9:11 pm: That brings us to the end of the auctions. We will bring you the full squads of all the teams shortly.

9:10 pm: Riyan Parag is the last person to go under the hammer. Royals are on a roll and they have to fork out Rs 20 lakh for the 17-year-old all-rounder.

9:09 pm: Royals also bag Ashton Turner of Australia. They submitted a bid of Rs 50 lakh.

9.08 pm: Rajasthan Royals have successfully bid for opener Manan Vohra. He goes for Rs 20 lakh.

Each franchises have been asked to name one unsold player.

9:04 pm: B Ayyappa goes to Delhi Capitals for Rs 20 lakh. Shrikant Munde goes to KKR for Rs 20 lakh.

9:01 pm: The bids are moving thick and fast here. Another Englishman finds a franchise with Joe Denly moving to KKR for a crore.

9:00 pm: The clock strikes nine and champions CSK finally have a player in their ranks. Ruturaj Gaikwad goes for Rs 20 lakh.

8:59 pm: KXIP bag M Ashwin for 20 lakh. Yet another spinner in KXIP’s ranks.

We are back again...

“We would have bid Rs 14-15 crore for Shimron Hetmyer,” jokes Ashish Nehra, who is a part of the RCB think-tank.

A slew of unsold bids ends another session of the auctions. It was surprising to see Dale Steyn not get a bid. Did they not see the pace ace bowl against Australia recently?

Akshdeep Nath goes to RCB

8:31 pm: Yet again, Chennai show interest in a player, only to pull out at the last minute. RCB have to cough up a cool Rs 3.60 crore for the all-rounder.

Yuvraj Singh goes to Mumbai Indians

8:26 pm: Akash Ambani puts his paddle up as we enter the second round. Yuvraj Singh will have another this franchise. He is truly a journeyman. The bid was Rs 1 crore.

8:23 pm: And....we are back to the start.

8:19 pm: 15-year-old Prayas Ray Barman goes to RCB for Rs 1.5 crore. Quite incredible. Barman has not played a first-class game.

8:16 pm: Royals get Liam Livingstone. Keemo Paul goes to Delhi Capitals.

Prabhsimran Singh goes to KXIP for Rs 4.80 crore

RCB and KXIP enter the bidding war. The 17-year-old Punjab wicketkeeper has been a revaltion in junior cricket. But, a bid this big for an unknown teenager was a little unexpected. He hails from Patiala.

8:06 pm: Bids moving along at a rapid pace. Rajasthan Royals snap up Shashank Singh for Rs 30 lakh.

8:00 pm: England’s left-arm pacer Harry Gurney is sold to KKR for Rs 75 lakh. Pankaj Jaswal is sold to Mumbai Indians for Rs 20 lakh.

7: 57 pm: KKR add Nikhil Naik to their squad for a parsimonious fee of Rs 20 lakh.

7:55 pm: RCB get Himmat Singh for Rs 65 lakh.

7:54 pm: KXIP made amends. They buy South Africa pacer Hardus Viljoen for Rs 75 lakh

Oshane Thomas goes to Rajasthan Royals

7:52 pm: Rajasthan and KXIP start the bidding process and the latter pull out. The well-built West Indies pacer goes for Rs 1.10 crore

Satyajeet Bachchav, Joe Denly, Rilee Rossouw all go unsold.

South Africa’s Anrich Nortje goes to KKR

....for a nominal fee of Rs 20 crore. The pacer has made rapid strides and even pace Dale Steyn was impressed with what he saw.

Shivam Ranjane and Pravin Dube go unsold

West Indies’ Sherfane Rutherford goes to Capitals for Rs 2 crore

Unknown entity but he has many suitors following his heroics from the IPL. This hard-hitting batsman can be a treat for the fans who loved big hits over the fence. The West Indian is all of 19 years-old.

7:40 pm: Hugh Emaedes and Co are back.

Dale Steyn attracts no bids and that will be tea time at the auctions.

6:40 pm: New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson goes to KRR at 1.60 crore. Dinesh Karthik and Co are happy.

Brainder Sran goes to MI for Rs 3.40 crore

Heinrich Klaasen goes to RCB for Rs 50 lakh

6:33 pm: RCB was the only team in the race and they get the South Africa keeper. No bids for Jason Holder, Kusal Perera and Mushfiqur Rahim.

