IPL auction: How the Kiwis fared on day one, what to expect today

After yesterday's opening day of the 2018 Indian Premier League auction, several Black Caps stars picked up big money contracts, while others went unsold.

As the teams prepare for the second day of player purchases, there are still 16 New Zealanders left in the bidding pool.

Yesterday's unsold Black Caps still have a chance to grab a deal for themselves.

The story so far:

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson was the first of the Kiwis to go under the hammer, with his $317,000 asking price quickly ballooning to a cool $635,000, seeing the New Zealand skipper return to the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Williamson's predecessor Brendon McCullum was the next Kiwi to be sold, with his $425,000 asking price turned into a cool $766,000 - uniting with another former NZ star Daniel Vettori at the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Martin Guptill was next out of the hat, with none of the eight sides initially interested in his $204,000 base price, he can however be sold for lower than that this afternoon, along with the likes of Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan and Ish Sodhi.

Mike Hesson says that several of his players should attract attention at this year's auction. Source: 1 NEWS

New Zealand's Colins found themselves in the money, with big hitting all-rounder de Grandhomme sold for $468,000, with Bangalore again picking up a Kiwi star.

Colin Munro on the other hand landed his first IPL deal, sold for $403,000 to the Delhi Daredevils, coached by former Australian captain Ricky Ponting.

Several international stars pocketed some serious coin with England's Ben Stokes sold to the Rajasthan Royals for $2.7 million, Australia's Mitchell Starc went to the Kolkata Knight Riders for just over $2m, while fellow Aussie Glenn Maxwell earned himself $1.9m, Delhi snapping him up.

It wasn't all good for the international stars though, with household names like Chris Gayle and Joe Root unwanted on the opening day.

Still to come:

Day two will see the rest of the New Zealanders learn their fate's, with Corey Anderson up first, before the likes of Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner and Ross Taylor also available.

Yesterday's rejects can be sought out by the eight sides, should their services be wanted for lower than their initial asking price.

New Zealanders still to come: Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Glenn Phillips, Anton Devcich, Mitchell Santner, Tom Latham, Luke Ronchi, Lockie Ferguson, Adam Milne, Ross Taylor, Matt Henry, Scott Kuggeleijn, Neil Wagner, Seth Rance, Ben Wheeler, Anurag Verma.

Unsold on day one: Martin Guptill, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ish Sodhi.

The Black Caps' star is in hot demand and could be in line for a lucrative payday. Source: 1 NEWS

Spinners galore as White Ferns name side for T20 series against Australia

New Zealand will take a spin-heavy bowling attack into their three-match women's Twenty20 series against Australia.

Five players are proven international slow bowlers and should get plenty of overs during the series starting at North Sydney Oval on September 29.

Coach Haidee Tiffen has based selection on her belief slow bowling will be important at the women's World T20 in the West Indies in November.

One of the spin group is new skipper Amy Satterthwaite.

The allrounder takes over from Suzie Bates, who surprisingly relinquished the captaincy last week.

Bates is the most potent batting force in the New Zealand team and is ranked second in the world in the shortest format, just ahead of Australian pair Meg Lanning and Beth Mooney.

Suzie Bates, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Sophie Devine, Kate Ebrahim, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Amy Satterthwaite (capt), Lea Tahuhu, Jess Watkin.

New Zealand’s Amelia Kerr. International womens cricket, White Ferns v Australia, Blake Park, Tauranga, New Zealand. Sunday, 5 March, 2017. Copyright photo: John Cowpland / www.photosport.nz
New Zealand bowler Amelia Kerr. Source: Photosport



'You can always capitalise at the end' - Colin Munro reflects on record-breaking CPL season

Colin Munro has revealed the mindset he's maintained in a record-breaking campaign for the Trinbago Knight Riders which he capped off with a man-of-the-match performance today.

Along with winning the final against the Guyana Amazon Warriors today, the left-hander was also named in the tournament team and became the first batsman in tournament history to break the 500 run mark in a single CPL season.

Munro finished with 567 runs from 13 innings at an average of 51.54 while generating a strike rate of 140.

He finished 110 runs clear of the second best run producer - fellow Black Cap Glenn Phillips - by 110 runs.

The 31-year-old said after the match he's had a constant approach to the tournament which helped him generate the record numbers.

"On these surfaces you can't just go from ball one as I've done in the past.

"I just tried to get myself under way before I took too many risks, get myself set for 20-30 balls and you can always capitalise at the end."

Munro finished the CPL in Hollywood fashion, knocking the game-winning runs for Trinbago to backward point before getting swamped by his teammates.

He even took a moment to stand and appreciate the standing ovation from fans at Brian Lara Stadium who attended the final.

"There's a few more supporters out here for me than there is back home I reckon," he said.

Munro was selected in Black Caps' T20 and ODI squads to face Pakistan in the United Atab Emirates in November before a full summer at home.



Watch: Euphoric Colin Munro sprints to swarming teammates after blistering knock wins CPL title

New Zealand combo Colin Munro and Brendon McCullum have played starring roles in helping the Trinbago Knight Riders win their third CPL title in six years this afternoon.

Both Munro and McCullum starred with the bat at Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago, much to the dismay of fellow Kiwi Luke Ronchi who also had a strong showing for Guyana Amazon Warriors.

After Trinbago won the toss and elected to field, Guyana scored a total of 147 runs despite Ronchi's opening score of 44 off 35 deliveries.

But his efforts were countered by McCullum who opened the batting for the Knight Riders with 39 runs off 24 balls before Munro finished the job with a stellar 68  runs off 39 balls.

Munro drove a four to deep point to win the match with eight wickets and 15 balls to spare.

It caps a stellar campaign for the 31-year-old leftie who finishes as the top run-scorer in the competition with 567 runs.

'It's never easy to let go of something that I have really loved' - Suzie Bates steps down as White Ferns captain

White Ferns skipper Suzie Bates is putting her team first, handing over the reins as captain to teammate Amy Satterthwaite as her side prepares for the women's World Twenty 20 in November.

The 31-year-old made the announcement in Lincoln this afternoon at a press conference at New Zealand Cricket's high performance centre.

Satterthwaite will take over as captain for the New Zealand women's T20 series against Australia on September 29 in Sydney.

Bates said it was tough telling her teammates before the press conference.

Suzie Bates, Captain of New Zealand bats during Women's ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Source: Getty

"It was difficult telling the team before, it's never easy to let go of something that I have really loved," said Bates, who was in charge for six years.

"It has been a long stint and probably the last 12 months I have struggled with dealing with the captaincy and playing.

"And perhaps the performances as a group haven't gone as well as I would have liked."

Bates believes not having the responsibility as captain will help her focus more on her own game.

"Now that the decision has been made, it makes sense for my own game to be able to concentrate on that at the end of my career," she said.

"And put as much into performing as well as I can without the captaincy."

Bates has played 115 one day internationals and 101 T20 internationals, debuting for New Zealand in 2006.

She has also scored 7000 runs for New Zealand.

The veteran cricketer told media today, "I've struggled with the captaincy and playing". Source: 1 NEWS