Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2020, Fantasy Pick, team predictions

Fantasy Pick: Fill your team with Mumbai players (6:38) Sanjay Manjrekar and Tom Moody help you pick your fantasy XI for the first match of the seaosn (6:38) 5:15 PM GMT Rohit Balaji Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, Abu Dhabi Pro Tips Mumbai have won eight out of their last ten games against Super Kings, so the best plan would be to pick most of the players from their…

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George Garton follows four-for with match-winning blitz as Sussex stay on track

4:24 PM GMT ECB Reporters Network Sussex 158 for 7 (Salt 56, Holman 3-18) beat Middlesex 155 for 8 (Simpson 46, Garton 4-27) by three wickets George Garton had a day to remember with four wickets and a match-winning cameo of 24 from just nine balls as Sussex Sharks beat Middlesex by three wickets to keep their quarter-final hopes alive in the Vitality Blast. Garton took four wickets for the…

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Jack Leaning steadies Kent nerves to cement South Group second spot

9:48 PM IST ECB Reporters Network Kent 171 for 6 (Leaning 55*, Plom 3-32) beat Essex 167 for 9 (ten Doeschate 52, Klaassen 3-36) by four wickets An unbeaten county-best 55 by Jack Leaning helped Kent to hold their nerve and land a four-wicket win with only two balls to spare over south group rivals Essex Eagles in Canterbury. Leaning, a winter recruit from Yorkshire, kept a cool head toward…

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Reece Topley topples Covid-stricken Hampshire in nine-wicket rout

Reece Topley appeals for another wicket for Surrey © Getty Images Surrey 143 for 1 (Evans 81*, Jacks 56*) beat Hampshire 138 for 8 (Holland 65, Topley 4-20) by nine wickets Reece Topley returned to the Ageas Bowl to haunt depleted Hampshire as Surrey remained top of the Vitality Blast South Group with a nine-wicket win. England white-ball international Topley returned career-best figures of 4 for 20 to restrict his…

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IPL 2020: New venues, new tactics, new experience

The IPL 2020 season preview (4:52) Gambhir, Manjrekar, Bishop, Moody, Chopra, Agarkar and Dasgupta make their predictions for the tournament (4:52) 3:19 PM GMT Nagraj Gollapudi Close News editor, ESPNcricinfo Nagraj Gollapudi is news editor at ESPNcricinfo Gaurav Sundararaman One of the truest clichés of the IPL is that each edition is more open than the last one. For example, the playoffs spots in the last four seasons were determined…

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South Africa opens borders but international sport remains locked down

2:07 PM GMT South Africa’s borders will open for limited international travel on October 1, as the country further eases its lockdown regulations, but no international sport will be permitted just yet. The move to Level 1 (of five levels, with Level 5 being the strictest) comes six months after the country closed down in an effort to slow the spread of Covid-19. Non-contact sport was allowed to resume under…

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Bypassed for meeting with Imran Khan, Ehsan Mani summons Misbah-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali

10:43 AM GMT Unhappy at Misbah-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali‘s attempts to bypass the PCB hierarchy in meeting with Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan – also patron of the PCB – to discuss their reservations about the current domestic structure, board chairman Ehsan Mani has summoned the two for a meeting next week. The new domestic structure, in which there are six regional teams and no departmental sides, was implemented last…

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Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming: 'It's like every game is an away game'

MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming chat at a training session © Hindustan Times via Getty Images Adaptability, picking the right personnel and reading pitches correctly in the absence of home ground advantage will be key to success at IPL 2020, according to the Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming. “This season is going to be very different tactically,” Fleming told the Super Kings website. “With no real home ground…

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Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians – El Clasico to kick off an IPL unlike any other

The IPL 2020 season preview (4:52) Gambhir, Manjrekar, Bishop, Moody, Chopra, Agarkar and Dasgupta make their predictions for the tournament (4:52) 3:37 PM IST Alagappan Muthu Big picture There has been delay. There has been discussion. There has been a great deal of expense, across the board. There has been fear. At every turn, there has been a challenge and the IPL has come through it. While it may not…

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Kate Cross: 'I can't go off the pitch with a broken nail, I know the comments that will get made'

Sep 17, 2020 Valkerie Baynes Close Valkerie Baynes is a general editor at ESPNcricinfo With blood pouring from the spot where her thumbnail had just been ripped off, 15-year-old Kate Cross knew there was no way she could leave the pitch. Going off with a broken nail? She could hear the snide remarks already. As it turned out, she had to go to hospital for treatment, but even at such…

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