IPL 2020: Ruturaj Gaikwad shines in CSK's win over RCB; Stokes, Samson roar back to form as RR overcome MI
Check out photos from Sunday's double-header as CSK and RR defeated RCB and MI respectively.
Jofra Archer has been RR's standout bowler with 17 wickets from 12 matches in IPL 2020.
IPL on Pod: Discussing highly consistent CSK's elimination, DC's recent struggles, Glenn Maxwell's IPL future and more
In the fifth episode of IPL on Pod, Firstpost's Jigar Mehta, Shantanu Srivastava, and Ujwal Singh discuss CSK failing to qualify for playoffs for the first time, DC losing two consecutive matches for the first time in this edition, Glenn Maxwell's IPL future, and more.
IPL 2020: MI all-rounder Hardik Pandya says bowlers were left with 'not much options' after team's defeat to RR
Hardik Pandya, who smashed seven sixes and two fours, said they had enough runs on board and gave credit to Stokes and Samson for successfully chasing down the score
IPL 2020: RR's Ben Stokes hopes century against MI brings happiness to his family during difficult time
Stokes, who missed the early part of the tournament to be with his father in New Zealand, said he was relieved to finally come to the party after a sluggish start in the opening role.
IPL 2020: Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson keep RR in playoff hunt with eight-wicket win over MI; CSK eliminated
The comprehensive win over defending champions MI not only kept RR alive in the tournament, but it also eliminated CSK from the competition.
IPL 2020: Jos Buttler's unbeaten 70 sees Rajasthan Royals clinch comfortable seven-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings
RR restricted the three-time champions CSK to a modest 125 for five after being invited to bowl and then overcame the target in 17.3 overs, thanks to a 98-run fourth wicket partnership between Buttler and skipper Steve Smith (26).
After some inexplicable decisions in their eight-wicket loss to Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore would aim for course correction when they take on an erratic Rajasthan Royals in their next IPL match.
IPL 2020: Royals choke, Anrich Nortje-Kagiso Rabada's top-notch death bowling, and other talking points from DC vs RR
Throughout the 40 overs between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals, we witnessed a lot of ups and downs as the pendulum kept swinging both ways. Here are some the major talking points from this closely fought fixture.
While Stokes will be an important cog in the RR wheel, the team will also have to fix its top order which has been short of runs in the last five games, leaving too much for the lower-order to get.
IPL 2020: RR aim to capitalise on Ben Stokes' possible return against SRH as they look to stay alive in league
Rajasthan are struggling at the penultimate spot on the points table after two wins and four straight defeats, while Sunrisers have won three out of their six games so far and occupy the fifth position.
Shreyas Iyer's Delhi Capitals maintain their good run this season with yet another victory. They beat Steve Smith's Rajasthan Royals by 46 runs.
IPL 2020: Back at 'happy hunting ground' Sharjah, Steve Smith's Rajasthan Royals aim to halt Delhi Capitals' march
The Royals were off to a flying start, winning both their games at Sharjah but they have struggled to adjust to the bigger grounds of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, slipping to three successive defeats.
Stokes took compassionate leave in the middle of the home Test series against Pakistan in August and travelled to New Zealand to attend to his father who has been diagnosed with brain cancer.
"We wanted him to bat till the end because of those innovative shots that he has, it was quite handy towards the end," Rohit said.
IPL 2020: England's Ben Stokes to arrive in UAE on Sunday, will join Rajasthan Royals after six-day quarantine
Stokes missed the initial matches of the tournament as he was in New Zealand to be with his ailing father Ged.
Panesar said that the situation of Ben Stokes' father is not good and it is for this reason he will probably be in New Zealand.
Smith, who missed the ODI series against England, has undergone various concussion test protocols and is ready to tee off.
England head coach Chris Silverwood has no doubt that competing in a world class event like IPL will help his players prepare well for the T20 World Cup but is worried about players burning themselves out.