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The 2015 season of the Indian Premier League (abbreviated as IPL 8 or Pepsi IPL 2015) is the eighth season of the IPL. Kolkata Knight Riders are the defending champions having won the title in the 2014 season. The complete tournament is expected to be held across different cities in India unlike the previous season. The tournament was started on Wednesday, 8 April 2015 after the end of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. A total of 60 T20 matches will be held in the entire tournament. No matches will be held in Kolkata between April 12 and April 25 due to Municipal Elections.

Franchises retained 123 players 8th IPL season before moving into auction. The released players provided an option to register themselves for auction. 6 Players were transferred across teams before the auction took place. In the Pepsi IPL 2015 auction held on February 16 at Bangalore, Yuvraj Singh was sold to Delhi Daredevils for 16 crores INR, for a record bid in IPL auction history. A total of 67 players were sold out in the auction and all franchises spent total of 87.60 Crores to buy players.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Rajasthan Royals - Punjab Kings look to outsmart

Rajasthan Royals -  Punjab Kings look to outsmart

It will be as much a clash of strong personalities as it will be of the teams when Kings XI Punjab take on Rajasthan Royals at the PCA stadium on Thursday evening.

Adam Gilchrist & Shane Warne are legends of Australian cricket, now retired & leading their respective teams effectively in the cash-rich IPL.

After the none-too-impressive opening game, nobody had given KXIP much of a chance, branding them as 'Paupers' than the 'Kings'. But the emergence of Paul Valthaty has brought about the resurgence of KXIP. It would be apt to say that their fortunes have risen along together with his. Such an impression they has made with a century as well as a half in the last games that they may well play for India before they does for his state in first-class cricket.

Of coursework, much will be contingent on how well they performs in the remaining IPL matches before the national selectors sit down to select the team for the ODI series in the Caribbean. For their wins, the KXIP owe it to Valthaty.

RR, on their part, have had a topsy-turvy start as they depend heavily on Shane Watson. They is in the type of his life & whenever they provides a blistering start, the team invariably ends up winning.

But now is the time for the other players to come to the party as it would be unfair to expect the Mumbai lad to do it match after match. The likes of Shaun Marsh, Dinesh Karthik & Abhishek Nayar need to put their hands up & make contributions, against Rajasthan Royals, who are in the top half of the points table following their washout against Royal Challengers in Bangalore on Tuesday night.

Thus, KXIP have their task charted out - get Watson & Rahul Dravid (if fit) early & put the batting under pressure. Without Dravid & Johan Botha in the side, the team had looked mediocre against Knight Riders the other day, a lot so that Warne lashed out saying "we played like kids!"

On the eve of the match, they said RR had learnt their lessons & will hopefully play more mature cricket. "That collapse was hopefully a one-off thing & the batting ought to be back in the groove." They added that the washout was frustrating. "But that is history. Now they must concentrate on the next match."

With a majority of matches being won by the team chasing a target, would expect the captain winning the toss to opt to bowl first on a flat batting track at the PCA, where the dreaded dew factor could also come in to play in the night game. "Yes, till now more games have been won chasing. But that cannot be a norm. The captain has to take a call after taking a look at the conditions on the ground & overhead," said Gilchrist. "At the finish of the day, the team that plays well will win, whether chasing or defending."

KXIP have had a extended remainder of days while RR have been hopping from city to city, losing, winning & abandoning their games in that order. They may well be fatigued by all the travelling, having arrived in the city only late in the evening from Bangalore. Warne said the hectic schedule was a part of modern-day cricket & surely cannot be excuse for poor performance.

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