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Pressure on Williamson in Sunrisers' last chance

He has led his team to four successive losses and now they face an in-form Kolkata Knight Riders on home turf in a knockout game


Captain Karthik, and the new KKR

Taking over from Gautam Gambhir, Dinesh Karthik has reshaped the team in his first year in charge, tuning it to fit the change in resources

Swann: KKR start as favourites against Sunrisers

Kolkata Knight Riders take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in the second qualifier of IPL 2018 on Friday at the Eden Gardens


KKR v Royals

IPL Eliminator, Kolkata

Shetty: A Royal lesson in how not to T20

In the age of real-time data and out-of-the-box thinking, Ajinkya Rahane and his team seem to be stuck in the past with only each other for company

Five reasons why Knight Riders beat Royals


Talking Points - What was Ajinkya Rahane thinking?

Trying to understand Rajasthan Royals' baffling approach to the chase, and how they lost even though they had the best of the conditions

CSK make seventh IPL final

CSK's journey studded with individual brilliance

Returning after a two-year ban, the team has waltzed into the final on the back of several last-over heists


Five reasons why CSK beat Sunrisers


Swann: Williamson could have saved Rashid for the death

Where did it all go wrong for Sunrisers?


Why is it so tough to pick Rashid's googly?

Graeme Swann explains why is it so difficult for batsmen to read Rashid Khan's googly


League phase round-up

IPL 2018

Team of 2018 - Dhoni, Williamson in; Stokes, Krunal out

ESPNcricinfo picks the team of the IPL league phase, using Smart Stats, our new way of analysing T20 cricket

Ponting on Maxwell's poor form: "I wish I knew why"

The Delhi Daredevils coach also explains why the team stuck with Maxwell in the XI despite repeated failures

Overseas players at IPL: Afghanistan ace league phase

Around $39m was spent on overseas players at the IPL auction. Country-wise, which internationals had the most and least impact so far?

IPL Team Exit Reports

Mumbai's back-up not strong enough

Graeme Swann reviews Mumbai Indians' performance in IPL 2018


Time taken to settle on best XI costs RCB dear


Daredevils fail to translate on-paper potential

What were the positives? Who were the letdowns? And what can they look forward to next season? Ajit Agarkar reviews the season that was for Delhi Daredevils


Top-heavy Kings XI waste an excellent start


Rohit's leanest IPL season hurts Mumbai

Most of his runs came while batting at No. 4, but he only batted there five times this season


Gloves Off - Are English players underperforming at the IPL?


Talking T20

A podcast with Graeme Swann

The Hundred 'done blatantly for TV' - Swann

Former England spinner doesn’t buy ‘new audience’ justification for format tweaks

'In T20, I was looking to get a batsman out, not worrying about fours or sixes'


CSK v Kings XI

IPL 2018, Pune

MS Dhoni, and managing chaos

By inverting his middle order, the CSK captain created confusion. A touch of madness, perhaps, but as always there was a method to Dhoni's madness

Agarkar: Bizarre changes from CSK in batting line-up

Ajit Agarkar and Graeme Swann also look back at Kings XI Punjab's season and how they slid out of the top four


Talking Points - What was that CSK batting order about?

Ashwin promised to defy convention in this IPL, but it was his former franchise captain who took things to a new level

Daredevils v Mumbai

IPL 2018, Delhi

Mumbai knocked out in another close finish

Chasing 175 in a game they had to win to make the playoffs, Rohit Sharma's team fell 11 runs short

Agarkar: If fit, Rohit should have come in at 3

Graeme Swann, meanwhile, says Amit Mishra turned the match around in the middle overs with his 3 for 19


Top five reasons why Mumbai lost to Delhi

Middle-over troubles, relay catches and more


IPL 2018

Saturday's double-header

Top five reasons why Royals beat RCB

Team selection, Heinrich Klaasen's all-round masterclass and other reasons why Rajasthan Royals came out on top against Royal Challengers Bangalore


'Kohli's leanest season impact-wise'


'Tripathi knows how to bat under pressure' - Rahane

The Rajasthan Royals captain on what the win against RCB means to his team, and how they are shaping up as a unit with their playoff hopes still alive


'RCB's plans haven't worked out' - Umesh

Umesh Yadav analyses what went wrong for RCB in IPL 2018


The Chatter - Is swapping jerseys cool?

Why is Wasim Akram angry? Did Andrew Tye lock up Karun Nair in the bathroom? Revealed in this week's chatter


'Can't defend low totals every time' - Goswami

Sunrisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper-batsman Shreevats Goswami reckons his side were 15-20 short against Kolkata Knight Riders


RCB v Sunrisers

IPL 2018, Bengaluru

De Villiers, Moeen keep RCB alive in playoffs race

Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey carried Sunrisers Hyderabad's valiant fight into the final over with sparkling fifties

Swann: Williamson took the pressure off Pandey

Our experts, Graeme Swann and Ajit Agarkar, marvel at the skills of Kane Williamson and reckon RCB did just enough to stay alive in the tournament


Talking points: How did Thampi concede 70 in four overs?

The numbers suggest he missed a trick that could have minimised the damage. Plus, do third umpires need time limits for decisions?

