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After mega media rights deal, Ness Wadia wants longer IPL of two halves

Punjab Kings co-owner Ness Wadia feels that IPL should now be held in two separate halves with a significant increase in number of matches after the BCCI made a ‘killing’ at the media rights auction with USD 6.2 billion deal. BCCI spreading the media rights into four bundles helped the richest cricketing board amass Rs 48390 crore from the e-auction, nearly three times more than the previous cycle. Over the next five years, there is a possibility that the IPL could have as many as 94 games and BCCI secretary Jay Shah has already said that the tournament will have a dedicated two and a half months in the next ICC’s FTP calendar. Speaking to PTI, Wadia congratulated Shah and Co for delivering on an innovative media rights strategy but hoped the IPL gets what is long overdue: “more home ga...
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Death specialist Arshdeep ready to be India’s quiet killer | Cricket News – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: ‘And a character like me won’t lose hope in tough times,’ reads the last stanza of a poem penned by Arshdeep Singh, the pace sensation from Punjab who has earned his maiden call-up to the national team on the back of yet another stellar show for the Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League. Despite being under the shadows of the likes of Mohammed Shami and then South African Kagiso Rabada in the ongoing season, the left-armer has made a mark for himself as a death-over specialist over the past couple of seasons for the Punjab franchise, to finally find himself in the 18-member India squad for the upcoming five-match T20I series against South Africa, next month. The 10 wickets from 14 games in IPL 2022 may not reveal his true potential, but Arshdeep’s death-overs economy rat...
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How Arshdeep Singh ‘yorked’ his way into the Indian team | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Young-left arm pacer Arshdeep Singh says clarity of mind, attained through yoga and meditation, has helped him perfect the art of bowling yorkers, a rare ability that has pushed him into the Indian T20 side for the South Africa series. The 23-year-old from Kharar humbly accepts the success that has come his way in the IPL but says he really had to "earn everything". It may seem that landing yorkers, at will, comes naturally to the lanky fast bowler but he put in the extra work with his personal coach Jaswant Rai ahead of the IPL to hone his coveted skill. Yoga and meditation has also helped him stay calm in high-pressure scenarios. "It (meditation) clears the mind. When there is pressure, there is no substitute to clarity. Being able to stay calm surely helps in a big way," A...
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IPL 2022: How successful was the ‘win toss and bowl’ formula for teams in the league phase? | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Sunrisers Hyderabad-Punjab Kings contest on Sunday marked the conclusion of the league phase of the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League. A total of 70 matches were played since March 26 and this year's cricketing extravaganza was no different than its predecessors -- bringing out the highest quality of cricket almost every single evening over the last one and a half months. Restricted to just 4 venues due to Covid, the groundsmen at the Wankhede Stadium, Brabourne Stadium, DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai and Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune did a fantastic job to ensure that the pitches, which had to be reused, did not bring down the quality of cricket. Balls disappearing into the stands, stumps cartwheeling and fielders defying gravity, taking supernatura...
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IPL 2022, Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Punjab Kings Highlights: Punjab Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by five wickets to finish sixth | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Punjab Kings ended their campaign on a winning note, crushing an already demoralised Sunrisers Hyderabad by five wickets in an inconsequential final IPL league match here on Sunday. Batting first, Sunrisers Hyderabad managed only 157 for 8 on a good batting track. But it was never going to be enough as Liam Livingstone made mincemeat of a hapless SRH attack, scoring 49 not out off 22 balls, and also hitting the coveted 1000th six of the tournament. That's that from Match 70 as @PunjabKingsIPL end their campaign on a winning note. Win by 5 wickets in 15.1 overs.… https://t.co/UEH54ahXk8— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 1653240984000Shikhar Dhawan (39 off 32 balls) and Jitesh Sharma (19 off 7 balls) also contributed handsomely to the team's cause as the chase was completed in just 15.1...
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IPL 2022, SRH vs PBKS: Sunrisers Hyderabad look to end on a winning note against Punjab Kings | Cricket News – Times of India

