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Faf Du Plessis explains the reason for RCB's defeat against RR during the IPL 2024

Faf Du Plessis explains the reason for RCB's defeat against RR during the IPL 2024

  • May 23, 2024
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RCB missed the opportunity to reach the IPL finals following a loss in the eliminator match against Rajasthan Royals. Faf Du Plessis said that the pitch and impact player rule caused RCB to lose by 20 runs.After staging a remarkable comeback in the league phase of the tournament, RCB missed out on a chance to reach the IPL final after losing the eliminator against Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday. Soon after the defeat, RCB captain Faf Du Plessis spoke out about some of the reasons that led to his team's loss in the eliminator.Speaking to the broadcasters after the match, Du Plessis said, “Batting first, it can be tough because the ball is sticking into the surface. You're thinking 190. But if you lose a couple of wickets then the problem starts."Du Plessis also said that while 180 was a par score on the "very slow" Narendra Modi Stadium pitch, the presence of dew in the second innings and the impact player rule meant that RCB ended up at least 20 runs short.He said, "With the dew coming, we felt we were short with the bat. Did think we were 20 runs shy of what was a good score. Credit to the boys - they fought really well. That's all you can ask for. If you look at naturally assessing the pitch and conditions, you would say it's a 180 pitch because it was swinging upfront and was quite slow,""But what we found out this season is with obviously the extra batter and the longer batting line-ups because of the super sub [Impact Player], your par scores are really not what they used to be, especially if there's dew. So we knew we needed a little bit more in terms of a score to challenge them." the RCB skipper added.Rajasthan Royals beat Royal Challengers Bengaluru, move to qualifier 2:After a shaky start, RCB posted 172/8 in their allotted 20 overs thanks to a quickfire knock from Mahipal Lomror and a cameo from Swapnil Singh. In reply, RR faltered a little in the middle overs but eventually managed to get back into the game through the partnership of Riyan Parag and Shimron Hetmeyer.Also Read: Everything you need to know about the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024