The England all-rounder was expected to attract a big money move and his bid lived up to his billing. He has only had a moderate start to his limited-overs career.

Sam Curran goes to KXIP for Rs 7.20 crore

RCB, Capitals, and KXIP express their interest. KXIP are all smiles again. It’s like the ghost of Zinta is still in the room in Jaipur.

Sam Curran has sparked a bidding war. It was expected after his heroic displays against India recently.

6:23 pm: No bids for J & K all-rounder Parvez Rasool.

6:20 pm: New Zealand’s James Neesham, Hashim Amla, Saurabh Tiwary and Corey Anderson go unsold.

No bids for Australia’s Shaun Marsh

Colin Ingram goes to the Capitals for Rs 6.40 crore

Sunrisers were aggressive with the paddle before giving up on the player after the bid touched the Rs 6 crore mark. Capitals have furthered bolstered their batting order.

We are back...the paddles are up straight away for former South Africa batsman Colin Ingram, a hard-hitting opening batsman. Reeza Hendricks, Zazai and Usman Khawaja go unsold.

Did you see the verbal spat between Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma on day four? If not, here it is. India is not a happy camp, is it?

Here’s a summary of what has happened so far – READ

6:01 pm: We are off for a short break. Stay tuned for more updates.

5:59 pm: Yuvraj Chudasama, Zahir Khan Pakteen, KC Cariappa, Ravi Sai Kishore and M Ashwin go unsold. It’s been uninspiring so far with all the franchises opting to rest their paddle.

5:56 pm: Nathu Singh joins the Capital for Rs 20 lakh. That breaks the unsold spree that we are currently in so far.

5:54 pm: Tushar Deshpande, Suchith, Chama Milind go unsold.

5:53 pm: Vidarbha pacer Rajneesh Gurbani goes unsold.

5:51 pm: Young Bengal pacer Ishan Porel goes unsold. That was a bit surprising.

5:48 pm: Ankush Bains goes to Delhi Capitals for Rs 20 lakh.

5:47 pm: No takers for Jalaj Saxena, Sheldon Jackson and Baba Indrajith.

Varun Chakravarthy goes to KXIP for Rs 8.40 crore

5:45 pm: Varun impressed in the TNPL and has CSK, Captials and KXIP making a beeline. The bid moves at a rapid pace and trundles its way to the finish line. The bid ends with a huge round of applause.

RCB get all-rounder Shivam Dube for Rs 5 crore

5:35 pm: Mumbai and RCB enter the race. Steadily, it becomes an expensive one with KXIP joining in. The Bangalore outfit are all smiles in the end. Isn’t it nice to see a happy Nehraji? Quite unexpected, this one. Congrats, Shivam.

5:30 pm: Sarfaraz Khan goes to KXIP for Rs 25 lakh.

5:29 pm: Arman Jaffer, who made a terrific comeback from a career-threatening injury recently and Akshdeep Nath are unsold.

5:28 pm: Anmolpreet Singh goes to Mumbai Indians for Rs 80 lakh.

5:25 pm: Devdutt Padikkal is sold to RCB for Rs 20 lakh. Manan Vohra and Sachin Baby are unsold.

We will be back after a short break

5:05 pm: West Indies’ Kharry Pierre – who had set his base price at Rs 50 lakh – goes unsold. Australia’s Fawad Ahmed also finds no takers.

5:04 pm: Australia’s Adam Zampa goes unsold. Bit of a surprise there. The leggie has a six-wicket haul in the IPL.

5:03 pm: Leg-spinner Rahul Sharma goes unsold.

CSK get Mohit Sharma for Rs 5 crore

Chennai and Mumbai enter the race but this time, the defending champions show more determination in Mohit Sharma, who will rejoin MS Dhoni and Co after a stint with KXIP.

Varun Aaron goes to Rajasthan Royals for Rs 2.20 crore

Delhi and Rajasthan start the bidding process but the latter’s aggressive approach pays off. More pace options for the inaugural champions of the IPL.

Shami goes to KXIP for Rs 4.80 crore

4:53 pm: Mike Hesson and Co exchange high-fives. CSK finally, FINALLY enter the fray after being spectators for the better part of the opening session. KXIP enter the race too. CSK rarely back out when they think a certain player is a good fit to their squad but they concede this time to KXIP.

