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IPL 2018: Rajasthan Royals (RR), Schedule, Fixtures, match time, venues

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IPL 2018: Rajasthan Royals (RR): The IPL champions of the inaugural season are coming back after a suspension of two years and this time they have a strong side that demands to be taken seriously.

Captain– Ajinkya Rahane

Owner – Manoj Badale

Head of cricket – Zubin Bharucha

Mentor – Shane Warne

Batting coach – Amol Muzumdar

Spin bowling coach – Sairaj Bahutule

Home Ground– Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Notable players-

Shane Warne- The Aussie leggie took a group of unknown youngsters and led them to IPL title with some skilled captaincy and incredible performances. He took wickets at key intervals and contributed heavily towards team’s success.

Yusuf Pathan – Probably the first Indian youngster to emerge from IPL, Yusuf Pathan was Rajasthan’s MVP during the first three years. Pathan’s daredevil hitting ability and his complete disrespect towards spinners earned him several fans and also a place in national team.

Ajinkya Rahane– Rahane came to national stage courtesy of his performances in IPL for RR. Rahane was very effective at the top of the order with consistent runs at a quick pace. Now he will also be leading the side as Steve Smith has stepped down from the captaincy role. Rahane’s presence at the top of the order will determine RR’s chances this year.

Sanju Samson – The youngster from Kerala won hearts with his solid batting and smart strokes. Samson played some of the best bowlers in the world without any trouble and his talent made him one of the best players of the tournament.
Other notable players- Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Graeme Smith, Rahul Dravid, James Faulkner, Praveen Tambe, Brad Hodge.

Rajasthan Royals (RR) Current Squad-
Steve Smith, Benjamin Stokes, Anureet Singh, Jaydev Unadkat, Aryaman Birla, Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Midhun S, Jos Buttler, Ajinkya Rahane, Darcy Short, Jatin Saxena, Ankit Sharma, Mahipal Lomror, Rahul Tripathi, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Prashant Chopra, Zahir Khan Pakteen, Ben Laughlin, Stuart Binny, Dushmantha Chameera

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IPL 2018: Three players to watch out from Chennai Super Kings

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IPL 2018 - MI vs CSK

Chennai Super Kings, one of the most popular IPL franchise is back after serving two years suspension. And to the delight of fans, they are back with a bang.
Some smart buys at the auctions have once again created a strong CSK contingency and we look at their top three players.

MS Dhoni- MS Dhoni has been de facto captain of CSK. But last year while playing for Pune Supergiants, Dhoni wasn’t the captain of the team. In international cricket as well, Dhoni has given up captaincy, so it will be interesting to see how he fares at CSK once again.
His batting too is under the scanner and the question whether he is still the best finisher around is looming large.
CSK’s success this year will depend on how Dhoni marshals his troops and fares behind the wickets. His role with the bat is too important as well as he is the team’s strength in the middle order.

Suresh Raina- After a disastrous year at Gujarat Lions, Suresh Raina is back in similar conditions in 2018.
Raina will be the automatic choice for CSK at number three and the team will expect Raina to repeat his exploits from the past.
Raina currently is keen on making a comeback in the national team, so there will be more eyes watching the left-hand batsman.

Shane Watson- CSK has traditionally relied on all-rounders to play a significant role in team’s success and this year at the auctions, they picked Shane Watson for this position.
The man of the series of the first edition of IPL, Watson has been a key player in T20 format throughout his career thanks to his all-around abilities.
However, from the last few seasons, Watson failed to weave his magic in IPL and has changed franchises. So, it is interesting to see how the Australian player fares under Dhoni’s leadership as Dhoni is known to bring the best out of his players.

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IPL 2018: Kolkata Knight Riders : KKR Team history, previous year’s performances

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IPL 2019: KKR full squad

Two titles and a few decent seasons have made KKR one of the strongest teams in IPL and their sensational fanbase has also allowed them to keep their financial calculations strong.

