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Devdutt Padikkal has few things to iron out but he is a great talent: Brian Lara
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Devdutt Padikkal has few things to iron out but he is a great talent: Brian Lara

Devdutt Padikkal needs to “iron out” a few technical things but the legendary Brian Lara is confident that the Royal Challengers Bangalore left-hander would better his performance during this IPL with a few Man of the Match awards. The 20-year-old Padikkal was one of the finds of the last IPL, scoring 474 runs with five half-centuries and contributing handsomely to RCB’s campaign. This year, he missed RCB’s opener as he was recovering from a bout of COVID-19 virus and scored 11 in his first appearance, against Sunrisers Hyderabad. “He’s (Padikkal) such a great talent. Last year, he got a couple of (5) fifties, he batted well, he supported Virat Kohli very well,” Lara told Star Sports’ Select Dugout Live Feed. Lara is hopeful that Padikkal has worked on his game in the last ...
India to grant Pakistan cricket players visas for ICC World T20 | Cricket News – Times of India
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India to grant Pakistan cricket players visas for ICC World T20 | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Pakistan cricket team, led by Babar Azam, will have no difficulty in travelling to India for the ICC World T20 in October as the government is set to grant visas to the players from the neighbouring nation. It has been learnt that BCCI secretary Jay Shah has informed the Apex Council about government's decision on giving visas to the Pakistan players. "The visa issue of Pakistan cricket team has been sorted. However whether the fans can travel across the border to watch matches is still not clear," an Apex Council member told PTI on conditions of anonymity. "It will be decided in due course of time. However we had promised ICC that it will be sorted. The secretary announced during the meeting." India and Pakistan have not played bilateral series for many years now due to ...
IPL 2021, PBKS vs CSK: MS Dhoni hails Deepak Chahar after Chennai Super Kings’ win against Punjab Kings | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021, PBKS vs CSK: MS Dhoni hails Deepak Chahar after Chennai Super Kings’ win against Punjab Kings | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is extremely pleased with the growth of Deepak Chahar as a matured death bowler as the medium-pacer took four wickets to star in their win over Punjab Kings, here on Friday. SCORECARDCSK beat Punjab by six wickets to record their first win of the season. "Overall the years, he has matured into a death bowler too but he's somebody who gets more purchase than other bowlers. If you're looking to attack, why not finish his first four overs. Bravo can bowl at the death. It's not a secret," Dhoni said. About pushing England all-rounder Moeen Ali up the order, the CSK captain said, "We felt if Moeen bats up the order, we can make use of the resources that we got. Moeen is a very good timer of the ball and plays authentic shots. We have t...
Ankita runs Ostapenko close, Karman too fights hard before losing on day 1 of BJKC
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Ankita runs Ostapenko close, Karman too fights hard before losing on day 1 of BJKC

Ankita Raina gave her all in an extremely close defeat while Karman Kaur Thandi too fought her heart out before losing as India trailed 0-2 on the opening day of the Billie Jean King Cup Play-offs, in Latvia on Friday. The 174th-ranked Ankita gave a mighty scare to 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, ranked 52, before losing 2-6 7-5 5-7 in two hours and 16 minutes. Producing high-quality tennis, both the players tested all aspects of each other’s game and eventually Ostapenko’s experience of playing high-stake games pulled her through. Karman, ranked as low as 621, showed improvements in her game during a 4-6 0-6 defeat against world number 47 Anastasija Sevastova in the second singles. Karman’s furious forehand surprised Sevastova a number of times but the Latvian ...
PAK vs SA 4th T20I highlights: Pakistan seal T20 series win in South Africa with ball to spare
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PAK vs SA 4th T20I highlights: Pakistan seal T20 series win in South Africa with ball to spare

Pakistan sealed a 3-1 Twenty20 series win in South Africa with a nail-biting victory in the final game on Friday. Cruising at 92-1 in the 10th over, while chasing a winning target of 145, Pakistan suddenly lost five wickets for 23 runs to slip to 115-6 in the 15th over. That ensured a tense finish in the tour finale at SuperSport Park. Highlights: No. 8 Mohammad Nawaz saw the tourists home, hitting 25 not out from 21 balls at the death, including two crucial sixes in the last two overs. Pakistan needed 16 from the last 12 balls and, with the pressure building, Nawaz whipped a six over square leg off the fifth ball of the 19th over, then pulled another six over square leg off the fifth ball of the 20th over. That clinched the win in style with a ball to spare when Pakistan ...
Andrey Rublev stuns 11-time champion Rafael Nadal at Monte Carlo Masters
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Andrey Rublev stuns 11-time champion Rafael Nadal at Monte Carlo Masters