IPL 2024

6 Teams For 3 Spots: Complete IPL 2024 Playoffs Scenario Explained

  • May 14, 2024
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With only seven matches left in the league phase of IPL 2024, six teams are still competing for the remaining three playoff spots.The competition to qualify for the playoffs of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 has become more intense as the popular T20 tournament approaches its crucial phase. With only seven matches left in the league phase of IPL 2024, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), who have won the championship twice, secured their spot in the playoffs, making them the first team to do so this season. However, Mumbai Indians (MI), Punjab Kings (PBKS), and Gujarat Titans (GT) have been knocked out of the playoffs contention due to their poor performances this season.Meanwhile, five other teams are still in contention to secure the remaining three spots for the IPL 2024 playoffs.On that note, we take a look at the scenarios with which all the teams remaining for IPL 2024 playoffs contention can still qualify.Rajasthan RoyalsDespite losing their last three matches, Rajasthan Royals (RR) are the overwhelming favourites for a top-two finish in the IPL 2024 league stage. With 16 points from 12 games, the Royals are placed second in the standings with a net run-rate of +0.349. The Sanju Samson-led Royals are still scheduled to face Punjab Kings (May 15) and Kolkata Knight Riders (May 19). They need to win at least one of their remaining games to qualify for playoffs. If the Royals win both matches, they will finish in the top two. However, if RR suffer defeat in both games, they are still expected to qualify due to a better NRR.Played: 12, Points: 16, NRR: +0.349Remaining matches: PBKS (H), KKR (H)Chennai Super KingsDefending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are placed third in the IPL 2024 standings. Led by Ruturaj Gaikwad, CSK have registered seven wins and six losses this season with 14 points on the board. The five-time IPL champions will take on Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) in their final game. To qualify for the IPL 2024 playoffs, CSK only need to beat RCB at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium on May 18. With a net run-rate of +0.528, CSK will finish in the top four with a win on Saturday. However, if they lose, CSK need to ensure that they don't go down by more than 18 runs or allow RCB to chase in 18.1 overs. CSK also need to hope SRH and LSH lose both their scheduled games. In that case, both CSK and RCB can still qualify with 14 points each.Played: 13, Points: 14, NRR: +0.528Remaining matches: RCB (A)SunRisers HyderabadSunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) are one of the other contenders for a top-two finish this season. With 14 points from 12 games, SRH are placed fourth in the IPL 2024 standings with a net run-rate of +0.406. The Pat Cummins-led outfit is scheduled to play Gujarat Titans (May 16) and Punjab Kings (May 19) in their remaining two fixtures at their home in Hyderabad. Meanwhile, SRH need to win at least one of their pending games to book their spot in the playoffs. If they win both their matches, they could challenge KKR and RR to finish in the top two. However, if they lose both games, the likes of CSK, RCB or even LSG could finish above them.Played: 12, Points: 14, NRR: +0.406Remaining matches: GT (H), PBKS (H)Royal Challengers BengaluruRoyal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) have made a sensational comeback in IPL 2024 to remain in playoffs contention. After winning just one of their seven games in the first half, RCB are on a five-match winning streak to jump to fifth in the standings with 12 points from 13 games. In order to qualify for the playoffs, RCB first need to win against CSK by 18 runs or chase in 18.1 overs on Saturday to ensure a better NRR than the defending champions. Even after a win, RCB will be dependent on other results to squeeze into the playoffs. Faf du Plessis' men need SRH to lose both their games. They also require LSG to go down in one of their remaining matches.Played: 13, Points: 12, NRR: +0.387Remaining matches: CSK (H)Delhi CapitalsWhile Delhi Capitals still have a mathematical chance to qualify for the IPL 2024 playoffs, it's highly unlikely that Rishabh Pant's men will finish in the top four. With a net run-rate of -0.482, which is currently below CSK, SRH and RCB, the Capitals' IPL 2024 campaign is almost done and dusted. For DC's miraculous entry in the IPL 2024 playoffs, they first need to beat LSG by a huge margin to improve their net run-rate. The Capitals also need SRH to lose both their forthcoming games by massive margins. DC will also require CSK to beat RCB and LSG to go down against MI.Played: 13, Points: 12, NRR: -0.482Remaining matches: LSG (H)Lucknow Super GiantsLucknow Super Giants (LSG) are one of the other contenders to finish in the top four. Having accumulated 12 points from 12 matches, the KL Rahul-led side is placed seventh in the IPL 2024 standings. However, LSG are scheduled to play struggling Delhi Capitals (May 14) and Mumbai Indians (May 17) in their final two league games. For their qualification in the playoffs, LSG need to win both their upcoming matches due to their poor net run-rate of -0.769. Additionally, they need to win both games with huge margins to improve their NRR. Even if they manage to win both matches, they can still finish outside the top four if CSK and SRH end the league stage with 16 points as they have a better NRR.Listen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comPlayed: 12, Points: 12, NRR: -0.769Remaining matches: DC (A), MI (A)Also Read: ICC names Yuvraj Singh as brand ambassador for T20 World Cup 2024

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MS Dhoni's retirement on the cards? Suresh Raina's epic reply goes viral

  • May 13, 2024
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MS Dhoni has been in outstanding form in the current edition of the IPL and has played a crucial role in completing CSK's innings in numerous matches. Nevertheless, there has been extensive discussion about the seasoned cricketer retiring from the sport permanently after this IPL season commenced. Thala, a popular nickname among his fans, has retired from international cricket and now only participates in IPL matches annually.Speculation about MS Dhoni's retirement grew stronger when he transferred the captaincy of CSK to Ruturaj Gaikwad at the beginning of the season. Later on, Gaikwad disclosed in a conversation that MS Dhoni had indicated transferring the CSK captaincy to him a few years ago.In 2022, I recall Dhoni saying to me, "You probably won't lead next year, but be prepared for the opportunity after that." It was clear that I was prepared for it (captaincy) from that moment on. Earlier this year, Gaikwad had stated that he was not surprised or shocked by the news because it was not unfamiliar to him.Following the game against RR on Sunday, CSK requested their supporters to remain at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. CSK supporters were then given a celebratory lap and signed balls by their beloved cricketers, causing speculation among commentators on whether this could be MS Dhoni's final match at Chepauk.Suresh Raina's epic reply on MS Dhoni's retirement:During the CSK vs RR match, Suresh Raina, who was commentating, was questioned about whether MS Dhoni was playing his final game in Chepauk. Raina's reply sparked optimism among numerous CSK supporters that Thala might return for one more season.Commentator Abhinav Mukund questioned Raina on Sunday, stating, "I obviously have to inquire about this." Could this be MS Dhoni's final match at Chepauk?"Absolutely not," Raina firmly declared before bursting into laughter.Also Read: ICC names Yuvraj Singh as brand ambassador for T20 World Cup 2024

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Will KL Rahul step down as LSG captain for final two games?

