IPL 2019, MI vs DC, KKR vs SRH buildup highlights: The Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore were deflated by Chennai Super Kings in the season opener as the yellow army secured a comprehensive seven-wicket win in the first encounter of the season. On Sunday, the action will shift from Chennai to Kolkata, where two-time IPL winners Kolkata Knight Riders will host previous season’s runners up Sunrisers Hyderabad. The match will begin at 4:00 pm.
The second match of the day will be played between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium. The Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai unit would look to start their campaign on a high after finishing fifth in the previous season. Delhi, on the other hand, will heavily bank on the Indian duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant, who are also looking to cement their spot in the 15-man World Cup squad.
IPL 2019, MI vs DC, KKR vs SRH buildup highlights:
MI win the toss, elect to bowl first
Yuvraj Singh to start for Mumbai. How about that for an unexpected decision! No Evin Lewis or Ishan Kishan. Rasikh Salam, a medium pacer from Jammu and Kashmir a start. Wow, MI have stumped everyone before the match starts.
Sachin Tendulkar is back in the stadium where he won the 2011 World Cup and played his last Test match. So is Sourav Ganguly, although he is in Delhi Capitals' colours. But that won't reduce any love that the Mumbai crowd will be having for the man who is considered one of the greatest captains India have ever had.
Delhi have a tough choice to make between Kagiso Rabada and Trent Boult. On the one hand, Boult is an experienced campaigner who is proven in pressure situations, but on the other Rabada has been one of the exciting young talents to have come up over the past two years.
Mumbai, on the other hand, will be pondering on whether Markande or Krunal plays. They need that spin option to reign in Prithvi Shaw, who does like going after fast bowlers.
So what's it going to be
Will the Capitals take advantage of MI's tendency to slump in the beginning of the season as launching pad for their own resurrection, or are the Indians succesfully going to repeat what they did in 2017 when said slump simply never happened and they remained a level above the rest of the teams throughout the season? We have a live blog running for that match so you can check that out.
The Daredevils never worked. They had great players at various points of their history in the tournament but none of it worked for them. And so, this time they changed half their name. Just so you know that they are representing the capital of the country, they christened themselves as the Capitals. Naturally, there were quite a few jokes that came their way at the time the name was being revealed. But let's see if the name change helps them have the last laugh.
SRH's innings ends
KKR have done well to pull things back considering a 200-plus total looked very much on the cards considering how Warner was going. SRH are 181/3 after 20 overs. You can follow that match live here.
KKR vs SRH
David Warner's epic comeback knock just came to an end. Andre Russell got his wicket but this one belonged to the fielder Robin Uthappa, who dived to his left and caught on to the ball that was hurtling in his direction at breakneck speed. Warner's knock ended on 85 off 53 balls.
MI vs DC PROBABLE XI
Mumbai Indians Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (WK), Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah
Delhi Capitals Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (C), Colin Ingram, Rishabh Pant (WK), Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia/Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ishant Sharma/Avesh Khan, Trent Boult
KKR captain Dinesh Karthik wins the toss and elects to field first. A confident Karthik after the toss said that he believes the wicket will remain throughout the contest and his team would like to chase down the total. "We are looking to bowl first. The wicket will play pretty even throughout, so we want to chase. We have some good memories on this ground. We are looking forward to put up a good performance for the crowd. We didn't make it to the finals last year but it was a good effort by us. It's important we take one game at a time, as it's a long tournament," Karthik said.
SRH players toil during the practice sessions
The Sunrisers team warms up ahead of their clash against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens.
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KKR vs SRH
KKR take on SRH in the first of the two doubleheaders on Sunday at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Both the teams boast of two IPL crowns and beginning the tournament with a win under their belts. While KKR will have the advantage of playing at home, SRH will be no pushovers as they boast of one of the strongest teams on paper. PREVIEW
KKR vs SRH Probable XI
KKR Probable XI: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c/wk), Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna
SRH Probable XI: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Billy Stanlake, Siddarth Kaul