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The 17th edition of the Indian Premier League has reached its final stage as the two-time IPL champions, Kolkata Knight Riders, are scheduled to face the 2016 IPL winners, SunRisers Hyderabad, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday. KKR topped the IPL 2024 points table with just three losses in 14 games while Hyderabad secured the second spot with 17 points.

In this article, we will look at the big updates around the IPL 2024 that took place on Saturday, May 25, but before that, let’s check the match scheduled for the day.

Today's match preview

Kolkata Knight Riders vs SunRisers Hyderabad

The stage is set for the IPL 2024 final with Kolkata Knight Riders taking on the Sunrisers Hyderabad in a thrilling matchup at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Both teams have been incredible throughout the season and redefined cricket in the 2024 season. Ahead of this clash, KKR took down Hyderabad in a dominant eight-wicket win in Qualifier 1. Then, Sunrisers defeated Rajasthan Royals in Qualifier 2 to seal their spot in the final.

Major events around IPL that happened on May 25

KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer takes indirect dig at BCCI for central contract snub

Indian batter Shreyas Iyer opened up on his back injury and indirectly took a dig at the BCCI for his snub from the central contract. Iyer revealed that he opened up about his back spasms but ‘no one was agreeing’. The BCCI dropped Iyer from the central contract after he missed some Ranji Trophy games. ESPNCricinfo reported that the cricketer had informed MCA about it.

Natasa Stankovic shares cryptic post amid divorce rumours with Hardik Pandya

India seasoned all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s wife Natasa Stankovic dropped an Instagram story amid divorce rumours with the cricketer. Talks of the couple getting divorced have been doing rounds in the media for the last few days. Natasa and Hardik got married in 2020, and are parents to a three-year-old named Agastya. While the two haven’t commented anything about the rumours, Natasa recently shared a post on her Instagram.

CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan clears air on MS Dhoni’s retirement from IPL

With CSK’s exit from the IPL 2024, speculations around this edition being the last edition for stalwart and former skipper MS Dhoni also spread like wildfire. While there hasn’t been any official statement from the wicketkeeper-batter, Super Kings CEO Kasi Viswanathan has opened up on Dhoni’s future. On being asked about Dhoni’s future, Kasi said, "I do not know. It is a question that only MS can answer. The question for us, we have always respected the decisions taken by MS, we have left it to him.”

Shimron Hetmyer fined for smashing stump during IPL 2024 Qualifier 2 in Chennai

Rajasthan Royals (RR) batter Shimron Hetmyer has been fined for the IPL Code of Conduct breach during their match against the SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the IPL 2024 Qualifier 2 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The West Indies batter was fined for hitting the stumps with his bat after he was dismissed at the score of four off 10 deliveries during the do-or-die fixture on Friday, May 24.

Shreyas Iyer imitates Sunil Narine’s bowling action in nets ahead of IPL 2024 Final

As the Kolkata Knight Riders are gearing up to take on the Pat Cummins-led SunRisers Hyderabad in the summit clash, KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer was seen imitating Sunil Narine’s bowling action in the nets. In a video shared by the franchise on social media, Iyer was seen nailing Narine’s bowling action. The Indian batter replicated everything from his stride to release and follow-through, effortlessly.

First batch of Team India left for USA to play T20 World Cup 2024 on May 25

The first batch of Team India players, including Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, has departed for the USA, on Saturday, May 25, to play the T20 World Cup 2024. As per the reports, the flight consisting of Indian players not involved in the playoff stage of the IPL 2024 departed from Mumbai via Dubai to New York at 10 PM last night.