  • May 09, 2024
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NEW DELHI: With Lucknow Super Giants virtually out of contention for the IPL playoffs, KL Rahul's position as the team's captain hangs in uncertainty for the remaining two games following their heavy defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday.It's widely believed that the LSG skipper, signed for a record Rs 17 crore before the 2022 auction, won't be retained ahead of the mega auctions in 2025.However, there are rumors suggesting that he might voluntarily step down to focus on his batting in the upcoming matches.There is a five-day gap before the next game against DC. As of now, no decision has been taken but it is understood that if Rahul plans to just concentrate on his batting for the remaining two games, the management won't mind," an IPL source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.Following Sunrisers Hyderabad openers Travis Head (89 not out off 30 balls) and Abhishek Sharma (75 off 28 balls) reaching the target of 167 in less than 10 overs, videos surfaced on social media showing an agitated conversation between LSG owner Sanjiv Goenka and KL Rahul.This was after the LSG batters struggled to get going on the same track in Hyderabad.Worse, Rahul's (29 off 33 balls) batting in the Powerplay has been one of the biggest reasons for LSG's below-par show in the cash-rich league and it seems that Goenka has finally run out of patience.The India star has scored 460 runs in 12 games and could again cross the 500-run mark for the season but it is his strike-rate of 136.09 which is the problem.LSG are still mathematically in contention as they can reach 16 points by winning their remaining two games -- vs Delhi Capitals in New Delhi on May 14 and vs Mumbai Indians at Wankhede on May 17.However, it will be very difficult to massively improve upon the net run-rate (-0.760).In case, Rahul decides to step down, vice-captain Nicholas Pooran, easily the team's most impactful batter in the season, is likely to take over for the remaining two games.Also Read: ICC names Yuvraj Singh as brand ambassador for T20 World Cup 2024

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CSK vs KKR | Ravindra Jadeja joins Kohli, Rohit, Raina in IPLs 100-catches club

  • Apr 09, 2024
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April 8, 2024: PNB Housing Finance revealed the growth of its distribution network to 300 branches throughout India. PNB Housing Finance has increased its footprint in over 150 distinct cities to meet the varied requirements of customers. The company provides various products including personal home loans, retail property loans, retail commercial property loans, and fixed deposits to salaried and self-employed individuals.In just four months of FY24, PNB Housing Finance expanded its branch network by 100, bringing the total to 300. It provides customized financial services via 90 branches specifically for Prime home loan clients and 160 branches for the affordable housing segment Roshni. Additionally, the company has expanded into the 'Emerging Markets' category to take advantage of opportunities in the lucrative customer segment by opening 50 branches in specific regions.Girish Kousgi, MD and CEO of PNB Housing Finance, expressed that as a company that understands people's dream of owning a home, they have decided to enhance their omni-channel presence and broaden their distribution network in order to offer personalized housing finance options to customers. Additionally, our extensive network of 300 branches will enable us to take advantage of market opportunities within various consumer groups and increase profits for the company.Also Read: MS Dhoni hands over Chennai Super Kings captaincy to Ruturaj Gaikwad ahead of IPL 2024

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MS Dhoni hands over Chennai Super Kings captaincy to Ruturaj Gaikwad ahead of IPL 2024

