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IPL 2020 in UAE: Alex Carey looking to hone T20 sweep skills with Rishabh Pant

IPL|: Dubai: Alex Carey, the dashing Australian wicketkeeper-batsman in white ball cricket, is relishing the prospect of sharing the dressing room with fellow professional Rishabh Pant in the Delhi Capitals camp for the next one and-a-half months. “Rishabh and I spoke when we played the ODI series in India earlier this year. So, I met him back then and said how excited I was to join him. We haven’t had many training sessions together but we’ve got a couple of months now to catch a lots of balls and play some reverse sweeps, some slog sweeps together. He’s got a lot of energy, and is a great guy to get along with so I’m really excited about that,” said the Australian, who watched from the dugout as Delhi pulled off that sensational Super Over win against Kings XI Punjab last Sunday. SEE MORE IPL 2020 in UAE: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in pictures UAE: Cricket fans watch Delhi Capitals face off against Kings XI Punjab IPL 2020 in UAE: Kolkata Knight Riders lose to Mumbai Indians in pictures IPL 2020 in UAE: Rajasthan Royals defeat Chennai Super Kings in pictures It’s been a hectic month for the Australian and England cricketers, who completed a T20I and ODI series of three matches each before hopping into a chartered flight commissioned by the franchise owners to reach Dubai late on September 17. Speaking on the prospect of playing in the IPL in the new normal, Carey told the team website: “It’s a different situation to be in and to be able to come over here (UAE) and play, to have the IPL go ahead is an amazing feeling. For that, we thank the players - thank everyone for putting things together for us. When we were in England, we had a bubble life there, which went really well. Faith on Rabada “From there, we jumped on the plane the day after the game (against England) and stayed in Dubai in our hotel bedrooms for the next 24 hours and got our COVID tests done. We were prepared to do anything to come here and to be able to play. The tournament has started so well for us and with another game just around the corner against CSK, hopefully big Stoiney (Marcus Stoinis) can continue his great form,” he added. Witnessing his first-ever IPL game as a player even though he was on the bench, Carey said he had full confidence in Kagiso Rabada, who put up a remarkable show with the ball to muzzle Punjab in the Super Over. “It was my first IPL game and also my first Super Over, so that was a new experience as well. I suppose we went into the Super Over with a bit of momentum and managed to steal the game then. I had full confidence in Rabada, I have faced him a few times, so I was sure that he was going to nail his yorkers, which he has done a few times to me. He was incredible,” Carey said. “For him (Kagiso Rabada), firstly to get KL (Rahul) out was a big wicket, and then to nail a fast yorker to take apart the off stump from the ground was pretty exciting,” said the 29-year-old. “It was a really great feeling to start off with a win, and I think you make really good friendships in a short amount of time when you win such games together,” Carey added. Delhi Capitals take on Chennai Super Kings in their second game at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday.

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IPL in UAE 2020: Royal Challengers Bangalore move into contention among favourites

IPL|: Dubai: Now that all eight teams have opened their campaigns in this year’s Indian Premier League in the UAE, let’s see which team, or teams, have impressed the oddsmakers the most and who have failed to do so. Only defending champions and four-time winners Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings — three-time victors in the T20 event — have played two matches each, both registering one win and one loss. SEE MORE IPL 2020 in UAE: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings in pictures Photos: Tadej Pogacar crushes Primoz Roglic to seal Tour de France title IPL 2020 in UAE: Fans in Dubai enjoy opener between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings IPL 2020 in UAE: Cool runnings from Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab The remaining six have had just the one outing as of Wednesday, September 23 with Kings XI Punjab, Hyderabad Sunrisers and Kolkata Knight Riders all ending up on the losing side. Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore, who have never won the IPL since it was launched in 2008, appear to have caught the eye of the international oddsmakers the most, and have been pushed up from the lower half of the table to join CSK and Hyderabad Sunrisers as second favourites at odds of 5/1 to 11/2. RCB defeated Sunrisers by 10 runs in a tight match but there was a lot to like about the way the team played overall, something which the bookmakers also like. First-ever forum for Asian para-athletes IPL 2020 in UAE: Delhi Capitals already at par with 2019 revenue, say owners Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy launches anniversary challenge Dubai Sports Council confirms commitment to develop Emirati coaches However, they remain committed to keeping Mumbai at the head of the markets at a best-price 4/1, the same odds at which they were quoted at before the start of the tournament a lot having to do with their vastly improved showing against Kolkata Knight Riders, who they comprehensively beat by 49 runs on Wednesday. It was a big improvement to their five-wicket loss to CSK in their campaign opener on the first day of the tournament on September 19. Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma’s classy knock of 80 is the highest so far in the tournament and has helped him overtake Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli at the top of the top batsmen market. Generally, the IPL remains a very attractive betting proposition with players still looking for trends and pointers to shorten odds or extends offers on teams who look weaker. Latest OddsIPL 2020 winner Mumbai Indians 4Chennai Super Kings 11/2Royal Challengers Bangalore 11/2Delhi Capitals 6Hyderabad Sunrisers 13/2Kolkata Knight Riders 8Rajasthan Royals 9Kings XI Punjab 12Source: Oddschecker

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IPL 2020 in UAE: Delhi Capitals already at par with 2019 revenue, say owners

IPL|: Dubai: Delhi Capitals, the re-christened IPL franchise and one of the serious title-contenders in the 13th edition in the UAE, is already a winner off the field - according to the team management. A staement says the Delhi-based franchise has already matched it’s 2019 revenue. They already have 16 partners, including title sponsors JSW Group and went on a signing spree with multiple brands across different categories including Ebix Cash, APL Apollo, Acko General Insurance, Colgate, Livinguard, Nissin and OK Credit ahead of the tournament. The franchise has also signed licensing associations with leading brands like Kotak for credit and debit cards, Boat for music accessories and Fancode for merchandise and deeper fan engagement. Dhiraj Malhotra, CEO Delhi Capitals, said: “The combination of the most highly awaited edition of the IPL, along with Delhi Capitals’ strong squad has inspired a lot of confidence in the market and made our franchise an ideal avenue for Indian and International brands that are looking to associate with a young and dynamic team. We are thankful to all our partners. Their support further motivates us to clinch the title.” Brand Finance, a well known brand valuation consultancy, concluded in it’s IPL review last year that the Delhi-based franchise witnessed the highest growth in brand valuation in 2019. Despite initial commercial uncertainties surrounding this edition of the IPL, early signs indicate an even more successful 2020 as the team’s jersey branding assets have acquired equal or higher value than in 2019. In another first, the team also announced Livinguard as its Hygiene Partner, ensuring safety of the players on and off the field, while also encouraging adherence to health and safety protocols to battle the virus. The team’s association with Indian innerwear brand Bodycare, also sees them support the message of body positivity and shed light on pertinent issues like body shaming prevalent in society.