Alagappan Muthu

Sub-editor, ESPNcricinfo


Clinical Super Kings set up finals date with Mumbai
Clinical Super Kings set up finals date with Mumbai

MS Dhoni's men kept Delhi Capitals to 147 and that total proved far too small the moment Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson got going

It's Dhoni v Pant again with everything on the line
It's Dhoni v Pant again with everything on the line

It's youth v experience. It's a team learning to revel under pressure v a team that repels it. It has fun written all over it

Talking points - How Mumbai beat the CSK spin threat
Talking points - How Mumbai beat the CSK spin threat

They took a few balls to settle down, and for the most part, tried hitting with the turn. Sounds simple, doesn't it?

Talking points - When Uthappa lost all control
Talking points - When Uthappa lost all control

So off was his timing that he was not in control of 26 of the 47 balls he faced

Talking points - Riyan Parag, the youngest to hit an IPL fifty
Talking points - Riyan Parag, the youngest to hit an IPL fifty

The 17-year old made the best of a bad situation and also lived up to Steven Smith's high praise earlier in the tournament

Talking Points - Hardik Pandya, the superstar six-hitter
Talking Points - Hardik Pandya, the superstar six-hitter

When the Mumbai Indians allrounder finally fell for 91 off 34, he had struck a six every 3.7 balls.

Talking points - the secret behind DK's success
Talking points - the secret behind DK's success

Well, game awareness. It's the one thing a batsman needs to handle tough conditions and the KKR captain had plenty

Talking points: Rahane's dream T20 innings
Talking points: Rahane's dream T20 innings

In the last month, he's missed a World Cup spot and lost the Royals captaincy but he went out there a player freed of all burden

Talking points: How do you stop Dre Russ? Ask KKR
Talking points: How do you stop Dre Russ? Ask KKR

They had a chance to send Russell out in the ninth over, but waited until the 16th to unleash him

Sunrisers Hyderabad hope for Rashid Khan magic to stop CSK
Sunrisers Hyderabad hope for Rashid Khan magic to stop CSK

He has been the best death bowler in the IPL this season, and CSK have won most of their matches by being unflappable in that phase. What will happen when the two meet?

Talking Points - KKR's worst death-overs performance batting first
Talking Points - KKR's worst death-overs performance batting first

And for a team that often talks down its own fielding, how good was Super Kings' catching today?

Kings XI take aim at RCB's batting problems
Kings XI take aim at RCB's batting problems

De Villiers looks rusty and the middle order continues to be a source of worry for RCB as they try to turn around a six-match losing streak

Ashwin and Kings XI's chance to change the narrative
Ashwin and Kings XI's chance to change the narrative

They face former KKR in their (E)den and a good performance could secure a spotlight that is much kinder than the one that is currently on them

Ashwin's mankad sparks dramatic Royals collapse
Ashwin's mankad sparks dramatic Royals collapse

At the time, Royals were 108 for 1. Then the Kings XI captain ran Jos Buttler out for backing up too far and the game changed on its head

R Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane back in the spotlight
R Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane back in the spotlight

Neither man is seen in India's limited-overs sides much these days, but with the IPL, they have a chance to return to the national consciousness

Kane Williamson in doubt as Sunrisers Hyderabad travel to KKR's Eden
Kane Williamson in doubt as Sunrisers Hyderabad travel to KKR's Eden

The onus is now on David Warner and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to stall a well-rounded Kolkata Knight Riders in their backyard

The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the IPL
The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the IPL

You've come to the right place if you're a clueless extraterrestrial wondering, 'Eyepeeyell, whut?'

The slaying of a dragon
The slaying of a dragon

Nobody gave Kapil Dev's team a chance in 1983 - not even the team themselves

Sunny, Gramps and me
Sunny, Gramps and me

Why does Gavaskar always have to be a grouch or worse? He was so much cooler back when he was playing

Southee's quest for an upswing
Southee's quest for an upswing

Tim Southee has had a tough struggle in ODIs since the highs of the 2015 World Cup. It's swing he is known for, it's the swing that has been missing and it's the swing New Zealand hope he can regain soon