How, where and when to watch Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings live match at 7.30 PM IST on April 18, 2021
Both the Delhi Capitals and the Punjab Kings come into Sunday’s contest in Mumbai on the back of a defeat after winning their respective opening games. Both the teams are top-heavy and have faltered when their middle order was exposed early on in the innings. Even in the bowling department, both the Capitals and the Kings are loaded with pace options. With KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw in action, one can expect a run-fest on Sunday.
What could work in the Capitals’ favour is the return of South Africa pacer Anrich Nortje, who had had to spent an extended time in quarantine due to a false positive test. The fast-bowling combination of Kagiso Rabada and Nortje could pose a threat to the Kings with their batting lacking depth. Tom Curran, who has been disappointing so far, is likely to make way for Nortje.
Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings is available to view in India on Disney+ Hotstar, Jio TV and Airtel TV.
When does the DC vs PBKS live streaming start?
The DC vs PBKS live streaming will start at 7:00 PM India Time April 18, 2021.
Where is the DC vs PBKS match being played?
The DC vs PBKS match will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
On which TV channels will DC vs PBKS live coverage be available?
In India, Star Sports 1 and 1HD, Star Sports Select 1 and 1HD and SS1 Hindi and 1 Hindi HD will telecast the match live.
Where can one find DC vs PBKS live score and commentary online?
The fastest and most comprehensive live score and details will be available here: DC vs PBKS live score.
What are the likely playing XIs for today’s DC vs PBKS game?
Delhi Capitals: 1 Prithvi Shaw, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Ajinkya Rahane, 4 Rishabh Pant (capt, wk), 5 Marcus Stoinis, 6 Shimron Hetmyer, 7 Lalit Yadav, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Avesh Khan, 11 Anrich Nortje
Punjab Kings: 1 Mayank Agarwal, 2 KL Rahul (capt, wk), 3 Chris Gayle, 4 Deepak Hooda, 5 Nicholas Pooran, 6 Shahrukh Khan, 7 Jhye Richardson, 8 M Ashwin, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 Riley Meredith, 11 Arshdeep Singh
Who are the captains for today’s DC vs PBKS game?
The captains for today’s game will be Rishabh Pant (DC) and KL Rahul (PBKS).
Who are the umpires for DC vs PBKS game?
The on-field umpires for today’s game will be Anil Chaudhary and Paul Reiffel. The third umpire will be S Ravi.
Who will be the match referee for DC vs PBKS game?
The match referee for today’s game will be Manu Nayyar.
India women tour of England 2021-22
The squad hasn’t been named yet, but players have been asked to assemble in Mumbai on May 18
The India Women players are without central contracts from September 30, 2020 and aren’t sure if they will have signed new annual retainers by the time they board their flight to the UK on June 2 for a tour comprising one Test (their first in nearly seven years), three ODIs and three T20Is.
A BCCI functionary told ESPNcricinfo that the matter was wholly being dealt by secretary Jay Shah’s office. As of Friday (May 14) afternoon, the selection committee headed by former India left-arm spinner Neetu David hadn’t named the squad for the England tour.
However, ESPNcricinfo understands the players have been asked to assemble in Mumbai on May 18, and follow a two-week quarantine, like their male counterparts, before the entire contingent flies to the UK on June 2.
The only cricket the women players have played since their runners-up finish at the T20 World Cup in March last year has been the four-match Women’s T20 Challenge in Sharjah in November and two limited-overs series at home against South Africa, which they lost, earlier this year. Those defeats led to scrutiny on WV Raman’s position as head coach, and on Thursday, he was replaced by Ramesh Powar.
After the tour of England, which ends on July 15, India are slated to tour Australia and New Zealand later in the year or early next year as part of their 2022 ODI World Cup preparation. Several Indian players are also set to feature in the Hundred in the UK and the WBBL in Australia between late July and late November.
In April, the BCCI had announced new annual retainers for 28 male players across four categories (Grade A+: INR 7 crore, Grade A: INR 5 crore, Grade B: INR 3 crore, Grade C: INR 1 crore). As per their previous contracts, the women’s retainers, in comparison, were awarded across three categories: Grade A: 50 lakhs, Grade B: 30 lakhs and Grade C: 10 lakhs.
In all, 22 women’s players were awarded annual retainers in 2020, with Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur and Poonam Yadav part of the highest bracket. Mithali Raj, the current ODI captain, was demoted to Grade B after retiring from T20Is.
Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo
Versatile Glenn Phillips ‘pretty dumbfounded’ upon getting New Zealand contract
The CPL proved a springboard to Phillips’ transformation into a reliable T20I batter
“It’s pretty unreal!”
Phillips played 11 T20Is between 2017 and 2018 before he was dropped from the side. In particular, Phillips was uncomfortable against short balls at his hips – and the upper body – and was asked by the team management to expand his game before he could get another crack at New Zealand’s T20I line-up.
It was at the CPL that Phillips transformed himself into a more versatile batter and won his T20I spot back at the start of New Zealand’s home summer. By the end of the summer, Phillips had made it his own.
In the Caribbean, Phillips worked on his strike-rotation against spin with the assistance of former Jamaica Tallawahs assistant coach Ramnaresh Sarwan and also became more adept at muscling the ball down the ground against the seamers. Along the way, Phillips honed his ramps and switch-hits, which have served him well in the shortest format. In both CPL 2019 and 2020, he was the top-scorer for the Tallawahs, tallying 374 and 316 respectively.