Andrey Rublev produced an audacious display of attacking tennis to hand record 11-time champion Rafael Nadal a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 defeat on clay in the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals on Friday. The sixth-seeded Russian might have won even more convincingly, with Nadal saving break points at 3-1 down in the second set. Nadal clawed his way back to win that set and seemed to have settled down, but Rublev broke him immediately at the start of the decider in which the 34-year-old Nadal looked very tired. “When you face a great player like him and you don’t play well, you should lose,” Nadal said. “He played great, he played aggressive. Well done to him.” Rublev clinched his first win against third-seeded Nadal on his first match point with a typically powerful winner on forehand ...
IPL 2021, PBKS vs CSK: Deepak Chahar’s four-for guides CSK to 6-wicket win over Punjab Kings | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021, PBKS vs CSK: Deepak Chahar’s four-for guides CSK to 6-wicket win over Punjab Kings | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Deepak Chahar produced a superb opening spell to help Chennai Super Kings beat Punjab Kings by six wickets to register their first victory in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League on Friday. After medium-pacer Chahar's four for 13 enabled CSK to restrict the Punjab team to a below-par 106 for eight, Moeen Ali (46, 31 balls, 7x4s, 1x6) put on 66 runs for the second wicket with opener Faf du Plessis (36 not out, 33 balls, 3X4s, 1X6) to secure the win for the three-time champions. Scorecard | Points Table | As it happenedCSK finished at 107 for four in 15.4 overs with Sam Curran (5 not out) scoring the winning runs. With the target in sight, CSK lost the wickets of Suresh Raina (8) and Ambati Rayudu (0) to Mohammed Shami (2/21) in consecutive balls in the 15th over. Ali ope...
BCCI agrees to field both men’s & women’s teams for 2028 Los Angeles Olympics | Cricket News – Times of India
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BCCI agrees to field both men’s & women’s teams for 2028 Los Angeles Olympics | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) has agreed to field both men’s and women’s teams for the Los Angeles Olympics in 2028. BCCI has also agreed to field its women’s team or the Birmingham Commonwealth Games next year. BCCI’s willingness to participate in the Olympics could be a huge boost for the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) plans to get a place in the Olympics. Cricket was last part of the Olympics in 1900. “The board is agreeable to send both its teams if cricket makes it the cut for the LA Olympics. It will be a boost for both men’s and women’s cricket,” a senior BCCI official told TOI after an apex council meeting on Friday. The ICC has recently formed a committee to look into the feasibility of cricket making it back into the Olympics. The committee is in charge of ...
It’s been a seamless transition after Karthik quit KKR captaincy: Morgan | Cricket News – Times of India
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It’s been a seamless transition after Karthik quit KKR captaincy: Morgan | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan feels it has been a seamless transition to captaincy for him after Dinesh Karthik quit midway into the last IPL season in the UAE. Karthik had announced his decision to quit after four wins and three losses in 2020 "with a view to focus on his batting and contributing more to the team's cause", handing over the reins to England World Cup-winning skipper Morgan. "I was delighted to be taken on board, but given that I have captained a lot over the years, it's been indeed a seamless transition," Morgan said in a video posted on KKR website. Understanding. Passion. And most of all, commitment to the cause. Watch how these 3 elements resulted in a change… https://t.co/uVoVbaL3vV— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) 1618561851000Morgan further cr...
IPL: MS Dhoni plays 200th match for Chennai Super Kings | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL: MS Dhoni plays 200th match for Chennai Super Kings | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday evening added another feather to his illustrious cap as he played the 200th game for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) when he took to the field against Punjab Kings at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in match eight of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). Dhoni, who has played 206 matches in the IPL, has featured for CSK in the tournament and Champions League T20. He has made 176 appearances for CSK in the IPL besides making 24 outings for the side in the Champions League T20 tournament. 7⃣ PM! Our heartbeat going 💛 "thala thala" 200*#Thala200 #PBKSvCSK #WhistlePodu #Yellove 🦁 https://t.co/EKk75Xr0f0— Chennai Super Kings - Mask P😷du Whistle P🥳du! (@ChennaiIPL) 1618579800000The former India captain also represented Rising Pune Super...
Fakhar flays South Africa as Pakistan seal T20 series with nervy win | Cricket News – Times of India
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Fakhar flays South Africa as Pakistan seal T20 series with nervy win | Cricket News – Times of India

PRETORIA: Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman struck a blazing half-century as they survived a scare to seal a three-wicket victory over depleted South Africa with a ball to spare and win the four-match Twenty20 International series 3-1 on Friday. South Africa, missing most of their regular players either through injury or having been released to play in the Indian Premier League, were sent in to bat but could only muster 144 all out in 19.3 overs. Mohammad Nawaz finishes it with a SIX as Pakistan win the final #SAvPAK T20I with just a ball to spare, and take th… https://t.co/9ho0PqU81z— ICC (@ICC) 1618589746000Fakhar then blasted 60 from 34 balls in Pakistan’s reply as he put on 91 for the second wicket with captain Babar Azam (24 from 23), and at that stage the tourists were cruising to victory n...
IPL 2021: Ravi Shastri hails Deepak Chahar’s ‘super variations’ against Punjab Kings | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021: Ravi Shastri hails Deepak Chahar’s ‘super variations’ against Punjab Kings | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Team India head coach Ravi Shastri hailed the "super variations" from Chennai Super Kings bowler Deepak Chahar against Punjab Kings in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) on Friday evening. Chahar ran through Punjab Kings' top-heavy batting order dismissing Mayank Agarwal and Nicholas Pooran for a duck while sending back Chris Gayle and Deepak Hooda for 10 runs respectively. Make way for Deepak Chaaar! 4️⃣#PBKSvsCSK #WhistlePodu #Yellove 💛🦁 https://t.co/LDZy2q4Ez8— Chennai Super Kings - Mask P😷du Whistle P🥳du! (@ChennaiIPL) 1618583808000"Proven fact. Genuine swing both ways with control can undo the best. Super variations. Brilliant @deepak_chahar9 #CSKvsPBKS @IPL #IPL2021," Shastri tweeted. Proven fact. Genuine swing both ways with control can undo the best. Super variation...
F1: Tough day for Red Bull as Mercedes top Imola practice | Racing News – Times of India
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F1: Tough day for Red Bull as Mercedes top Imola practice | Racing News – Times of India

