As it happened: IPL 2018 Auction, Day one

Catch all the live updates from the IPL 2018 auction as the eight teams commence their fierce battle on the table.

The auction of the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League begins on Saturday.   -  K. R. Deepak

Good morning. It is time for the hammer to go down.

Welcome to Sportstar’s live updates of the Indian Premier League auction. With both Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals back in the fold, the two-day auction promises to be a humdinger. This year's auction will feature 578 players in all with 361 Indians. Sixteen top players have a marquee status and they have a base price of Rs 2 crore.

Under the retention policy, each franchisee has retained some players. Click here to see the list of retained players.

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So, that brings us to the end of the auctions on the first day. We have had an exciting day and we hope a Super Sunday is in store for all of us.

Ankit Singh Rajpoot is in the line next. Kings XI and KKR start aggressive bidding. The rookie fast bowler crosses the 1-crore mark with KKR's bid. The bid is on the Kolkata table at 2 crores. KKR is out of the bid at 3 crores and Rajpoot goes to Kings XI Punjab for 3 crores.

Avesh Khan is going next. Royal Challengers Bangalore has the Right to Match card option available for Khan. After Delhi bids for 50 lakhs, Kolkata enters the scene with a 55 lakh bid. KKR goes out at 70 lakh, which is Delhi's bid, and Khan is sold to Delhi for 70 lakh. RCB doesn't use its RTM option.

Navdeep Saini up next. Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore are in it. The Delhi Daredevils quits the bid at 3 crores, which is RCB's bid and Saini goes to RCB for 3 crores.

Syed Khaleel Ahmed goes under the hammer. The bids escalate quickly between SRH and RCB and from his base price of 20 lakh, he goes for 3 crores to Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Aniket Choudhary is next. He goes to Royal Challengers Bangalore at his base price of 30 lakhs.

Rajneesh Gurbani goes unsold.

Basil Thampi is next. KXIP and Mumbai Indians in a bidding war for Thampi.  Sunrisers Hyderabad joins the bid at Rs 85 lakh. Hyderabad buys Thampi for 95 lakh.

T. Natarajan is the next player. SRH wins the bid at 40 lakhs. KXIP has an option of RTM and it doesn't use it. So, Natarajan will play for SRH.

Sunrisers wins the bid for Kaul at 3.8 crores.

Siddharth Kaul is raking up a good bid here. SRH and KXIP in an intense bidding war.

Khejroliya will play for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the upcoming IPL.

Sunrisers Hyderabad joins at 55 lakhs.

Mumbai and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the fray. His base price is 20 lakhs.

Kulwant Khejroliya is the first.

We have uncapped fast bowlers waiting in the line.

Sheldon Jackson and Prashant Chopra go unsold too.

Vishnu Vinod is also unsold.

Ankush Bains finds no takers too. 

Aditya Tare goes unsold.

Ben McDermott is unsold too.

Nikhil Naik goes unsold.

 

Ishan Kishan goes to Mumbai Indians for 6.2 crores.

Ishan Kishan is next. RCB goes on for 3 crore! CSK and MI enter a bidding war, MI joins too.

Jitesh Sharma goes unsold.

Uncapped wicketkeepers next.

Rajasthan Royals wins the bid at 7.2 crore and Jofra Archer will play for RR.

Sunrisers Hyderabad pulls out of the bid.

Rajasthan Royals does not want to be left behind. It joins the party at 6 crores.

Sunrisers Hyderabad enters the field at the 5-crore mark.

CSK isn't leaving it. It is in the bid.

At 3.4 crores, Kings XI Punjab joins the party.

The bid escalates quickly and breaches the 2-crore mark.

Chennai Super Kings joins the bid.

Delhi opens the bid at his base price of 40 lakhs.

The next in line is Jofra Archer from West Indies.

Dube remains unsold.

Shivam Dube is the next player in.

Short will play for the Rajasthan Royals. The Royals wins the bid at 4 crores.

The bid is at the 4-crore mark.

It is now between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils now.