With nothing to play for in an inconsequential match against Punjab Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad will look to end their campaign with a win in the last league match of the IPL at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday. SRH started with three defeats but turned it around with an impressive run of five consecutive wins, only to succumb to five more losses. They just about managed to scrape past Mumbai Indians by three runs in their penultimate match. They are level on points with Punjab Kings. Both teams went out of the reckoning after RCB beat GT on Thursday. Skipper Kane Williamson has left to be with his partner for the birth of their second child, so Bhuvneshwar Kumar is likely to lead. Punjab, meanwhile, ruined their chances after a 17-run defeat to Delhi and will also be seeking a c...
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Shikhar Dhawan sees himself playing top-flight cricket for at least next three years, still have a lot to contribute in T20s | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India opener Shikhar Dhawan remains an integral part of the ODI set-up but feels he still has a lot to contribute in the T20 format as he looks to play at the highest level for at least another three years. The 36-year-old from Delhi has had another consistent run in the IPL, scoring 421 runs for Punjab Kings with one game remaining. The last time the stylish opener scored less than 300 runs in the competition was back in 2015, highlighting his consistency. However, despite being among the runs and leading India on tour of Sri Lanka last year, Dhawan did not find a place in the last T20 World Cup squad. The competition for spots is only getting intense in the Indian team but Dhawan is expected to make a T20 comeback with the home series against South Africa beginning June 9. ...
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KL Rahul becomes first Indian batter to cross 500-run mark for fifth straight IPL season | Cricket News – Times of India

NAVI MUMBAI: KL Rahul on Wednesday crossed the milestone of 500 runs in an IPL season for the fifth consecutive time. With this achievement, he became the first Indian batter to cross the 500-run mark for the fifth straight IPL season. The stylish right-handed opener achieved this feat during match number 66 of the ongoing Indian Premier League 2022 between Lucknow Super Giants and Kolkata Knight Riders here at the Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai. "500 runs in IPL for @klrahul for the fifth straight season. Becomes the first Indian player to achieve this feat," IPL tweeted. 500 runs in IPL for @klrahul for the fifth straight season. Becomes the first Indian player to achieve this feat.… https://t.co/wbQP8ipZtu— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 1652885732000Rahul who used to play fo...
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I get a buzz out of fielding: David Warner | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Delhi Capitals' swashbuckling opener David Warner says he gets "a buzz" out of his fielding. Warner may have got out for a golden duck in the team's previous IPL match against Punjab Kings, but he made vital contributions in the field. When asked about his outstanding fielding, Warner said, "There are two facets of the game for me - batting and fielding. I look to stop ones in the ring and take some catches near the boundary. Fortunately, I got one and it was a great result for us. I get a buzz out of fielding and I try to save runs for the bowlers." Delhi Capitals broke into the top four in the standings after registering a 17-run victory over Punjab Kings on Monday. Speaking about their performance, the Australian said, "The team has a never say die attitude. We are fighters a...
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IPL 2022: Delhi Capitals late charge takes them to Top four

Shardul Thakur’s four strikes first brought Delhi Capitals back into the game and then cut short a late fightback by Punjab Kings to deliver a crucial 17-run win that took his team to fourth position on the table, with 14 points and the fourth-best net run-rate so far. Marsh carries DC again In DC’s previous match at the same ground four nights ago against Rajasthan Royals, Mitchell Marsh had powered seven sixes in a match-winning 89 off 62. That knock, though, had come in the chase with the ball coming on better than it had in the first innings. Against PK, Marsh had to come in the second ball of the match after David Warner’s golden duck. With a 6-3 field set to protect the shorter boundary, Marsh still took on the longer side when the bowling became too predictable, seeking to force ...
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IPL 2022, Punjab Kings vs Delhi Capitals Highlights: DC beat PBKS by 17 runs, inch closer to play-off berth | Cricket News – Times of India

