IPL 2018: Gayle’s ton helps KXIP hand Sunrisers first defeat of season

Sunrisers Hyderabad lost their first match in the VIVO IPL 2018 to Kings XI Punjab by 15 runs. With the win over SRH, KXIP consolidated their position in the top three of Vivo IPL points table


Sunrisers Hyderabad lost their first match to Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) by 15 runs in pursuit of 194. KXIP kept it tight and did not let SRH batsmen score runs. Earlier, Gayle scored the first ton of the IPL 2018. With the win over Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab consolidated their position in the top three of VIVO IPL Points table.

Sunrisers Hyderabad had a bad start to their innings as opener Shikhar Dhawan was retired hurt after being hit on the elbow in the first over. After that Wriddhaman Saha was dismissed cheaply and Yusuf Pathan followed him soon after. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) has been chasing 194 runs, thanks to Chris Gayle’s brilliant century.

Powered by Chris Gayle 100, Kings XI Punjab made 193-3 from 20 overs. Gayle hit massive sixes and four all around the ground and smashed Rashid Khan for four consecutive sixes. He was helped by all the other batsmen who came in. The run rate of Kings XI Punjab maintained the run-rate throughout their innings. Chris Gayle smashed one four and 11 sixes. He remained not out through the innings.

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Sunrisers Hyderabad innings update: Over by over

Over 1: Saha and Dhawan to open for SRH. Sran to bowl the first over. The first ball went for wide down the leg side. no run. Second dot ball, another dot ball. Single of the 4th ball. Sran to Dhawan awkward bounce hit Dhawan’s elbow. Another dot ball as Dhawan retired hurt. Kane Williamson to replace Dhawan. Sran to Williamson for no run. SRH 2/0

Over 2: Mohit Sharma to Saha, single of the first ball. Classic cover drive by Williamson for 4. Williamson took 3 runs from the mid-wicket region, good running between the wicket. Runs leaking as the 4th ball hit for four in the fine leg region.

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Commonwealth Day 2 Live: Sanjita Chanu wins gold in 53kg weightlifting

Sanjita lifted a successful 84 kg in her second attempt, breaking her own record


India’s second day at the 21st Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast in Australia started with a gold medal, with Sanjita Chanu sweeping a smashing victory in women’s weightlifting in the 53-kg category.

In her first attempt, Chanu successfully lifted 81 kg, while her rival Dika Toua finished lifting 80 kg in her second attempt.

Sanjita lifted a successful 84 kg in her second attempt, breaking her own record. Sanjita won a gold for India by increasing her overall lead by 10 kg after nailing her 108 kg lift.

On Day 1, 23-year-old weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu had clinched for India the first gold at the 21st Commonwealth Games, with her record-smashing performance. In other events as well, Day 1 was a good one for India.

Earlier, P Gururaja opened India’s medal tally by snatching silver in the men’s 56-kg category.

Breaking her own Games and Commonwealth records, Mirabai Chanu delivered a stellar performance in the women’s 48-kg category. She registered 86 kg in the snatch in the clean and in clean and jerk for a total of 196 kg.

“I was not expecting to break records but I certainly wanted to break them when I came here. I can’t put in words, how it feels right now,” Chanu had told PTI after her glorious performance.

P Gururja had the best attempt of 111 kg in the snatch and 138 kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 249 kg.

“After I failed the first two attempts, my coach reminded me how much my life depends on this. I remembered my family and my country,” Gururaja said after securing the medal.

Giving India enough reason to cheer, Yogeshwar Singh and Rakesh Patra qualifying for the individual all-around and rings finals respectively.

The stellar performance of two weightlifters took India to the seventh spot in the medal tally.

Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth got off an impressive start on Day 1.

Keeping India’s hopes high in squash, Harinder Pal Sandhu, Vikram Malhotra won their opening games.

Now, all eyes are on weightlifter Saraswati Rout in women’s 58-kg category.

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Ball-tampering row: Steve Smith may get a life ban; top 10 developments

Amid the ball-tampering controversy, IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals, after getting a clarification from BCCI, might sack Steve Smith and instead appoint Ajinkya Rahane as its skippers for IPL 2018


The Australian ball-tampering controversy has caught cricketers Steve Smith, Cameron Bancroft, and David Warner on the wrong foot, and taken cricket fans by surprise, with Smith stepping down as Australia’s captain for the rest of the ongoing third Test match against South Africa. Smith was penalised by the International Cricket Council (ICC), which slapped the Australian with a one-match suspension and fined his entire match fee on Sunday.

Steve Smith’s deputy, David Warner, also stepped down as Australian cricket team’s vice-captain, while wicketkeeper Tim Paine was named to act as a stand-in captain at Newlands, with both Smith and Warner taking the field on Sunday. Meanwhile, days before IPL 2018 commences from April 7, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Indian Premier League (IPL) are playing the waiting game on Smith and Warner’s fate.

Steve Smith might also lose the captaincy of the Rajasthan Royals IPL franchise. In that case, Ajinkya Rahane would likely lead the IPL side. For now, the BCCI and Royals have reportedly heaved a sigh of relief after Smith escaped with a mild punishment.

Smith o Saturday admitted to masterminding a premeditated plan to indulge in ball-tampering, which, among others, prompted even Australia’s prime minister to react and a long-retired captain to mull a comeback. Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called the incident a “shocking disappointment”, while Michael Clarke kept open the possibility of returning as the Australia cricket team’s captain.