The bid goes past the 1-crore mark. Delhi joins in the party. And so does Rajasthan.

Sunrisers joins in.

CSK opens the bid with 20 lakhs.

Australia's Darcy Short is the next man in.

Nitish Rana goes to Kolkata Knight Riders for 3.4 crores.

The bid is past the 3-crore mark now.

Mumbai is not letting this man go. It is giving tough competition to KKR.

From a base price of 20 lakhs, Rana goes past the 1.5-crore mark.

KKR in the fray, along with MI.

Nitish Rana is next.

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore wins the bid at 8.8 crore but Mumbai Indians use the RTM card in a jiffy and take him. Boy, are they happy! All smiles around the Mumbai table. Krunal Pandya will play for Mumbai Indians in the 2018 IPL.

RCB hanging in there!

Sunrisers joins the bid at the 8-crore mark.

RCB and RR are in no mood to relent. He is way past the 5.5-crore mark.

Krunal, from a base price of 40 lakhs, breaches the 3-crore mark in an instant.

Mumbai has the RTM option.

RCB and RR bidding quickly, one after the other.

It is Krunal Pandya next.

 

Kolkata Knight Riders wins the bid at 3.2 crores for Kamlesh Nagarkoti.

SRH takes the bid to the 3-crore mark.

Kolkata wants to take Nagarkoti. It is upping the ante in an instant.

Sunrisers Hyderabad joins the bidding at 1.1 crore.

Nagaroti breaches the 1-crore mark.

As expected, the bidding is intense between KKR and KXIP.

The next up is India's U-19 bowler Kamlesh Nagarkoti.

Patel goes to Delhi Daredevils and RCB doesn't use its RTM card.

Harshal Patel under the hammer now.

 

Delhi Daredevils wins the bid for Vijay Shankar for 3.4 crores.

RCB and Delhi Daredevils get into the act quickly. From his base price of 40 lakhs, he breaches the 2-crore mark in seconds.

Vijay Shankar is next.

Delhi Daredevils has won the bid for 3.6 crore and SRH matches the bid using the RTM and Hooda will play for SRH.

RCB in the fray.

Sunrisers has the Right to Match available for Hooda.

Kings XI opens the bid, at the base price of 40 lakhs.

Deepak Hooda comes next.

"I think from where I started, I always wanted to finish there, Delhi is my hometown, and it is a great feeling," Gautam Gambhir said after Delhi Daredevils lapped him up for Rs 2 crore

Delhi wins the bid at 3 crores for Tewatia. Kings XI does not use the RTM option.

Delhi at it again. The bid is now at the 3 crore mark.

RCB pulls out of the bid. Sunrisers Hyderabad joins the bid at 2.4 crores.

The leg-spinner is much in demand. Delhi takes it past the 2-crore mark.

RCB joins the party. By the way, Kings XI have the RTM option available.

The battle intensifies and breaches the 1-crore mark.

Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils in the battle.

Rahul Tewatia is the first.

We have uncapped all-rounders next.

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That is the end of the second session. We have a short tea break and we will be back in about 15 minutes time.

 

The hammer comes down on Delhi Daredevils' bid of 1.2 crores and Shaw will play under the tutelage of Ricky Ponting.

Delhi isn't giving this up easily. The bid goes past the 1-crore mark.

Rajasthan joins the party. Delhi with a 70 lakhs bid.

The opening bid of 20 lakhs comes from Mumbai. Delhi challenges and it escalates quickly.

Prithvi Shaw is next.

He remains unsold.

Siddhesh Lad now.

RCB wins the bid for Manan Vohra for 1.1 crore. All eyes on the Kings XI Punjab table. It has the RTM option and it doesn't use it.

RCB opens the bid for Vohra. Daredevils joins the party.

Manan Vohra is up next

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At 3.4 crores, Rahul Tripathi goes to Rajasthan Royals. From a base price of 20 lakhs, this has been a meteoric rise.

Rajasthan in no mood to relent. It needs Rahul Tripathi. The bid is now at the 3-crore mark.

