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9:20pm – Tributes for ABD flood in

South Africa’s star batsman AB de Villiers announced his shock retirement from all forms of cricket on Wednesday.

Sachin Tendulkar, Faf du Plessis and others paid tribute to the batsman.

9:00pm – RCB captain Virat Kohli apologises to fans after tournament exit

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has issued an apology to the fans of his franchise, after their exit from the 2018 IPL season.

In a video posted by the Indian star, Kohli has also promised that his RCB team will come back stronger in the next edition of the high-profile tournament.

4:30pm – England struggle at lunch on day one

Alastair Cook closed in on a half-century but England otherwise struggled on the opening morning of the Test series with Pakistan. Read more here.

Unbeaten: Alastair Cook

Unbeaten: Alastair Cook

2:45pm – Joe Root wins the toss and elects to bat first against Pakistan

England’s home season is under way with Pakistan the visitors to Lord’s. England captain Joe Root won the toss and decided to bat first. Keep up to date with the game in London with our live scores here.

1:55pm – Virat Kohli to miss Surrey stint

The BCCI have confirmed the Indian ace batsman will not play for Surrey ahead of the England series. Read more on the story here. 

12:11pm – Virat Kohli’s participation for Surrey in doubt

The Indian batsman could miss some games for the English county after visiting a hospital in Mumbai. Read more here. 

09:31am – Kolkata Knight Riders end Rajasthan Royals’ IPL campaign

In the Eliminator clash of the IPL last night, Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Rajasthan Royals by 25 runs at Eden Gardens. Batting first.

The Knight Riders put up a very gettable 169-7 on the boards (thanks to a late flourish from Andre Russell – 49 off 25) before the Royals, who were in a superb position at 1-109 after 14 overs, simply faded away.

Rajasthan scored just 35 runs off the last 36 balls to finish on 4-144 in their 20 overs, with the main culprit Heinrich Klaasen who scored a turtle-like 18 runs off 18 balls, just when RR needed to open up.

Read more about how this curious clash panned out in our talking points.

KKR now face the impressive Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday night for a place in the IPL final while the Rajasthan players probably have a day off before jetting off to their next cricketing engagements around the globe.

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The dark Knights rise

Kuldeep Yadav was the star for Kolkata.

Kuldeep Yadav was the star for Kolkata.

The Rajasthan Royals got the boiling frog treatment from the Kolkata Knight Riders last night.

The Royals were perfectly placed at 1 for 109 after 14 overs with the target of 170 looking very achievable but then KKR slowly turned up the heat and like the poor little frog in the pot RR were slowly boiled alive – not knowing they were done for till it was too late.

Here are our takeaways from the match.

KKR now go on to face Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 2 on Friday night, which (luckily for the Knight Riders) will also be played at the fabled Eden Gardens in Kolkata where they don’t lose much.

In other cricket news legend and all round good guy AB De Villiers has announced his shock retirement from international cricket, an announcement that has been met with much consternation across the cricketing world.

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IPL 2018 Preview: Momentum with Kolkata Knight Riders in second Qualifier against Sunrisers Hyderabad

Ashish Peter 23/05/2018
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KKR have won four matches on the bounce. Image - IPL/Twitter.

Less than 48 hours after putting Rajasthan Royals to the sword in the IPL Eliminator clash at Eden Gardens, Kolkata Knight Riders will take the field once again at the same venue as they take on the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the second Qualifier on Friday for a spot in the finals against Chennai Super Kings.

Playing on their home ground, the Knight Riders were mighty impressive in their 25-run win over Rajasthan on Tuesday despite looking down and out at one point.

Dinesh Karthik’s men now have the winning momentum under their belt with four consecutive victories on the trot.

FREE-FALLING SUNRISERS

Sunrisers Hyderabad were looking unstoppable at one point in the IPL as they embarked on a run of five consecutive victories. The league leaders were the first side to book their place in the playoffs but have been in a free-fall ever since.

Kane Williamson’s men limped their way to the first Qualifier on the back of three consecutive defeats in the league as the wheels started to come off from their campaign.

Against Chennai Super Kings, the Sunrisers looked to be on top before a Faf du Plessis special consigned them to a fourth consecutive defeat. Hence, the two teams will come into the clash with contrasting momentum.

PLAYERS IN FOCUS

In the Eliminator on Tuesday, spinners from both sides shone with Kolkata’s Kuldeep Yadav putting in an inspired performance. With the wicket expected to be similar on Friday, Sunrisers’ Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan will fancy himself to shine.

The 19-year-old has picked up 18 wickets in the tournament so far and will be Sunrisers’ trump card on the slow surface at Eden Gardens.

LIKELY LINE-UPS

Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c, wk), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Javon Searles, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Piyush Chawla

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Shreevats Goswami (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Carlos Brathwaite, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddharth Kaul, Sandeep Singh.

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