Mumbai Indians retain Malinga for Rs 2 crore

Why not? The Sri Lankan has been doing well in the recent past and is the highest wicket-taker in the history of the IPL. He will be doing more than just mentoring the pacers for the upcoming season. Fancy seeing him opening the bowling alongside Jasprit Bumrah?

Delhi Capitals get Ishant Sharma for Rs 1.10 crore

Capitals are all about keeping the Delhi flavour intact by snapping up homegrown talent. Ishant will meet fellow Delhi boys Dhawan and Pant.

Unadkat stays with Royals for Rs 8.40 crore

Rajasthan Royals and KXIP clash but the former are determined to hold on their player, who had a poor season in 2018. Will we see a revival of the left armer this year? This has been the most expensive bid so far.

Into the pacers now

Saha goes to SRH for Rs 1.20 crore

4:26 pm: The India wicketkeeper, who is fighting fitness at this time, will play for the 2016 champions once again.

West Indies’ Nicholas Pooran goes to KXIP for Rs 4.20 crore

The flag is up in the KXIP camp again. RCB join in and show what Virat Kohli would call, intent. But it is KXIP who clinch the bid at the death.

Jonny Bairstow goes to SRH for Rs 2.20 crore

4:19 pm: Sunrisers Hyderabad open the bid before KXIP enter the fray (boy, don’t we miss Priety Zinta’s aggressive bidding). The 2014 finalists back out and Sunrisers have their man and Tom Moody wears a smile on his face. The Englishman will be making his IPL debut.

4:18 pm: Australia rookie Ben McDermott also goes unsold. He had set his base price at Rs 50 lakh.

4:17 pm: No takers for MP keeper Naman Ojha, whose base price for Rs 1 crore.

We are into the wicket-keepers now

Axar Patel will play for Delhi Capitals

....for Rs 5 crore. Delhi Capitals and KXIP are in the race and the all-rounder’s value keeps shooting up. Boy, aren’t Delhi delighted. Axar will certainly bolster their middle order, which looks shaky to say the least.

KXIP buy Moises Henriques for Rs 1 crore

Punjab’s love affair with the Australians continue. The Portugal-born all-rounder finds a franchise. Congratulations.

4:10 pm: Yuvraj Singh goes unsold. His base price was set at Rs 1 crore.

Gurkeerat Singh Mann moves to RCB for Rs 50 lakh

4:09 pm: RCB are the only franchise in the fray and they get the Punjab batsman, who has played for India in the past.

4:07 pm: England pacer Chris Jordan goes unsold.

Carlos Brathwaite moves to KKR for Rs 5 crore

4:06 pm: Brathwaite finds a new franchise! Kolkata and KXIP are involved in the bidding war. There is some deliberation in the KKR camp after the bid reaches Rs 4.60. They don’t pull out and Brathwaite will play in Eden Gardens for the upcoming season. It was was in that arena that he made a name for himself at the international stage.

3:58 pm: No takers for England all-rounder Chris Woakes, who had not done himself any favours with a base price of Rs 2 crore.

Fun fact: Shimron Hetmeyer has hit the second-most sixes (49) in International cricket this year. Certainly a valuable addition to the RCB side.

3:57 pm: New Zealand’s Martin Guptill goes unsold. His base price was set at Rs 1 crore.

3:56 pm: Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum goes unsold. His base price was also set a cool Rs 1.50 crore.

Shimron Hetymer goes to RCB for Rs 4.20 crore

3:54 pm: After his recent heroics, there was a lot of talk of Hetymer going for big money in the actions. Those predictions have come true now. KXIP and Rajasthan Royals were in the mix. Sunrisers enter the fray with a late bid. RCB show more desire in the end and Hetmyer is rewarded for his heroics that he executed in front of India captain Virat Kohli a month ago.

Hanuma Vihari goes to Delhi Capitals for Rs 2 crore

Delhi Capitals open the bid and Rajasthan Royals also come in the mix. In come Mumbai Indians to start a bidding war. Delhi were unrelenting and Mumbai finally gave up. Good days for Vihari, who impressed at the spicy Perth wicket for India.

3:44 pm: England’s Alex Hales also goes unsold. His base price was a steep Rs 1.50 Crore.

3:42 pm: Cheteshwar Pujara is the second player...yet again, the franchise executives are unmoved.

