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IPL 2017: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab – Predicted XI of the Kings XI Punjab

Consistency will be the keyword for Kings XI Punjab when they enter the field to meet Royal Challengers at the home ground, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. Despite having just 4 wins in 9 games, the Punjab side still harbours bright hopes of making it to the playoffs.

The only requirement would be consistent performances in the remaining matches of the league stages. As far as the numbers go, they need only four wins out of the five remaining games for a spot in the playoffs. They also would hope that Delhi Daredevils would lose more two or more matches out of their remaining five games.

The upcoming game against RCB will be a no less that a fresh start for Maxwell & Co. With an encouraging win on their kitty from the previous encounter against Delhi Daredevils, KXIP would want to maintain the momentum and make sure they don’t have to rely on complicated maths in order to move to the next level.

Previous encounter:

The two teams last met in the 8th match of this season. AB de Villiers’ blazing 89 off just 46 deliveries proved insufficient for RCB as KXIP bowling attack led by Varun Aaron restricted the opposition for just 148/4 in 20 overs. The Punjab bowlers took full advantage after being put to bowl first.

The target was put to rest in just 14.3 overs later as Hashim Amla (58 from 38 balls) and Glenn Maxwell (43 from 24 balls) team up and smashed the RCB bowlers all around the park. Opener Mana Vohra also made a healthy contribution of 34 from 21 deliveries.

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Talking Points:

Eoin Morgan will not be available for the rest of the season, having joined England for national duty. Although he wasn’t used more frequently in the XI, KXIP must have felt a bit of dent in their line-up.

Sandeep Sharma will test the out of rhythm stalwart likes Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle. The in-form bowlers will challenge the struggling titans to a great extent with the new ball. The competition will be highly exciting to see.

Krunal Pandya’s success against De Villiers should motivate Axar Patel to do well. The MI left-hander has an impeccable record of dismissing De Villiers on all fours occasion he met the star South African. Patel also is of the same type – accurate and faster than normal spinners which should help him gain some advantage.

Predicted XI:

Changes are not expected. Maxi would not like to rotate any of the men from the unit that won the previous game.

Here is the XI: Hashim Amla, Martin Guptill, Shaun Marsh, Manan Vohra, Glenn Maxwell (C), Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Axar Patel, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Varun Aaron, T Natarajan.


IPL 2017: Match 36 – Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils – Match Stats

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) clinched an emphatic victory over Delhi Daredevils (DD) in Mohali.

KXIP elected to bowl first after winning the toss. DD was bundled out for just 67 runs, which was chased down by KXIP in 7.5 overs without losing any wicket.

KXIP won this match by 10 wickets with 73 balls remaining.

Brief Scores: Delhi Daredevils (DD) – 67 in 17.1 overs (Corey Anderson 18, Karun Nair 11, Sandeep Sharma 4/20)

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) – 68/0 in 7.5 overs (Martin Guptill 50*, Hashim Amla 16*)

Result – KXIP won by 10 wickets

Here are some of the statistical highlights of the match

  1. DD was bowled out for just 67 runs. It is the joint lowest 1st innings total in the IPL history. Previously, KKR (Kolkata Knight Riders) had been also bundled out for just 67 runs against MI (Mumbai Indians) at Mumbai on 16th May 2008.

On the other hand, it (67/10) is the joint 3rd lowest total in the IPL history. The top two lowest total in IPL history are: 49 (9.4 overs) by RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore) against KKR (Kolkata Knight Riders) in Kolkata on 23rd April 2017 and 58 (15.1 overs) by RR (Rajasthan Royals) against RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore) in Cape Town on 18th April 2009.


  1. KXIP pacer Sandeep Sharma bowled superbly in this match, as his bowling figures were 4-0-20-4. It is the second best bowling figure in IPL by an Indian pacer for KXIP. The best bowling figure in IPL by an Indian pacer for KXIP is 4-0-13-4 by Lakshmipathy Balaji against SRH (Sunrisers Hyderabad) in Sharjah on 22nd April 2014.

Also, it is the second best bowling figure in IPL by an Indian pacer against DD. The best bowling figure in IPL by an Indian pacer against DD is 4-0-25-5 by Jaydev Unadkat (Royal Challengers Bangalore) in Delhi on 10th May 2013.


  1. KXIP off-spinner Glenn Maxwell bowled very well in this match, as his bowling figure was 4-0-12-1 with an impressive economy rate of 3.00. Bowling full 4-over quota in a match, it is the joint second best economy rate by a KXIP spinner. Previously, left-arm spinner Axar Patel had also the same bowling figure (4-0-12-1) against RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore) in Indore on 10th April 2017. However, the record holder is also Axar Patel with 2.75 economy rate (4-1-11-2) against KKR (Kolkata Knight Riders) in Kolkata on 27th may 2014.

