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IPL 2017 Match 19 SH vs KXIP : Sunrisers Hyderabad seek to regain stability against Kings XI Punjab

We are on the verge of completing two weeks in the Indian Premier League season and fans couldn’t have asked for more excitement from the cash-rich league. The hustle to stay at the helm between the teams has been entertaining and a lot more is expected to come.

Defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad who began the campaign with a riveting win are now placed at number four position. In the second game on Monday, the David Warner-led side will be taking on Kings XI Punjab in Hyderabad. Punjab on the other hand are just behind Sunrisers at number five for now. With two wins and two losses each under their belt, both the teams would be looking for improved performances.

Both Kings XI Punjab as well Sunrisers Hyderabad are coming into this match with two losses on the trot in their last respective games and would be looking to gain some momentum back.

SH vs KXIP Match 19 IPL 2017

What’s in the kitty

Sunrisers Hyderabad are playing at home and they are pretty strong force while playing on the home turf.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan are on song while Yuvraj Singh’s cameo in the last game went in vain but it showed the kind of middle-order batting line up that Sunrisers posses.

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IPL 2017 Match 18, Result : Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan fifties script Kolkata’s victory over Delhi

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) rode on a brilliant batting effort from Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan to beat Delhi Daredevils by four wickets in a thrilling Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match at the Feroz Shah Kotla here on Monday.

Pandey, who remained unbeaten on 69 off 49 balls rescued the visitors with a brilliant 110-run fourth wicket stand with Pathan (59) to turn the tide in favour of the visitors after a dreadful start.

Needing nine from the last over, Mishra got Chris Woakes stumped off his second delivery but couldn’t prevent Pandey from hitting him for a six off the fourth ball and then leaked two runs off the next to lose the tie.

Manish Pandey, who remained unbeaten on 69 off 49 balls rescued the visitors with a brilliant 110-run fourth wicket stand with Yusuf Pathan (59) to turn the tide in favour of the visitors after a dreadful start. (BCCI Photo)

Earlier, skipper Zaheer Khan gave Delhi a perfect start with the wickets of his opposite number Gautam Gambhir (14) and Colin de Grandhomme (1) while Pat Cummins sent back one down Robin Uthappa (4) to reduce the visitors to 21/3.

Zaheer struck in the opening over of the innings to remove KKR’s debutant de Grandhomme, who holed out a short of length delivery to give a simple catch to Sam Billings at deep square leg.

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IPL 2017 Match 18, DD vs KKR : Delhi Daredevils aim to come alive at the death against balanced KKR

At Delhi Daredevils’ opening press conference, skipper Zaheer Khan emphasised on depth, the former India pace spearhead explaining that the team had got fast-bowling all-rounders who could provide thrust at the death overs.

In T20, the last five overs are often decisive, and Chris Morris, Corey Anderson and Pat Cummins have been Daredevils’ architects there, with bat and ball. Cummins and Anderson came on board this season, while Morris has been delivering the goods since the last edition.

LATE THRUST

Delhi have played three games, winning two. Against Rising Pune Supergiant, it was Morris’s 9-ball 38 that took Delhi to 205, with a stand of 80 runs in the last 30 balls. His spell of 1/19 then choked Pune. On Saturday, against Kings XI Punjab, Morris slammed 16 off 8 balls alongside Anderson, who hit all but eight runs in his unbeaten 39 in the last 10 balls. Punjab lost steam in the middle overs and Morris’s 3/23 sealed it for Delhi.

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“All-rounders’ role in shorter formats will always be crucial. Morris can get wickets in the first six overs and at the death. He has got a lot of variations, and even Anderson can vary in the death with an over or two. Both are big hitters, and with a view to balance the team, Delhi has invested in both at No 6 and 7,” Daredevils bowling mentor TA Sekar said.

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

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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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