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Beyond Jasprit Bumrah, MI have no support in bowling: Brian Lara on why five-time champions are favorites no more

Six games, four losses. Even for the perennially slow starters Mumbai Indians, IPL 2024 seems to be going off the rails. But contrary to their current state, the five-time champions had been looked at as a pedigree opponent ahead of the season. Former SRH coach, Brian Lara has an assessment. “I think when we look at Mumbai Indians, a lot of people have them as favourites, simply because they were batting so well, they scored 230 runs, they chased on 196, made it look very easy, 15 overs, so on that fact I think, we pick them as favourites,” Lara told Star Sports. But it’s their bowling department that has left MI playing catch up on most occasions. So much so that even the return of Jasprit Bumrah hasn’t helped things. “Their bowling is poor. Beyond Jasprit Bumrah, there is no one to ac...
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Rohit Sharma’s first-ever IPL hundred goes in vain as CSK emerge victorious at Wankhede

Rohit Sharma played lone ranger in the chase of 207, scoring his maiden century in the Indian Premier League. The former MI skipper’s efforts however were eclipsed by the Chennai Super Kings, who won the game by 20 runs. Opening for the home side, in pursuit of an above par total, Rohit laced 11 fours and five sixes in his 63-ball-105. During the course of his innings, Rohit also became the first-ever Indian batter to hit 500 sixes in T20s. The Lone Warrior 👏 First IPL century by Rohit Sharma at the Wankhede 🫡#MIvCSK #TATAIPL #IPLonJioCinema pic.twitter.com/vnf9Pbgd9v — JioCinema (@JioCinema) April 14, 2024 Rohit’s ton marked the third of the ongoing IPL season. Virat Kohli and Jos Buttler had nabbed triple digit scores in the same game. Earlier, CSK were put in to bat by Mumbai Indian...
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WATCH: MS Dhoni nails hattrick of sixes against Hardik Pandya at Wankhede

Once again in IPL 2024, MS Dhoni turned back the clock; a gentle reminder of his six-hitting nous in the death overs of an innings. But while his quickfire 37 against the Delhi Capitals in Vizag may not have turned the fate in his side’s favor, Sunday was anything but. In the big ticket contest against fellow five-time IPL winners Mumbai Indians, for the Chennai Super Kings, came a hattrick of sixes in the final over that helped the defending champions breach the 200 run mark. Coming in to bat at six, Dhoni plundered three maximums off the four deliveries he faced – all off Mumbai Indians’ skipper Hardik Pandya’s bowling. Here’s a video: DO NOT MISS MSD 🤝 Hat-trick of Sixes 🤝 Wankhede going berserk Sit back & enjoy the LEGEND spreading joy & beyond 💛 😍 Watch the match LIVE on @...
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How Salt’s muscle and Starc’s revival fashioned KKR’s first win over LSG

Synopsis: Destroyer Salt and anchor Shreyas star with defining partnership after on-the-money Starc made his first big impression of the season to usher in the Bengali New Year in style.Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) notched up their fourth win of the season, defeating Lucknow Super Giants by eight wickets at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. The architects were Phil Salt (89*), Shreyas Iyer (38*), and Mitchell Starc (3/28). With LSG’s former mentor Gautam Gambhir in the Knights’ dugout this season, KKR ended their winless streak against the fledgling IPL franchise and took their tally to eight points. Destroyer Salt, anchor Shreyas Salt took over from Sunil Narine as destructor-in-chief, as the Englishman started Kolkata’s run chase in scintillating fashion. He pummeled Krunal Pandya for three ...
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IPL 2024: Rajasthan Royals make heavy weather of modest target before Shimron Hetmyer seals deal against Punjab Kings

Synopsis: A game neither team seemingly wanted to win meandered along until Kagiso Rabada threatened to seize it for Punjab in the middle overs of the chase before Shimron Hetmyer ensured that Rajasthan Royals prevailed in the final over. With Jos Buttler out of the game due to injury, Rajasthan Royals took the decision to open with bowling all-rounder Tanush Kotian. Perhaps, the plan was to just stay there and runs would come, but it didn’t quite go that way as both openers – Kotian and Yashasvi Jaiswal – dawdled along. Only 43 runs came in the Powerplay and Kotian fell in the 9th over to leg-spinner Liam Livingstone, rushing out for a big hit but failing to connect and getting bowled for 31-ball 24. Jaiswal too couldn’t really break free as he could only make a 28-ball 39. Rabada thre...
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MS Dhoni reunited with 2011 ODI World Cup trophy in Mumbai ahead of MI vs CSK