The fancied Red Bulls hit trouble in practice for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola on Friday while Valtteri Bottas led Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton one-two in both sessions. Sergio Perez collided with Alpine's Esteban Ocon in the morning, bringing out red flags, and the Mexican's team mate Max Verstappen stopped his Red Bull in the afternoon with a driveshaft problem. FP2 CLASSIFICATION 📊A clean Friday sweep for @ValtteriBottas 💪#ImolaGP 🇮🇹 #F1 https://t.co/TcNcQ1nVAV— Formula 1 (@F1) 1618580268000Bottas, who was on pole at the Italian circuit last year, clocked a best lap of one minute 16.564 seconds in the first session and 1:15.551 in the second. Seven-time world champion Hamilton, last year's race winner when Imola returned to the calendar in November, was 0.041 slower in ...
IPL 2021: Rahul Chahar is a wicket-taking bowler, his role never changes: Bond | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021: Rahul Chahar is a wicket-taking bowler, his role never changes: Bond | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond on Friday praised the team's leg-spinner Rahul Chahar, saying the 21-year-old is a wicket-taking bowler and his role never changes in the star-studded team. Chahar, who has played 3 T20s for India, returned with match-winning figures of 4/27 as the five-time champions defended a low-score against Kolkata Knight Riders to register their first win of the season. "He is doing extremely well, if you look at Rahul (Chahar), he is still incredibly young man, who has played a fair-bit of cricket and now some high-pressure cricket, and (in) finals and a key member of our team, so in terms of his development, I still think he is got a long way to go," Bond said ahead of the game against Sunrisers Hyderabad, who have lost both their matches. "I jus...
Deepak Chahar’s four-for guides CSK to 6-wicket win over Punjab Kings
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Deepak Chahar’s four-for guides CSK to 6-wicket win over Punjab Kings

Deepak Chahar produced a superb opening spell to help Chennai Super Kings beat Punjab Kings by six wickets to register their first victory in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League here on Friday. After medium-pacer Chahar’s four for 13 enabled CSK to restrict the Punjab team to a below-par 106 for eight, Moeen Ali (46, 31 balls, 7x4s, 1×6) put on 66 runs for the second wicket with opener Faf du Plessis (36 not out, 33 balls, 3X4s, 1X6) to secure the win for the three-time champions. CSK finished at 107 for four in 15.4 overs with Sam Curran (5 not out) scoring the winning runs. With the target in sight, CSK lost the wickets of Suresh Raina (8) and Ambati Rayudu (0) to Mohammed Shami (2/21) in consecutive balls in the 15nth over. Ali opened up after a rather cautious...
Women cricket team to play in 2022 CWG, India to compete if LA Olympics includes cricket
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Women cricket team to play in 2022 CWG, India to compete if LA Olympics includes cricket

The BCCI Apex Council has decided, in principle, to field both the men’s and the women’s teams at the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics if the game is included in the roster. The women’s team will also compete at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. The Apex Council that met virtually on Friday also decided that women’s team led by Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur will tour Australia at the end of 2021. That will be followed by New Zealand tour which will preceded the Women ODI World Cup. “The women’s team will be playing in the Birmingham CWG. If finally cricket is a part of 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, then both men and women’s team will take part. This has been decided in principle,” a senior BCCI functionary privy to developments of the day told PTI on conditions of anonymi...
Pune-based cyclist Priyanka Jadhav gets corporate support | More sports News – Times of India
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Pune-based cyclist Priyanka Jadhav gets corporate support | More sports News – Times of India

PUNE: Amid all the gloom around her since the past few years, city’s cyclist Priyanka Jadhav has finally got a ray of hope. The Pune-based cyclist Priyanka, who has won national and international level cycling competitions for the last seven years, will get a push to achieve her dreams after her journey was disturbed by financial crisis. Priyanka, 18, had lost her father 6 years ago and has been going through a financial crisis. The condition at home made Priyanka's life tough. But the young cyclist is set to resume her journey after getting a brand-new bicycle. Priyanka will be seen in action at the National Road Championship in November after she received a racing bicycle for the competition by city-based sports enthusiast and entrepreneur Aniruddha Deshpande. Priyanka has participate...