Afghanistan's premier spinner Rashid Khan was expected to draw tremendous interest and quite a few teams went all guns blazing to rope in the 19-year-old sensation. They brimmed their squad with 25 members but were still left with Rs 6.5 crore at the end of the auctions. They even used their "Right to Match" card to acquire Pawan Negi for Rs 1 crore.
Saha was sold to Rs 50 million to Sunrisers Hyderabad. It retained Kieron Pollard and brought in Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins.
In his IPL debut, Tye took a hat-trick, a five-wicket haul and the $2.8 million wicket of Ben Stokes.
Starc and Lynn. Image Getty
Among the wicketkeepers, Dinesh Karthik once again bagged a lucrative Rs 7.4 crore (USD 1.16 million) deal with the KKR.
Steal of the day: Kiwi opener Colin Munro was absorbed for only 1.9cr from a base price of 50L by the Delhi Daredevils.
CSK won the bid for Ambati Rayudu with Rs 2.20 crore. Sam Billings (base price Rs 1 crore) and Naman Ojha (Rs 75 lakh) failed to get picked up by any of the franchises. Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler were absolute steals at 4 and 4.4 crores respectively. Whereas the player Kedar Jadhav who played for RCB last season was acquired by CSK for Rs 7.80 crores this year.
Colin Munro was bought for 1.9 crore rupees (NZ$406,000) at the annual auction on Saturday, and that may be a bargain for Delhi, given the form he has shown this summer.
Both players were sold at an identical price of Rs 1.9 crore. But perhaps, their biggest buy for the day was Chris Lynn (9.6cr). Amla wasn't bought despite making two hundreds in the last season of the IPL. However, nobody would've expected him to go for over 10 crores.
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They shortened the season-opening event to 54 holes in an attempt to complete play Sunday , and didn't rule out a Monday finish. Woods got back to one shot below par to open his Back Nine on the first hole and back to even on the day on the 14th hole.
Veteran Sri Lanka paceman Lasith Malinga also went unsold but the franchises have the option of getting them back on the auction table Sunday. However, KXIP were very happy to rope Ashwin in their squad.
Mumbai Indians picked up some strong players too.
The afternoon session began with a big surprise, with India wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel going unsold.
"Obviously I was a bit apprehensive out there but to get through that was the first step of hopefully a good stint on the field". Their other significant punt was on the explosive Indian batsman, Ishan Kishan, who went for a staggering Rs 6.2 crore.
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The schools used the rivalry game to raise money for the victims of the Marshall County High School shooting . At this point past year , there had been five school shootings nationwide. "She was an angel here on Earth".
India opener Shikhar Dhawan was the first player bought at the auction, by Sunrisers, his old franchise using a RTM to snap him up after extensive bidding. "It feels great (landing a deal) but more than that, I'm glad the teams have watched me closely and followed my performances throughout the season", Gowtham told Sportstar minutes after the hammer went down at the ITC Gardenia in Bengaluru.
The team that looked to break the bank early, however, were Kings XI Punjab, who started the day in the style of their mentor, Virender Sehwag, throwing their bats for nearly all the marquee players.
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Halep again held comfortably to level at 5-5, as both women held firm to force the breaker for the opening set advantage. Simona Halep's opponent in the final is second seed Caroline Wozniacki , who has plenty of endorsement deals.
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