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RCB and RR in a slugfest. It is now past the 2-crore mark.

Rajasthan takes the bid to the 1-crore mark.

From his base price of 20 lakhs, Tripathi gets to the 75-lakh figure in an instant.

Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab get on to the bidding immediately.

It is now Rahul Tripathi's turn

He remains unsold.

Himanshu Rana is next.

Kings XI Punjab gets Mayank Agarwal for 1 crore.

Delhi and Kings XI Punjab in the bidding war. From his base price of 20 lakhs, he breaches the 1-crore mark in no time.

He has been in good form in the domestic season.

Mayank Agarwal under the hammer now.

Sunrisers opens the bidding at 20 lakhs. And with no more bidders, Bhui will don the SRH jersey for the upcoming season.

Ricky Bhui is next in line.

The first and the closing bid by Kolkata Knight Riders for his base price of 20 lakhs.

Ishank Jaggi is next.

 

Kolkata Knight Riders wins the bid for Shubman Gill for 1.8 crores.

KKR in no mood to relent and so is Rajasthan Royals. The bid is at 1.6 crore.

Gill breaches the 1-crore mark.

Rajasthan Royals joins the bid. KKR joins the bid at 80 lakhs.

Kings XI Punjab and Delhi go straightaway.

Next up is India U-19 vice-captain Shubman Gill. His base price is 20 lakhs.

Mumbai Indians wins the bid for Surya Kumar Yadav at 3.2 crore.

Delhi joins the bid and it is now at 3 crore.

Knight Riders in no mood to relent.

Mumbai joins the bidding late, with a bid of 1.5 crore.

From a base price of 30 lakhs, Yadav is now going strong at more than 1 crore.

Surya Kumar Yadav is the first in the list.

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We have the uncapped batsmen next.

 

RCB wins the bid for Kuldeep Yadav for 5.8 crores and all eyes on the KKR table. The KKR team gets into an animated discussion and finally decides to go and use the RTM. Kuldeep will stay with KKR for the upcoming season.

RCB joins the bidding.

Kolkata Knight Riders has the Right to Match card available for Kuldeep.

Kings XI and Mumbai start the bidding for Kuldeep.

India's Kuldeep Yadav is next to go under the hammer. His base price is 1.5 crore.

No takers for Zampa.

Australian spinner Adam Zampa is next.

 

Delhi Daredevils wins the bid for Chahal for 6 crores but RCB pulls up the RTM card and Chahal will remain with RCB.

From his base price of 2 crores, Chahal has breached the 5-crore mark.

Royal Challengers Bangalore has the RTM card available for Chahal.

Rajasthan opens the bidding for Chahal. 

Yuzvendra Chahal is next in line.

The spinner goes unsold.

West Indies' Samuel Badree under the hammer now.

Delhi Daredevils joins the bid and wins the bid for 4 crore for Amit Mishra.

With a base price of 1.50 crore, Rajasthan and RCB are in the fray with their bids.

Amit Mishra is next.

 

Kings XI with a 9-crore bid for Rashid Khan. Sunrisers was never in the bid. Kings XI wins the bid for 9 crores but Sunrisers pulls out the RTM card in an instant and retains the Afghan player. Rashid Khan remains with Sunrisers.

RCB taking its time. Kings XI is on the money in a flash with a revised bid everytime.

The bidding slowly heats up for Rashid Khan and crosses the 7-crore mark.

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Kings XI takes the bid past the 4-crore mark.

The bidding crosses the 3-crore mark.

The bidding is slow but steady. None of them are in a hurry. 

Royals and Kings in the fray. Sunrisers has the RTM available. Rashid's base price is 2 crore.

It is Afghanistan's Rashid Khan next.

Looks like Chennai is bent on taking Karn. The Chennai table is immediately on the bid. Karn will don the Chennai jersey for 5 crore.

Chennai Super Kings joins the bid at 2.60 crore.

Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians open the bidding for Karn.

Karn Sharma is on, base price of 2 crore.

