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IPL Match 21 Preview: Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders

The second leg of IPL 2014 moves to India after a hit show in the UAE, and the Indian leg of the tournament kicks off with the Chennai Super Kings taking on the Kolkata Knight Riders in Ranchi on Friday.

Chennai come back to India with a good outing in the UAE, having won 4 out of their 5 matches, while KKR have lost 3 out of their first 5 games this season. Chennai won their last game comfortably against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, and have looked the most settled side in the tournament.

Kolkata have blown hot and cold so far on the tourney, and although they will consider themselves terribly unlucky to have lost on boundary count against the Rajasthan Royals in their previous outing, their psyche is bound to take a bit of a pounding after losing a close match.

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Mumbai slump to 5th straight loss as Hyderabad register morale boosting win

It was once again the same sad story line for the Mumbai Indians in Dubai as they slumped to a 15 run loss against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in Match 20 of IPL 2014 on Thursday.

After being inserted in by Mumbai, Hyderabad got off to a bumpy start, losing both openers Shikhar Dhawan and Aaron Finch with the score on just 38. David Warner, who was demoted to No.4 then strung together a terrific 3rd wicket stand with the impressive young Bangalore batsman KL Rahul (46) to give Hyderabad a great launching pad in the final few overs.

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IPL Match 20 Preview: Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

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Reigning IPL Champs Mumbai Indians, who are currently bottom of the table in the IPL 2014 standings, having lost all four of their games so far, will now face the team placed one position above them in the Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai on Wednesday.

Hyderabad have also won just one in their first 4 games, and are also desperate for a win to keep their hopes of making the knockout rounds alive.

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Rajasthan win on boundary count after tied super over!!

Match 19 of the IPL 2014 between Rajasthan and Kolkata saw an extraordinary result as the Rajasthan Royals won the game on boundary count after the 20 over game as well as the super were tied! Some very smart batting from Rajasthan’s Aussie duo of Steve Smith and Shane Watson meant that the Royals got home after an extra ordinary evening in Abu Dhabi.

Having won the toss and electing to bat, Rajasthan got off to a tidy start on a wicket that seemed to have a bit in it for everybody. Ajinkya Rahane got the Royals to decent 45/1 at the end of the powerplay with some classical batting, and gave the impression that he was going to be there for the long haul.

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Red Hot Kings XI register 5th straight win with 5 wicket triumph over Bangalore

Kings XI Punjab have continued their red hot form in IPL 2014 with another convincing 5 wicket win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dubai on Monday. This was their 5 straight win of the tournament, and barring a collapse of unbelievable proportions, they are looking already at being the first team in the knockout stages of the tournament.

After being put into bat, Bangalore’s batting followed a similar shambolic script to their last game against Rajasthan. Despite a fit a again Chris Gayle scoring 20 off the first over the game from Glenn Maxwell, RCB were stunned to 26/4 by rookie Indian seamer Sandeep Sharma, who got the ball to swing prodigiously and accounted for the likes of Gayle, Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel very early in the piece. Kohli got a raw decision though and made sure everyone knew it!

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IPL Match 19 Preview: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals

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Mid-table teams Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals will play each other in Match 19 of IPL 2014 in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

Both teams have identical win-loss ratios at the moment after having won 2 out of their 4 games, and there doesn’t seem to be much between the two sides at this stage in the tourney. While Rajasthan are coming off a well earned win against Bangalore in their previous game, Kolkata were beaten by the tournament’s best team in Punjab in their last outing.

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Chennai register another comfortable win against Hyderabad, move to second in the standings

The Chennai Super Kings registered their 4th win of IPL 2014 by beating Hyderabad by 5 wickets in Sharjah on Sunday.

Hyderabad got off to a poor start batting first on what looked like a good batting surface as they lost Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner with just 15 runs on the board. Aaron Finch (44) and KL Rahul (25) then resurrect the Sunrisers' innings with a solid stand of 52 runs for the 3rd wicket.

Chennai’s tight bowling in the middle overs, meant that Hyderabad did not get going with the scoring rate, and managed to reach just 98/4 in 15 overs. Despite the tight bowling from Chennai in the final 5 overs, a couple of quickfire cameos from Darren Sammy (23*) and Karan Sharma (17*) ensured that Hyderabad posted a respectable 145/5 on the board in their 20 overs.

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Poor batting lets Mumbai down again as they slump to 4th consecutive defeat

The Mumbai Indians slumped to their 4th consecutive defeat in IPL 2014 after losing by 6 wickets to the Delhi Daredevils in Sharjah on Sunday.

After having won the toss and electing to bat first, Mumbai got off to yet another poor start despite changing their batting order. Skipper Rohit Sharma, who opened the batting this time around, was run out for 4 in the very second over the game, which set the men in blue back significantly.

Mumbai finished the powerplay on a decent 37/2, on a sluggish surface, but the dreaded collapse came soon. 37/2 turned into 63/5 in the next 8 overs as some disciplined bowling from Shahbaaz Nadeem (1/19) and Jaydev Unadkat (2/29) broke the back of the Mumbai middle order.

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IPL Match 18 Preview: Kings XI Punjab Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

It is the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s turn to try and stop the Punjab juggernaut when they face each other in Match 18 of IPL 2014 in Dubai on Monday.

Punjab have won 4 out of 4 games in the tourney so far and are marching ahead of the rest of pack by playing a truly fearless and exhilarating brand of cricket. While the likes of Glenn Maxwell and David Miller ruled the roost for the Kings XI in the first 3 games, it was their bowling unit, lead by young Indian seamer Sandeep Sharma and Aussie speedster Mitchell Johnson, who chipped-in in the last game to defend a very modest total against Kolkata and helped keep the winning momentum of the side going.

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