Meanwhile, bowling full 4-over quota in a match, it (3.00) is the second best economy rate by a spinner against DD. The record is 2.75 economy rate (4-1-11-2) by Harbhajan Singh (Mumbai Indians) in Mumbai on 5th May 2015.


  1. KXIP beat DD in this match by 10 wickets with 73 balls to spare. Here are some important stats of this sensational victory:

i) It is the largest victory (by wickets) for KXIP. Their previous largest victory (by wickets) was by 9 wickets against RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore) in Mohali on 12th May 2008.

ii) DD lost this match by 10 wickets which is their second defeat in this same margin. Previously, DD had suffered a defeat against RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore) by 10 wickets in Delhi on 26th April 2015.

iii) KXIP won this match with 73 balls remaining. It is the third largest victory (by balls remaining in the second innings) in IPL history. The top two in this list are: MI (Mumbai Indians) won by 8 wickets with 87 balls remaining against KKR (Kolkata Knight Riders) in Mumbai on 16th May 2008 and KTK (Kochi Tuskers Kerala) won by 8 wickets with 76 balls remaining against RR (Rajasthan Royals) in Indore on 15th May 2011.


  1. Total 135 runs were scored by two teams in this entire match. It is the joint lowest match aggregates in the IPL history. Previously in the match between MI (Mumbai Indians) and KKR (Kolkata Knight Riders) at Mumbai on 16th May 2008, the same no.of total runs (135 runs) were scored.

IPL 2017: The Table Of Purple Cap Holder!

During every Indian Premier League (IPL) season, one of the most exciting and prestigious parts is Purple Cap. This Purple Cap is worn by a bowler who takes most number of wickets in a season.

This Purple Cap round starts once each team has played at least one match. This prestigious cap is presented to the leading wicket-taker in the season. Once it starts, the Purple Cap changes hands when another bowler becomes the leading wicket-taker in the season. When a bowler becomes the leading wicket-taker in the running season, this cap is awarded to him after the end of the innings.

If there are more than one bowler in the leading wicket taker table of the season, then the cap is awarded to that bowler who has the lowest economy rate during that season.

At the end of the season, a bowler who takes the most no. of wickets in the season of the tournament becomes the permanent holder of the Purple Cap for that particular season. In that case, if there occurs a tie then the Purple Cap is awarded to that bowler who takes most no. of wickets in the playoff matches. If that still does not break the tie then the Purple Cap is awarded to that bowler (first priority to the most wicket takers in playoff matches) who has the lowest economy rate during that season.

Apart from that prestigious cap, the leading wicket-taker at the end of the season is also awarded INR 10 lakhs prize money and a trophy.

This Purple Cap system started in the inaugural IPL season and there is no change in IPL 2017. Like the every season, each bowler is looking for this prestigious season cap.

Total 8 teams are participating in IPL 2017. These 8 teams are: Delhi Daredevils (DD), Gujarat Lions (GL), Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Mumbai Indians (MI), Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).


Most wicket-taker in IPL 2017 (Top 10)

IPL 2017: The Table Of Purple Cap Holder! 1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar


Name Team Matches Innings Wickets taken Average Economy rate Best bowling in an innings 4w/5w
Bhuvneshwar Kumar SRH 14 14 26 14.19 7.05 5/19 0/1
Jaydev Unadkat RPS 12 12 24 13.41 7.02 5/30 0/1
Jasprit Bumrah MI 16 17 20 22.20 7.35 3/7 0/0
Mitchell McClenaghan MI 14 14 19 26.68 9.38 3/24 0/0
Imran Tahir RPS 12 12 18 20.50 7.85 3/18 0/0
Rashid Khan SRH 14 14 17 21.05 6.62 3/19 0/0
Sandeep Sharma KXIP 13 13 17 23.41 8.29 4/20 1/0
Umesh Yadav KKR 14 14 17 24.11 8.45 4/33 1/0
Chris Woakes KKR 13 13 17 22.70 8.77 3/6 0/0
Pawan Negi RCB 12 12 16 12.31 6.12 3/10 0/0

*Final updated stats

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Indian Premier League 2017: Top Five Expensive Spells In The History

The Indian Premier League is the best domestic T20 league in the world at the moment as star players from around the world are involved in a 40-day long tournament that brings out the best in every player.

Over the years, there have been some exciting matches and close contests between the bat and the ball but at times there has been utter domination, more often the bat on the ball.

