DD's cricketing suicide, MI's failed 'one in six' tactic: Post-mortem and road ahead for bottom four IPL teams
The 2016 IPL season is over! For four teams. While the other teams get ready for the play-offs, the Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils, Rising Pune Supergiants and Kings XI Punjab instead are left to look back and try to work out what went wrong this time around.
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni single-handedly scripted Rising Pune Supergiants' face-saving four-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab with a last ball six to help them avoid a last-place finish in the Indian Premier League in Vishakhapatnam on Saturday
Live scores and updates of IPL 9 match between Rising Pune Supergiants and Kings XI Punjab.
Their pride bruised following disastrous campaigns, Kings XI Punjab and Rising Pune Supergiants will look for a graceful exit from the ninth edition of the IPL when they square off against each other for one last time, in Vishakhapatnam on Saturday.
Delhi Daredevils' loss to bottom-ranked Rising Pune Supergiants shows that their biggest problem is that they have never known what their best team is.
Adam Zampa and Ashok Dinda shone with the ball by grabbing three wickets apiece before Ajinkya Rahane hit an unbeaten 42 as Rising Pune Supergiants beat Delhi Daredevils by 19 runs under Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-interrupted IPL match on Tuesday
After being thrashed by Mumbai Indians in their previous match, Delhi Daredevils will aim to roar back into the Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs reckoning when they take on bottom-placed Rising Pune Supergiants in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday.
Knocked out of the IPL-9 after they were handed a 7-wicket defeat by table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad in Mohali on Sunday, Kings XI Punjab skipper Murali Vijay said they hope to put up a good show in remaining two games as they will be playing for pride now.
Live scores and updates of the IPL 9 match between KKR and RPS.
Out of contention for a play-off berth, a brazen RPS will stand in the way of KKR revival when they clash in the IPL T20 match in Kolkata on Saturday
Asked about the debate surrounding Ashwin who has not able to bowl his full quota of four overs quota in 10 of his last T20s, including five matches for Pune, Fleming said it was something to do with the conditions.
Kolkata Knight Riders assistant coach Simon Katich feels that a highly experienced captain like Mahendra Singh Dhoni must have had his reasons for not giving full quota of overs to his premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in most of the recent IPL matches.
Sourav Ganguly has questioned MS Dhoni's future as India captain amid poor showing with the bat and Rising Pune Supergiants' failure in the ongoing IPL.
Zampa's brilliant spell reduced SRH to 137/8, before Nehra outsmarted Dhoni in the final over of the Pune innings to seal a four-run win for Hyderabad!
Catch the live updates of the 40th match of the ongoing IPL between Rising Pune Supergiants and Sunrisers Hyderabad at Vizag on Tuesday.
Struggling R Ashwin has not been given his full quota of overs by Rising Pune Supergiants captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in a few IPL matches this season but former India pacer Ajit Agarkar does not view it as a sign of lack of faith in the off-spinner.
RPS leg-spinner Zampa said that IPL side RCB skipper Virat Kohli was playing like a machine right now and he has skills to time his innings to perfection.
Kohli smashed his 2nd ton of IPL 2016 in a magnificent batting display to lead RCB to a thrilling seven-wicket win over RPS in Bengaluru on Saturday
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli said that his match-winning unbeaten ton in the IPL match against Rising Pune Supergiants on Saturday was "sweeter" than the first one he hammered.