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IPL 2023: Race for the Purple Cap – Most wickets so far this season | Cricket News – Times of India

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Over the years, the Purple Cap in the IPL has become one of the most prestigious prizes, associated with bowling excellence.
Through the season, the bowler leading the IPL wickets charts for that edition gets to wear an actual purple cap. At the end of the season, a framed purple cap is presented to the eventual highest run-getter of the season.
Here is a quick look at the top 3 wicket-takers so far in IPL 2023:

Player Team Matches Wickets
Mark Wood LSG 2 8
Rashid Khan GT 2 5
Ravi Bishnoi LSG 2 5

Here’s a quick look at the Purple Cap winners of all 15 completed editions of the IPL before this:

Season Player Team Matches Wickets
2008 Sohail Tanvir RR 11 22
2009 RP Singh Deccan Chargers 16 23
2010 Pragyan Ojha Deccan Chargers 16 21
2011 Lasith Malinga MI 16 28
2012 Morne Morkel DD 16 25
2013 Dwayne Bravo CSK 18 32
2014 Mohit Sharma CSK 16 23
2015 Dwayne Bravo CSK 17 26
2016 Bhuvneshwar Kumar SRH 17 23
2017 Bhuvneshwar Kumar SRH 14 26
2018 Andrew Tye KXIP 14 24
2019 Imran Tahir CSK 17 26
2020 Kagiso Rabada DC 17 30
2021 Harshal Patel RCB 15 32
2022 Yuzvendra Chahal RR 17 27

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RR vs PBKS IPL 2023: Rajasthan Royals look to make a strong start at their second home | Cricket News

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GUWAHATI: The cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) may have taken 16 seasons to come to the northeast, but Rajasthan Royals – playing their first ‘home’ match of the season against Punjab Kings thousands of kilometre away from home – are high on confidence.
Joining hands with host Assam Cricket Association five years ago to set up their cricket academy here, Royals have one direct connection with their Wednesday’s venue – Barsapara Cricket Stadium – and that is Riyan Parag, the only Assam cricketer to play in the IPL for the past few years now.So, when they take the field here on Wednesday evening, the Royals will be hoping to strengthen that connection to get the backing of the ‘home’ crowd and expand their fan base in this part of the country.
Both the teams are coming into the match on the back of commanding wins in their opening matches but Rajasthan will be hoping to carry on the winning momentum as they have one of the most-balanced squads at disposal.

Captain Sanju Samson, England white-ball captain Jos Buttler and young opener Yashasvi Jaiswal hit form with quickfire 50s before Kiwi speedster Trent Boult and India leggie Yuzvendra Chahal choked Sunrisers Hyderabad for a huge 72-run win. With world-class spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also in their roster, Royals have quality in all bowling departments to trouble the opposition batters.

Punjab Kings spin bowling coach Sunil Joshi, meanwhile, is not perturbed by their opponents’ bowling strength. “Every match is played on the field. So the strategy for our batters will be to play the ball on its merit and not see who’s bowling. We hope for a good contest,” said former India spinner Joshi.

A new-look Punjab side, under skipper Shikhar Dhawan, has also given a glimpses of what’s in store on Wednesday as they beat Kolkata Knight Riders in Mohali via DLS method in their opening match.

Though England hitman Liam Livingstone is still unavailable as his clearance from ECB is still awaited, Punjab will be boosted after Proteas pacer Kagiso Rabada joined the squad following national duty.

With the Barsapara track offering high-scoring encounters in the last few international outings, Wednesday could offer over 200 and the team batting first could get an advantage with the dew factor coming into play in the second innings under chilly and overcast conditions due to rain in the past few days.

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Ipl 2023: LSG vs DC 2023 Highlights: Five star Mark Wood fires Lucknow Super Giants to crushing win over Delhi Capitals | Cricket News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Speedster Mark Wood bagged his first-ever Indian Premier League fifer as Lucknow Super Giants cruised to a comprehensive victory over Delhi Capitals in Match 3 at the Ekana Cricket Stadium.
Playing only his second IPL match and first for the Lucknow franchise, Wood wreaked havoc with his opening burst to rock Delhi Capitals in a steep chase of 194.
Wood’s three wickets in his first two overs completely rattled Delhi as they never recovered from there, finishing at 143 for 9 to lose the game by 50 runs.

