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In the 17th edition of the Indian Premier League, three teams have booked their playoff berth including the Kolkata Knight Riders, who are at the top of the IPL 2024 standings, followed by the Rajasthan Royals and the  SunRisers Hyderabad. The defending champions, Chennai Super Kings, and the Royal Challengers Bengaluru hold a strong chance to book the last playoff spot as they will face each other in their final league game.

In this article, we will look at the big updates around the IPL 2024 that took place on Thursday, May 16, but before that, let’s check the match scheduled for the day.

Today's match preview

Mumbai Indians vs Lucknow Super Giants

The Mumbai Indians will take on the Lucknow Super Giants in the 67th match of the IPL 2024 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. After getting eliminated from the playoffs race in the IPL, MI will take the field for the final time in the 2024 season. LSG have an outside chance of making the playoffs if they win their final league stage match of the IPL 2024 and the other results go their way.

Major events around IPL that happened on May 16

SunRisers Hyderabad qualify for IPL 2023 playoffs after match abandoned vs. GT

In the 66th match of the Indian Premier League 2024, the SunRisers Hyderabad hosted the Gujarat Titans at the Uppal Stadium in Hyderabad. The Pat Cummins' side would've reached the second spot in the standings with a win against the Titans, however, after a much delay, the game was called off due to rain and both teams had to settle with a point each. While this was the second consecutive game for Shubhman Gill's side that got abandoned due to rain, the SunRisers qualified for the playoffs for the first time in four seasons.

Once I am done, you will not see me around for a while: Virat Kohli on retirement

Indian cricket icon and former RCB captain Virat Kohli drops a big hint on his retirement plan in the event conducted by the Royal Challengers Bengaluru. Kohli, who has influenced millions of people worldwide with his performance throughout his career, said in an interview that he will not be around once he retires from the professional game.  During the RCB event, Kohli said, “Once I’m done, I will be gone, you won’t see me for a while (smiles). So I want to give it everything I have till the time I play, and that’s the only thing that keeps me going.”

FIR filed against KSCA for allegedly serving stale food during RCB vs DC IPL 2024 clash

An FIR has been filed against the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) by the Cubbon Park Police. The state board has been accused of serving stale food during the  Indian Premier League clash between Royal Challengers Bengaluru and Delhi Capitals on May 12. A case has been registered against the management board and the canteen manager based on the complaint filed by 23-year-old Chaitanya.

Irfan Pathan blasts English players for leaving IPL early

The former India cricketer, Irfan Pathan, took to his official X account to blast the English players for leaving the 2024 season of the IPL early, to prepare for the upcoming T20 World Cup. Jos Buttler, Phil Salt, Will Jacks, and Liam Livingstone have already departed home, while the likes of Sam Curran and Jonny Bairstow will join them very soon.  Irfan Pathan, who wasn’t quite happy with the continuous departure of the English players from the IPL, sent out a post on X, which read, "Either be available for full season or don’t come!"

Nitish Kumar Reddy becomes most expensive player in Andhra Premier League

SunRisers Hyderabad’s rising star Nitish Kumar Reddy who made a name for himself in the 2024 season of the IPL added another feather into his hat. The Visakhapatnam-born youngster who turned heads in the current season of the cash-rich league became the most expensive player to get picked in the Andhra Premier League. Reddy was picked for a huge sum of ₹15.6 lakhs for the third season of the APL. D uring the auction, which was held in Vizag on May 16, the all-rounder  was roped in by the Godavari Titans.

Shikhar Dhawan to launch new chat show; features Akshay Kumar, Rishabh Pant among others

Punjab Kings skipper Shikhar Dhawan is all set to start his new innings as a show host with the 2013 Champions Trophy winner bringing his exclusive chat show ‘Dhawan Karenge.’ The show features many celebrities from the sports and entertainment industry including Rishabh Pant, Akshay Kumar, Bhuvan Bam, Harbhajan Singh, and Taapsee Pannu. 

I hope he keeps going for a couple of years: Michael Hussey on Dhoni’s future with CSK

Amid the continuous talks around the future of the former CSK skipper, their batting coach Michael Hussey hopes MS Dhoni will stay with the team for more couple of years. Hussey said, " I hope he keeps going for another couple of years. But we will just have to wait and see. He is the only one who will make that call. And, he likes to sort of build the drama a little bit as well. So, I wouldn’t expect a decision anytime soon."