Owned by the Bollywood superstar, Shahrukh Khan, KKR has always remained in the limelight and their frequent innovations in jerseys and logos have always stirred the IPL world.

KKR Year wise performances in IPL

Brenden Mccullum’s stunning century kickstarted KKR’s IPL campaign but the team failed to make it to the play-offs during its first three years. A change in leadership also changed fortunes for the team, as Gautam Gambhir led the franchise to two IPL trophies in the next four years.

Gambhir’s success was based on the core group which KKR retained for almost half-a-decade. This core group brought balance to the team and took them to greater heights.

Season                                 Position

2008                       League Stage

2009                       League Stage

2010                       League Stage

2011                       Play-offs

2012                       Winners

2013                       League Stage

2014                       Winners

2015                       League Stage

2016                       Play-offs

2017                       Play-offs

KKR Best Season- 2012

KKR became the IPL champions for the first time in 2012 riding on a sensational hundred by Manvinder Bisla against CSK in the finals.

Gautam Gambhir led the team and was also team’s leading run-scorer while Sunil Narine was the leading wicket-taker. The year 2012 is remembered for Sunil Narine’s rise in IPL and this performance by Narine was the decisive factor in KKR’ winning campaign.

KKR won 10 games out of their 16 in the league stage and ended the league stage at number two.

KKR Worst Season- 2009

The most disappointing season for KKR was 2009 when they won only three games out of their 14 games. They finished the season at number eight as the last team in the points table.

The captaincy of Saurav Ganguly was under the scanner and also the role of their coach John Buchanan.

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IPL 2018: Kolkata Knight Riders full match schedule, time table, fixtures, timings

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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) IPL 2018

A revamped Kolkata Knight Riders under their new captain Dinesh Karthik will take the field in this year’s IPL. The team management has made several changes and has brought in new faces through the auctions earlier this year.
Fans will be excited to see how Karthik features as a leader and how the new team performs.

1. Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers Bangalore
On Sunday 8th April 2018
Match 03 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata at IST 20:00 (14:30 GMT)

2. Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders
On Tuesday 10th April 2018
Match 5 at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai , 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT),

3. Kolkata Knight Riders v Sunrisers Hyderabad
On Saturday 14th April 2018
Match 10, at Eden Gardens, Kolkata 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT),

4. Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Daredevils
On Monday 16th April 2018
Match 13, at Eden Gardens, Kolkata 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT),

5. Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders
On Wednesday 18th April 2018
Match 15, Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT),

6. Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab
On Saturday 21st April 2018
Match 18, Eden Gardens, Kolkata, 16:00 IST (10:30 GMT),

7. Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders,
On Friday 27th April 2018
Match 26, Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT),

8. Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders
On Sunday 29th April 2018
Match 29, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT),

9. Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings
On Thursday 3rd May 2018
Match 33, Eden Gardens, Kolkata 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT),

10. Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders,
On Sunday 6th May 2018
Match 37, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 16:00 IST (10:30 GMT),

11. Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians,
On Wednesday 9th May 2018
Match 41, Eden Gardens, Kolkata, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT),

12. Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders
On Saturday 12th May 2018
Match 44, IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, 16:00 IST (10:30 GMT),

13. Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals,
On Tuesday 15th May 2018
Match 49, Eden Gardens, Kolkata 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT),

14. Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kolkata Knight Riders,
On Saturday 19th May 2018
Match 54, Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT),

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IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians full match schedule, timetable, fixtures, timings

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The defending champions, Mumbai Indians will enter IPL tournament with a view to conquering the trophy for the record fourth time.
Under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, a new team with some new faces will take field for Mumbai Indians. And fans are really excited to see the performance of this team.

