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Faulkner scripts easy win for Rajasthan Royals against Punjab

A fantastic all round performance from Australia's World Cup star James Faulkner allowed former champions the Rajasthan Royals to script a comfortable 26 run win against a power-packed Kings XI Punjab outfit that just failed to fire on the day.

Sent into bat after losing the toss, Rajasthan posted a competitive total of 162-7 on the board thanks to a late flourish from James Faulkner (46) and Deepak Hooda (30), with the duo adding 51 runs in 6 overs after the top order had lost its way and slid to 75-5 at the half-way stage of the innings.

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Kings XI Punjab win the toss and send Rajasthan in

Pune is the venue for Game 3 of the Indian Premier League with the Rajasthan Royals playing 'host' to the Kings XI Punjab.

The flip of the coin went the way of the visitors, who slightly surprisingly invited the Rajasthan Royals to have a bat. The Royals come into this game without skipper Shane Watson, and have Aussie sensation Steve Smith leading the line instead.

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Chennai Super Kings sneak thrilling 1 run win in Game 2 of the IPL

The return of Albie Morkel to Chennai in the blue and red of the Delhi Daredevils came perilously close to haunt the Super Kings as they scripted a thrilling 1 run win in Game 2 of the Indian Premier League at Chepauk today.

Batting first on being sent in by Delhi Daredevils' skipper JP Duminy, the Chennai Super Kings posted a well under par 150-7 in their 20 overs on what appeared to be a two-paced track in Chennai.

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Delhi win the toss and send Chennai in at Chepauk

Yuvraj Singh and his new look Delhi Daredevils head to the cauldron that is the Chepauk Stadium to take on former Champions Chennai Super Kings in Match 2 of the Indian Premier League.

The flip of the coin went the way of the Daredevils, who slightly surprisingly opted to send the powerhouse Chennai line-up in. Chennai are an awesome side on paper with 9 present international stars including the Indian triumvirate of MS Dhoni, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, not to mention the newly married Suresh Raina.

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Kolkata begin title defence with easy win against Mumbai

The Kolkata Knight Riders kicked off season 8 of the Indian Premier League in similar fashion to how they finished the previous one, beating the Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets in the season opener at the Eden Gardens.

Kolkata won the toss and sent Mumbai in to bat on a belter of a wicket at Eden Gardens. The Mumbai Indians made a poor start, losing three wickets inside the powerplay, dropping to 37-3 with Morne Morkel picking up a couple of wickets.

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Kolkata Knight Riders win the toss and send Mumbai in

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After a short interlude from cricket following the conclusion of the World Cup, the Indian Premier League returns for season 8 to bring cricketing fever right back into our homes.

The season kicks off today with the defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders taking on former champions Mumbai Indians. The flip of the coin went the way of the hosts with KKR sending the Mumbai Indians in to bat in front of a packed house at the Eden Gardens.

Teams:

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Morne Morkel.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Aaaron Finch, Ambati Rayudu, Aditya Tare, Corey Anderson, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Vinay Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Pragyan Ojha.

Sunil Narine cleared to play in IPL Season 8

The bowling review committee of the BCCI, comprising Mr. S. Venkatraghavan, Mr. Javagal Srinath and Mr. A.V. Jayaprakash examined the bowling action of Mr. Sunil Narine after he had undergone a biomechanical assessment at the ICC-accredited SRMC centre, Chennai.

The committee concluded that Mr. Sunil Narine, who had remodelled his bowling action, was within the ICC approved limits for all types of deliveries that were assessed and has hence recommended to the BCCI, that his name may be removed from the warning list of bowlers with suspect action.

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KKR call up Azhar Mahmood and Johan Botha as replacements

Defending champions, Kolkata Knight Riders will not have the services of Jimmy Neesham and Chris Lynn for this season. Neesham who was bought at this year's auction and Chris Lynn retained from last year have both been ruled out based on the injury reports received from their respective boards.

IPL regulations permit replacement if a player is unavailable for the entire season. KKR have opted to replace the injured players with the experienced duo of Azhar Mahmood, former Pakistan Test Cricketer who is currently based in England playing for Surrey and Johan Botha, former SA Captain and currently playing for Adelaide Strikers at the Big Bash.

Change in IPL Schedule due to Kolkata Elections

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There has been a change in the match-schedule of IPL 2015 on the request of the Kolkata Police, with the Kolkata Municipal Elections taking place on 18 April 2015.

There will be no ‘home’ matches of the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens from 12 April 2015 to 25 April 2015, as per the revised schedule. In all, the dates of three matches and timings of two other matches have been changed.

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