This has seen even the best of the best in the sports struggle in this competition as batsmen nowadays have found new and new ways to hurt the bowlers.

There have been a number of insane batting performances that took bowlers apart and with not too long left for the IPL to start, let’s relive a few of those moments.

Here are the bowlers who have conceded the most runs in an over in the history of the IPL:

Indian cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh (R) play a warm-up football match during a training session at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on February 18, 2011. India and Bangladesh cricket team will play the first match of ICC Cricket Wold cup on February 19. AFP PHOTO / Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016/17: Harbhajan Singh To Lead Punjab, Yuvraj Singh Also Included

The discarded Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh will lead the 17-member Punjab squad for the upcoming edition of Vijay Hazare Trophy. The side also includes Yuvraj Singh, who recently made a comeback to the national squad for the limited overs series against England.

The action packed batting line-up consists of Mandeep Singh, Manan Vohra, Jiwanjot Singh, Gurkeerat Singh Mann and Yuvraj Singh. The India Under 19 skipper Abhishek Sharma, who led the side to an Asia Cup last year has also been included.

Sidharth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma will lead the pace attack with Harbhajan Singh himself spearheading the spin department. The squad do not include Manpreet Gony and Rahul Sharma. Both were the part of the side for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Punjab will play its first match against Vidarbha on February 25.

Punjab squad: Manan Vohra, Shubman Gill, Jivanjot Singh, Mandeep Singh, Yuvraj singh, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Gitansh Khera (wk) Abhishek Sharma, Harbhajan Singh (c), Manpreet Singh Grewal, Siddharth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Varun Khanna, Baltej Singh, Mayank Sidana, Sharad Lumba and Shubek Gill.

Domestic cricket goes pink, bowlers make merry on day 1

The curiosity and mystery regarding nature of the pink ball was unveiled on the historical Day 1 of the Duleep Trophy. A total number of 17 wickets tumbled day 1, with pacer and spinner equally troubling the batsmen. The fast bowlers scalped 10 wickets whereas spinner chipped in with 6 wickets. In short, it was the bowlers who let the ball talk whole day.

To start the historical day, Yuvraj Singh called the right side of the coin and decided to bat first. Soon it seemed that he has committed a mistake by calling to bat first as the team lost the first batsman on the score of 11 when KS Bharat of Andhra Pradesh who has shifted his base to Hyderabad for this season, played a surprising shot off Sandeep Sharma. The wickets continued to fall with half of team back in the pavilion before crossing the 50 run mark. Though Abhinav Mukund stood at one end, not giving any chances to the bowlers. At one stage it looked like the team will not be able to score 100 runs as they were running short of batsmen before Mukund got the support of Railways bowler Anureet Singh and both shared partnership of 50 runs. Their innings ended with a score of 161 runs.

Sandeep Sharma ran over India Red batting line up dismissing 4 batsmen with Pragyan Ojha making a mark with 3 wickets in just 5.2 overs.

Now it was the time for the India Green batsmen to face the Pink ball and as expected they too were in the same position. Young pacer Nathu Singh brought the first smile on the face of captain dismissing Robin Uthappa on the first ball he bowled off his Duleep Trophy career, bowling out Robin Uthappa who failed to judge an in-swinger from him. Jalaj Saxena and Rajat Paliwal too fell into the trap of Nathu Singh thus crediting two more wickets in his account.

Now it was time for Kuldeep Yadav to send middle order packing dismissing Parthiv Patel followed by his state captain Suresh Raina. The mystery bowler continued his assault dismissing all-rounder Shreyas Gopal. The India Green ended the day with the score of 116 runs on fall of 7 wickets.
India Red too cashed upon the skills of their bowlers who were the main force behind their success on Day 1.
On a day when batsmen of both the teams were struggling, Abhinav Mukund made a name for himself scoring a gritty 77 runs, he was also the highest scorer of the day. An elated Mukund credited his timing for his success and said

“I was timing the ball well personally. I couldn’t sight it quite well in the nets yesterday, but today was better and it was a good experience,” he said after the first day’s play.

To be honest, I didn’t have much of a problem [sighting] today. I thought I was timing the ball and getting into good positions. The ball was holding on to the wicket sometimes, sometimes [it was] skidding on. It’s a new experience. We don’t play with the Kookaburra in domestic cricket; it’s a new experience for a lot of cricketers.” concluded the Tamil Nadu batsman.

The players received full support from the crowd with the fans coming to the stadium in large numbers. It tells us that the fans were equally excited about the Pink ball as the players were.
The stumps were called at nearly 10:30 P.M. due to delay during the play. The play was halted twice due to floodlights issues which were resolved both times by the concerned authorities.

