IPL 2018: Bhuvneshwar Kumar ruled out of Sunrisers Hyderabad's clash with Mumbai Indians

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Bhuvneshwar bowled in the nets on Friday to spark hopes of a return.

Sunrisers Hyderabad have been dealt a big blow ahead of Tuesday’s IPL clash with Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium.

Pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been ruled out of the crucial encounter due to a niggling back injury. However, there is some good news for the Hyderabad fans with opener Shikhar Dhawan likely to be fit for the tie having recovered from the elbow injury he suffered in the loss against Kings XI Punjab.

Sunrisers skipper Kane Williamson confirmed Bhuvneshwar’s absence late on Monday night as the team arrived in Mumbai.

“Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar) did not travel with the team and is not playing the next match. Shikhar we are hoping will be fine for tomorrow,” he was quoted as saying by the PTI (Press Trust of India).

Bhuvneshawar had incidentally missed out on the reverse clash against Mumbai Indians at Hyderabad earlier due to the same injury. Young pacer Sandeep Sharma had replaced the India man in the line-up that day and is expected to do so again on Tuesday.

Williamson’s men have stuttered in their campaign recently after starting in flying fashion. Since winning their first three matches, last year’s runners-up have tasted two defeats on the bounce against Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings.

Mumbai Indians have endured a horrendous start to their campaign with the defending champions ending up on the losing side in four of their five clashes so far.

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IPL 2018: Player ratings as Kings XI Punjab pull off another victory with Mujeeb Ur Rahman 8 and Aaron Finch 3

Alex Broun 23/04/2018
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Ankit Rajpoot bowled superbly for Kings XI Punjab

Kings XI Punjab are the shock leaders of the IPL with five wins out of six games, after their superb bowling attack defended a meagre total of 143 for 8 against the mis-firing Delhi Daredevils.

Here are our player ratings:

Lokesh Rahul – 7: (23 off 15 balls) Scratchy early and will be disappointed to get out to a nothing ball from Liam Plunkett, managed three fours and one six while he was there

Aaron Finch – 3: (2 off 4 balls) Poor tournament so far with just 16 runs at an average of 5.33(!) and continued with 2 from 4 balls, before lofting a mis-hit pull off Avesh Khan, then missed a throw from David Miller to give up four over-throws at a key moment, at least took the final catch of Shreyas Iyer off Mujeeb ur Rahman

Mayank Agarwal – 7: (21 off 16 balls) Made Boult look average with two fours early on before Plunkett surprised him with a quicker ball and cleaned him up, superb fielding at long-on to run-out Dan Christian

Karun Nair – 7: (34 off 32 balls) Beautiful drive on the up off Avesh Khan, and looking to lay the foundations for a long innings before he too was undone by clever variation from Plunkett

Yuvraj Singh – 5: (14 off 17 balls) Punjab needed a big innings from the vet but he played and missed early and was pinned down by Dan Christian and Liam Plunkett, Avesh Khan put him out of his misery.

David Miller – 6: (26 off 19 balls) Dropped twice in a slow start then opened up to post some important runs, unnecessary throw in the field gave up four over-throws

Ravichandran Ashwin – 7 (capt): (6 off 7 balls, 0-19 from 4 overs) Poked around with the bat, but turned the screws perfectly with the ball bowling four tight overs in the middle of the Delhi innings, showed a lot of courage to give Barinder Sran a fourth over but it worked a treat, leading his side superbly at the moment with a strong team spirit clearly developing

Andrew Tye – 7: (3 off 9 balls, 2-25 from 4 overs) Swung lustily without connecting with the bat and bowled a nice tight line, nice catch to dismiss Glenn Maxwell and also removed Gautam Gambir with one that straightened, turned the screws when required with ball and got the wicket of Rahul Tewatia at crucial stage

Barinder Sran – 6 (o off 1 ball, 1-45 from 4 overs) Tonked for 18 off his first and over, bowled three wides in his second then went for 15 in his third, but his captain persisted with him and he finished off well with just four runs and a wicket from his final over

