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Onus on in-form batters and spinners as Sunrisers Hyderabad and Punjab Kings look to get going
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Onus on in-form batters and spinners as Sunrisers Hyderabad and Punjab Kings look to get going

PreviewBoth teams might need to rejig their XIs - they have won one out of six games between them so far this seasonBig pictureThe Punjab Kings and the Sunrisers Hyderabad might be the two bottom-placed sides right now, but in the IPL, if the top teams can provide gripping entertainment, so can the ones languishing behind. Most teams are still trying to identify their best XIs, getting used to the contrasting conditions in Mumbai and Chennai, and wondering how to bowl with the dew or rejig their plans if they lose the toss.In Chennai, particularly, it becomes slower, and tougher for batting, as the game progresses, which will put the spotlight on the top orders of either side, put the onus on them to collect quick runs and provide a cushion for the death overs. Equally important would be t...
Rabada-Nortje combine could be the difference in slugfest of equals
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Rabada-Nortje combine could be the difference in slugfest of equals

PreviewBoth teams are strong at the top but have a tendency of losing steam towards the end of their inningsBig pictureIn the blue corner, we have Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant and others. In the red, there are KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran and friends. The Delhi Capitals' contest against the Punjab Kings is of the kind where, were it a boxing match, there would be the promise of some heavy-duty action in the first few rounds, with the possibility of a peter-out later on.That's because of how the two teams are made up. Both rely on their top orders to do the bulk of the work, and if the top order falters, then the batting goes from sizzle to fizzle pretty quickly. There are other points in common too: they are stocked with lots of pace options, and each has won one ga...
Chennai Super Kings look to crack Wankhede code against power-packed Punjab Kings
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Chennai Super Kings look to crack Wankhede code against power-packed Punjab Kings

PreviewWith Ngidi and Behrendorff unavailable, the Super Kings could turn to Tahir for wicket-taking biteBig pictureThe Chennai Super Kings have built their empire on the mostly slow and spin-friendly pitches of the MA Chidambaram Stadium, where they found ways to control the pace of the fast-moving format. In 2018, their "Dad's Army" proved that age was just a number. In 2019, they came within one ball of a repeat. But when the tournament moved to the UAE in 2020, they struggled to adapt, mainly because their squad was built for a particular set of conditions.While IPL 2021 is being played in India, little has changed for the Super Kings with no team playing at home through the season. The Super Kings are playing their first five games at the Wankhede Stadium, where the conditions are in ...
Big-hitting batsmen on show in battle of wicketkeeper captains
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Big-hitting batsmen on show in battle of wicketkeeper captains

PreviewSanju Samson's maiden game as IPL captain will be in focusBig pictureIt's a clash of two underachievers. Punjab Kings, the biggest auction spenders by virtue of having the bigger purse, now want to translate potential into performance. Rajasthan Royals, wooden spooners of the previous season, are looking to start afresh under a new captain in Sanju Samson, but have to make up for the lack of experience.There's plenty of firepower, no doubt. Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran bring explosive hitting for the Kings. Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes will try and negate that for the Royals. Kings have the exuberance of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal at the top of the order, but Royals will bank on the inexperience of either Manan Vohra or Yashasvi Jaiswal to partner Stokes, having off-loaded Robin U...