KXIP have been the best batting team in the first six overs this season

Kings XI Punjab picked Ankit Rajpoot ahead of Mohit Sharma for the KKR game as the new pitch at Eden Gardens is slightly quicker in comparison to all the other Indian pitches and is ideally suited for bowlers who hit the deck hard. Since Ankit fit that bill, he got his opportunity, however, he failed to make a mark as he went for more than 10 runs per over in the three overs he bowled and is likely to have to hand over his spot back to Mohit. Barinder Sran was also very expensive against Kolkata, but the alternative option available for him is Axar Patel and given the dimensions of the Kotla ground, Ravichandran Ashwin will be very reluctant to go with three spinners. Also Sran swinging it back into the right handers with the new nut is always a wicket-taking option. So he should be having another crack.

Probable Changes – Ankit Rajpoot out, Mohit Sharma in

Predicted XI: Chris Gayle, KL Rahul (WK), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Yuvraj Singh, Aaron Finch, Ravichandran Ashwin (C), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Barinder Sran, Mujeeb Zadran.

DD have won all their last three matches against KXIP at Kotla

Chris Morris has been in no rhythm with the ball at all this tourney and he is not doing enough with the bat either to justify his spot in the XI. Dan Christian, on current form, is probably a more useful option for Delhi and that’s one of the changes they will surely be contemplating for tomorrow’s game. Christian is very good bowling his cutters into the pitch towards the latter stages of the innings when the ball gets a little softer and can be effective in the death overs.Harshal Patel replaced Mohammed Shami at Chinnaswamy last night and although he got the wicket of Virat Kohli courtesy that freak catch of Trent Boult at the square leg boundary, his overall performance was extremely average to say the least. The 27-year old might have to make way for the young fast bowler Avesh Khan who is much quicker in comparison and can make an ideal combo with Trent Boult upfront with the new ball.

Probable Changes – Chris Morris and Harshal Patel out, Dan Christian and Avesh Khan in

Predicted XI: Gautam Gambhir (C), Jason Roy, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), Vijay Shankar, Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Rahul Tewatia, Shahbaz Nadeem, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan.

Team Comparison DD v KXIP

Punjab, especially with the inclusion of Chris Gayle and the form that he has shown, is an explosive batting side. KL Rahul is batting as well as he has ever done and so is Mayank Agarwal at no. 3. The middle order is probably a bit of a concern with Yuvraj Singh out of nick and Aaron Finch also short on confidence not having started the tournament with decent scores, but this is still one of the strongest batting units in the tourney overall. Delhi will be hoping for the opening duo of Gautam Gambhir and Jason Roy to fire and build the platform for the middle order to launch. Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer played breathtakingly well last game, but there was so much work left to be done for them due to the top order failure that they still couldn’t guide Delhi to a match winning score. The hosts will dearly need a good, solid start. Bowling wise, Punjab is much stronger with two magnificent T20 bowlers in their ranks in Mujeeb Zadran and Andrew Tye. Delhi also has a couple of decent spinners who can be really handy in slow conditions, but they haven’t bowled in the right areas so far. If the surface assists Shahbaz Nadeem and Rahul Tewatia at home, they will have to step up to the plate and deliver for their captain.

Royals prevail in rain-hit encounter

Huge smiles in the RR camp. Gautam hides his face in his palms. But DD had their moments before the rains came in, before contriving to help Rajasthan complete a much-needed win. Their comeback to Sawai Mansingh stadium is a happy one. Rahane, Samson and Buttler played their parts and had taken Rajasthan to 153 for 5 in 17.5 overs. Then there was huge rain break. The action did resume and the equation was 71 off 6 overs for DD. Munro got run-out off the first ball and Maxwell never arrived. Pant struggled to get the big shots away and Morris was left with too much to do in the end. DD stay on blob and RR open their account.