NAVI MUMBAI: Spinners Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav were inspirational in the middle overs even as Shardul Thakur complemented the duo with career-best IPL figures as Delhi Capitals inched closer towards play-off qualifications beating Punjab Kings by 17 runs in an IPL match on Monday. Invited to bat, DC posted 159 for 7 courtesy Mitchell Marsh's 48-ball 63 and then restricted Punjab to 142 for 9. Thakur (4/36), Axar (2/14) and Kuldeep (2/14) shared eight wickets among them while Anrich Nortje got the important wicket of Jonny Bairstow. As it happened | Scorecard | Points TableIt is between overs 6-14 where Delhi won the game as Kuldeep and Axar cumulatively gave away only 28 runs in seven overs with four wickets between them. With this win, DC jumped a place to fourth with 14 points fro...
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How DC’s win over Punjab Kings could mean end of the road for RCB

One playoff spot is officially taken by Gujarat Titans, who have 20 points from 13 games. The next two positions are Rajasthan Royals and Lucknow Super Giants’ to lose. In the final week of the IPL group phase, battle is intense for the one remaining place. Delhi Capitals’ 17-run win over Punjab Kings on Monday took them to the top-four and made them huge favourites to stay there. Rajasthan Royals M: 13, Pts: 16, NRR: 0.304 A win against Lucknow Super Giants on Sunday have all but secured a playoff place for Royals. Only two more teams can now get to 16 points. One of them, Royal Challengers Bangalore, have a negative net run rate. For Royals to drop below RCB, they will have to implode against Chennai Super Kings, while RCB have to beat Gujarat Titans by around 70 runs. Royals rather w...
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IPL 2022, PBKS vs DC: Punjab Kings, Delhi Capitals in a battle of survival | Cricket News – Times of India

Battling with inconsistency throughout the IPL season, Punjab Kings and Delhi Capitals both finally have a chance to register back-to-back victories and keep their chances of qualifying for the playoffs alive on Monday. The heartbreak of a 9-wicket thrashing at the hands of a Covid-affected Delhi in the away fixture last month still on their minds, seventh-ranked Punjab will have more than one reason to go all out against the fifth-placed opponents at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. Fresh from resounding wins against their respective opponents, both teams have 12 points from a dozen games so far, with Delhi enjoying a better net run rate of +0. 210 in comparison to Punjab's +0.023. Irrespective of the mathematics, the bottom line is both teams can't afford to lose their remaining t...
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IPL 2022: Jonny Bairstow set it up for us, says Liam Livingstone after Punjab Kings’ win over RCB | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Punjab Kings' all-rounder Liam Livingstone credited his compatriot Jonny Bairstow with setting the tone for his team's comprehensive 54-run over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) with a blazing knock in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Brabourne Stadium here on Friday. Bairstow hammered 66 off 29 deliveries, hitting four boundaries and seven huge sixes in a brilliant display of power-hitting that set the stage for Livingstone's 42-ball 70 that took Punjab Kings to 209/9 in 20 overs. In reply, RCB were restricted to 155/9, with the team from the south losing its momentum after former skipper Virat Kohli and his successor Faf du Plessis were out in the powerplay with the score 34/2 in the fifth over. Rajat Patidar (26) and Glenn Maxwell (35) raised 51 runs for the fo...
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IPL 2022, RCB vs PBKS: Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone fifties set up Punjab Kings’ clinical 54-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore | Cricket News – Times of India

