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IPL Season 9: Finch, McCullum power Gujarat Lions to easy win

Another Aaron Finch half-century, and his 85-run opening partnership with Brendon McCullum, who chipped in with a 31-ball 49, helped the Gujarat Lions register their second win in Season 9 of the Indian Premier League, beating fellow newbies Rising Pune Supergiants by 7 wickets in yet another comfortable chase this season.

The Supergiants won the toss and elected to bat first as Rajkot played host to an IPL game for the first time this season. Pune got off to a good start with South African skipper Faf du Plessis leading the way with an excellent 69 from just 43 balls. His innings was etched with 5 boundaries and 4 sixes. Du Plessis got good support from Ajinkya Rahane (21) and Kevin Pietersen (37), though in hind sight both batsmen should ideally have made better use of good batting conditions and scored at a brisker pace.

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IPL Season 9: Sharma gets Mumbai Indians on the board

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The IPL's defending champions, the Mumbai Indians, picked up their first win of the new season, beating the Kolkata Knight Riders by 6 wickets with 5 balls to spare at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday night.

The Knight Riders lost the toss and were invited to bat first, and at the half-way stage of the game, felt that they had scored more than enough to win the game, having posted a very competitive 187-5 in their 20 overs. Skipper Gautam Gambhir had anchored the innings with a solid rather than spectacular 64 from 52 balls, while Manish Pandey and Andre Russell had provided the acceleration with the former making 52 from 29 balls, striking at nearly 180. Russell chipped in with 36 from 17 balls and barring 4 good overs from Mitchell McClenaghan (2-25), the Mumbai bowlers had largely been unimpressive.

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IPL Season 9: De Villiers, Kohli guide RCB to easy win

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A 157 run second wicket partnership between AB de Villiers (82) and Virat Kohli (75) powered the Royal Challengers Bangalore to a comfortable 45 run win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad in a high scoring contest at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Tuesday night.

Both star batsmen struck attractive half-centuries with De Villiers hitting 6 sixes and 7 fours en route to making 82 from just 42 balls, while Kohli dropped anchor initially before accelerating himself later in the innings, making 75 from 51 balls, as RCB rebounded from the early loss of Chris Gayle, bowled off his thigh-pad for 1 by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, to post a mammoth score of 227-4 in their 20 overs.

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IPL Season 9: Finch helps Gujarat Lions cruise past Kings XI Punjab

A man of the match performance from Australian opener Aaron Finch allowed the Gujarat Lions to pick up a comfortable win on their IPL debut, beating the Kings XI Punjab by 5 wickets in Mohali in game 3 of Season 9.

After two rather insipid matches to open the tournament, match no.3 offered a bit more of a contest as the Kings XI Punjab won the toss and opted to bat first in Mohali.

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Kolkata Knight Riders rout Delhi Daredevils by 9 wickets

The Delhi Daredevils may have completely changed their side for season 9 of the Indian Premier League, but the team for the capital has started the new campaign much like its last, getting thrashed by 9 wickets by former champions the Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens.

An early burst from West Indies allrounder Andre Russell rocked the Delhi Daredevils as the fast bowler removed Delhi's top 3 to leave the visitors in trouble at 31-3 in the 5th over. Things didn't really get any better for Delhi when Kolkata swapped around their pacers for spinners with veteran chinaman bowler Brad Hogg running through their middle order, taking 3-19, while John Hastings (2-6) and Piyush Chawla (2-21) picked up two wickets apiece as Delhi were bowled out for just 98 runs, failing to bat their 20 overs.

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Sunil Narine cleared to bowl again

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed that following remedial work and retest, the bowling action of the West Indies’ Sunil Narine has been found to be legal, and the off-spinner can now resume bowling in both international cricket and domestic cricket events worldwide.

At the retest, it was revealed that the amount of elbow extensions in Narine’s bowling action for all his deliveries that were tested was within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the ICC regulations for the review of bowlers reported with suspected illegal bowling actions.

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Rising Pune Supergiants open IPL Season 9 by thrashing defending champs Mumbai Indians

The Rising Pune Supergiants, Indian skipper MS Dhoni's newest IPL franchise, kicked off Season 9 in the most stunning fashion, thrashing the defending champions, Mumbai Indians, by 9 wickets in a virtual no-contest at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Having won the toss and deciding to bat first, Mumbai were soon ruing their decision as early wickets from Ishant Sharma (2-36) and Mitchell Marsh (2-21) reduced the hosts to 30-4 well inside the powerplay. Sharma removed both Mumbai openers - Rohit Sharma for 7 and Lendl Simmons for 8 - while Marsh came on first change and dismissed the next two batsmen - Hardik Pandya and Jos Buttler for 9 and naught respectively.

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Mumbai vs Pune to kick-off IPL 2016

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Mumbai Indians (MI), the Indian Premier League 2015 winners, will commence their defence of the title, on home turf, on April 9, 2016. The opening encounter of the VIVO IPL 2016 will see them play Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS), the new entrants in the league, at the historic Wankhede Stadium.

A total of 60 matches (including the 4 playoffs) will be played over a period of 51 days, in the ninth season of the tournament that has captured the imagination of cricket lovers across the world.

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Kings XI Punjab appoints Anand Chulani as peak performance coach for IPL 9

Kings XI Punjab, one of the eight competing franchises of Vivo IPL has appointed Anand Chulani as their Peak Performance Coach for IPL 9. Anand, a regular guest on Bloomberg and CNBC on peak performance has worked as a coach and strategic consultant with CEO's and senior members of Fortune 500 companies. A renowned international speaker, he has associated with Kings XI Punjab in previous seasons as well.

Commenting on the announcement Mohit Burman, Co-Promotor and Director, Kings XI Punjab said, “Anand comes on board with a vast experience that has helped teams work wonders. We are positive that his association with the team will not only keep them motivated but also help them identify their strengths and work on them. We welcome him to the Kings XI family and hope that his inclusion will bring out the best in the team.”

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