South Africa’s Hashim Amla is all set to join Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), replacing Shaun Marsh, who was ruled out of IPL 2016 on Monday due to a back injury.According to a report on ESPNCricinfo, KXIP have got the clearance for Amla and he will be joining the side soon. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )Amla at a base price of Rs 1 crore remained unsold during February’s auction and also is yet to make his IPL debut. Moreover, in January he stepped down as South Africa’s Test captain. (KXIP’s Shaun Marsh ruled out of IPL ) Marsh had been carrying a niggle since KXIP’s game in April 19 against Kolkata Knight Riders, but continued to play and in Sunday’s match against Gujarat Lions, the niggle flared up. Presently KXIP are languishing at the bottom of points table with two wins from seven matches.KXIP batting will be boosted with Amla joining the squad, who has a decent record in the T20Is. The former South Africa captain has played in 88 T20s scoring 2446 runs at an average of 31.35.
Real Madrid’s scoring woes are now the worst they’ve been in over three decades after failing to find the net against Deportivo Alaves.Manu Garcia’s 95th minute winner saw the hosts come away with a 1-0 victory over the reigning European champions, one that actually brings them level to Real Madrid on 14 points in the Liga table.Not even the return of Gareth Bale to the line-up after missing against CSKA Moscow midweek and coming off early against Atletico was enough to break the recent string of struggles. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The reigning European Champions began the season well enough, with victories in their first three league contests this season, scoring 10 goals in the process.While a draw against Athletic Bilbao was their first setback of the campaign, subsequent victories against Roma and Espanyol set Real off to a fine start under Julen Lopetegui.But the success in front of goal that was present in four of the club’s first five games of the season has evaporated in recent weeks.Real Madrid have not scored since that victory over Espanyol, having been kept off the board in four straight contests.Over that span, Madrid have lost 3-0 to Sevilla and held city rivals Atletico to a scoreless draw, following those results with a pair of 1-0 losses on the road to CSKA Moscow and Alaves.That is the longest goalless streak the club have endured since April 1985, when they could not find the net in five straight. 1985 – Real Madrid have failed to score in four consecutive games in all competitions for the first time since April 1985 (five), their worst run ever. Drought pic.twitter.com/Hrej7ojkM4— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 6, 2018Not a single player on the Madrid team for the match was alive when the club went through that poor run, with the oldest, Luka Modric, born in September 1985. The silver lining for Madrid is that three of those contests were on the road and the one home fixture was against Diego Simeone’s stingy Atletico side.After the international break, Madrid will return home and look to avoid equaling the 1985 side by finally breaking through when they get to face Levante.