IPL 2017, Match 17 Preview : Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rising Pune Supergiants

Royal Challengers Bangalore look to regain momentum against Rising Pune Supergiant at home

The second match of the double header on a super Sunday is between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rising Pune Supergiant. Both the teams are looking to gain their momentum back in the competition. With just one win in their last four games, RCB are placed third from the bottom in the points table while Pune are sitting at the bottom. Though, this is a home game for RCB but still they need to work upon some areas to get positive results. The home advantage didn’t help them in their last outing against Mumbai Indians even after getting a perfect start while defending.

RCB VS RPS Match 17 IPL 2017


What’s in the kitty

Virat Kohli is back and he is back with a bang. Smashing a flamboyant half century in his first match of the IPL 10, Kohli announced his comeback and he would be looking to keep this form going. Other than him is Samuel Badree whose hattrick in the previous game gave RCB franchise a perfect start while defending.

Rising Pune Supergiant on the other side are looking for a match which can release pressure from themselves. MS Dhoni’s bat hasn’t produced the kind of scoring he is capable of till now and the pressure will be on him to perform. The track at M Chinnaswamy Stadium may help him to get back into the scheme of  things.

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IPL 2017, Match 16 Preview : Mumbai Indians vs Gujrat Lions

The last six IPL matches at the Wankhede Stadium have all been won by teams chasing and hence the toss may prove to be an important factor.

Two-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians have been on a roll after loosing their first match against Rising Pune Supergiant by seven wickets. They have won all their matches and are currently second in the points table. Now as they take on Gujarat Lions in match 16 of the ipl, MI will look to continue with their winning run and simultaneously aim to go on top of the table.

MI vs GL match 16 IPL 2017

However, Gujarat will hope to play spoilsport and keep their run of form going after winning its last match. Their famed batting line-up is in fine form. The likes of Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina and Aaron Finch all came good in the last match. Hence, both the teams have a powerful batting line-up and this may very result in a high scoring game. As far as bowlers are concerned MI will be boosted with the presence of Lasith Malinga. After missing Mumbai Indians’ previous match due to illness, Lasith Malinga is expected to be back in the playing XI for the game against Gujarat Lions.

Also in each of MI’s three wins, the Pandya brothers have played a crucial role. They are the x-factor of the home team as their contributions have resulted in wins. MI will hope Krunal and Hardik can continue doing that in this game as well.

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IPL 2017, Match 15 Result : Delhi Daredevils beat Kings XI Punjab by 51 runs

When you look at the teamsheets of various IPL franchises, they always throw up one or more star names. Players that can fill stadiums, whom people will come in to watch over and over again, the ones who are mega draws at the box office. Some teams have many such players — Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Gujarat Lions, and Royal Pune Supergiant. Others — Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad — make do with a couple of them.

This is the USP of this franchise league. It is the generous mix of Indian as well as overseas big-ticket cricketers all coming together to form singular units who then compete for the ultimate prize. And it is good business — for organisers, broadcasters, franchise owners, and cities/states owning stadiums, et al.

Delhi Daredevils team celebrate vs KXIP


Weirdly enough though, Delhi Daredevils don’t necessarily adhere to this norm. Look up their teamsheet. Which name inspires the same selling point? They don’t really have a high-profile Indian cricketer on their rolls. Yes, Mohammed Shami and Amit Mishra are there, but when was the last time bowlers filled up seats in any format of the game, least of all T20 cricket?

Karun Nair hasn’t done much since scoring his triple hundred. Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant are barely recognisable even when loitering about in crowded hotel lobbies. Among the overseas players, Quinton de Kock, Carlos Brathwaite, Corey Anderson and Chris Morris, all have decent value, but most of it pertains to what they can do on the field. Selling t-shirts, a synonym for star power, isn’t really their forte when it comes to Delhi’s franchise.

Maybe Zaheer Khan, but he is one for the oldies, who still swear by the golden generation and is quickly approaching his sell-by date. In that sense, Rahul Dravid is still their alpha name. But, for a franchise reeling under a spate of poor results since 2012, this isn’t about star attraction. This is about getting the right processes down, picking the optimal balance in the squad, and for that, if they have to play with a bunch of ‘relative’ unknowns, then so be it.

In other words, ‘experience’ is the watchword herein, at least that is what names like Zaheer and Dravid signify. You can also relate it aplenty with the likes of Mishra, Shami, Anderson, Morris and Brathwaite, who have excellent know-how of different formats in varied conditions. Even someone as young as Sam Billings too falls into this category as he has played in three different franchise T20 leagues.

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IPL 2017: Sanjay Manjrekar clarifies on Kieron Pollard ‘brainless’ controversy, says insulting is not his style

New Delhi: Former India cricketer turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar on Saturday clarified his on-air comments on Kieron Pollard saying he never called the West Indian “brainless”.

While it was clear from the footage that Manjrekar never uttered the word “brainless” but Pollard’s twitter dig at the veteran cricketer saw a lot of strong reaction on social media.

“Said ‘Does he have the range (to bat higher up the order)?’ Using terms like ‘no brains’ or ‘brainless’ not my style. I can be critical but never insulting,” Manjrekar tweeted on Saturday.

“I would also encourage all those reacting to the Pollard issue to hear the footage & not just take my word for it,” he added.

Manjrekar’s comment on Pollard’s batting invited a strong response from the Mumbai Indians all-rounder apart from being trolled on social media.

Pollard had thought that the Indian called him “brainless” on air.

“Do you know how I get big so.. About BRAINLESS.. Words are very powerful .. Once it leaves u can’t take it back.. sins of parents fall on…

“u feel any positive can come out of your mouth bcuz u get pay to talk u can continue with your verbal diarrhoea …” Pollard had posted.

The West Indian struck a match-winning 70 to script a sensational turnaround for the Mumbai Indians against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday.


Quality of Umpiring in IPL 2017 received Opprobrium

The quality of umpiring in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) has received opprobrium and to put it mildly, the officiating has been abysmal. Perhaps, to err is human, but after seeing the howler

The quality of umpiring in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) has received opprobrium and to put it mildly, the officiating has been abysmal. Perhaps, to err is human, but after seeing the howlers of homegrown umpires, the adage will not wash.

In the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday, Umpire Anil Dandekar neither heard a massive edge by Robin Uthappa, nor the vociferous appeal by Naman Ojha. If the umpire, perhaps, thought that bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar did goup in appeal, it was silly as the edge was so clear that there was no need for any screaming. Ideally the batsman should have walked.

Dandekar figured again when he checked with the third umpire whether Uthappa’s catch behind was clean after giving the soft decision as out. The third umpire checks the decision in its entirety and decides that there was no bat involved! Strange rule when the queuery is only for catch, but then that’s how the rules are.

If the umpires gives out legbefore even if the ball is hitting the top of the stump the batsman is out, but if a bowler reviews the same decision when the umpires says not out then the the umpire’s decision stays.

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