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IPL 2018

Rashid and Kaul sink Mumbai in chase of 119

Despite losing two key bowlers to injury, Sunrisers Hyderabad pulled off the second-lowest successful defence ever in the IPL


Faulkner: You'd chase 119 ten out of ten times

Ajit Agarkar and James Faulkner try to make sense of Mumbai Indians capitulating to 87 all out


Mumbai v Sunrisers

IPL 2018, Mumbai

Mumbai's high investment in Pollard yields low return

Siddarth Kaul effectively used distinct plans for different batsman. Did his performance improve his stock as an end-overs bowler?

Rashid Khan: 16 dots and a death-overs maiden

The wristspinner also took two wickets to help Sunrisers Hyderabad stun Mumbai Indians

Royal Challengers v Super Kings

IPL 2018, Bengaluru

CSK target top spot; RCB look to rise further from the bottom

The hosts have been over-reliant on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers for their runs. Will one of them do the job again against CSK?

Deepak Chahar's journey from false dawns to late sunshine

Putting a spate of injuries and "freakish" bad luck behind him, Deepak Chahar is finally showing the world all of his abilities as a swing bowler

Is RCB's bowling weighing them down?


Gloves Off

IPL 2018

Lack of good seamers in IPL 2018?


Sunrisers Hyderabad

Injury news

Stanlake leaves IPL 2018 with fractured finger

The Australia fast bowler picked up the injury during Sunday's home fixture against Chennai Super Kings in Hyderabad

Daredevils v Kings XI

IPL 2018, Delhi

Talking points: Time for Yuvraj to be dropped?

Also, is it time for Gautam Gambhir to drop down the Delhi Daredevils batting order?

Where do Delhi Daredevils go from here?

Do they have a replacement for Gambhir the captain? Sanjay Manjrekar, James Faulkner and the ESPNcricinfo crew discuss


Coach's Diary: How not to win trophies

Our imaginary coach lays into Delhi Daredevils - batsmen and fielders in particular - in his imaginary diary


IPL 2018

Video analysis

'Lifetime experience for Gowtham and us' - Samson


'Mumbai is known for bouncing back' - Kishan


Coach's Diary: The Rayudu surprise


Bravo and Watson's experience valuable - Chahar


Sunrisers v CSK


Faulkner: Sunrisers will be upset about the no-ball that wasn't called

James Faulkner, Shaun Tait and Deep Dasgupta on the high full-toss and Kane Williamson's fifty in Sunrisers Hyderabad's chase


Rayudu, Chahar star in another last-over CSK win

Chennai Super Kings came back from a slow start to post 128 off their last ten overs and edge Sunrisers out in a four-run win

KKR v Kings XI

IPL 2018, Kolkata

Dinesh Karthik questions Kings XI's revised target

Also suggests considering VJD method for revising targets in IPL, instead of current DLS system

DLS explainer: Why Kings XI had to chase just 125

How does the DLS system work? And would the VJD method have made a difference to KKR's chances?

Surprised asking rate dropped after rain - Karthik

The KKR captain also said his team didn't bowl well, even if the total it was defending was just par


IPL 2018

Social dugout: CSK fans back on track


Coach's Diary: Kings XI's happy problems at the top


Gloves Off: Are coaches redundant in T20s?


The Chatter: Happy Birthday, IPL!


The IPL's broken XI


Surprised asking rate dropped after rain - Karthik


Could this be Manish Pandey's year?


'Been dreaming of days like this' - Watson


'Watson more classical than Gayle' - Laughlin


RCB v Daredevils

IPL 2018, Bengaluru

Kalro: De Villiers goes back to having fun

Of late, he has often been forced to score tough runs, through injury or circumstance. On Saturday, he shed all that weight off his shoulders

Talking points: Will the real Chris Morris please stand up?

Also, a deathly slow start from Daredevils, and de Villiers feasts on his former team once again

RCB v Daredevils

IPL 2018

De Villiers 90* off 39 brings back RCB smiles

Daredevils took 71 off the last five overs, with Pant and Iyer scoring half-centuries. But it wasn't enough against a star-studded RCB batting line-up

Faulkner: Once de Villiers goes aerial, he can't be stopped

The Matchday Runorder team wonder if there is anything a bowler can do to escape the wrath of AB de Villiers


CSK v Royals

IPL 2018, Pune

Shane Watson, the quiet marauder

The allrounder doesn't have the spectacle or cult-hero status of a Gayle or Dhoni. But he can more than match their exploits with bat in hand

Talking Points - When will Tripathi bat in the Powerplay?

Meanwhile, cometh the hour, cometh yet another Chennai Super Kings batsman

Coach's Diary: Feeling at home on a true track in Pune

A peek into the (imaginary) coach's diary following CSK's mauling of Royals


Kings XI v Sunrisers

IPL 2018, Mohali

'Sehwag saved IPL by picking me' - Gayle

With all the big T20 batting records in his hands, Chris Gayle has nothing more to prove but wants people to "just put some respect on the name"

Monga: Gayle, T20's biggest visionary

The man from Jamaica, who first turned chaotic T20 hitting into a science, continues to mould his batting to suit the circumstances

Ashwin's calculated punts pay off

Could batting first become the next big trend? And where did it all go downhill for Rashid Khan?

