, but otherwise I feel healthy," Rabada was quoted as saying in a media release issued by the franchise.

Tuesday, September 8

Never had ego about IPL auctions: Pujara

India's Test batting mainstay Cheteshwar Pujara is not worried about going unpicked in the IPL auction and said he understands the process to be "tricky". During an exclusive interview to PTI, Pujara mentioned that even the likes of Hashim Amla went unsold in the auction

Monday, September 7

This could be the "breakthrough season": Kohli

Virat Kohli has been able to "disconnect" from the underwhelming seasons that he and Royal Challengers Bangalore have endured in the IPL and there is a welcome "sense of calm" as he prepares to lead the side this year, something he last felt in 2016. He said, "The 2016 IPL, we all loved to be a part of (it). Since then, this is the most balanced I have felt about (the) squad," the Indian skipper said on RCB's Youtube show 'Bold Diaries', sharing his thoughts on the upcoming edition starting September 19 in the UAE.” Kohli also added that both he and AB de Villiers feel that this could be the "breakthrough season" when tables will turn for the franchise which has flattered to deceive on many occasions.

It is exciting to come as an older player: Neesham 

Back in IPL after six years, New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham says his much "steadier head" and international success should help him immensely in his stint with Kings XI Punjab this season. By his own admission, Neesham did not know much about his game when he made his IPL debut with the Delhi franchise six seasons ago, having earned his New Zealand cap in December 2012. "It is my first time getting involved in a long time. It is exciting to come as an older player and as an experienced player. Last time I played for Delhi, I was young and talented but didn't really know much about my game," Neesham told PTI.

Stokes may miss first part of IPL!!!

IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals is likely to miss its premier all-rounder Ben Stokes during the first part of the T20 event as he is currently in New Zealand to be with his ailing father Ged. Stokes left for Christchurch in the middle of the Test series against Pakistan last month after his father, a former All Blacks International, was diagnosed with brain cancer. He has been bought by Royals for Rs 12.5 crore. It is understood that the franchise will "wait" for Stokes to get back to the management and only if the cricketer confirms his availability for the second half, it will take things forward.

Sunday, September 6

CSK will play IPL opener against Mumbai Indians

Runners-up Chennai Super Kings will be playing the inaugural match against reigning champions Mumbai Indians at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on September 19. After the tournament-opener, Dubai will host its first game on September 20 when Delhi Capitals will face Kings XI Punjab followed by the third match on September 21, between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The action will then shift to Sharjah on September 22 when Rajasthan Royals will meet Chennai Super Kings. The last match of the league will be played between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians on November 3 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

DC assistant physiotherapist tests positive for COVID-19

Delhi Capitals' assistant physiotherapist has tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving for the IPL, starting September 19. He was already going through his mandatory quarantine and had tested negative for his first two tests, while found positive in the third test. However, he had not been in contact with any player or staff of the franchise. He was isolated immediately, and is currently at the IPL Isolation Facility in Dubai for the next 14 days

Russell is heartbeat of KKR: Hussey

Kolkata Knight Riders are exploring the options of promoting their explosive all-rounder Andre Russell at number three, team mentor David Hussey said on Sunday. Hussey said "If it benefits the team and helps us win games of cricket, why not? If that means Andre Russell comes in at three and bats 60 balls, he might make a double hundred. Anything can happen with Dre Russ." He added that Russell is probably almost the heartbeat of the team.

Saturday, September 5

If Narine gets grip from surface, he will be effective: Gambhir

Sunil Narine's former IPL captain Gautam Gambhir believes that the mystery spinner will be very effective for KKR provided if he gets a "bit of grip from the UAE surfaces" during the Indian Premier League starting September 19. Gambhir said, "For me, the most important thing is that when Sunil Narine is hiding the ball during his run-up, it will increase the difficulties for the batsmen. It will be difficult to find which ball will go away and which ball will come in.”

Younger guys will feel less pressure in empty stadium: Katich

Royal Challengers Bangalore head coach Simon Katich feels that while younger guys will feel lesser pressure in empty stadiums but it could well be a challenge for the senior cricketers as they gear up for Indian Premier League. Personally, I think some of the younger players actually enjoy the fact that there will be a little less pressure with less people at the ground, creating all that noise and distraction," Katich said during RCB's YouTube show 'Bold Diaries'.