Unfortunately, no takers for Sodhi. The room is quiet.

It is now Ish Sodhi's turn.

Chennai Super Kings opens the bid at his base price of 1 crore and with no more bidders, Tahir will don the yellow for the 2018 season.

South Africa's Imran Tahir is next.

Chennai Super Kings wins the bid for Piyush Chawla for 4.20 crores. All eyes on the KKR table as they get into a discussion on whether to use the RTM option. After taking a long time for an animated discussion, KKR decides to retain Piyush Chawla for 4.20 crores using the RTM option.

Mumbai pulls out too.

Rajasthan pulls out of the bid and Mumbai joins. The bid is now 3.80 crores, with CSK.

Kolkata Knight Riders has the RTM card available.

Chennai in the race at 3 crores.

Rajasthan and Chennai open the bidding for Chawla. His base price is 1 crore.

Piyush Chawla is the first in the spinners lot.

The spinners are up next.

We are slipping into a short break. See you in about five minutes.

There are no bidders for the Sri Lankan fast bowler and he remains unsold.

Lasith Malinga is next in line.

 

Chennai Super Kings gets the highest bid for Rabada at 4.20 crore but Delhi uses its RTM option and retains Rabada. Rabada will play for Delhi Daredevils the next season.

CSK is desperately bidding for Rabada.

Chennai and Rajasthan are in the race for the bidding.

Kagiso Rabada is next.

Mohammed Shami almost dons the Sunrisers Hyderabad jersey but Delhi uses the RTM option and Shami remains with Delhi Daredevils. He goes for 3 crores.

Delhi Daredevils has the RTM option.

SRH with some intense bidding for Shami.

Mohammed Shami is up for grabs now.

Unfortunately, Sharma finds no buyers.

Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma is in next.

Southee goes unsold!

Tim Southee is up next.

Sold! Yadav will play for RCB! He goes for Rs 4.2 Crore.

KKR has the RTM option available, whether it uses it or not remains to be seen.

Umesh Yadav is next.

 

Cummins will don the Mumbai Indians jersey and the team has secured his services for 5.40 crore. Delhi doesn't use the RTM option.

CSK bids for 5.20 crore. MI takes it to 5.40 crore and Chennai pulls out of the bidding.

Delhi Daredevils have the RTM option.

CSK opens the bid at is base price of 2 crores. Mumbai joins in bidding.

Third Australian on the trot. Pat Cummins in.

Hazlewood meets the same fate as his fellow countryman and he has no bidders and he is unsold.

Josh Hazlewood  now.

Surprisingly no bids and no takers for Johnson. He goes unsold.

Mitchell Johnson is next.

Mumbai Indians secures the services of Mustafizur Rahman for 2.20 crores. Sunrisers doesn't use its RTM card.

Mumbai Indians joins the bid.

Sunrisers Hyderabad has the RTM card available for the left-arm pacer.

His base price is 1 crore and Delhi Daredevils opens the bid, a tad late.

Mustafizur Rahman is the first in the bowlers list.

The fast bowlers are up next.

 

Jos Butler is sold to Rajasthan Royals for 4.40 crores and Mumbai doesn't use its RTM card.

Mumbai Indians pulls out of the race.

Rajasthan Royals seems to want to secure the services of Buttler. The bid crosses the 4-crore mark.

Mumbai Indians has the RTM option available.

Rajasthan joins the race against MI.

Mumbai opens the bid for Buttler.

No opening bid yet for Buttler. His base price is 1.50 lakhs.

Last wicketkeeper, Jos Buttler is up next to go under the hammer.

The Englishman goes unsold.

We have Sam Billings next.

Chennai Super Kings wins the bid for Ambati Rayudu for 2.40 crores.

Rayudu breaches the 2-crore mark. Rajasthan takes some time and discussions at the table.

Chennai Super Kings joins the bid at 1.30 crores.

Mumbai and Delhi get into the bidding process. From his base price of 50 lakhs, Rayudu goes past the 1-crore mark.