Ten years of the IPL

Fun and games

From 2008 to 2018: How IPL has changed

On April 18, 2008, the IPL began with a Brendon McCullum blaze. How does T20 look today, exactly ten years later?

How well do you remember the first IPL game?

We've just crossed the ten-year mark in IPL history. How well do you remember the first game? Take our quiz to find out

Runorder: How do cricketers deal with trolls?

James Faulkner, Deep Dasgupta, Cyrus Broacha and the team at ESPNcricinfo discuss the recent events surrounding Vinay Kumar


Mumbai v Royal Challengers

IPL 2018, Mumbai

Wrong replay puts broadcasters in focus again

It has emerged that the TV umpire may have looked at the wrong replay when checking on a no-ball during the Mumbai-RCB game

Rohit uses 'perfect platform' to change fortunes

The Mumbai Indians captain said he would continue batting at No. 4 to help bring stability to the middle order

Was Kohli playing for the not-out?

The RCB captain slowed down despite a rising asking rate, but he was doing it to keep his team's net run-rate up

Mumbai v Royal Challengers

IPL 2018, Mumbai

Faulkner: A big Rohit innings was always coming

Rohit Sharma scored 94 match-winnings runs at a strike-rate of over 180 against RCB at Wankhede stadium


Rohit's 94 muscles Mumbai to massive first win

The win helped them stall a three-game losing streak, while Royal Challengers succumbed to their third loss in four games

Knight Riders v Daredevils

IPL 2018, Kolkata

KKR got 200 off 18 overs - Maxwell

Delhi Daredevils have conceded the most sixes and fours and have the worst economy rate in the Powerplay this IPL season

'I enjoy batting under pressure' - Rana

Nitish Rana talks about the difference in his and Andre Russell's role after Kolkata Knight Riders' victory over Delhi Daredevils


Andre Russell - going bang from ball one

Ajit Agarkar and James Faulkner too were blown away by the Kolkata Knight Riders allrounder


IPL 2018

Trends in the first week

IPL trends: Why teams batting first are struggling to win

Takeaways from the first week: attacking the first over and going big in the Powerplay, but middle overs are a muddle


IPL 2018

KXIP v CSK, Mohali

Dhoni sees future for Jadeja the finisher

The Chennai Super Kings captain explains why he has the left-hander batting ahead of the big-hitting Dwaye Bravo. Hint: it has to do with his left-handedness

Talking points: Ashwin outsmarts old mate Dhoni

Against his former side, R Ashwin got his own team selection and Powerplay tactics right to come out on top

Agarkar: CSK need to bat Bravo higher

James Faulkner, Ajit Agarkar and the ESPNcricinfo crew discuss MS Dhoni's approach to chases


RCB v Royals

IPL 2018, Bengaluru

Didn't think it was going to be a 200-plus wicket - Kohli

The RCB captain talks about losing to Rajasthan Royals, how he was surprised by the pitch, and more


Samson finally begins to fan his spark into a flame

The batsman has begun the IPL in terrific form for Rajasthan Royals, after a strong domestic season

Talking points - RCB tripped up by friendly long-hops

The fab four fell pulling short balls from spinners, and the bowlers didn't find the right lines in the death


Talking T20

Does the T20 format favour chasing sides too much?


Mumbai v Daredevils

IPL 2018, Mumbai

Mumbai rue bad luck and a poor finish

Rohit Sharma is the only captain not to have won a toss this season, and his team has lost three really close games

Coach's Diary: Mumbai reflecting Rohit's form

ESPNcricnfo's new segment on what the teams will need moving forward into the IPL season


Agarkar: Losing two home games a big worry for Mumbai

What went wrong for Mumbai against Daredevils? The Match Day Runorder team has its say


Chennai Super Kings

IPL 2018

Raina to miss next two CSK games with calf injury

He will miss the matches against Kings XI Punjab on Sunday and against Rajasthan Royals on April 20

Dasgupta: Raina is the batting fulcrum of CSK

Deep Dasgupta says it is difficult to replace a batsman like Raina, although CSK could bring M Vijay in their XI now


Dhoni to return to Pune as CSK forced to move

Chennai will not host any more IPL games this season because of security concerns caused by protests over the Cauvery water issue


IPL 2018, Chennai

Why did Vinay Kumar bowl the last over?

The Match Day Runorder team dissects KKR's tactics


Agony, ecstasy, passion and pride: IPL returns to Chennai

A packed crowd at MA Chidambaram stadium experienced a cocktail of emotions, resulting in a win that was 'meant to be'

Super Kings win it the Dhoni way

The numbers said one thing, MS Dhoni's team did something quite different. In the heat of the battle, instinct trumped statistics and the opposition blinked first


IPL 2018, Chennai

'It was meant to be' - Billings


I felt unstoppable on that wicket - Russell


Dasgupta: Karthik got his calculations wrong


Coach's Diary: Dhoni relinquishes finisher's role


Sunrisers v Royals

IPL 2018, Hyderabad

We failed to build partnerships - Rahane


Sunrisers bowlers prove too much for Royals

Shikhar Dhawan scored an unbeaten 77 to complete the outstanding work done by the home side's attack in Hyderabad

Talking points: Royals' big batting jumble

He had immense success as an opener last season, but the move to push Rahul Tripathi to No. 5 didn't help their cause

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