Those runs came at the top of the order for the Tallawahs, but there would be no opening in that role for New Zealand. So, Phillips slotted into the middle order, dislodged Ross Taylor from the T20I side, and aced that challenge. He featured in all the 14 T20Is New Zealand played over the summer, in which he also contributed with his fastish offbreaks and electric fielding.
The highlight of his summer, though, was his blazing 46-ball century against West Indies at Bay Oval – the fastest by a New Zealander in T20I cricket. All up, Phillips hit 366 runs at an average of 40.66 and strike rate of just under 185.
“I didn’t see it [the central contract] coming,” Phillips says. “So, when I got the call it was very much a surprise as opposed to anything else. I was pretty dumbfounded. I had no idea what to say to be fair.
“It was a pretty unreal season in the end, wasn’t it? To be able to go out there and perform at the highest stage and highest level for the Black Caps – it was pretty incredible. To be able to trust my game at that level and that the coaching staff and all the boys in the team all had my back and believed in me the whole time really made a massive difference. I think that was a big contributing factor in how I went this season, which is cool.”
Phillips prides himself on being an entertainer. His ‘sniper’ celebration, borrowed from the Call of Duty videogame franchise, thrills crowds, and he continues to thrill them with his all-round skills. Phillips believes focusing on entertaining the spectators helps ease his nervous energy and brings the best out of him.
“When I was over in the Caribbean for the first time (2017), I had to learn that every time I started to focus on myself, things actually went the opposite way that I wanted them to go,” Phillips says. So, when I realised I’m part of an entertainment complex and regardless of whether I have a good or bad game, it’s part of the entertainment as a whole thing for the crowd. Being able to see it that way allowed me to have a bit more freedom, especially when Steady [New Zealand coach Gary Stead] goes out there and says: ‘Do what you do best.’ It allows me to go out there and have fun and try to be as entertaining as possible for everyone around.”
Having established himself as a permanent member of the New Zealand T20I side, Phillips has now set his sights on the T20 World Cup, scheduled for October-November later this year, and an ODI spot.
“Ideally, the T20 World Cup firstly [is my aspiration]. I’d love to get into the one-day side,” he says. “It’s an incredibly strong side, but I’ll keep pushing my case and doing the best I can to put results on the board?”
For Phillips, one-day cricket is the “pinnacle” – he is still uncapped in ODIs – but he also hopes to be ready for Test action. He was a surprise call-up for the Sydney Test in 2020 after five key players, including captain Kane Williamson, went down with injury or illness. Phillips made 52 and 0 at the SCG and hasn’t played Test cricket since.
“I think one-day cricket for me is probably the pinnacle, but Test cricket is definitely one thing I’m still trying to strive towards,” he says. I enjoy my four-day cricket and I’ve started knowing my game better as well. So, I think, if I can keep putting numbers on the board, when that opportunity does come again I’m ready.”
Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo
Nottinghamshire left-arm seamer Harry Gurney retires from cricket at age of 34
Left-arm seamer collected eight trophies in globetrotting T20 career
Harry Gurney, the Nottinghamshire and England seamer who became a fixture on the T20 franchise circuit, has announced his retirement from cricket at the age of 34.
Gurney announced the decision after failing to recover from a shoulder injury that caused him to miss Nottinghamshire’s triumphant campaign in last season’s Vitality Blast.
However, Gurney claimed three one-day trophies with Nottinghamshire in the course of his career – two List A finals at Lord’s, and the 2017 Vitality Blast title, in which he claimed figures of 7 for 36 across their two fixtures on Finals Day at Edgbaston.
“The time has arrived for me to hang up my boots,” Gurney told the club website. “After trying to recover from the recent injury to my shoulder, I am truly disappointed to have to end my playing career as a result of it.
“From the first time I picked up a cricket ball at the age of ten, I was completely obsessed. Cricket has been my life for 24 years and has taken me on an incredible journey that I will cherish forever.”
As a left-arm seamer with a natural ability to swing the ball, Gurney played 12 times for England, all in 2014 – 10 ODIs and two T20Is – but enjoyed significantly more success on the T20 domestic circuit, with trophy-winning stints at Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash and Barbados Tridents in the CPL. He also represented Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, and Quetta Gladiators in the PSL.
“Playing for England, in the IPL and winning eight trophies at home and abroad including the Blast, Big Bash and CPL has exceeded my wildest dreams,” he said.
Outside of cricket, Gurney runs a pub company, the Cat and Wickets, with his Nottinghamshire and England team-mate Stuart Broad. Although the duo confirmed on Thursday that they would not be renewing the lease on their original Leicestershire project, The Three Crowns, in Wymeswold, near Loughborough, due to the impact of Covid-19, Gurney says he will be continuing in the hospitality industry.
“I always prepared for leaving cricket and I have discovered a new path in business that gives me the same excitement that I felt when I discovered the game all those years ago,” he said.
“That is a path I will now go down with immediate effect, as I have found this injury recovery too much of a mountain to climb.”
Mick Newell, who brought Gurney to Nottinghamshire ahead of the 2012 season, highlighted his achievements in both the red- and white-ball game.
“Harry has been a terrific, match winning, bowler for this club for a number of years,” Newell said.
“He’s carved out a niche in limited-overs competitions in recent times and been very successful in that at home and abroad, but his record in the First-Class game is something he can be immensely proud of as well.
“Harry sets a good example to all cricketers in that he’s prepared himself for life after the game, and that is something I hope will make the transition a lot easier.
“He moves into a new phase of his life with the very best wishes of everyone at Trent Bridge, and we hope to see him as a welcome visitor on a regular basis during the coming years.”
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