Ambati Rayudu is next.

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Samson goes to Rajasthan Royals for 8 crores and Delhi Daredevils declines to use the RTM option.

After breaching the 8-crore mark, Mumbai pulls out of the race.

Mumbai and Rajasthan in no mood to relent. The bid crosses the 6-crore mark.

Delhi Daredevils can use the RTM option for Samson.

Mumbai and Rajasthan are engaged in a war with bids. Immediate bids from both the tables.

It is Sanju Samson now.

Mumbai wins the highest bid for Uthappa at 6.40 crores but KKR uses its RTM card and retains Robin Uthappa.

Rajasthan pulls out after MI's bid at 6.40 crores.

Kolkata Knight Riders has the RTM card for Uthappa.

Looks like Mumbai are going behind every wicketkeeper.

MI and RR are locked in an intense bidding.

Robin Uthappa going under the hammer now.

No one seems to be interested in engaging Ojha's services. He goes unsold.

We have Naman Ojha next.

 

Dinesh Karthik goes to KKR for 7.4 crores.

Rajasthan Royals joins the party. And, after a long discussion, Royals pulls out.

Mumbai Indians joins the bid. The bid crosses the 5.5-crore mark. It looks like Chennai Super Kings are out of the bidding race.

CSK and KKR going neck-to-neck for Karthik.

Chennai Super Kings opens the bid for Karthik at his base price of 2 crores.

Dinesh Karthik is next in the line.

It looks like there are no takers for Bairstow and he goes unsold.

England's Jonny Bairstow under the hammer.

Sunrisers wins the bid for Saha for 5 crores. KXIP does not use its RTM for the wicketkeeper.

SRH and MI join the bidding race. Saha's bid crosses 4 crores.

KKR opens the bid for Saha at his base price of 1 crore.

India wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha is next.

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Delhi Daredevils declines the usage of RTM for de Kock.

RCB with the highest bid of 2.8 crores for de Kock and the South African will don the Bangalore jersey.

Delhi Daredevils has the Right to Match card option available.

After some silence, RCB opens the bid for de Kock. His base price is 2 crores.

Quinton de Kock comes in next

That is not a good start after lunch. No takers for the wicketkeeper and he goes unsold.

The first player is Parthiv Patel.

Welcome to the afternoon session of the first day from the IPL auction.

 

After a pulsating morning session, we are in for a one hour lunch break. The action from the ITC Gardenia and from Sportstar will resume at 2 pm.

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Moeen Ali will play for Royal Challengers Bangalore at 1.70 crores.

CSK joins at 1.60 crores.

RCB opens the bid at his base price, 1.50 crores.

Last player before lunch is Moeen Ali.

Royal Challengers Bangalore wins the bid at 6.20 crores but Kings XI Punjab uses its RTM card and retains Stoinis.

Stoinis breaches the 6-crore mark. The RCB table has asked for some time and is now in an animated discussion.

Kings XI Punjab has the RTM option available for Stoinis.

RCB and RR in a bidding slugfest. The bid increases by the second. 4.60 crores now.

RCB joins the party.

Rajasthan Royals opens the bid at 2 crores.

It is Marcus Stoinis next.

The opening bid is the closing bid for Binny as he goes to Rajasthan Royals for 50 lakhs. All eyes on Royal Challengers Bangalore and it doesn't use the RTM card.

Stuart Binny is next. His base price is 50 lakhs.

Delhi wins the bid for Colin Munro at 1.90 crores.

At 1.10 crores, Mumbai pulls out and Rajasthan Royals joins.

Mumbai Indians opens the bid at his base price, 50 lakhs.

Colin Munro is the next all-rounder.

 

Sunrisers Hyderabad goes for 1.90 crores. No RTM option used by Kolkata Knight Riders for Yusuf.

Indian all-rounder Yusuf Pathan is next. His base price is 75 lakhs.

No takers for the Australian all-rounder and he goes unsold.

Australia's James Faulkner is next.

RCB wins the bid for de Grandhomme for 2.20 crores.

Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad are in the bid.

Next up is Colin de Grandhomme. His base price is 75 lakhs.

 

Chennai Super Kings secures the services of Kedhar Jadhav for 7.80 crores. And, RCB doesn't use the RTM card again.

CSK is no mood to relent. The bid is 7.40 crores now.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad joins in at 5.40 crores.

RCB has an RTM option available for Jadhav too.

CSK joins in bidding for Jadhav and so does Kings XI Punjab.

The opening bid comes from Rajasthan.

Kedar Jadhav next. His base price is 2 crores.

Shane Watson will play for Chennai Super Kings for 4 crores. All eyes on RCB but it doesn't use the RTM option.

After a long discussion, Delhi comes in at 3 crores and Chennai counters immediately.

Rajasthan pulls out from the bid for Watson.

Rajasthan Royals gets into the bid. And, Royal Challengers Bangalore has the RTM option available.

Chennai Super Kings opens the bid. 1 crore, at his base price.

Shane Watson is up next.

Brathwaite will play for Sunrisers Hyderabad for a 2 crore fee.

The bidding picks up speed with SRH and KXIP going fast.

After a long thought and silence, Sunrisers opens the bid for Brathwaite at 1 crore.

West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite is next.

 

The Royal Challengers Bangalore secures the services of Chris Woakes for 7.40 crores.

Chennai quits the Woakes bidding race after RCB takes it to 7.40 crores.

Both the teams engage in quick bidding and Woakes is past the 6 crores mark.

Chennai Super Kings opens the bid at his base price of 2 crores. RCB joins the race.

Chris Woakes is the first all-rounder

We will take a small breather and the all-rounders are next.

There is no opening bid and he goes unsold.

New Zealand's Martin Guptill is next. His base price is 75 lakhs.

 

Manish Pandey goes to Sunrisers Hyderabad for 11 crores. KKR has the option of a RTM card, and as all eyes are on KKR, the table gets into an animated discussion and finally decides not to use the option.

Kings XI in no mood to relent. Sunrisers, meanwhile, joins the bidding process at 8.50 crores.

Royal Challengers Bangalore joins the party.

Mumbai Indians joins the party. At 5 crores.

Kings XI and Chennai Super Kings in an intense bid. Pandey moves from 1.50 crores to 4.50 crores in a matter of seconds.

Chennai Super Kings opens the bid.

Manish Pandey, with a base price of 1 crore, is next.

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The South African remains unsold.

Hashim Amla is now in.

Chris Lynn goes to KKR, or we can say remains with KKR, at 9.60 crores. More on Lynn's bid here.

RCB pulls out at 9.60 crores. KKR with the highest bid.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore enters the bid at 8.40 crores. Delhi pulls out.

A lot of discussions going on the tables.

Kolkata Knight Riders enters the fray at 5 crores. Delhi comes in at 5.80 crores.

Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals engage in a bidding slugfest.

Chris Lynn is next.

And, it remains the closing bid and Delhi Daredevils secures the services of Jaosn Roy.

Delhi Daredevils opens the bid for Roy at his base price for 1.50 crores.

Jason Roy now.

Brendon McCullum returns to where it all began.

Royal Challengers Bangalore gets Brendon McCullum for 3.60 crores.

Delhi Daredevils get into the bid and pulls out after RCB bids at 3.60 crores.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore opens the bid with his base price of 2 crores. Rajasthan joins the bidding.

Brendon McCullum comes up.

Finch goes past the 6 crore mark. Kings XI Punjab with the highest bid of 6.20 crores and Finch will don the Punjab jersey.

Kings XI and Delhi Daredevils in the bidding race. From a base price of 1.50 crores, he is now going strong with a 4.60 crore bid.

Aaron Finch is next in the list.

Kings XI Punjab has used its RTM option on David Miller and the southpaw remains with KXIP for 3 crores.

Mumbai and Delhi are in the fray. Sunrisers joins them.

South Africa's David Miller is next. His base price is 1.50 crores.