1. Mumbai Indians Vs Chennai Super Kings
On 7 April 2018, Saturday
Match 01 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai at IST 20:00 (14:30 GMT)

2. Mumbai Indians Vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
On 12 April 2018, Thursday
Match 07 at Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad at IST 16:00 (10:30 GMT)

3. Mumbai Indians Vs Delhi Daredevils
On 14 April 2018, Saturday
Match 09 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai at IST 16:00 (10:30 GMT)

4. Mumbai Indians Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
On 17 April 2018, Tuesday
Match 14 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai at IST 20:00 (14:30 GMT)

5. Mumbai Indians Vs Rajasthan Royals
On 22 April 2018, Sunday
Match 21 at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur at IST 20:00 (14:30 GMT)

6. Mumbai Indians Vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
On 24 April 2018, Tuesday
Match 23 at Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium at IST 16:00 (10:30 GMT)

7. Mumbai Indians Vs Chennai Super Kings
On 28 April 2018, Saturday
Match 27 at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai at IST 20:00 (14:30 GMT)

8. Mumbai Indians Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
On 01 May 2018, Tuesday
Match 31 at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru at IST 20:00 (14:30 GMT)

9. Mumbai Indians Vs Kings XI Punjab
On 4 May 2018, Friday
Match 34 at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali at IST 20:00 (14:30 GMT)

10. Mumbai Indians Vs Kolkata Knight Riders
On 06 May 2018, Sunday
Match 37 at Wankhede Stadium, (Mumbai) at IST 16:00 (10:30 GMT)

11. Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders
On 09 May 2018, Wednesday
Match 41 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata at IST 16:00 (10:30 GMT)

12. Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals
On 13 May 2018, Sunday
Match 47 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai at IST 20:00 (14:30 GMT)

13. Mumbai Indians v Kings XI Punjab
On 16 May 2018, Sunday
Match 50 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai at IST 20:00 (14:30 GMT)

14. Mumbai Indians v Delhi Daredevils
On 20 May 2018, Sunday
Match 55 at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi at IST 16:00 (10:30 GMT)

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IPL 2018: Chennai overcome Russell special to snatch victory against KKR

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Andre Russell’s incredible power hitting of 36-ball-88 runs propelled Kolkata to 202 but Shane Watson and Sam Billings’ crucial knocks helped Chennai to ace the chase and mark the homecoming of IPL at MA Chidambaram stadium after three years.

In a game that saw plenty of runs, Kolkata started the innings with aggression as openers Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine scored quick runs in powerplays. But both of them departed soon without making considerable damage. Narine’s miscued slog sweep against Harbhajan Singh was caught brilliantly by Suresh Raina in the third over while Ravindra Jadeja knocked out Lynn’s stumps in the sixth over with team score at 51.

Nitesh Rana too departed early and Robin Uthappa’s (29 off 16 balls) run-out after a highly promising start further pushed KKR back as Chennai sneaked in a few quiet overs. After eight overs KKR were 80 for two but after 15 overs they were choked to 123 for five wickets down.

Just when KKR looked to finish the innings at a sub-par total, Russell changed gears and created a flurry of sixes. He smashed four sixes against Thakur in the 16th over and 20th over and five sixes against Bravo in the 17th and 19th over. Russell smashed 11 sixes out of which one went out of the park and one hit stadium’s roof. This colossal hitting propelled KKR to 202 and Russell finished with 88 runs off 36 balls.

CSK replied to the target in style as Shane Watson (42 off 19 balls) and Ambati Rayadu (39 off 26 balls) added 75 runs for the first wicket in just 5.5 overs. But after their demise, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell kept boundaries at bay and brought KKR back in the hunt.

Sam Billings though had other ideas and his 23 balls 56 run knock which included five sixes pushed Chennai closer in the death overs. Russell removed Billings in the 19th over with Chennai needing 19 off eight balls.

Bravo smoked a six of the first ball of the last over bowled by Vinay Kumar and then Ravindra Jadeja nailed a six off the fifth ball to clinch a thrilling win for Chennai. Sunil Narine was the outstanding bowler from both sides as he conceded just 17 in his four overs.

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