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In Case You Missed It: Teams battle for IPL playoffs spots, Bangladesh thump Ireland away

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Gujarat Titans pose in the lavender kit they sported to raise awareness on cancer, Gujarat Titans vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2023, Ahmedabad, May 15, 2023

Gujarat Titans are the first team through to the IPL playoffs  •  BCCI

The IPL's final four are beginning to come into focus now, with Gujarat Titans sealing their spot for the second consecutive year and Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants competing for second place. It's still too close a shout for the last two places, but this weekend's matches could be deciders. Bangladesh pulled off an away win over Ireland in England, while the Ashes axe fell on Ben Foakes as Jonny Bairstow returned to the fold. All this and more in our weekly round-up.
Mustafizur four-for trumps Adair's in thriller as Bangladesh take series 2-0
Ireland rued their chance to level the ODI series after Hasan Mahmud took two wickets in the last over in which he successfully defended nine runs. Andrew Miller says for captain Tamim Iqbal, who indicated it was likely the last time he'll play in England, it was a bittersweet victory, given Bangladesh's treatment by the bigger teams.
Preparing for the Ashes by (not) playing in the IPL? For Joe Root, it's a no-brainer
The former England Test captain has warmed the bench for the majority of this IPL season, but he has been using the opportunity to learn from the conditions, his team-mates and opponents, he tells Matt Roller.
Classy Klaasen's mastery against spin puts him among IPL royalty
The IPL saw its first twin centuries in the same game, with Heinrich Klaasen and Virat Kohli notching one for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore each. Shashank Kishore says Klaasen's strike rate of 194.02 against spin is the best among all batters who have faced at least 50 balls this season. For Kohli, it ended a four-year wait for a century, with the RCB batter abandoning his safety-first approach to instead go hell for leather.
Raza on his IPL experience: 'If there is no cricket from tomorrow, I'd say I have ticked all the boxes'
Sikandar Raza capped a brilliant 12 months with his maiden IPL stint. He spoke to Mohammad Isam about his experience, his team-mates to watch, and hoping to be back with Zimbabwe for the World Cup in India later in the year.
Ben Foakes faces lonely spell on sidelines as Bazball's firestarter returns to the fold
With Jonny Bairstow returning from his injury in time for the Ashes, there's no room for Ben Foakes in the squad anymore. Alan Gardner, Andrew Miller and Vithushan Ehantharajah reflected on England's Test squad announcement, the Foakes snub, and Jofra Archer's injury woes on the Switch Hit podcast.
Nat Sciver-Brunt: 'I've got more perspective. I can deal with things that come my way'
The England allrounder spoke to Vithushan Ehantharajah about her personal well-being and the upcoming Ashes challenge.
Stuart Broad, Virat Kohli and the subtle art of annoying the hell out of your opponents
Before the Ashes, Alan Gardner looks ahead to the bigger battle - players taking potshots at each other online and in the media - in this month's Light Roller. Also featuring the BCCI, who have no opposition.
Does Chris Gayle have the best career strike rate in the IPL?
And who has faced the most dot balls before getting off the mark in an IPL chase? Steven Lynch answers all your cricket trivia and stats questions in this week's Ask Steven.