RCB v Sunrisers

IPL 2018, Bengaluru

RCB overcome middle-overs muddle for perfect show

Quick wickets in the middle overs have often hurt RCB's ability to finish innings strongly, but Thursday against Sunrisers was a welcome departure from the norm

Top five reasons why RCB beat Sunrisers

De Grandhomme's cameo, Thampi's erratic lengths, de Villiers' promotion and more


Siraj bowled the last over really well - Pandey

The Sunrisers batsman believes 218 was a lot to go after on the Chinnaswamy pitch and they didn't bowl well in the death overs


Mumbai v Kings XI

IPL 2018, Mumbai

Five reasons why Mumbai beat Kings XI


We've struggled to put up a team effort this IPL - Tye

After winning five of their seven games at the start of the season, Kings XI Punjab are now on the verge of elimination

Clarity important when bowling at the death - Bumrah

The Mumbai Indians fast bowler had seemed off-colour earlier in the season, but came good in a must-win game

KKR v Royals

IPL 2018, Kolkata

Kuldeep, Russell push KKR closer to playoffs

The pair was instrumental in restricting Rajasthan Royals to 142 after Jos Buttler and Rahul Tripathi had powered them to 59 for 0 in four overs

Manjrekar: When Buttler fails, Rajasthan Royals lose

Graeme Swann feels Royals should have sent in Ben Stokes at No. 3 rather than Ajinkya Rahane


KKR v Royals

IPL 2018, Kolkata

Rahane at the heart of royal slowdown

After rollicking opening against KKR, Rajasthan Royals had the momentum to build a mammoth total. Their captain's batting robbed them of that

Five reasons why KKR beat Royals


Talking Points: Dinesh Karthik, IPL 2018's best finisher?

Few dot balls, many boundaries, several not-outs. The numbers sure seem to suggest that

Kings XI v RCB

IPL 2018, Indore

My focus was on pace and bounce - Umesh

Bowl wicket to wicket and tempt the batsmen. Umesh Yadav has revealed his bowling plan that dismissed Gayle and Rahul

Top five reasons why RCB beat Kings XI Punjab

Umesh Yadav's bowling, run-outs, and more


Talking Points: Where is Kings XI's middle order?

RCB crippled the Kings XI line-up with a flurry of short balls, taking out their openers inside the Powerplay

Delhi Daredevils v RCB

IPL 2018, Delhi

De Villiers and Kohli eliminate Daredevils

RCB's two biggest stars ensured Delhi Daredevils were the first team to fall out of the playoff race

Top five reasons why RCB beat Daredevils

A recap of how Virat Kohli's side overcame Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday


Who is Abhishek Sharma?

Where did Delhi Daredevils' newest teenage sensation come from?

Royals v CSK

IPL 2018, Jaipur

Five reasons why Royals beat CSK


Warne pushed Stokes to open - Buttler

The funk was on a roll in Jaipur as Rajasthan Royals surprised Chennai Super Kings with a much needed victory

Did Dhoni not allocate the death overs properly?

A look at how Royals' new opening pair made Dhoni change tactics, and where CSK lost the match

Daredevils v Sunrisers

IPL 2018, Delhi

Five reasons why Sunrisers beat Daredevils


Pant takes 70 off 24 against Rashid and Bhuvneshwar

Stats highlights from Rishabh Pant's hundred, on a pitch where his team-mates collectively scored at less than a run a ball

KKR v Mumbai

IPL 2018, Kolkata

Five reasons why Mumbai beat KKR


Talking Points - Should Chawla have bowled the last over?

He conceded 22 in the last over, even though the batsman on strike, Ben Cutting, usually struggles against spin

'Dhoni, Rohit help me grow' - Ishan Kishan

The wicketkeeper struck a match-winning 62 off 21 balls


IPL 2018

BBL hit, IPL miss?

Archer, Short, Mujeeb and the rest: How have stars from other T20 leagues fared in IPL 2018?

Can MS Dhoni continue his outstanding IPL form in international cricket?


Tait takes on NBA D-League basketballer

Can rookie Shaun Tait hold his own against pro-basketballer Palpreet Singh Brar in a three-pointer shootout?

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Kings XI v Royals

IPL 2018, Indore

Talking Points - Why Rahul was given not out

Jos Buttler had attacked Delhi Daredevils in the first six overs, but R Ashwin prevented a repeat with five overs of spin

Five reasons why Kings XI beat Royals


Mumbai v KKR

IPL 2018, Mumbai

Mumbai overcome their death-overs nerves

They kept losing close games at the start of the season, but on Sunday they made sure they didn't lose their way in pressure moments

Five reasons why Mumbai beat KKR



IPL 2018, Pune

'Dhoni our key man on and off the field' - Hussey

CSK's batting coach also backs Ravindra Jadeja, saying that the allrounder has a "difficult role" to play for the team

Top five reasons why CSK beat RCB


Talking Points - Did Kohli use his bowlers right?

When you are defending 127, you have to go for wickets, even if it means bowling out a couple of your best bowlers before the death. Isn't it?

Kings XI v Mumbai

IPL 2018, Indore

Talking Points: Why was Yuvraj sent in at No. 3?

He starts slow, but if you get him to face 30-plus balls, he can strike at over 140


Ashwin's left-hand tactics negate Mumbai's spinners

By promoting left-handed batsmen through the middle overs, Rohit Sharma was kept apprehensive of using Krunal Pandya and Mayank Markande

I was more motivated to perform in this game - Krunal

The Mumbai Indians allrounder talks about restricting Kings XI to 174 and how confident they were of chasing it down


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