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IPL 2021 | Ripal Patel makes IPL debut for DC, Robin Uthappa for CSK

In a fresh change, Delhi Capitals gave Ripal Patel a chance to make his debut in the Indian Premier League having bought him in the February 2021 auctions. On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings for the first time in many years rested Suresh Raina for an IPL game as another experienced player Robin Uthappa made his way for the first time to the Yellow Army’s playing XI. 

Ripal, who replaced Steve Smith in the Playing XI, has played only 11 T20s and nine List A games before he got the opportunity on such a huge platform. In the 11 T20s, he has scored 191 runs at an average of 31 and a strike rate of more than 189. 

His ability to strike hard is the reason why the 26-year-old Gujarat batter has been drafted into the team. This is also the first time in this year’s IPL that a team is going with only three overseas players in their XI against a quota of four. 

Uthappa, who is a veteran of 189 games, played for Rajasthan Royals last year and was transferred to the CSK in an all monetary deal. He has to his credit 4607 IPL runs at an average of 27 and strike rate of 130 and was a key figure in KKR’s two title-winning seasons. 

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Race to the Playoffs | How teams stack up in the fatal four-way clash between KKR, PBKS, RR and MI

The Indian Premier League is nearing its business end now and with only 10 matches remaining before the champion of the 2021 season is crowned on October 15. But the road to the finale is tough and goes through the Playoffs, reaching where itself is full of excitement. Three teams in Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore have already made it to the Playoffs and there is only one spot left, for which four teams are fighting. The battle for the Playoffs has thus become a fatal four-way in the senes that any team can cut the other and take the final spot. Thus, below is all the probabilities of the four teams making it to the Playoffs Kolkata Knight Riders' chances For KKR, it is the simplest way up as they have the best net run rate among the four teams competing for the Playoffs. Sitting at the fourth position currently with 12 points from 13 games, the men in purple would face Rajasthan Royals in their final league stage fixture. If they win it, they simply go through because Mumbai Indians, the only other team that can get to 14 points along with KKR, has a dismal run rate that cannot be covered up. But what if KKR lose their last game? In that case, a lot of permutations and combinations come into play for KKR to qualify. If KKR lose the game with Rajasthan having won its previous match, then the race is over and Rajasthan go through. However, if Rajasthan loses against Mumbai Indians and win against KKR, that would put the Knight Riders on level terms with the Royals. Considering that Punjab Kings too win their last game against Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad can beat Mumbai in their final game, then all the four teams would be at 12 points and then the net run rate would be under consideration, in which case KKR would have the upper hand courtesy of their superior run rate until and unless they don’t get all out within 10 overs and Royals chase down the total within five overs. But if any of the above conditions are not fulfilled, then KKR would have to give up on their quest for a magical comeback season. Rajasthan Royals' chances The next team with great qualification chances is Rajasthan Royals. After winning a phenomenal game against table-toppers Chennai Super Kings in their last game, the team from the pink city, which looked down and out from the Playoffs race, suddenly rose from the ashes. Now their qualification road is very simple as they meet their two toughest competitors in their two upcoming matches. If they beat Mumbai Indians, whom they meet in their next match on October 5th, they will have the best shot at the playoffs when they face Knight Riders on October 7th. A win in both the games will see them through pretty easily. What if RR lose against Mumbai and win against KKR? In that case, the qualification of Rajasthan will depend on two factors, first Mumbai must lose to Sunrisers Hyderabad and then second will be its ability to beat Knight Riders in a fashion that their net run rate soar above their opponents, which looks a very difficult probability given the current state of net run rates. Mumbai Indians' chances While KKR and Rajasthan have their qualification intact in their own hands, Mumbai somehow is now dependent on not only winning its own two games but on Rajasthan Royals to beat Kolkata in their last game. The equation has come down to such a cliff because of their dismal net run rate of (-0.453), which cannot get past KKR’s net run rate of (+0.294) even when a miracle takes place. Thus for Mumbai to qualify, it must first win its two games and KKR must lose its last game. There is another probability through which Mumbai can go through and it is if the match between KKR and RR somehow gets cancelled or washed off. But expecting a rain washout in UAE is nothing short of expecting a miracle. Punjab Kings' chances Well, there is hardly any chance for Punjab Kings of qualification as per se, but mathematically they are still into it. With their net run rate of (-0.241), they are the closest to KKR’s humungous net run rate. If they win handsomely against Chennai super Kings and KKR lose very badly against RR, with the fact that Mumbai lose against SRH and win against Rajasthan, but not with a huge margin, then Punjab has a slight mathematical chance of making it to the Playoffs. But actually, it is next to impossible. Thus, starting from Tuesday, it is going to be an exhilarating week of drama and thrilling encounters in the VIVO IPL 2021.


World T20 2021: Tickets for India-Pakistan match sold out within hours

India and Pakistan will once again take on each other when the two sides lock horns in the World T20 2021 fixture in Dubai. The excitement level among the cricket fans about the clash is immense and an instance of this was witnessed when the tickets of seats in sections including the General, General East, Premium, Pavilion East, and Platinum were sold out within a few hours after they were put on sale. It was earlier expected that the encounter between the arch-rivals would take place behind closed doors due to Covid-19 situation but recently, the International Cricket Council (ICC) informed that the stadiums in UAE will operate at 70 percent capacity for the tournament. The premium ticket was sold for 1,500 Dh which is equal to NR 30,000 and the platinum ticket was sold for 2,600 Dh which is close to INR 52,500. This would be the first time since the 50-over World Cup in 2019 when the two sides will be up against each other. The World T20 is slated to begin on October 17 with co-host Oman facing PNG in the opener while India will begin the campaign on October 24 with the match against Pakistan. India lifted the World T20 trophy once back in 2007 after beating Pakistan in the final and ended as the runners-up in 2014 after suffering a defeat against Sri Lanka under the captaincy of MS Dhoni who will now be with the side as the mentor for this edition. Pakistan were also crowned as champions in the format when they clinched the cup in 2009. The title clash of this year’s competition is scheduled to be held on November 14 in Dubai.