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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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MI v KKR to kickoff IPL 2014 in UAE;

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Season 7 of the Indian Premier League will kick off in Abu Dhabi with defending champions Mumbai Indians going head to head against the Kolkata Knight Rides on the 16th of April.

The IPL body confirmed that the first leg of the T20 Carnival will be held in the UAE from the 16th of April to the first of May. 3 stadiums in the UAE, namely, the Sheikh Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi, the the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah and the Dubai Intenational cricket stadium, Dubai, will host 20 games in the tournament.

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George Bailey appointed Captain of Kings XI Punjab

Kings XI Punjab, one of the eight competing teams of Pepsi IPL season 7, today announced George Bailey as the Captain to lead the squad in the upcoming tournament. The captain of the Australian T20 International team and right handed batsman will guide the team under his aegis.

Commenting on the announcement, Promoters of Kings XI Punjab, said “We are delighted to have George Bailey as a captain to lead the team. He is a great cricketer who has showcased his leadership skills as a captain of Australian cricket team as well. We are hopeful that his performance and guidance will lead the team to great success this season.”

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IPL 2014 to be held from 16th April to 1st June

The long wait to learn the fate of the 2014 IPL Season is finally over with the BCCI announcing today that the tournament will be played from 16th April to 1st June.

The IPL date announcement had been held up for weeks now due to them clashing with the Indian Lok Sabha elections, and the home ministry's inability to provide the event with the necessary security cover as a result. The tournament has been divided into three legs to cope with the same with matches between 16th April and 30th April to be held in the United Arab Emirates.

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IPL Auction 2014: Delhi, Kolkata and Rajasthan buy smart ; Most teams look to retain core on final day

The Delhi Daredevils picked off a couple smart buys on the final day of IPL auction 2014 by snapping up international stars Ross Taylor and Wayne Parnell from disbanded Franchisee Pune. They also retained last season’s unsung hero Shahbaz Nadeem and bought promising young quicks in former Rajasthan Royals player Rahul Shukla and Karnataka’s emerging pacer H S Sharath.

The Kolkata Knight Riders also seemed to have benefited from the purchases of Andre Russell, Pat Cummings and Manish Pandey along with young Punjab pacer Veer Pratap Singh among others. Despite retaining 5.5 crores from their 60 crore purse in the auction, Rajasthan seemed to have retained a lot of their core from the previous season and have added more strength by buying seasoned Ranji campaigners in Rajat Bhatia and Dhawal Kulkarni. Former India U-19 skipper and Delhi dasher Unmukt Chand was also snapped up by the Royals.

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IPL 2014 Auction Day 1: What the teams look like now

It was the Kings XI Punjab and the Delhi Daredevils who walked away the happiest on Day 1 of the IPL auction 2014 on Wednesday, although the Mumbai Indians, the Chennai Superkings and the Rajasthan Royals, who all retained the maximum quota of 5 players, will also be reasonably pleased with their new additions.

Delhi, who went in to the auction with the maximum purse of 60 Crores available, still have 8.6 Crores available at their disposal for day 2 after buying the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Dinesh Karthik, Mohamed Shami and Murali Vijay among others.  Punjab meanwhile, spent cleverly on some seasoned campaigners in Mitchell Johnson, George Bailey, Virender Sehwag, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh and Thisara Perera and still retain a 14.2 crore budget for day 2. While it is unlikely that they will use all the money tomorrow, they will hope to add some more spunk to their bowling department by beefing up their spin bowling ranks.

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Delhi buy back Pietersen, Punjab get Sehwag and Johnson; Yuvi sold for a whopping 14 cr to RCB

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Recently disbanded England star batsman Kevin Pietersen was snapped by the Delhi Daredevils for 9 Crores in the Pepsi IPL auction 2014  after the the GMR owned franichise used a right to match card.  Punjab were the team to profit the most from the early stages of the auction though as they secured slashed price deals for Swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag worth just 3.2 Crores and Aussie all-rounder Mitchell Johnson worth 6.5 Crores.

The other big story from the marquee player segments was the sale of India's big hitting batting all-rounder Yuvraj Singh for Rs 14 Crore to Royal Challengers Bangalore, who have decided to go batting heavy once again in this auction. Former Mumbai wicket keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik was another big purchase at the auction for Rs.12.5 Crores by the Delhi Daredevils.

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Dolphins deny the Cobras in last ball thriller to win RAM SLAM T20 Challenge

The Sunfoil Dolphins ended an eight-year wait for silverware on Sunday as they beat the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras in a see-saw encounter to clinch the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge in front of a full house at Sahara Park Newlands.

The Dolphins had not won a franchise competition since current coach Lance Klusener captained them to the four-day title in 2005/2006, and a tearful Daryn Smit was the embodiment of the emotions that flowed in the aftermath.

Although it was captain Morne van Wyk’s innings which provided the framework for the two-run win, ultimately Robbie Frylinck was the hero for defending 14 in the final over.

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Exciting Auction on the Cards Leading up to IPL Season 7

The Indian Premier League gears up for what promises to be yet another exciting auction ahead of season 7 of the summer T20 tournament that starts on the 8th of April.

Prior to the auction, which is scheduled to be held at Bengaluru on the 12th and 13 February, each of the 8 franchisees were allowed to retain upto 5 players from their previous squads. The introduction of ‘right to match cards’ this season will make for a more intriguing auction process, which includes a total of 514 players. A Right to Match card is the first right of refusal card that will allow a Franchisee to buy back one of its former players by matching the highest bid for the player after the conclusion of the customary bidding process for the player.

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