3:40 pm: Manoj Tiwari is the first player to go under the hammer. His base price is Rs 50 lakh.....and no takers there.

3:30 pm: The auctions are underway. CoA member Diana Edulji with the opening keynote address.

3:26 pm: “The player availability is going to be a big factor,” says Venky Mysore. We think the West Indies and New Zealand players are going to be in demand.

3:24 pm: The auctions are ready to start any minute now. Meanwhile, for all the football fans who are here, Manchester United have sacked manager Jose Mourinho.

3:20 pm: “We were clear and confident of our strategy,” says Venky Mysore, CEO of KKR. “It was very gratifying to see the youngsters perform well.”

3:15 pm: “Have been planning over the last month or so. It will be interesting,” says KXIP coach Mike Hesson. “It was obvious that we were good at the death with AJ Tye. Strengthening the middle order is something that we are looking at.”

3:09 pm: “We were looking to add some experience in our camp. We have good young players, as Mohammad said. The opening slot was a problem for us and we are delighted to have Shikhar [Dhawan] on board.”

3:08 pm: “We felt Delhi Capitals was strong and powerful and resonated well with the city.” – More tidbits from the Delhi camp.

3:06 pm: “We have some good young players. Prithvi Shaw, Dhawan, Pant, Iyer our captain,” says former India player Mohammad Kaif, who is a part of the Delhi Capitals think-tank.

3.03 pm: Two uncapped Indian players who could transform their minimum base price to maximum output are Shivam Dube (Mumbai) and Varun Chakravarthy (Tamil Nadu).

Meanwhile, here’s a look at the most expensive Indian players in the auction today. (> Rs 50 lakh)

Players Specialisation Reserve price (In Rs lakh)
Jaydev Unadkat BOWLER 150
Axar Patel ALL-ROUNDER 100
Yuvraj Singh ALL-ROUNDER 100
Wriddhiman Saha WICKETKEEPER 100
Mohammad Shami BOWLER 100
Ishant Sharma BOWLER 75

2.59 pm:

Marquee players (Base price Rs 2 crore)
Corey Anderson
Sam Curran
Colin Ingram
Lasith Malinga
Shaun Marsh
Angelo Matthews
Brendon McCullum
D'Arcy Short
Chris Woakes
Eoin Morgan

2.54 pm: One big change for the auction this year, is a new auctioneer! Meet Mr. Hugh Edmeades...

2.47 pm: Couple of things we have heard from the telecast so far. First, we might not see Preity Zinta in the auction hall today, it seems. Which is a shame, because she is an entertainer for sure. KXIP will still be busiest team, no doubt.

There are also a few names that have been added to the list overnight. Eoin Morgan, England’s white-ball captain, is one of those.

2.41 pm: First things first, here’s what the teams are looking for today and how much money is left for each of them.

Who needs what in the auction

Franchises Salary cap available Indian Slots Overseas Slots
CSK 8.40 cr 2 0
DD 25.50 cr 7 3
KXIP 36.20 cr 11 4
KKR 15.20 cr 7 5
MI 11.15 cr 6 1
RR 20.95cr 6 3
RCB 18.15 cr 8 2
SRH 9.70 cr 3 2
Total 145.25 cr 50 20

2.35 pm: Hello all and welcome to The Field’s live blog of the IPL 2019 player auction! For the second time in 2018, players go under the hammer for the Indian Premier League.

The venue is new with the Pink City hosting the event instead of Bangalore and so is the auctioneer, Hugh Edmeades, who replaces Richard Madley after 11 seasons.

The nine players in the Rs 2 crore bracket are Brendon McCullum, Chris Woakes, Lasith Malinga, Shaun Marsh, Sam Curran, Colin Ingram, Corey Anderson, Angelo Mathews and D’Arcy Short.

Teams are also likely to chase experienced overseas players such as Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales, who have put themselves in the Rs 1.5 crore category.

Indian all-rounder Jaydev Unadkat, who was bought for Rs 11.5 crore by Rajasthan Royals, will also feature in the same bracket.

A total of 70 players can be bought at the auction with 20 slots available for the the foreign players.

India Test regulars like Cheteswar Pujara and Ishant Sharma have also thrown their hat into the ring with base prices of Rs 50 and Rs 75 lakh respectively.

Alongside the big names, a host of uncapped Indian players will be up for grabs with some of them