The last Indian captain to lift the ODI World Cup trophy, MS Dhoni reunited with the prized possession on Saturday at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headquarters in Mumbai. The BCCI shared a photo of the former Indian skipper touching the replica with the 2011 Cricket World Cup logo inscribed on it, captioned, “Made for each other.” Placed beside the replica from the 2011 edition was the old Prudential Cup from India’s 1983 edition win. While the original ODI World Cup trophy is placed in the ICC headquarters at Dubai, each winning side is given a replica. Dhoni is in Mumbai alongside his Chennai Super Kings teammates for the high-octane clash against Mumbai Indians on Sunday evening at the Wankhede Stadium, the venue where he hit the winning six to see to conclusion I...
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Gautam Gambhir defends KKR’s Mitchell Starc: ‘Four games don’t make him a bad bowler…four good games don’t make him brilliant either’

Of the few things that have gone wrong for the Kolkata Knight Riders in their near perfect IPL 2024 season so far, Mitchell Starc’s initiation as a KKR bowler seems to have been one of them. In the four games he’s played so far, Starc has conceded 154 runs and nabbed just the two wickets. This, after having been bought for a mind-numbing 24.75 Cr INR at the auction last December. KKR mentor Gautam Gambhir however, believes the sample size of four games isn’t enough to judge their pace spearhead. “It (his poor stats) doesn’t matter, T20 cricket is all about bowlers getting smashed. We’ve got three wins out of four.” Ahead of their match against Lucknow Super Giants here, Gambhir added, “In a team sport, it’s the wins that matter. We have got three wins out of four. Why should I not be ha...
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Jasprit Bumrah vs Virat Kohli: From debut to latest 5-for, a look at five times MI star pacer got rid of RCB superstar

For various reasons, Virat Kohli will remain an integral part of the Jasprit Bumrah story. In the format he loves the most – Test cricket – he made his debut under Kohli’s captaincy in South Africa. And he thrived in the format under Kohli’s aggressive, bowler-prioritised leadership. But even before that, Bumrah made his first major impact in top-level cricket when he bowled to – and dismissed – Kohli back in IPL 2013. In fact, Bumrah has dismissed Kohli five times. It hasn’t all been one-way traffic, Kohli has had his moments against Bumrah. In 16 face-offs between the duo in IPL, Kohli has scored 140 runs off 95 balls at a strike rate of 147.36. Off those 95 deliveries, he has hit 15 fours and five 6s. But as Bumrah showed at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday, he does trouble Kohli qui...
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Vinesh Phogat says status of her coach’s accreditation for Asian Olympic qualifiers is unclear; SAI confirms proposal cleared

Wrestler Vinesh Phogat has said her bid to qualify for the Paris Olympics was being scuppered because accreditations had not been obtained yet for her personal coach and physio for the Asian Olympic qualifying tournament in Bishkek later this month. Vinesh is aiming for an Olympic quota in the 50 kg category. Vinesh posted on X that, “despite repeated requests I am not getting any concrete answer from anywhere.” “The Asian Olympic qualifying tournament is going to start on 19th April. For the past one month, I have been requesting the Government of India (SAI, TOPS) for the accreditation of my coach and physio to accompany me to the competition area. But despite repeated requests, I am not getting any concrete answer from anywhere. No one is ready to help,” Vinesh posted. In a statement...
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For India’s Candidates contenders, rest day means chance to work harder, rest longer