India Red bowlers need to wrap of the innings of India Green soon as it seems that a lead of 40 runs is very crucial because batsmen are struggling for every run here on this pitch with the Pink ball.

RCB batsman AB de Villiers inaction during a match in IPL 2016

The Best XI of Indian Premier league 2016

The group stage of the ninth edition of Indian Premier League is over. All eight teams, excluding Rising Pune Supergiants and Kings XI Punjab, have played good cricket. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers  salvaged the shrinking ship of Royal Challengers Bangalore as their, especially Virat Kohli’s above the level batting helped RCB to qualify for the playoff from being down in the bottom to now in top two. It was an interesting journey. Teams like Sunrisers Hyderabad, newbie Gujarat Lions, Kolkata Knight Riders qualified for the playoff as their players rose to the occasion when their teams need them the most.

As the group stage gets over, Sportzwiki selected its own playing XI considering the performance of the players till the group stage.

I am expecting a call for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe: Sandeep Sharma
I am expecting a call for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe: Sandeep Sharma

I am expecting a call for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe: Sandeep Sharma

Sandeep Sharma has been one of the most consistent performers for Kings XI Punjab. Kings XI Punjab are languishing at the bottom of the table but Sandeep has managed to give decent performance with the ball.
Sandeep was picked in the Indian team on the tour to Zimbabwe last year but he failed to impress in the two T20s that he played.After the tour, the swing bowler suffered a shoulder injury which forced him to stay away from the game for six months.

The 23-year-old finds himself in a similar situation now. India are set to tour Zimbabwe after the IPL and senior players, again, are expected to be rested after the long T20 season, and the Tests to follow. With 13 wickets from 12 games for Kings XI Punjab in the ninth edition of the IPL, Sandeep is confident of making to the Indian team once again.

In a recent interview, Sandeep shared his experience on the long rehab process,his performance in the on-going IPL, his team and much more.

Before the season, a shoulder injury kept you out of action. How was the whole rehab process?

I was out of action for six months. The rehab took six months and I slowly started bowling before hitting full tilt. It in a way it turned out to be good because it allowed me to work on my bowling. I spent a lot of time in the nets and worked on my strengths (swing) and got the art of bowling yorkers right. It was certainly good ahead of the season. I worked on the slower ball, the yorker, slower bouncers. Having more deliveries and variations helps in this format.

Was speed an area addressed during that time?

Yes, definitely. I know swing is my strength and it can get most batsmen in trouble. So I know that if I am able to add speed to my swing, it will be great for my bowling. Not that I want to move from swing to speed, but want to add some speed to my strength.

Your yorkers have come good this season, especially at the death. How satisfying this turnaround has been?

In previous seasons, I used to bowl in the circle. Say three in the circle and an over or two in the middle half of the innings. Now the captain trusts me to deliver at any stage of the game. I have bowled in the circle, at the death and even the 12th or 14th over of the innings. It’s very encouraging for me to see the captain give me the ball at any stage of the game. Earlier it used to be mostly with the new ball but it has changed with the season. I am performing well with the old ball too. The yorkers, slower ones are coming nicely off my hand.

And the slower one? The back of the hand slower one which Mohit Sharma bowls successfully.

That is something which I want to learn and would work towards during the offseason. I have had discussions with Mohit bhai about it and he said it’s something which comes naturally to him. So it’s easier for him because it’s something on which he didn’t have to work much. He told me that he used to bowl it everywhere – gully cricket and matches. I know it’s a difficult delivery to master but would definitely give me an extra edge.

It has been an impressive season for you. Are you expecting India call-up for Zimbabwe tour? Considering seniors could be rested.

I am expecting a call but not because senior bowlers would be rested. I feel I have performed and proven enough to break into the Indian team. It’s something beyond my control but I have done my job. It has been a good season for me and it gives me the confidence to receive a call for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe.

Coming to the IPL, it has been a season of two halves for KXIP. You struggled under David Miller and are hitting the right notes under Murali Vijay. What has been the difference?

I wouldn’t want to compare the two because the situation was very different at the start. We were experimenting to get the right combination under Miller and found it under Vijay. Back then Stoinis wasn’t opening, we didn’t have Amla, Mann wasn’t there. But we are clicking as a unit and the combination is right. We would have won even under Miller with this combination. So it’s difficult to compare the two.

Has Vijay’s appointment helped?

In some ways, yes. He is an Indian player and I have played a lot of cricket with him. We are employed by the same company so he knows about my bowling. Moreover, having an Indian captain is certainly helpful because he knows the Indian players well.

