Indian Premier League on Sky Sports Cricket - today's action
Last Updated: 16/04/18 8:43am
Here's what's in store in the Indian Premier League today...
Super Sunday! In the Indian Premier League there's a cracking double-header of live action, with the Royal Challengers Bangalore first hosting the Rajasthan Royals, before Kings XI Punjab clash with Chennai Super Kings - we're live on Sky Sports Cricket from 11am, with action in Bangalore and Indore beginning at 11.30am and 3.30pm, respectively.
How have the teams done so far?
It has been a mixed bag for most, with Chennai the only team to have won both of their opening two games - but even those successful chases against the Mumbai Indies and Kolkata Knight Riders relied on late heroics from Dwayne Bravo (68 off 30 balls) and Sam Billings (56 off 23), respectively, to get them over the line.
Their opponents, Kings XI, followed up a good opening win over the Delhi Daredevils with defeat to RCB. Positives for Punjab, though, are that KL Rahul has been stunning at the top of the order - an IPL-record 14-ball fifty followed up by a 30-ball 47 - and offspinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Afghanistan teenager Mujeeb Ur Rahman have impressed, picking up three wickets apiece.
In Sunday's opening clash, RCB and Rajasthan both come into the contest confident after claiming their first wins of the competition. An AB de Villiers fifty fired Bangalore to a four-wicket win over Kings XI - he has nine sixes already across the first two games - and the Royals won a rain-affected game against Delhi.
One to watch
Rahul, Mujeeb, De Villiers, as already mentioned, will be worth keeping an eye on, but we have picked out a relatively unknown name in RCB's Kulwant Khejroliya. The left-arm option is so sought after in T20 cricket and it seems as though Bangalore have unearthed a real gem in 26-year-old, with Mark Butcher left impressed in the Sky Sports studios after he took 2-33 in the win over Kings XI.
Which England players could feature?
There's plenty! As many as four could feature in the first game, with RCB having Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali (who is yet to play) at their disposal, while Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler are in the Rajasthan ranks. The Royals also have Sussex's Jofra Archer, who could feature for the first time in the tournament.
In Sunday's second game, the England interest is all with the Super Kings. Billings will try to top his fine match-winning fifty for Chennai in their last outing against Kolkata, while Mark Wood hopes to return after being dropped for that game and David Willey looks to make his debut.
Who's in the Sky Sports Cricket studio?
There are more England internationals - past and present - in the studio too; a trio of left-handed strokemakers as Butcher and Dawid Malan join presenter Nick Knight for the double-header.
Action has already started on the Sky Sports Cricket channel, with the IPL season underway. Sky Sports will continue to show every game, so fans from all over can enjoy the best of Indian cricket.