There was little rust: Watson after first CSK session

Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson said it won't take long to regain touch despite a bit of rustiness as he hit the nets with his Chennai Super Kings teammates ahead of the 13th IPL beginning on September 19. Rocked by a series of COVID-19 cases, Chennai Super Kings led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni could finally start training on Friday after clearing the third round of testing for the virus. "How exciting it was to be back with all of my @ChennaiIPLmates for our first training session!!! It was so much fun. There was a little rust that will not take long to go," Watson wrote on his twitter handle.

IPL schedule to be released on Sunday

Good News! The much-awaited Indian Premier League schedule will be released on Sunday, chairman Brijesh Patel said on Saturday. It is expected that defending champions Mumbai Indians and runners-up Chennai Super Kings will be pitted against each other in the first game of this edition of the tournament on September 19. All eight teams are currently awaiting the release of fixtures but due to different quarantine rules in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, IPL's operations team took time to finalise the schedule.

Jalaj is a very good option for Bhajji: Deep Dasgupta

Former India wicket-keeper batsman Deep Dasgupta suggested that all-rounder Jalaj Saxena should be the replacement of veteran India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who has withdrawn his name from the upcoming IPL 2020. “I think Jalaj Saxena deserves a place, he’s a good enough all-rounder. I think they might look at him, he’s a very good option for Bhajji’s replacement,” Dasgupta, who is a part of the IPL 2020 commentary panel, told ESPNCricinfo. 

Mustafizur denied NOC by BCB for IPL

The Bangladesh Cricket Board has refused to give No-Objection Certificate (NOC) to pacer Mustafizur Rahman after he was approached by IPL franchises, in view of the national side's scheduled tour of Sri Lanka beginning next month, according to reports. BCB refused the NOC since Bangladesh are set to tour Sri Lanka for a three-match Test series scheduled to start on October 24, at a time when IPL will be played in the UAE.

Friday, September 4 

Harbhajan Singh pulls out of IPL 2020 for personal reasons

Chennai Super Kings suffered yet another setback as their veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh has withdrawn his name from the IPL 2020, citing personal reasons. Harbhajan was scheduled to join the camp on September 1 in the UAE for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League. He has become the second CSK player after Suresh Raina, to pull out of the tournament. 

CSK players test negative for COVID 19, could play opener against MI

The Chennai Super Kings' contingent has tested negative for COVID-19 which has brought relief in the camp, which was left in a fix after 13 of their members including two players (Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad) tested positive for the virus last week. This development could pave way for the franchise to play the IPL 2020 opener against Mumbai Indians on September 19. More importantly, MS Dhoni’s brigade have not begun their training, while the Mumbai players have been practising for the last one week.

Only those who are really required should be part of bio-bubble: Wadia

Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia wants only those people in the IPL bio-bubble who are "really required" to be with the players. He said, that the COVID-19 positive cases in the Chennai Super Kings contingent could have hit any of the eight franchises. "The CSK incident has taught us that it can happen to anyone even when the best of precautions are taken and therefore we must be more compliant and rigid on the bio-bubble protocols," Wadia added. 

Delhi Capitals boys impress their bowling coach!

Delhi Capitals bowling coach Ryan Harris is impressed with the pace at which his team’s players are getting back into shape after months of inactivity. Harris said, "I know that the boys haven't been able to train in the past few months due to the pandemic, but watching them bat and bowl, and seeing some shots flying over the fence, I've been impressed with them," said Harris in a team statement.

Capitals duo Lalit-Tushar eyeing the list of young guns

Rookie paceman Tushar Deshpande wants to learn from seasoned pros like Kagiso Rabada and Ishant Sharma, while team-mate Lalit Yadav is aspiring to join the list of young guns who have done well for Delhi Capitals in previous seasons of the Indian Premier League. The 25-year-old right-arm fast-medium bowler Deshpande, who has 50 wickets from 20 Ranji Trophy games for Mumbai, is simply happy that he is back to what he loves doing after a six-month COVID-19 forced break.

‘Match mindset’ is a concern: KXIP fielding coach Rhodes

Kings XI Punjab fielding coach Jonty Rhodes feels that skills are not a concern but "match mindset" certainly is. He has stressed the need for practice games before the IPL to give the players a feel of what awaits them in the tournament. Rhodes also senses that coaching staff has an additional responsibility of providing emotional support to the players this time given that most of them would be without their families and friends due to COVID-19 health safety protocols.

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KL Rahul posts slowest half-century of IPL 2020; CSK achieve their highest partnership for any wicket
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Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2020, Match 12: Fantasy Preview
Here are a few tips and suggestions that might help you in creating your fantasy team for the 12th match of IPL 2020 between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium
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IPL's star-studded teams land in UAE
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