Five unexpected highlights of IPL 2015

Before the start of eighth edition of the Indian Premier League, fans of slam-bang version across the globe expected batsmen to dictate terms.

AB De Villiers, Mandeep Singh lead RCB to easy win in IPL Eliminator against RR
AB De Villiers, Mandeep Singh lead RCB to easy win in IPL Eliminator against RR

AB de Villiers combined with Mandeep Singh for a game-changing partnership as Royal Challengers Bangalore eliminated Rajasthan Royals from the IPL-8 with a splendid 71-run win, here on Wednesday.

IPL 2015, Eliminator, RCB vs RR: Players to watch out for
IPL 2015, Eliminator, RCB vs RR: Players to watch out for

Pune's MCA International Stadium will host the Eliminator of the Indian Premier League 2015 between Royal Challenger's Bangalore (RCB) and Rajasthan Royals (RR). The winner of this match will face Chennai Super Kings in Ranchi for a place in the final against Mumbai Indians on May 24.

I worked hard on my batting and bowling yorkers: Shane Watson
I worked hard on my batting and bowling yorkers: Shane Watson

After masterminding Rajasthan Royals' nine-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders with an all-round show to take them into the play-offs, Shane Watson has said that he had worked hard ahead of the crunch IPL cricket game here.

IPL 2015: Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders - As it happened...
IPL 2015: Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders - As it happened...

Welcome to our live cricket blog for Match 54 of the Indian Premier League between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. Follow live score and latest match updates right here as we bring to you ball-by-ball coverage of this crucial encounter.

IPL 2015, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals: Preview
IPL 2015, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals: Preview

In a do-or-die IPL cricket match, defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Rajasthan Royals as the race for the play-off berths hots up at the Brabourne Stadium, here.

Rahul Dravid lauds Ajinkya Rahane for good show overseas
Rahul Dravid lauds Ajinkya Rahane for good show overseas

Former skipper Rahul Dravid today heaped praise on Ajinkya Rahane as the most prolific batsman over the last one year by citing his outstanding run in the last four overseas Test series.

IPL 2015: We don't chop and change the team, says Dwayne Bravo
IPL 2015: We don't chop and change the team, says Dwayne Bravo

Chennai Super Kings have been a dominant side in the IPL over the years and all-rounder Dwayne Bravo feels the reason for their success is that they have stuck to a core set of players without much chopping and changing.

IPL 2015: Chennai Super Kings beat Rajasthan Royals to virtually seal play-off spot
IPL 2015: Chennai Super Kings beat Rajasthan Royals to virtually seal play-off spot

Brendon McCullum struck a quickfire fifty before Ravindra Jadeja produced a brilliant spell of 4-11 as Chennai Super Kings avenged its defeat over Rajasthan Royals with a 12-run win to virtually secure its place in the play-offs of the Indian Premier League here on Sunday.

IPL 2015: Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals - As it happened...
IPL 2015: Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals - As it happened...

Chennai Super Kings won the match by 12 runs and reclaimed top-spot in the table. With the win, they have also booked a place in the play-offs. The match witnessed the brilliance of West Indian athlete Dwayne Bravo, who took two stunning catches and and two wickets towards the end after making a quick-fire 15 runs from eight balls. Ravindra Jadeja took four wickets to stifle Rajasthan Royals' run-chase during the middle overs. And Brendon McCullum playeda pivotal innings of 81 runs on top of slow, tricky wicket.

IPL 2015, Match 47, CSK vs RR: Players to watch out for
IPL 2015, Match 47, CSK vs RR: Players to watch out for

Hosts Chennai Super Kings will face third placed Rajasthan Royals in Match 48 of the Indian Premier League T20. CSK have won seven games from eleven matches and are looking for a home win to get back to top of the table.

IPL 2015, Match 47: Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals - Preview
IPL 2015, Match 47: Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals - Preview

Chennai Super Kings will look to avenge their first leg loss against Rajasthan Royals and consolidate its position at the top when the two former champions clash in a high-octane IPL cricket match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here on Sunday.

Have become a better cricketer in last one year: Lokesh Rahul
Have become a better cricketer in last one year: Lokesh Rahul

Enjoying a prolific run with the bat, Young Indian opener K L Rahul on Friday said he has become a better cricketer in the last one year owing to a roller-coaster ride both in the domestic and international arena.

IPL 2015, Match 41: Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad - Players to watch out for
IPL 2015, Match 41: Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad - Players to watch out for

In the 41st match of the Indian Premier League, mighty Rajasthan Royals take on erratic Sunrisers Hyderabad at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.

IPL 2015: Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad - Preview
IPL 2015: Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad - Preview

After a thumping win over Delhi Daredevils, a strong Rajasthan Royals side will be looking to keep their winning momentum intact when they face a struggling Sunrisers Hyderabad in the return-leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Brabourne Stadium here on Thursday.

IPL 2015: It's still a wide open tournament, says Angelo Mathews
IPL 2015: It's still a wide open tournament, says Angelo Mathews

 Delhi daredevils are enduring an inconsistent campaign but their key all rounder Angelo Mathews is confident that the side can turn it around and make the play-offs of the IPL cricket tournament.

IPL: I could not sleep after my shot against MI, says Ajinkya Rahane
IPL: I could not sleep after my shot against MI, says Ajinkya Rahane

 Left sleepless the last time he played a bad shot against Mumbai Indians, in-form Rajasthan Royals batsman Ajinkya Rahane he was desperate to set the record straight which helped him notch up the sublime 91-run knock in an IPL match here.

IPL 8: We let ourselves down, rues Jean-Paul Duminy
IPL 8: We let ourselves down, rues Jean-Paul Duminy

 Delhi Daredevils skipper Jean-Paul Duminy blamed poor batting and fielding as well as lack of intensity for his team's 14-run loss to Rajasthan Royals In an IPL cricket match at the Brabourne Stadium here.

IPL 2015, Match 36: Rajasthan beat Delhi by 14 runs to jump to top spot
IPL 2015, Match 36: Rajasthan beat Delhi by 14 runs to jump to top spot

Ajinkya Rahane continued his sparkling form as he struck a 54-ball unbeaten 91 to help Rajasthan Royals beat Delhi Daredevils by 14 runs and bounce back from a five-match winless streak in the IPL cricket tournament here on Sunday.

I have learnt from Shane Watson and Shaun Pollock: Dhawal Kulkarni
I have learnt from Shane Watson and Shaun Pollock: Dhawal Kulkarni

Pace bowler Dhawal Kulkarni, who has played a lot of domestic cricket before gaining his India cap, on Saturday said he had learnt quite a bit from the likes of Austalian Shane Watson, his current captain in Rajasthan Royals, and South Africa's Shaun Pollock in IPL.