Aaron Finch left out of Gujarat Lions’ IPL clash vs MI for this bizarre reason

Aaron Finch

Aaron Finch of Gujarat Lions arrives for the 2017

In what could be termed as one of he most bizarre reasons to miss a match, Gujarat Lions’ overseas batsman Aaron Finch could not feature in their IPL-10 clash against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday as the Australian did not have his kit bag with him.

Finch’s kit bag did not reach on time from Rajkot for MI clash and had to be dropped from the playing XI.

The reason was revealed by Gujarat Lions’ skipper Suresh Raina at the time of toss.

This is perhaps the most absurd reason to miss a match one has heard in recent times.

Finch’s participation in the match may have been prevented due sponsor commitments. Finch could have easily borrowed cricketing gears from his teammates, but his commercial deal with a bat company may not have allowed him to play the match.

Finch has scored 51 runs in three matches. The Aussie played a crucial role with skipper Raina in the last match to see the team through safely, chasing Rising Pune Supergiant’s score of 171/8 and pocket their first win of IPL-10.

Glenn Maxwell fumes at ‘s**t’ question after Kings XI Punjab’s loss in IPL T20

Kings XI Punjab fell to their second successive defeat on Saturday as Delhi Daredevils thrashed them by 51 runs to climb to the third spot on the table.

It was a day when nothing worked in favour of the Punjab franchise — their bowlers conceded 188 runs and their batsmen failed to even come close to the total. Captain Glenn Maxwell, himself fell for his first duck of the season as he holed one to deep mid-wicket. Indian all-rounder Axar Patel (44) was the only to provide a fightback but he lacked support as Kings XI Punjab failed to chase down Delhi Daredevils’ total.

In the post-match conference, Maxwell admitted that his side had to up their game in all departments. However, he took exception to a question on whether he had difficulties playing against spin. This was the first time he fell to spin in the IPL this season, with Amit Mishra taking his wicket. The Kings XI Punjab skipper was not impressed.

Glenn Maxwell reacted angrily to a question IPL 2017

Glenn Maxwell reacted angrily to a question on whether he had difficulty playing spin after Kings XI Punjab lost their match to Delhi Daredevils in the 2017 Indian Premier League(BCCI)

“That’s a shocking question,” Maxwell said. “Do you understand in the last three games I’ve hit leg-spinners for six repeatedly? S*** question.” Of the 17 players to have aggregated more than 100 runs in the IPL this season, Maxwell tops the chart in terms of strike rate — a staggering 193. He’s hit nine sixes in the IPL 2017 so far and is just behind AB de Villiers, who has smashed 10 sixes.

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar again a winner despite dip in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s show

Bhuvneshwar, 27, the leading wickettaker in IPL 2016 with 23 wickets, helped Sunrisers claim the title, and is again proving a quiet success. He leads the bowling charts with 10 wickets going into the team’s fifth match, against Kings XI Punjab at home on Monday.

Bhuvi leads his teammate Rashid Khan, the teenaged Afghan leg spinner who has caught the imagination of the cricket world with subtle variations. He has taken seven wickets to be tied with Delhi Daredevils’ Chris Morris, Andrew Tye of Gujarat Lions and MI’s Mitch McClenaghan. Rising Pune Supergiant’s South African leg spinner, Imran Tahir, too had seven ahead of Sunday’s clash with Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Bhuvneshwar was the stand out player for SRH in the last two games, though they lost to Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, one of the stars of Sunrisers Hyderabad’s triumphant IPL 2016 campaign, is once again leading the bowling charts in IPL 2017.(BCCI)

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IPL 2017 Match 16 Result : Mumbai Indians record 4th consecutive successful chase with win over Gujarat Lions

Mumbai: Skipper Rohit Sharma found some form going his way as he anchored Mumbai Indians to a six-wicket victory over Gujarat Lions on Sunday.

Chasing a tricky target of 177, skipper Rohit remained unbeaten on 40 off 29 balls with Mumbai Indians knocking off the target with three balls to spare.

The popular franchise maintained their pole position with four wins in five matches with the only defeat coming against Rising Pune Supergiant.

Nitish Rana IPL 2017

Mumbai’s Nitish Rana scored a match-winning 53 against Gujarat Lions.

Lions, on the other hand, have now lost three out of their four games and are languishing at the second last position in the eight-team table.

Credit should also be given to Nitish Rana (53 off 36 balls), who set the platform with another matured effort.

Kieron Pollard (39 of 23 balls) also did his bit with some lusty blows to make it easier for the skipper to add finishing touches.

Needing eight runs off the last over, Rohit guided a yorker past the keeper to take the pressure off. A couple of twos sealed it as the skipper looked relieved having gone through a bad patch since the start of the event.

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What TV channel is the Indian Premier League on? What time are the games on? When will the final be played?

THE best domestic T20 tournament is underway with the world’s best cricketers gathered in Asia for the Indian Premier League.

This year marks the 10th edition of the hard-hitting, fast-paced competition in India.

Here is all you need to know about the event, including how to watch it.


For all the latest IPL news visit our dedicated section


When is the Indian Premier League?

The 2017 IPL began on Wednesday April 5 and will run until Sunday May 21.

It will be played at cricket venues all across India – not just the home cities for the eight competing teams.

How many matches are there and what time do they start?

There are 60 matches in total including the play-offs in May.

Most of the matches begin at 8pm in India, which is 3.30pm for people in the UK.

There are, though, the odd double headers with two games in a day, in which case one will be on at 11.30am BST.