Before they left for Toronto to compete at the biggest tournament of the year, Viswanathan Anand hosted four of India’s five Candidates contenders at his home over dinner. There, five-time world champion Anand reached into his memories of playing at big-ticket events like the Candidates to offer insights. “There is no greater joy on earth than winning before a rest day,” he declared at one point. It’s a feeling that none of the five Indians at the Candidates are experiencing as the tournament reaches its second rest day. R Praggnanandhaa is probably the most satisfied out of the Indian quintet, after playing out a calm draw with Fabiano Caruana, the top-ranked player in the eight-man field and a fifth-time participant at the high-stakes event. Vidit Gujrathi might have mixed feelings, h...
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Hardik Pandya must be enjoying getting booed, says Ishan Kishan: ‘People will start loving him again’

Mumbai Indians keeper batter Ishan Kishan believes a part of his franchise skipper Hardik Pandya would be relishing the challenge of getting jeered at the early stages of IPL 2024, including at their home ground, Wankhede Stadium. “He loves challenges. He has been in this situation before. He is in that situation right now. He is not someone who will come out and talk about this and that. I know he is someone who works really hard off the field. On the field, he is on a very different level,” Kishan said in the post-match press conference following MI’s seven wicket win against RCB on Thursday. “I know he must be enjoying it. I have spent a lot of time with him. He must be enjoying it. He is ready for the challenges, because you can’t complaint to the fans. They will come up with their ...
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Rashid Khan leads a heist for Gujarat Titans as Rajasthan Royals throw away a comfortable win

Synopsis: Rajasthan Royals prey on Gujarat Titans’ mistakes to stay ahead for most of the night, only to throw away an easy victory with poor bowling at the death to slump to their first defeat of the season. If anyone is looking for a tutorial on how to throw away a victory, look no further than the death bowling of Kuldeep Sen and Avesh Khan, who combined to allow Gujarat Titans back into a game they had all but lost. Rashid Khan and Rahul Tewatia were able to slog through poor bowling and ride the good fortune of plenty of extras in the final overs to give their side a three-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday. Rashid was sensational in the end, finishing on 24 off 11 balls, and offering up another reminder that, on his day, he is a proper T20 allrounder. WHAT. A. WIN 🔥🔥 T...
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Hockey, IND vs AUS: Harmanpreet Singh gives hope but Australia storm back on a day India’s attack struggles again

On paper, 2-4 is better than 1-5. The Indian men’s hockey team bridged the gap a bit but went down in a six-goal clash against their nemesis Australia in Perth on Sunday to trail 0-2 in the five-match series. Before the team departed to Australia, head coach Craig Fulton had said that going toe-to-toe for long periods was the key to beating the Kookaburras. Unfortunately, for the second day running, a drop-off in the level – especially in the third quarter – proved to be India’s undoing. A 15-minute blitz saw Australia score three times to turn around a 1-2 half-time deficit. “The Aussies punished us for our mistakes but I didn’t think we were at the races, to be honest,” Fulton had said pre-match about his side’s performance in the first game, and India gave a better account of themsel...
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Punjab Kings find Indian pinch hitters in Shashank Singh and Ashutosh Sharma

Synopsis: After a Shubman Gill special in Ahmedabad, Noor Ahmad nearly scripted a familiar nightmare for Punjab before Shashank Singh and Ashutosh Sharma inspired a final over win.The lack of Indian pinch hitters down the order — it’s a shortcoming that’s often come to haunt Punjab Kings in IPL over the years. It looked to be the case on Thursday as well, with half their batting gone and 89 runs yet to be scored in the final eight overs. It was from here that Shashank Singh and Impact Player Ashutosh Sharma turned the tide for a three-wicket win. Shashank, the late bloomer, who hails from the town of Bhilai in Chattisgarh, played 10 games for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2022 season but only amassed 69 runs during the course. On Thursday, the 32-year-old would come into his own, lacing hi...
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Thomas and Uber Cup: PV Sindhu and top women’s doubles pairs pull out of team event; Strong men’s squad led by Satwik-Chirag named for title defence

Priorities have been made clear. For the Thomas Cup Finals, India will go all in to try and defend their historic title from 2022. For Uber Cup Finals, where chances of progress beyond the group stage into the podium places is difficult, the big guns will be rested to keep their powder dry for Paris.Going in as defending world champions, India have named a strong squad for Thomas Cup from April 27 – May 5, while PV Sindhu and the country’s top two women’s doubles pairs have not been named in the Uber Cup squad that was named by the Badminton Association of India on Wednesday. HS Prannoy, Lakshya Sen – both on their way to Paris to represent India in men’s singles – as well as men’s doubles world No 1 Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will lead India’s charge in Chengdu, China. T...
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Sunil Narine makes it a night to remember as KKR post IPL’s second highest total