Wood figures of 5 for 14 is now the best ever by a Lucknow bowler.

The Englishman’s five-wicket haul beautifully complemented debutant Kyle Mayers‘ superb 73, who only got a chance to showcase his exploits because of Quinton de Kock’s absence.
As It Happened
The stylish left-hander hit seven sixes in his 38-ball knock which was largely responsible for solid 193/6 in 20 overs.
Wood bowled back-to-back lethal in-cutters at 147 clicks which Prithvi Shaw (12) and Mitchell Marsh (0) failed to even bring their respective bats down before the ball hit the ‘wood’ work.

In case of Sarfaraz Khan (4), his weakness against pacey short-pitched stuff is well documented and Wood directed one at his body, which could have blown his head off and he tried a non-existent ramp shot getting himself into a tangle and the easiest of catches was taken at fine-leg boundary.
From 41 for no loss to 48 for 3, it happened in a space of couple of overs DC weren’t able to make a comeback after Wood had destroyed their confidence with raw pace.
Skipper Warner and Rilee Rossouw (30 off 20 balls) did add 40 runs before a freak dismissal off Ravi Bishnoi’s (2/31 in 4 overs) delivery brought about his downfall.
Bishnoi and ‘Impact Substitute’ Krishnappa Gowtham (0/19 in 4 overs) bowled admirably well in dew-laden conditions and the later in fact showed his multi-skill worth with a last ball six during LSG’s batting innings.
DC, on the day, didn’t look the part as the momentum slipped out of their grasp, way too many times. The 16 sixes conceded by DC bowlers was a testimony to their inconsistency.
They did enjoy a good bowling Powerplay, Mayers announced his grand entry on IPL stage with a scintillating knock.
The left-hander from Barbados, who was included in absence of South African opener Quinton De Kock, made Capitals pay a heavy price for dropping him on 14, by blazing his way to a 28-ball fifty.
Deepak Hooda (17, 18b) at the other end was a mere spectator to Mayers’ fury as they stitched 79 runs in 42 balls to accelerate the run-rate in the middle overs.
The duo departed in the space of one ball, while Marcus Stoinis (12) got out cheaply in the middle overs.
But LSG maintained the momentum with Nicholas Pooran (36; 21b) and Krunal Pandya (15 not out; 13b) taking the charge, before Ayush Badoni’s mini assault (18; 7b, 1×4, 2×6) and a last ball six from ‘Impact Substitute’ Krishnappa Gowtham yielded 22 runs from the 20th over bowled by Chetan Sakariya (2/53).
The last five overs produced 66 runs, primarily due to Pooran and Badoni using long handles to good effect.
Playing their first-ever home game since joining IPL last year, LSG were in a spot of bother with DC bowlers making full use of the two-paced tricky Ekana wicket after opting to bowl.
It took LSG openers, KL Rahul and Mayers, 16 balls to get going and hit their first boundary.
They were reduced to 19/1 inside four overs when left-arm pacer Sakariya prolonged Rahul’s lean patch by dismissing the Indian opener with a slower one. It was Sakariya’s third dismissal of Rahul in four IPL match-ups.
But things soon tilted in the home team’s favour after Khaleel Ahmed grassed a sitter off Mayers in the last over the Powerplay.
Mayers unleashed his fury against debutant Mukesh Kumar, crunching him for two massive sixes in the very next over.
There was no stopping Mayers as he continued his assault on their frontline spinners Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav in his knock studded with seven sixes and two fours.
Patel however had the last laugh when he cleaned up Mayers with a ball that turned almost square from an imaginary fifth stump line.

Thereafter, it was his West Indies teammate Nicholas Pooran who seized the momentum in his 21-ball 36 (2X4, 3X6) as he along with Krunal Pandya kept the run flow.
(With inputs from PTI)

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