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IPL Match 12 Preview: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Daredevils

Two sides who have suffered heavy defeats in their previous games, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils, will be hoping to get some momentum back in their favour when they face-off in Match 12 of the IPL 2014 in Dubai this Friday.

While Hyderabad were put to the sword by a rampaging Kings XI Punjab side on Tuesday, Delhi too are licking their wounds after a massive 93 run defeat to Chennai in their previous game. Momentum is seen as critical in the IPL, and both teams will be eager to get back to winning ways as early possible.

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Maxwell, Balaji seal another thumping win for Punjab

Another unbelievable blitz of 95 from just 43 balls from Kings XI Punjab’s trump card Glenn Maxwell ensured that his team completed a massive 73 run over the Sunrisers Hyderabad at Sharjah on Tuesday.

Maxwell teed off in typical fashion after Hyderabad won the toss and chose to field first, and started smashing the ball out of the ground on what seemed like too small a ground for him. The rub of the green also went the Aussie’s way though as he was dropped by his compatriot David Warner whilst he was just on 11, and he was also called back after being dismissed off a no-ball on 62.

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IPL Match 10 Preview: Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings

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After being blown away by the power-hitting of the Kings XI Punjab in their second game, the Rajasthan Royals will hope to make amends in Game 10 of the IPL 2014, when they face two-time winners Chennai Super Kings on the 23rd of April in Dubai.

Although Rajasthan’s batsmen took advantage of the batsmen friendly conditions in Sharjah to post a big score, their bowlers could not withstand the might of Punjab’s batting, which also incidentally blew away MS Dhoni’s Chennai side earlier in the tournament. Rajasthan have to regroup to get back to winning ways against Chennai, who bounced back after their initial loss to Punjab and registered their biggest ever IPL win over the Delhi Daredevils on Monday .

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Chennai thrash Delhi by 93 runs to register record win

Match 8 of the Pepsi IPL 2014 saw the Chennai Super Kings reign supreme over the Delhi Daredevils at Abu Dhabi on Monday. After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Chennai put up another impressive score considering the surface, making 177-7 in their 20 overs, and their bowlers did not let them down on this occasion.

Chennai’s most capped player, Suresh Raina, led the way for the two-time IPL champions, scoring a superb 56 off 41 balls before India skipper MS Dhoni came up with a cameo of 32 in just 15 balls to propel the score in final 4 overs.  Jaydev Unadkat was the pick of the bowlers for the Daredevils, having picked up 3/32, but Delhi lost one of its main bowlers in Nathan Coulter-Nile due to injury before the Aussie even bowled a ball, which had restricted skipper Dinesh Karthik’s options on the night.

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IPL Match 11 Preview: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders

After having won their opening two games in the tourney, a high on confidence Royal Challengers Bangalore will meet the Kolkata Knight Riders in match 11 of the IPL 2014 to be played at the Sharjah cricket stadium on the 24th of April.

Bangalore’s team led by India’s finest young talent, Virat Kohli, has not done too much wrong in the tournament so far and one reckons that their well rounded side would be favourites against KKR, whose batsmen have not hit top form yet in this competition.

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IPL Match 9 Preview: Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

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Match 9 of the IPL 2014 will see a red hot Kings XI Punjab side clash with the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday, the 22nd of April, at Sharjah. The small boundaries at Sharjah makes at an ideally suited ground for big scores as seen earlier in the tournament, and one reckons that this contest could turn out to be one between the Kings XI Punjab’s swashbuckling batting and the Sun Risers’ attacking bowling units.

Punjab’s power house batting with the likes of Glenn Maxwell,  George Bailey and David Miller in red hot form makes the team look unassailable, but if ever there was a bowling unit capable of keeping Punjab in check, it would most definitely be the Sunrisers’ outfit that boasts of a bowling line up with the likes of Dale Steyn, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma in it.

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Karthik and Duminy smash fifties as Delhi stun Kolkata

The Delhi Daredevils got their season up and running with a 7 wicket win against the Kolkata Knight Riders in an entertaining game in Dubai. Kolkata posted a competitive total of 166-5 in their 20 overs on the back of a half-century from Robin Uthappa (55), but Delhi chased down the target with 3 balls to spare with Dinesh Karthik (56) and JP Duminy (52*) leading their charge with half-centuries of their own.

Kolkata's decision to bat first on winning the toss seemed to instantly backfire as they lost both their openers - Jacques Kallis and Gautam Gambhir - for ducks. For Gambhir in particular it was a cause for genuine concern as he is yet to score a run in the IPL and fell all too easily, caught at leg slip to Nathan Coulter-Nile delivery.

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Maxwell, Miller chase down another big total to beat Rajasthan

Kings XI Punjab won their second consecutive match of the IPL 2014 by beating the Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets at Sharjah, courtesy a couple of blitzkriegs from Glenn Maxwell (89 off 45) and David Miller (51* off 19).

Kings XI won the toss and put Rajasthan into bat in what was a small ground for big hitters from either side. Despite the slow nature of the pitch, big runs were expected, given the power hitting talent on show for the day.

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Sorry Mumbai lose again as Bangalore go top

The Royal Challengers Bangalore moved to the top of the IPL 2014 standings with a comfortable 7 wicket win against defending champions Mumbai Indians, who had yet another poor outing with the bat today.

Having been put into bat, Mumbai stuttered to a poor 115-9 in their 20 overs with Ambati Rayudu top scoring with a patient 35 from 37 balls. Mumbai's top order all got starts, but were again painstakingly slow with their run getting and young leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal produced yet another memorable spell for RCB, taking the key wickets of Rohit Sharma (2) and Kieron Pollard (3) after Albie Morkel and Varun Aaron had removed the two Mumbai openers.

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