Synopsis: Sunil Narine swings for the hills and finds great returns as Kolkata Knight Riders pile on second-highest IPL total ever, as lacklustre Delhi Capitals succumb to defeat by a triple-figure margin. Sunil Narine and Andre Russell are not going to win two many points for batting aesthetics. Their methods are mostly agricultural, but when they come off – like they did against Delhi Capitals on Wednesday when Kolkata Knight Riders amassed 272/7– there’s not much a bowling attack can do. Narine relies on a sharp eye and a clean bat-swing, while Russell’s strength is brute power. Narine’s batting can be described as slogging, and it is, but it’s educated slogging. Having been a great T20 bowler for a long time, he knows how a bowler thinks, especially when he is hit for a few boundari...
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Candidates chess tournament: Why playing at the Candidates — and winning it — is as tough as the World Championships

Candidates chess 2024: In 2013, right after Magnus Carlsen won the Candidates tournament in London, a frame captured by Norwegian photographer Morten Rakke went viral. In it, the grandmaster is captured behind a door, slumped on the handrail of a staircase, shirt untucked, his face buried into his arm. An ominous sign on the wall behind Carlsen read: “Beware of the steps.”Barely had the world championship challenger caught his breath after qualifying for the world championship, he was interviewed by International Master Lawrence Trent, who asked him how he planned to celebrate his victory. Carlsen’s answer was revealing. “My thoughts have not gone further than getting back to my hotel and lying down. That’s what’s next for me.” Trent prodded him further, asking if he was more exhausted ...
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Mumbai court directs police to investigate molestation allegations against Prithvi Shaw dating back to 2023

A court in Mumbai has addressed the police to investigate into social media influencer Sapna Gill’s allegations of molestation against Indian cricketer Prithvi Shaw in 2023. According to PTI, Metropolitan Magistrate S C Tayde has instructed the police to submit a report of its enquiry by June 19. Furthermore, it has dismissed the plea from Gill to seek an action against the police for not registering a First Information Report (FIR) against Shaw. Earlier last year, Gill had raised charges against Shaw for molesting her at a suburban Andheri pub. Shaw however, denied all the charges made against him. The social media influencer, who was arrested in February 2023 for attacking Shaw following an argument regarding clicking selfies, is currently out on bail. In her complaint against Shaw, G...
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RCB vs LSG: Fast and furious Mayank, Rahul trying too hard, Green goes red, and more

Mayank, fast, furious and fiery The graph of Mayank Yadav continues to rise. After rattling Punjab Kings on his IPL debut, he hustled and harassed RCB batsmen. Poor Cameron Green—his bad day getting worse—an utter brute devoured him. He not only bowled faster than light but produced a shade of inward movement from hard length. Green just thrust his bat in hope more than anything else and ended up playing down the wrong line. At this pace, batsmen tend to play him off the back-foot, allowing the extra split second to judge the length. But it is doubtful whether it helped Green—at his pace, which is 150kph, a batsman has approximately 0.4 seconds to judge the line, the length, decide on a shot, and play it—who looked as pale as a ghost as he walked back. It might have taken him a few repl...
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IPL 2024: How Mumbai Indians collectively combusted to disappoint home fans

Synopsis: It was a night of disappointment for Mumbai Indians batsmen as they imploded on a red-soil pitch with some assistance to seam and some bounce for spinners before a composed Riyan Parag ensured Rajasthan Royals cantered to a win It was all set for a Rohit Sharma special. Only it didn’t happen. When he walked into the arena before the game, he was greeted with loud fanatic cheers, borrowing a line from the Ramgopal Verma movie Satya: “Mumbai ka raja kaun, Rohit Sharma!” When he came to bat later, the cheers were deafening and he took a while to get ready. The guard was scratched, a look here and there, and one at the bowler, and he was yet to settle in. A slight shimmy to the legside to look around even more as the shouts kept growing. Eventually, he faced up but Trent Boult pul...