Before coming out to bat against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai on Friday night, Jonny Bairstow had scored a total of 104 runs (85 balls) in the previous five matches. It was with a 40-ball 56 against Rajasthan Royals on Saturday that the Punjab Kings wicketkeeper-batsman had got into the groove. But on Friday, the 32-year-old operated on a different plane, taking the RCB bowlers to the cleaners in Powerplay. With his 29-ball 66 (4x4; 7x6) the Englishman got Punjab off to a dream start with 81 runs coming off the first six overs. If Bairstow powered the beginning, Liam Livingstone anchored the finish of Punjab’s innings with his 70 coming off 42 balls, which enabled Punjab to finish their quota with 209/9. We still believe 🤞🏻#SaddaPunjab #PunjabKings #IPL...
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Umran will play for India but quality of execution will matter more than raw pace: Nortje | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Umran Malik will surely play for India but to survive the rigours of international cricket, raw pace alone wouldn't be enough and the youngster will need to supplement his skills with quality execution, star South African pacer Anrich Nortje said on Friday. Nortje, one of the fastest bowlers in world cricket and who has made a comeback in this IPL after a four-month lay-off due to a hip injury, spoke about the hardships related to his return and missing his new ball partner, Kagiso Rabada. When asked about his assessment of India's new pace sensation, who is regularly hitting upwards of 90 miles per hour, Nortje sounded cautiously optimistic. "I am sure Umran is going to be one of the key players for India in near future. Luck will also have to play its part. But most importa...
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‘I try to learn one new shot every year’: Jitesh Sharma on his range of strokes and stellar IPL debut | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Jitesh Sharma, one of the finds of IPL 2022, has attributed his wide range of strokes to his penchant for learning a new shot "every year". The 28-year-old wicketkeeper batter, who has been playing limited overs cricket for Vidarbha since 2014, has grabbed attention with his audacious strokeplay for Punjab Kings. Not only he has established himself in the playing eleven after making his IPL debut, Punjab have relied heavily on him and Liam Livingstone to finish games. In his seven innings, including three 30-plus scores, Jitesh has scored 162 runs at a strike rate of 167. After his 18-ball 38 in the last game against Rajasthan Royals, the great Virender Sehwag backed his inclusion in the Indian team for the T20 World Cup as a reserve wicket-keeper batter. "Grateful that Sehwa...
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Watch: Rabada’s ‘ek baar jo maine commitement kar di’ and Odean Smith’s ‘tareekh pe tareekh’ dialogue delivery

In order to make it into the play-offs, Punjab Kings will have to win all their remaining three fixtures in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). Their next three games are against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad. The Mohali-based franchise has been hot and cold in the IPL 2022. They have won five and lost six so far. Meanwhile, off the ground, the Punjab Kings are looking in high spirits. In a video released by the Punjab Kings, several overseas players can be seen trying to imitate legendary Bollywood dialogues. Salman Khan who? Kagiso Rabada, who has bagged 18 wickets this season for the Punjab Kings have no clue about Salman Khan. The Proteas speedster says ‘Salman Khan who?’The only bhai he knows is Rashid Khan.’ In the video, Rabada tries to...
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IPL 2022: Punjab Kings’ skipper Mayank Agarwal lauds Arshdeep Singh, calls him team leader | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Punjab Kings (PBKS) went down against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Saturday, but the PBKS skipper Mayank Agarwal praised pacer Arshdeep Singh for the way he stood out with his performance. A fiery half-century by Yashasvi Jaiswal (68 off 41 balls) and a three-wicket haul by Yuzvendra Chahal (3/28) gave RR a six-wicket win here at the Wankhede Stadium. For Punjab, Arshdeep (2/29) scalped two wickets, dismissing Jaiswal and Devdutt Padikkal (31). "Arshdeep has been nothing short of brilliant," said Mayank Agarwal at the post-match presentation. "He puts his hand up when the team needs it. He has been a leader in the team, and it has been fantastic for us. Batting first, a half-century from Jonny Bairstow (56*), followed by Jitesh Sharma (38*) and Lia...
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IPL 2022, RR vs PBKS: Rajasthan Royals beat Punjab Kings by 6 wickets | Cricket News – Times of India

Dropped after three failures in the initial stages of the IPL, Yashasvi Jaiswal was presented with one more opportunity to justify his selection. The young southpaw grabbed it with both hands, slamming a fiery half-century to almost single-handedly help Rajasthan Royals beat Punjab Kings by six wickets and arrest a two match winless streak. Rajasthan's chase of 190 got off to a flier with Jaiswal and Jos Buttler clobbering the new-ball duo of Sandeep Sharma and Kagiso Rabada for 46 runs off a mere 23 balls before being separated by the South African pacer. AS IT HAPPENEDRabada brought the smiles back to the Punjab camp by packing Englishman Buttler for a 16-ball 30, caught by Bhanuka Rajapaksha at short-third man. But there was more misery in store for the bowling side once Jaiswal laun...