  • Mar 21, 2024
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Mahendra Singh Dhoni has relinquished his position as the captain of Chennai Super Kings, with Ruturaj Gaikwad appointed as the new leader just before the commencement of the upcoming IPL season starting on Friday. Despite stepping down from the captaincy role, Dhoni will remain a part of the team as a player for the season. Barring any unforeseen injury concerns, he is set to continue his role as the wicketkeeper against Royal Challengers Bengaluru in the opening match.The decision to change the captaincy on the eve of the season might appear unexpected, but behind the scenes, the Super Kings have been preparing Gaikwad for this responsibility. Back in 2022, prior to the start of the season in Maharashtra, Dhoni had passed on the captaincy to Ravindra Jadeja. However, this decision did not yield the desired results as Jadeja resigned from the position midway through the season, prompting Dhoni to take charge again.In preparation for the 2023 IPL season, CSK initially considered Ben Stokes as a potential captaincy option. However, due to his ongoing fitness struggles, the franchise shifted their focus to Gaikwad. Despite not being a regular fixture in the Indian team, the 27-year-old opener is highly regarded within the franchise setup.Entering the CSK setup in 2019, he debuted in 2020, securing three consecutive Man of the Match awards in his initial matches. In 2021, amidst Chennai's fourth title victory, he clinched the Orange Cap. Since then, he has solidified his position as a consistent presence in the team.Throughout the 2022/23 domestic season, particularly during the Vijay Hazare Trophy campaign, Gaikwad had significant interactions with Dhoni. It was during this time, in Ranchi, away from the media spotlight, that the initial phases of leadership transition were set in motion. This method of passing on the baton, reminiscent of Dhoni's approach, mirrors his handing over of responsibilities to Virat Kohli within the Indian team.Since then, Gaikwad has been consistently participating in the captaincy programs conducted by Stephen Fleming at the team hotel. "Similar to Dhoni, he exudes a remarkable sense of calmness. He handles pressure situations with ease, akin to Dhoni, and possesses a keen understanding of the game. Moreover, he's incredibly observant, and his nature, character, and personality attract people to him. He possesses exceptional leadership qualities," remarked Hussey.During the Vijay Hazare Trophy campaign, where Gaikwad guided Maharashtra to the final, many of his teammates noticed his emulation of Dhoni's captaincy style. From organizing practice sessions to coordinating team outings, Gaikwad managed everything, resembling the way MS Dhoni operates CSK."He's become our pillar," expressed Azim Kazi, Maharashtra's all-rounder. "Under his guidance, we're constantly evolving, adapting to new methods. He's revolutionized our approach to preparation, fostering a strong sense of unity within the team, even extending to our interactions in the hotel. For instance, he keeps his door open at all times, welcoming us to seek his guidance whenever needed. Off the field, he's quick to identify areas where players may be struggling and offers solutions for improvement. What's truly remarkable is his strategic vision, assigning specific roles to each player and utilizing our strengths effectively," Kazi elaborated.After honing his skills within the Maharashtra setup, Gaikwad now steps into the shoes of Dhoni.

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IPL 2024: Full squad list for each team

  • Feb 27, 2024
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The BCCI announced the schedule for the first two weeks of IPL 2024 with 21 matches across 10 cities. The schedule for the remaining matches will be announced after the upcoming general elections' dates are revealed. Defending champions CSK will face RCB in the season opener on March 22 in Chennai. Check out the full list of captains for all 10 teams in IPL 2024.Chennai Super KingsSunrisers Hyderabad Delhi Capitals Gujarat TitansPunjab KingsRajasthan RoyalsRoyal Challengers BangaloreLucknow Super GiantsMumbai IndiansKolkata Knight RidersAlso Read: IPL 2024 schedule announced for first 21 games: Full list of matches, fixtures, dates, venues, timings in IST

IPL 2024

IPL 2024 schedule announced for first 21 games: Full list of matches, fixtures, dates, venues, timings in IST

  • Feb 23, 2024
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the IPL (Indian Premier League) 2024 schedule on Thursday.The tournament will begin with defending champion Chennai Super Kings taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai on March 22 at Chepauk.The schedule was announced on Thursday only for the first 21 matches. The fixtures for the remaining games will be announced in due course.IPL 2024 schedule (First 21 matches)Match NoFixtureDateVenueTime1.CSK vs RCBMarch 22Chennai7:30 PM IST2.PBKS vs DCMarch 23Mohali3:30 PM IST3.KKR vs SRHMarch 23Kolkata7:30 PM IST4.RR vs LSGMarch 24Jaipur3:30 PM IST5.GT vs MIMarch 24Ahmedabad7:30 PM IST6.RCB vs PBKSMarch 25Bengaluru7:30 PM IST7.CSK vs GTMarch 26Chennai7:30 PM IST8.SRH vs MIMarch 27Hyderabad7:30 PM IST9.RR vs DCMarch 28Jaipur7:30 PM IST10.RCB vs KKRMarch 29Bengaluru7:30 PM IST11.LSG vs PBKSMarch 30Lucknow7:30 PM IST12.GT vs SRHMarch 31Ahmedabad3:30 PM IST13.DC vs CSKMarch 31Visakhapatnam7:30 PM IST14.MI vs RRApril 1Mumbai7:30 PM IST15.RCB vs LSGApril 2Bengaluru7:30 PM IST16.DC vs KKRApril 3Visakhapatnam7:30 PM IST17.GT vs PBKSApril 4Ahmedabad7:30 PM IST18.SRH vs CSKApril 5Hyderabad7:30 PM IST19.RR vs RCBApril 6Jaipur7:30 PM IST20.MI vs DCApril 7Mumbai3:30 PM IST21.LSG vs GTApril 7Lucknow7:30 PM ISTAlso Read: IPL 2024 Tickets Online Booking, Date, Ticket Price, Schedule and Booking Steps