Ankit Rajpoot – 8: (2-23 from 4 overs) Started well, slanting the ball across Gautam Gambhir but then lost his advantage with a foolhardy LBW review, struck back to bowl Prithvi Shaw with a peach and continued to cause problems for the batsman removing the dangerous Glenn Maxwell, finished his spell with two boundaries to take some gloss off

Mujeeb Ur Rahman – 8: (2-24 from 4 overs) Sloppy fielding on the rope gave up a boundary off Ankit Rajpoot but his first delivery to clean bowl Rishabh Pant, a wicked top-spinning leggie, wiped that memory clean. Bowled the final over and held his nerve to trump Shreyas despite going for a six early

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IPL 2018: Player ratings as Delhi Daredevils lose again with Liam Plunkett getting 8 and Gautam Gambhir 3

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Liam Plunkett was in superb form with the ball

The Delhi Daredevils fell to their fifth loss in six games as they failed to chase down a humble target of 144, set by the Chris Gayle-less Kings XI Punjab, and now prop up the bottom of the table.

Here are our player ratings:

DELHI DAREDEVILS

Prithvi Shaw – 6: (22 off 10) 18-year-old dropped an absolute sitter off David Miller, but redeemed himself a little with 22 including a sizzling square cut off Barinder Sran before getting castled by Rajpoot after a wild swoosh.

Gautam Gambhir (capt) – 3: (4 off 13) Loopy bowling change bringing on Amit Mishra when Dan Christian and Liam Plunkett had Kings XI all tied up, disappointing with the bat and then gave a leading edge off Andrew Tye which ballooned to mid-off. Has just 85 runs now in the tournament at an average of 17.

Glenn Maxwell – 5: (12 off 10, 0-4 from 1 over) Other batsmen would have smashed his gentle offspin but he got off easy, dropped a regulation chance off Miller, came in at No3 and struck the ball sweetly until caught on the fence by Andrew Tye off Rajpoot.

Shreyas Iyer – 8: (57 off 45) Delighted to hold on to catch from Karun Nair after a juggle. Played a lone hand with the bat, including some stunning boundaries off Sran, that almost got Delhi home. Caught on the boundary by Aaron Finch on final ball.

Rishabh Pant – 5: (4 off 7) No shame in being dismissed by Mujeeb’s stunning first ball, started cautiously and was just getting into his stride.

Dan Christian – 6:  (6 off 11, 1-17 from 3 overs) Got the most out of the pitch with a tidy spell, formed good bowling partnership with Plunkett, run out at a crucial stage as he attempted a risky second.

Rahul Tewatia – 7: (24 off 21, 0-6 from 1 over) Supported Shreyas well as the Daredevils fought themselves back into the game, but will be disappointed to lose his wicket just when Delhi were getting back within reach.

Liam Plunkett – 8: (0 off 1, 3-17 from 4 overs) Superb debut. Got Lokesh Rahul with one that bounced a little, and then started bending the ball away from the right handers, knocked over Mayank Agarwal with a straight one, and had Nair caught on the fence. Took a good catch to dismiss Miller as well. Out first ball with the bat.

Amit Mishra – 6: (1 off 2, 0-33 from 4 overs): Bowled well in first three overs, with spin and bounce, then lost it in final over after Shaw’s appalling drop catch and went for 16 runs to inflate figures.

Avesh Kkan – 7: (2-36 from 4 overs) Superb opening spell, lively pace and bounce had Rahul and Finch both searching, finished off just as well knocking over Yuvraj Singh; good catch of Rahul off Plunkett.

Trent Boult – 7: (2-21 from 3 overs) Classy stuff from the Kiwi catching-star. Tight opening over went for just four, but loose second over carted for 14, brought back to bowl final over and dismissed Ravi Ashwin and Sran to wrap things up.

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