Amla has injected a lot of stability at the top of the order. How has it been bowling to him in the nets, learning from him?

It’s always a bonus for Indian players because we get to bowl to such players because of the IPL. For Amla, more than the net sessions it’s the interactions with him which have helped. He stays so calm under all situations. Whether he gets out early or scores big, he remains the same. It’s something which most players struggle to manage but I wish to pick it from him. The calmness to remain the same in different situations.

And bowling to big guns in matches? Someone like Kohli or AB?

See what they are doing this season is no secret. They are sticking to their strengths. And I focus on doing the same. Swing bowling remains my strength and I look to be on top of the game against these quality players. There is no point planning or thinking too far ahead about all this. It’s just about backing yourself and sticking to your strengths


We have got the momentum now: Sandeep Sharma

A third win in nine matches have given Kings XI Punjab a glimmer of hope to qualify for this year’s playoffs. A superb all-round performance from Marcus Stoinis and a brilliant spell of four overs from Mohit Sharma helped KXIP defeat Delhi Daredevils by 9 runs. KXIP bowler Sandeep Sharma heaped praise on both the players for keeping their hopes alive.

Marcus Stoinis hit a 44-ball 52 to register his maiden fifty in the IPL that helped the home team to post a good total 181 for 5 and took 3 wickets for 40 runs off his 4 overs.
Mohit Sharma bowled an economical quota of four overs for just 21 runs to put a lid on the free flow of runs and brought the home team back into the contest to successfully defend 181 runs.
“He (Stoinis) is a unique player. He has adapted very well to Indian conditions. It’s the first time he’s coming to play in India. Today he made a fifty and obviously his bowling was top class. He’s become an asset for Kings XI now,” an elated Sandeep told media after the team’s third win of the tournament.

“When we made 180 runs we had confidence that we could win this match because our bowling has been doing well and we have been bowling well at the death,” he said.

Talking about the turning point of the match, Sandeep said that Sam Billing’s wicket turned the match in his team’s favour.
“I think the turning point was Stoinis’s wickets. The wicket of Billings particularly, he got that and went for less than six runs in that over. And in the next over, Mohit Sharma bowled brilliantly. That was the turning point. When I came to bowl, there were plenty of runs and I had to only save two or three balls for us to win the match,” he explained.

Sandeep also admitted that it is a relief to finally have a win against their name after putting up a consistently improved performance over the last week or so.

“We’ve have been playing good cricket. We came close in a few matches but lost. I think we have now got the right combination and the captain also know how to use bowlers. Our batting is also clicking. Like Maxwell and Miller they didn’t make runs at the start of the tournament, but now they’re also making runs. So that’s a positive sign for us,” Sandeep noted.

“It’s a team game, and we have been bowling well. We’ve been doing that consistently and hopefully we can carry that forward through the tournament,” he added.
Sandeep said that performing well against the top-ranked teams in the last three matches has given his team a lot of confidence. He also said that they are a settled unit now and they will try their best to win the remaining games.

“T20 is a momentum game. If you have the momentum, you win more games in a row. We had played well against Kolkata and even before that we defeated Gujarat when they were at the top of the table. So I think we have got the momentum now. And again like I said, our combination has settled well and our batsmen are also clicking. Hopefully, we can win more matches in the tournament,” the 22-year-old said.

“We aren’t thinking in terms of qualifying or not in this tournament or where we are in the (points) table. The most important thing is to take it match by match, and prepare well for each match. If we play good cricket and win, we’ll automatically rise on the table. But the important thing is to focus match by match,” he concluded.

Ishant most expensive IPL bowler
Ishant most expensive IPL bowler

Stats: Top 5 bowlers who have conceded most runs in an IPL innings

Pitches all around the world may come up with some movement or at least bounce to bowlers but in India, conditions are heavily tilted towards batsmen and every once in a while, someone has to suffer and IPL happens to be the perfect platform.

Here is a list of bowlers who have conceded most runs in an IPL innings.

Ishant Sharma (4-0-66-0)

Ishant Sharma SRH

The mighty Chennai Super Kings were too heavy for Ishant Sharma as he was hammered for 66 runs in his 4 overs in 2013 IPL. His first over went for 11 runs with Hussey hitting a couple of over boundaries. Ishant went for 18 runs in the next over with Vijay hitting three back to back sixes. Given the circumstances, the struggling pacer had a decent third over as it went for just 12 runs. But it was Suresh Raina who helped Ishant Sharma to top the worst bowling figures in IPL history as he hit 4, 6, 4, 4 and 4 in a row in Ishant’s final over.