Murali Vijay remains unsold.

No takers for Vijay? No one gives the opening bid. His base price is 2 crores.

Murali Vijay is under the hammer.

 

KL Rahul goes to Kings XI Punjab for 11 crores and RCB declines to use the RTM option.

Rahul gets past the 10-crores mark. Kings XI Punjab with the bid.

KXIP and SRH breach the 7 crores mark for Rahul.

After taking the bid past the 6 crores mark, Sunrisers gets into the bid.

An intense bidding for Rahul. Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals in the war.

Karun's state-mate KL Rahul is next. His base price is 2 crores.

 

Karun Nair goes for 5.60 crores to Kings XI Punjab. They all look at Delhi Daredevils and DD doesn't use its RTM option.

Rajasthan with a 5 crore bid for Karun Nair.

An intense bidding between Kings and Royals takes Nair past the 4 crore mark.

Kings XI Punjab with a 2 crore bid.

Delhi Daredevils has the RTM option for Nair.

Nair breaches the 1 crore mark.

Rajasthan bids for 55 lakhs. Kings XI takes it to 75 lakhs.

Karun Nair is the first in the batsmen list.

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The veteran Indian southpaw will don the Kings XI Punjab jersey.

The hammer comes down and Kings XI buys Yuvraj for 2 crores, at his base price. They all look at Sunrisers Hyderabad, who has the RTM, but the Orange Army isn't interested.

Kings XI jumps into the bid straightaway. 2 crores for him.

Yuvraj Singh next.

What a bad start for the Englishman. No takers for him as Joe Root goes unsold.

Well, are we in for another surprise? No opening bid for Root.

England Test skipper Joe Root is next. He is in for the first time. His base price is 1.50 crores.

Sunrisers bids for 3 crores and Williamson goes to SRH.

RCB and SRH with the bidding.

Sunrisers opens the bid with his base price of 1.50 crores. Just the one bid so far.

Looks like no one is going in.

New Zealand's Kane Williamson now.

Kings XI Punjab gets the highest bid at 6.40 crores. But, CSK has used the RTM and Bravo will play for CSK.

Mumbai Indians and Kings XI in a bidding war. The bid jumps quickly. And, Chennai Super Kings have the RTM.

The West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo next.

 

Gautam Gambhir goes home. He will play for the Delhi Daredevils for a 2.80 crore price tag.

Kings XI gives one bid and it is out of the bidding race. 2.80 crores now.

Rajasthan and KKR open the bidding.

Gautam Gambhir under the hammer now.

 

Delhi Daredevils gets the services of Glenn Maxwell for 9 crores. Maxwell to play under his former captain Ricky Ponting. Kings XI Punjab does not go for the RTM.

SRH goes of the bidding race at 9 crores.

The bidding is slow but steady and increasing for Maxwell. Delhi holds him for 8.80 crores.

Maxwell goes past the 7 crore mark. SRH holding him.

Royal Challengers Bangalore enters the fray. It has been a quiet auction for RCB so far.

Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan in the bidding battle. Maxwell goes past the 5 crore mark. His base price is 2 crores.

Explosive Australian Glenn Maxwell is next.

Shakib will play for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

SRH and RR in a tussle. The bid of 2 crores with SRH.

After a lull, Sunrisers Hyderabad gets into the bid for the Bangladesh all-rounder.

We have Shakib Al Hasan in.

 

The opening bid remains the closing bid as Harbhajan is sold to Chennai Super Kings at his base price of 2 crores. More on Harbhajan here.

No more bids for Harbhajan? There is a huge silence in the room.

Harbhajan Singh goes first in the second set. Chennai Super Kings opens the bid at 2 crores.

We have the second set of marquee players.

We are in for a small break.

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Starc will play for Kolkata Knight Riders for 9.40 crores.

Punjab and Kolkata in the fray. Kings XI and KKR take it 9.40 crores and Kings XI are out at the price. The bid is with KKR for 9.40 crores.

Australia's Mitchell Starc is up next.

