STATS: Warner's amazing numbers in the IPL for SRH

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David Warner's consistency has been remarkable [Sportzpics]

It’s no secret that David Warner has been one of the best batsmen in the history of the Indian Premier League [IPL].

The Australian started off his IPL career at the Delhi Daredevils and spent his first five seasons at the franchise. He performed well for Delhi, but has been at his best since joining Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2014.

Warner has spent four seasons so far at Sunrisers and managed to notch up 500+ runs at an average of over 40 and a strike-rate of over 140 every single year during his time with the Hyderabad-based franchise.

Warner’s best season came in 2016 when he led Sunrisers to the IPL title. His contributions with the bat were pivotal in the team’s success as he scored 848 runs in 17 matches.

In 2017, Warner currently heads the leading run-scorers chart and should win the Orange Cap unless Gautam Gambhir does something extraordinary.

Here are Warner’s stats while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

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Five biggest disappointments of IPL 2017

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A season to forget for RCB [Sportzpics]

The 2017 Indian Premier League [IPL] is into its finishing stretch and, as usual, some of world cricket’s biggest names and a few lesser known youngsters have caught the eye with some really impressive performances.

On the other hand, there have also been teams and players from whom a lot was expected, but they weren’t able to live up to the expectations. Here, we have a look at five such disappointments from the season.

ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE

Having lost in the final of the 2016 edition, Royal Challengers Bangalore came into this tournament as one of the favourites. But what followed was something everyone related to the franchise will want to quickly forget. A star-studded squad – with the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Chris Gayle – finished last on the points table with just three wins in the entire season.

The Bengaluru-based franchise did suffer setbacks even before the tournament had started with KL Rahul and Sarfaraz Khan ruled out due to injuries. Even English pacer Tymal Mills, who was bought for $1.8m at the auction, ended up featuring in just five matches due to back and hamstring injuries.

GUJARAT LIONS

The Lions finished at the top of the table in the league stage last season and came into this year’s IPL with a good squad that was expected to challenge for the playoff spots. The campaign didn’t go according to plan, though, as they finished seventh after registering just four wins. Dwayne Bravo was a big miss for Gujarat as their bowling was often found wanting, despite the emergence of Basil Thampi who impressed with his pace and yorkers.

Andrew Tye was superb with the ball in the middle stages of the tournament, but he suffered a shoulder injury during the game against Mumbai Indians which ruled him out of the remainder of the tournament and that ended up being a killer blow for the Lions.

ISHANT SHARMA

After Ishant surprisingly went unsold at the IPL auction earlier this year, Kings XI Punjab decided to add the Indian fast bowler to their squad just before the start of the season.

Although Ishant did trouble a few batsmen with his pace and bounce at times, he had a season to forget as he did not manage to pick up a single wicket in the six matches he played in. The 28-year-old was also quite expensive, conceding 179 runs from 108 deliveries at an economy rate of 9.94.

SHANE WATSON

The Royal Challengers had a lot of players who endured a disappointing season this year and Australian all-rounder Shane Watson was one of them. Watson was named as the stand-in captain for the first three matches of the season as skipper Virat Kohli was recovering from a shoulder injury.

The 35-year-old began the season well with a brilliant spell in the death overs against Delhi Daredevils that won the Royal Challengers the game while defending a modest total. But by the end of the season, Watson looked a pale shadow of the cricketer that was the Most Valuable Player in the league in 2008 and 2013.

RAVINDRA JADEJA [BOWLING]

Coming into the tournament on the back of an outstanding Test season, Ravindra Jadeja was expected to lead the Gujarat bowling in the absence of Bravo.

Jadeja, though, did not have the best of times when it came to his bowling as he managed to pick up just five wickets from 12 matches. In fact, in the last six games that the Lions played, the left-arm spinner took just one wicket.

The 28-year-old did much better with the bat – notching up 158 runs at an average of 39.50 and a strike-rate of 139.82. His fielding was top notch as he was responsible for a number of run-outs during the course of the season, but his main discipline i.e bowling was a letdown.

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IPL Qualifier 2 Preview – Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders

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Which captain will lead his team to the final? [Sportzpics]

Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders will meet in the Indian Premier League [IPL] Qualifier 2 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Friday, to decide who faces Rising Pune Supergiant in the final.

Mumbai come into this game having lost in Qualifier 1 against Pune. A second chance comes their way as they finished first in the league stage, with the playoff system giving a cushion to teams that finish in the top two.

On the other hand, Kolkata got the better of Sunrisers Hyderabad in a rain-curtailed Eliminator and there’s a good chance that the weather could have a say in the outcome of Qualifier 2 as well.

Ahead of the match, we have the latest team news, start time and date, as well as how you can watch all the action from the UAE.


DATE, TIME, VENUE INFO

Date: May 19, 2017 (Friday)

Time: 18:30 GST, 20:00 local time (IST), 14:30 GMT

Venue: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru


WHERE TO WATCH, LIVE STREAMING INFO

TV: UAE – OSN Sports Cricket HD, India – Sony Six, Sony Six HD (English), Sony Max, Sony Max HD 3 (Hindi), UK – Sky Sports

Online streaming: hotstar.com, Hotstar app (in India only)

LIVE: Sport360.com


TEAM NEWS, SQUADS, PREDICTED XIs

MI SQUAD: Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Hardik Pandya, Parthiv Patel, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal, Lendl Simmons, R Vinay Kumar, Mitchell McClenaghan, J Suchith, Siddhesh Lad, Jos Buttler, Nitish Rana, Tim Southee, Jitesh Sharma, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Punia, Nicholas Pooran, Mitchell Johnson, K Gowtham, Karn Sharma, Saurabh Tiwary, Asela Gunaratne, Kulwant Khejroliya.

Mitchell McClenaghan has been very expensive in the last two matches that he has played in, which could tempt Mumbai to look at bringing in Mitchell Johnson or Tim Southee.

Harbhajan Singh was missing from the playing XI on Tuesday and one wonders if he might make a return in place of Karn Sharma here.

LIKELY MI XI: Patel (wk), Simmons, Rohit (c), Rayudu/Rana, Pollard, Krunal, Hardik, Karn/Harbhajan, McClenaghan/Johnson/Southee, Bumrah, Malinga.

KKR SQUAD: Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Andre Russell, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Lynn, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, Trent Boult, Chris Woakes, Rishi Dhawan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rovman Powell, R Sanjay Yadav, Ishank Jaggi, Darren Bravo, Sayan Ghosh, Colin de Grandhomme.

With Manish Pandey injured, expect Ishank Jaggi and Suryakumar Yadav to keep their places in the team.

It’ll be interesting to see what opening combination the Knight Riders go with in this match. Chris Lynn will in all likelihood be one of the openers, while the other could be either Sunil Narine, Gautam Gambhir, or Robin Uthappa.

LIKELY KKR XI: Narine, Lynn, Gambhir (c), Uthappa (wk), Pathan, Jaggi, Suryakumar, Chawla/Kuldeep, Coulter-Nile, Umesh, Boult.


FORM

(Last five matches – with latest match first)

MI: L W L L W

KKR: W L L W L


MATCH PREDICTION

At this stage of the tournament, it’s quite hard to predict which way a match will go. With rain around, the toss might end up being a crucial factor in this game.

Having exhibited better form in the league stage, Mumbai go into the match as slight favourites.

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