Alagappan Muthu

Sub-editor, ESPNcricinfo


Knight Riders through to final after Kings XI unravel
Knight Riders through to final after Kings XI unravel

A target of 164 was complicated by rain and Kolkata Knight Riders attack exploited a suddenly anxious Kings XI Punjab batting line-up to canter into the IPL final

Big boys in another knockout battle
Big boys in another knockout battle

Mumbai Indians will be on a high from the heroics of their last match and that momentum might be a potent ally against Chennai Super Kings' familiarity in knockout scenarios

Remote chance of progress for Sunrisers
Remote chance of progress for Sunrisers

Sunrisers are trailing Mumbai and Royals in their scramble for a playoff spot. They need a resounding victory over Kolkata Knight Riders, who are on a six-match winning streak

The last-minute substitution
The last-minute substitution

Kevin Pietersen gave his consent for Pragyan Ojha's inclusion as a replacement for the injured Praveen Kumar after the toss and the game got underway after a five-minute delay

Eye on the ball philosophy fails
Eye on the ball philosophy fails

Plays of the day from the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Eden Gardens

Uthappa powers Knight Riders into playoffs
Uthappa powers Knight Riders into playoffs

Kolkata Knight Riders progressed into the playoffs on the back of Robin Uthappa's unbeaten 83, while Royal Challengers Bangalore were knocked out of the tournament

Vohra's misplaced boot
Vohra's misplaced boot

Plays of the day from the match between Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians in Mohali

Simmons ton pushes Mumbai to fifth
Simmons ton pushes Mumbai to fifth

Lendl Simmons made the first century of this IPL season as he guided Mumbai Indians to a seven-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab

Knight Riders wary of middle-order rust
Knight Riders wary of middle-order rust

A run of four victories have lifted Kolkata Knight Riders from the mad scramble for the final playoff spot but they will need their middle-order to step up against Chennai Super Kings

Maxwell's luck with no-balls
Maxwell's luck with no-balls

Plays of the day from Sunrisers Hyderabad's home game against Kings XI Punjab

Saha, Vohra star as Kings XI go top
Saha, Vohra star as Kings XI go top

Kings XI Punjab were pushed to the top of the table thanks to a belligerent 91-run stand between Wriddhiman Saha and Manan Vohra

Mumbai brace for KKR spin challenge
Mumbai brace for KKR spin challenge

Mumbai Indians have a lot more riding on the outcome in Cuttack, considering defeat could leave them needing to win all their remaining matches. So managing Kolkata Knight Riders' spin attack gains further priority.

Yuvraj's blast from the past ends in heartbreak
Yuvraj's blast from the past ends in heartbreak

Yuvraj Singh finally delivered. He put on a vintage show with the bat, and then cut through Rajasthan Royals' middle order to almost single-handedly take his team to victory. Almost

The unknowns
The unknowns

A list of Indian players who made their debut in the IPL before playing domestic cricket

Lead at stake in top-of-table clash
Lead at stake in top-of-table clash

Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab are No.1 and No. 2 in the points table, level on points separated by net run rate

Russell's fast one on Watson
Russell's fast one on Watson

Plays of the day from the IPL match between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders in Ahmedabad

Royals take 6 for 2 to steal game
Royals take 6 for 2 to steal game

Kolkata Knight Riders' openers put on 121 for the first wicket but they lost six wickets for two runs to crash to a stunning defeat against Rajasthan Royals

The towel that prevented a stumping
The towel that prevented a stumping

ESPNcricinfo picks the plays of the day from the IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders

McCullum, Jadeja sink Knight Riders
McCullum, Jadeja sink Knight Riders

Chennai Super Kings enjoyed a seamless game with Brendon McCullum slamming his third fifty in six games and their spin contingent strangling Kolkata Knight Riders by 34 runs

Daredevils and KP hope for home revival
Daredevils and KP hope for home revival

Delhi Daredevils, currently at seventh place, have three home matches in five days to orchestrate a turnaround and climb up the points table