 

It has been unlucky for Kings XI Punjab. It gets the bid for 4 crores but Rajasthan Royals use its Right to Match card and Rahane is back in the Royals stable.

Kings XI and Mumbai in an intense bidding. 4 crores now.

Kings XI opens the bid for Rahane. 2 crores.

Ajinkya Rahane is next.

Kings XI Punjab gets Faf for 1.60 crore and CSK exercises the Right to Match card and the South African will play for CSK.

Just the one bid from Chennai Super Kings at 1.50 crore. Kings XI joins at 1.60 crore.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis is next.

 

Ben Stokes will play for Rajasthan Royals for 12.50 crore. Read the details here.

An intense battle between Kings XI and KKR for Ben Stokes. Rajasthan Royals enters the bid at 12.50 crores.

Stokes breaches the 10 crore mark. Kings XI with the bid.

The Kolkata Knight Riders enters at 6.80 crores. KXIP and KKR take him past the 9 crore mark.

Rajasthan and Chennai Super Kings start the bidding. Kings XI and CSK keep going on. 6.60 crores and he is with Kings XI for the moment.

Ben Stokes is next

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This is huge and unprecedented. We wouldn't be seeing any Gayle storm in the next IPL. Read the details here.

This is big. Chris Gayle remains unsold.

This is unexpected. What a poor start for Gayle. No opening bid for Gayle storm.

Chris Gayle is next

At 5.40 crores, the hammer goes down on Kieron Pollard for Delhi Daredevils. But Mumbai Indians successfully exercise its Right to Match card and Pollard will play for Mumbai Indians.

Delhi Daredevils enters the fray. At 5 crores.

The bidding for Pollard isn't as intense as it was for Dhawan and Ashwin.

The third player is Kieron Pollard.

 

Ravichandran Ashwin will play for Kings XI Punjab. He is bought for 7.60 crores.

Kings XI is now holding Ashwin for 7.60 crores. Madley isn't leaving it.

Rajasthan Royals takes Ashwin past the 6 crore mark. Kings XI in no mood to relent. Chennai Super Kings is no where to be seen.

Intense bidding for Ashwin. Kings XI with a 5 crore bid for Ashwin.

Chennai Super Kings starts bidding. Kings XI takes him past the 4 crore mark.

Ravichandran Ashwin is next

What is an IPL auction without drama. It is not over yet. There it is, Sunrisers Hyderabad gets the Right to Match card. And Dhawan goes to Sunrisers Hyderabad for 5.20 crores.

The hammer goes down. Kings XI Punjab gets Shikhar Dhawan for 5.20 crores.

Mumbai Indians join the bidding. Mumbai takes Dhawan past the 5 crore mark.

Shikhar Dhawan is the first player. His base price 2 crores. Rajasthan bids for 2.60 crores. Kings XI takes him past the 3 crore mark. Kings XI takes Dhawan past the 4 crore mark.

Time for the hammer to come down. We start with the first set of marquee players.

10.10 am: Richard Madley is explaining the auction process.

 

10.00 am: The auctions will begin with teams bidding for the 16 marquee players.

9.40 am: Ricky Ponting says he is happy with his new role as a head coach of Delhi Daredevils and his team is looking for a complete overhaul.

This is how much the franchises can spend today
Chennai Super Kings47 crores
Delhi Daredevils47 crores
Kings XI Punjab67.5 crores
Kolkata Knight Riders59 crores
Mumbai Indians47 crores
Rajasthan Royals67.5 crores
Royal Challengers Bangalore49 crores
Sunrisers Hyderabad59 crores

How do the players find their man? How do they zero in on the right player? If these questions leave some doubt in your mind, click here to know more about it.

We will have the famous Richard Madley in the house very soon.

Rajasthan Royals co-owner Manoj Badale feels that with the franchise not being able to retain three of its players from the batch of 2015, its suspension has turned into a ‘five-year punishment’. Click here to read more on that.

 

9.30 am: The stage is set. This is what we can expect during the course of the two days.

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