Indian Premier League on Sky Sports Cricket - today's action
Last Updated: 22/04/18 11:42am
Here's what's in store in the Indian Premier League today...
The second double-header of the weekend sees MS Dhoni's yellow-clad Chennai Super Kings take on Sunrisers Hyderabad (11am, Sky Sports Cricket), before Rajasthan Royals host trophy holders Mumbai Indians in Jaipur (3pm, Sky Sports Cricket).
How have the teams done so far?
Chennai and Sunrisers remain two of the in-form teams, with both sides having won three and lost just one of their opening four matches.
Despite falling to a narrow four-run loss to Kings XI Punjab, the Super Kings bounced back in their last match, as Shane Watson's brilliant century helped them secure a thumping 64-run win over the Royals.
Meanwhile, the Sunrisers unbeaten start to the tournament came to an end in their last match as they fell short against a Chris Gayle-inspired Punjab - as the West Indian hit his sixth IPL century.
Holders Mumbai will have gained some confidence having recorded their first win of the competition in their last game against Royal Challengers Bangalore - captain Rohit Sharma's 94 propelled them to 213-6 before their opponents fell well short of their target.
They face a misfiring Royals side who have lost their last two matches on the bounce, after the Kolkata Knight Riders chased down 161 with ease before Ajinkya Rahane's side were skittled out for 140 chasing a mammoth 214 in their previous match against CSK.
Ones to watch
Shardul Thakur continues to flourish with the ball having taken five wickets in three matches for CSK, particularly impressing against Mumbai, where he took 2-18 from three overs. Pace bowler Siddarth Kaul has been the pick of the bowlers for Hyderabad, pitching in with six scalps across four innings for the high-flying side.
In the batting department youngster Sanju Sampson blasted his way to an unbeaten 92 in his second match of the IPL for the Royals and although he fell for single-figure scores in next two innings, he remains a threat at the crease. Indian stalwarts Dhoni, Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have all led their charge for CSK, Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers respectively.
Which England players could feature?
Having hit a half-century in his first innings for CSK, Sam Billings has since recorded two single-figure scores but should remain in contention for selection. Team-mate Mark Wood has not featured since the opening match of the IPL but could be in line for a recall. Chris Jordan could play on the opposing side to the pair having made his first appearance of the season for Sunrisers on Thursday, finishing with figures of 0-31.
Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler have featured in all five matches for the Royals so far, and despite both failing to fire with the bat just yet, Rajasthan are likely to stick with the two star players.
Who's in the Sky Cricket Studio?
Steve Harmison will feature again to provide the fast bowler's perspective and he will be joined by former New Zealand all-rounder James Franklin.
Sky Sports will continue to show every IPL game live, so fans from all over can enjoy the best of Indian cricket.