Ben Laughlin Match winner for Rajasthan Royals

3.4 overs Laughlin to Maxwell, out Caught by Buttler!! Looks to swing hard and is gone. He was never in today. The bowler cut his fingers over the ball and that tricked the batsman, who was early into his stroke. A thick edge and the keeper did the rest. Maxwell was again trying to drag it away into the on-side and lost shape completely trying to strike it hard. DD looking down the barrell. Maxwell c Buttler b Laughlin 17(12) [4s-2 6s-1]

Colin Munro creates new record with the 1st ball run out

0.1 overs Gowtham to Maxwell, out Munro Run Out!! The shortish ball skidded on and the batsman trying to pull, gets hit on the pads for the ball to roll away into the on-side. Munro wanted a steal but was sent back. The keeper ran to his left, picked it up and threw it to the bowler, who whipped off the bails. Dreadful start for Delhi. Munro run out (Buttler/Gowtham) 0(0)
4 – Colin Munro became the 4th player to be run out on the very first ball of an IPL inning. Karan Goel in 2009, Adam Gilchrist in 2011 and Murali Vijay in 2012 are the other three players to be dismissed via run out on the first ball of an IPL inning.

Internet Sensation Priya Varrier to be part of IPL

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Delhi Daredevils chasing 71 in six overs

Let the shoot-off begin. 71 runs in 6 overs. 10 wickets. Batting team should not mind it too much. What about the batting line up? There would be some wholesomne changes to it I am sure. Maxwell has his pads on and Munro is with him. That is one helluva opening pair!! They enter the ground. Shane Warne did the talking to his team, courtesy a team huddle. Match will resume by 11:55 PM says the giant screen, spots our man! Most likely a 7 or 8 over chase on the cards for DD. We will get that confirmed in a bit. 71 runs most likely would be the target in 6 overs. It is confirmed!

Trent Boult gets the big wicket of Ben Stokes

4.1 overs Boult to Stokes, out Caught by Pant!! What a ripper! The decision to persist with Boult has paid dividends for Gambhir. Good aggressive captaincy. But what a ball though! Phew! One of those jaffas that you get in Test cricket generally and Stokes must be wondering where it came from. Angled into him from a good length and shaped away with a spit of extra bounce. Unplayable by any means and it flies off the outside edge. Pant reacted sharply too and flung himself to his left to take a good diving catch. What a huge wicket this is! RR are jolted early. Stokes was looking to up the ante, has to depart. Stokes c Pant b Boult 16(12) [4s-1 6s-1]

Twice in two innings D'Arcy Short is caught short by a direct hit

1.2 overs Nadeem to D Arcy Short, out D Arcy Short Run Out!! 1 run completed. Mix up and D Arcy Short is run out yet again! Holy Molly, what's with the running between these two? Waste of a wicket really but the Daredevils won't mind it at all. It was a drifter into middle and leg, Short nudged it towards deep mid-wicket and took the first run with ease. Crazy mix up on the second run and he went for it eventually but Vijay Shankar was alert. The direct hit at the keeper's end caught the southpaw well short. D Arcy Short run out (Vijay Shankar) 6(3) [4s-1]

Glenn Maxwell in the XI for Delhi Daredevils

Rahane: "We would have bowled as well but as I said, toss isn't in our control. Happy to bat first and later defend it. Looks a good track and T20 is all about starting afresh. It's all about doing well on that day. The boys have worked really hard. I think the boys have adjusted to the conditions well, especially the overseas ones. They are experienced campaigners. We are unchanged."
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane(c), D Arcy Short, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Jos Buttler(w), Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin

Delhi Daredevils win the toss and opt to bowl in Jaipur

Gambhir: "Looks a good wicket, won't change much. Perhaps dew will come in. That's why we are chasing. Just the start of the tournament, need to get the combination right. We have the full squad now. Maxi is back which is a huge plus and we all know how dangerous he can be. Guys are getting used to the combinations. Important to get the combinations right and hopefully we can do it. Two changes - Nadeem for Mishra, Maxwell for Christian."
Delhi Daredevils (Playing XI): Colin Munro, Gautam Gambhir(c), Shreyas Iyer, Glenn Maxwell, Rishabh Pant(w), Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shahbaz Nadeem, Trent Boult, Mohammed Shami

Dhawan brilliant knock against Royals

Shikhar Dhawan, Man of the Match: "I enjoy playing long innings. It benefits the team, it benefits me. Trying to stretch the good form as long as possible and score big runs for as long as I can. I've been playing more aggressively since South Africa series and the Sri Lanka series, and not just in this IPL. So I'm just continuing with that formula, and I'm happy with it. We have a very balanced team, which is the strength of our side, and that is the key. We have started the tournament on a good note, and hopefully that'll help us and give us the momentum for the rest of the tournament."

