Watch: Cricketwallah Ayaz Memon analyses IPL 2017 opener and previews the weekend double headers

FP Sports, Apr, 15 2017

It's the start of another season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and we have renowned cricket journalist Ayaz Memon discussing the opening two matches and also previewing those in the weekend, in our show, Firstpost Gameplan. Sunrisers Hyderabad started their title defence in style, cruising past Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first match, with Yuvraj Singh playing a blinder of an innings.

Action in the IPL 2017 season opener between SRH and RCB. Sportzpics

Action in the IPL 2017 season opener between SRH and RCB. Sportzpics

Mumbai Indians started on the wrong foot, losing their first match like they have been doing since 2013. Pune captain Steve Smith continued his red hot recent form, but what hurt Mumbai was their sloppy fielding, that saw them drop both Smith and MS Dhoni. Imran Tahir proved he was too good a bowler to have been ignored in the auctions.

Coming to the big match this evening – Kolkata Knight Riders take on Gujarat Lions away. The big headache for KKR would be to find a replacement for Andre Russell, who is out with a suspension. All eyes will also be on Trent Boult, who could be a great weapon for Kolkata at the start of the innings and at the 'death'. For Gujarat, the big batters – Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Aaron Finch – will have to fire, though the bowling looks a bit thin with Ravindra Jadeja, particularly, out of action.

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Saturday would see a double header, with Kings XI Punjab opening their campaign against Rising Pune Supergiant and Delhi Daredevils facing RCB. On Sunday, Sunrisers Hyderabad would take on Gujarat Lions, while Mumbai would be up against KKR at the Wankhede in what promises to be a humdinger of a contest.

Published Date: Apr 07, 2017 | Updated Date: Apr 15, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115