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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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Rajasthan Royals down Sunrisers Hyderabad in low scoring affair

The Rajasthan Royals became the fourth team to open their IPL 2014 campaign with a win, squeezing home by 4 wickets against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in a game that was a lot closer than perhaps necessary.

Following up on a track that had seen 400 runs scored in the afternoon game, the Sunrisers Hyderabad struggled in their batting effort, posting a underpar 133-6 from their 20 overs. Captain Shikhar Dhawan top scored for his team making 38, while David Warner made an uncharacteristic 32 from 35 balls as the Sunrisers really struggled to get going against a Rajasthan bowling attack that was typically well disciplined and took the pace off the ball well.

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Kings XI Punjab stun Chennai Super Kings in high scoring affair

A blistering innings of 95 from just 43 balls by 'The Big Show' Glenn Maxwell helped the Kings XI Punjab record an unlikely 6 wicket win over the former champions Chennai Super Kings in a high scoring contest at Abu Dhabi. More than 400 runs were scored in the game as Kings XI chased down 205 to win, but such was the ease with which Punjab chased down the target, that they got there in the end with more than an over to spare.

The Chennai Super Kings won the toss and got off to a blistering start as Brendon McCullum (67 from 45 balls) and Dwayne Smith (66 from 43 balls) smashed the ball to all corners of the ground, sharing in an opening stand worth 123 in which they were comfortably scoring at 10 an over. McCullum fell first to rookie left arm spinner Akshar Patel, making his IPL debut, but the runs kept coming for Chennai as Suresh Raina (24) and MS Dhoni (26 from 11 balls) continued to strike the ball cleanly, taking Chennai to what looked like a winning total of 205-4.

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Bangalore outclass Delhi as Yuvi finally finds his touch

The Royal Challengers Bangalore kicked off their campaign for the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League with a comprehensive 8 wicket win against the Delhi Daredevils at Sharjah. Delhi, playing without their talismanic skipper Kevin Pietersen, were no match for a well oiled RCB unit, which dominated most of the game barring 5 overs to the end of the Delhi innings.

Put into bat after losing the toss, Delhi collapsed to 17-3 and then 35-4 with their all Indian top order of Mayank Agarwal (6), Dinesh Karthik (0) and Manoj Tiwary (1) failing miserably. Murali Vijay made 18 on his Delhi debut, but took 20 deliveries to get there in the carnage around him, and eventually also perished to a beauty from leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who had more than a little look of Anil Kumble about him. The leggie bowled an outstanding spell, taking 1-18 from his 4 overs and was well supported by Varun Aaron (1-9) and Albie Morkel (1-18) from 3 overs each.

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Kolkata Knight Riders thump Mumbai Indians in IPL 2014 Season Opener

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The Kolkata Knight Riders kicked off season 7 of the Indian Premier League in style in Abu Dhabi with a comprehensive 41 run win over the reigning Champions the Mumbai Indians on Wednesday evening.

Batting first on winning the toss, Kolkata posted an excellent 163-5 in 20 overs, despite some fantastic bowling from Lasith Malinga and Zaheer Khan. Malinga took 4 wickets for just 23 runs in his 4 overs, while Zak kept things tight early on conceding exactly the same number of runs from his quota, and taking the wicket of Robin Uthappa for 1.

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Sachin Tendulkar to be the Mumbai Indians Icon

Mumbai Indians, the defending IPL champion and two time Champions League T20 winner, are proud to announce Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar as its ICON.

“Sachin has been an integral part of Mumbai Indians and a source of inspiration for the team ever since the inception. It was a fitting finale to Sachin last season, when we dedicated the IPL as well as CLT20 trophies as tribute to the legend,” said Mrs. Nita M. Ambani, adding, “We are very happy to recognize him as the Mumbai Indians ICON. I am sure the youngsters in the team will be delighted to have him around for guidance, and so would be the Mumbai Indians fans.”

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India leg of IPL to kickoff on 2nd May

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After discussions with the authorities in India, the BCCI announced today that a total of thirty-six regular season matches, plus the four playoffs of the Pepsi IPL 2014, will be played in India, starting Friday, 2 May 2014.

Each franchise will play nine matches in India, with five of the eight teams playing at least four matches in their home stadium.  Chennai Super Kings will play two matches at Ranchi, while Kings XI Punjab will play two games at Cuttack. Rajasthan Royals will play four matches at Ahmedabad. There will be no matches on Thursday, 1 May, Friday, 16 May and Saturday, 17 May.

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