IPL Auction: Stokes Most Expensive Buy; Bonanza For M Pandey, KL Rahul

India opener KL Rahul and middle-order batsman Manish Pandey bagged bumper deals as 78 players (29 overseas) were sold on Day 1 of the Indian Premier League Player Auction held at Bengaluru. Kings XI Punjab and SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) were involved in a bidding war for Rahul, with the former acquiring his services at Rs 11 crore after Royal Challengers Bangalore did not use their Right to Match (RTM) card to retain him. Interestingly, Pandey was bought by SRH at the exact same price to equal Rahul as the most expensive Indian at this year's auction until then. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), after several discussions, opted not to use the RTM card to retain the stylish right-hander.