Sunrisers showcase bowling might in big opening win

A very one-sided contest in the end. 125 was never going to be enough anyway but the way Dhawan played, made it a mockery. He was dropped on 0 though by the usually safe Rahane and the Royals will regret it badly. Not that the visitors would have won if that was taken but certainly, might have stretched the game close perhaps. As things panned out, Dhawan continued on his merry ways to smash an unbeaten half-century, keeping up with his fab form that's started since last June. The win though, was set up by SRH's bowlers who were exceptional on a track that was two-paced. The RR batsmen also didn't help their cause by not reading the surface well. A total of around 145-150 would have been more than handy on this pitch but wickets at regular intervals hurt them bad.

Will this be the best attack in the IPL?

On a two-paced track, the Sunrisers have been superb with the ball tonight. Everyone chipped in, a run-out started the rot, Rahane and Samson added 46 for the second wicket, but they didn't do so at any great rate. The captain fell trying to up the ante, Stokes failed as well. Samson started running out of partners and started losing momentum as well, there was no finishing by Buttler and in the end, 125 looks at least 20-25 short on this surface. Sunrisers had everything today, the guile of Bhuvneshwar, the pace of Stanlake, the support from Kaul and the spin from Shakib and Rashid. They will back themselves to chase this target down

Rashid Khan has his first big one of Jos Buttler

17.2 overs Rashid Khan to Buttler, out Bowled!! That's that for Buttler, he was very circumscept, but the finishing touches never came. The leg-break from Rashid, skids through after pitching, Buttler was cramped for room on the pull, went through with the shot, the ball grazed the inside edge and the off-stump is on the floor. The Royals have never got going tonight, the Sunrisers have been all over them. Buttler b Rashid Khan 6(9)

Kane Williamson takes a good catch to dismiss Ben Stokes

8.6 overs Stanlake to Stokes, out Caught by Williamson!! Length ball outside off, Stokes drags a lofted drive through the line towards long-on where Williamson, for a fleeting moment, nearly fluffs it and you can see the look of pure terror in his eyes. But his cat-like reflexes make sure he latches on during his second attempt. He - is - pumped! Stokes c Williamson b Stanlake 5(8)

Kane Williamson with a direct hit to run-out D'Arcy Short

0.6 overs Bhuvneshwar to D Arcy Short, out D Arcy Short Run Out!! Oh, that looks out! They've gone up to the third umpire, but I think he's as dead as a dodo. A fullish one outside off, push-driven to mid-off where the cat-like Williamson runs in and scores a direct-hit at the non-striker's end. Short nods at Rahane, but not in a reassuring way. Nope, the other thing. Death knell for D'Arcy. And that's Williamson for you, after a few blinders in whites a few weeks ago. The aggression comes from within. D Arcy Short run out (Williamson) 4(4) [4s-1]

It's Sunrisers' bowling against Rajasthan Royals batting

Ajinkya Rahane: We were looking to bowl as well. Happy to bat first, though. We have no control over the toss, so happy to bat first. We had some good prep back home. The guys are very excited about this game, so looking forward to it. Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, D'Arcy Short, Ben Laughlin...
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane(c), D Arcy Short, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Jos Buttler(w), Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin

Kane Williamson wins toss and Sunrisers will bowl

Kane Williamson: We'll bowl. Fairly new side from previous years but hopefully we start well with the ball in hand. (Our four overseas players are) Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlake, myself [chuckles] and Shakib"Sunrisers Hyderabad have won the toss and have opted to field
Sunrisers Hyderabad (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson(c), Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Billy Stanlake, Siddarth Kaul