On the third day of the Cape Town Test on Saturday, television footage showed Smith’s teammate Bancroft, 25, taking a yellow object (sandpaper to scruff up one side of the ball to aid reverse swing) out of his pocket while fielding in the post-lunch session and appearing to rub it on the ball before putting the material into his trousers in an attempt to hide it.

In more upsetting news for cricket fans down under, Australian cricket’s day of shame ended on Sunday in a crushing 322-run defeat by South Africa on the fourth day of the third Test match at Newlands, Cape Town.

Steve Smith and David Warner’s troubles might just be beginning, with the ball-tampering controversy hanging over their heads. Under Cricket Australia’s code of behaviour, Smith and Warner could face punishment ranging up to a life ban for cheating, reported ESPNcricinfo.

Here are the top 10 developments in the Steve Smith ball-tampering controversy that has taken Australian cricket and fans over the world by shock:

1) Steve Smith steps down: Caught up in the ball-tampering controversy, Steven Smith stepped down as the Australian cricket team’s captain for the remainder of the ongoing third Test against South Africa.

The actions of the Australian team’s leadership in the ball-tampering controversy would be investigated, said Cricket Australia. Subsequently, the Australian government asked the board to remove Smith as captain. Australian Prime Minister Turnbull called the incident a “shocking disappointment”.

2) Rahane may lead Royals: Ajinkya Rahane is likely to lead the IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals in case Steve Smith, under fire after admitting to ball tampering during the ongoing third Test against South Africa in Cape Town, loses his captaincy. India’s Test vice-captain Rahane is also saleable as a brand — a must for all IPL franchises. Rahane was one of the Royals’ premier performers before they were banned for two years in the wake of the 2013 spot-fixing scandal. Read More

Vivo IPL 2018 team players list and their salaries

Ben Stokes was the star performer for the second consecutive year in the IPL auction as he was taken for Rs 12.5 crore by Rajasthan Royals


In the 2018 IPL auction a pool of 578 players were nominated and 169 players were sold to the eight franchises. England all-rounder Ben Stokes emerged as the highest-paid player at Rs 125 mn (Rs 12.5 cr) while the India’s left arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat become the most expensive Indian player at Rs 115 million (Rs11.5cr). Both the players were bought by the Rajasthan Royals.

Other Indian players also had a field day, with Manish Pandey and KL Rahul going for Rs 11 crore each for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab respectively

Meanwhile, this year’s IPL auction shows that quality ranks above everything else for the franchises. A prime example of that is Lasith Malinga going unsold and Chris Gayle finding a team only after coming into the auction for a third time.

Here the full list of IPL 2018 team players and their salaries.

Nidahas Trophy final: Karthik’s last ball sixer helps India beat Bangladesh

A partisan Sri Lankan crowd, who were upset by Bangladesh’s behaviour did the now famous ‘Nagin Dance’ (Sbnake Dance’) along with Indian supporters leaving the Tigers distraught


Dinesh Karthik did a Javed Miandad with a last-ball six as India pulled off an incredible chase beating Bangladesh by four wickets in the Nidahas T20 Tri-series final, in Colombo on Sunday night.

Needing five off the final delivery, Karthik smashed Soumya Sarkar over extra-cover as a second-string Indian side held its nerve in a tense situation to chase down a target of 167 in 20 overs. It would count as one of India’s famous last ball sixes — something that Pakistani legend did against India 32 years back in Sharjah.

“I have been practising these shots – having a strong base and then hitting from there,” Karthik said after the match.

“Happy to be where I’m and thanks to the support staff who have kept on supporting me for the last few months,” he added.

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) acting president CK Khanna congratulated the Indian team for an “amazing” four-wicket victory in the final of the Nidahas Trophy.

Khanna told the media, “What an amazing win. Shows the strength of our good domestic cricket. I congratulate everyone for this victory as it shows the hard work done by every individual involved in BCCI.”

The BCCI acting president also applauded Dinesh Karthik’s cameo that helped India register a four-wicket win against Bangladesh.

“Dinesh Karthik played very well under pressure,” he said.

Karthik’s gem of a cameo got him 29 off 8 balls with two boundaries and three sixes — the last of them which will be forever be etched in the memory.

Skipper Rohit Sharma’s (56 off 42 balls) dismissal set India’s inexperienced middle-order in panic mode and Vijay Shankar’s four dot balls off the 18th over by Mustafizur Rahaman made it very difficult for India.

Karthik came at the start of the19th over and hit Rubel Hossain for 22 including two sixes and two fours to bring down the equation to 12 off the final over before finishing it off in style.

‘Nagin’ dance

A partisan Sri Lankan crowd, who were upset by Bangladesh’s behaviour did the now famous ‘Nagin Dance’ (Sbnake Dance’) along with Indian supporters leaving the Tigers distraught.

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FC Barcelona sues Neymar for $10m over PSG transfer

The club also demanded that Neymar pay back the sum he received


Current Affairs : Catalan football giants FC Barcelona on Tuesday took legal action against their former star Neymar, demanding 8.5 million euros ($10 million) over what they called breach of contract.

The club also demanded that Neymar Transfer pay back the sum he received when he extended his contract last year, given that the Brazil forward has now paid his 222 million euros ($261 million) buy-out clause to join Paris Saint-Germain, reports Efe.

“The club demands from Neymar Jr the amount already paid for the renewal premium due to the breach of contract, in addition to 8.5 million euros in damages and an additional 10 per cent in arrears,” FC Barcelona said in a statement.

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Barcelona said they had sent the Royal Spanish Football Federation the lawsuit against Neymar that they submitted on August 11 to a court in Barcelona so it could pass it on “to the appropriate authorities in the French Football Federation and FIFA”, Barcelona said in a statement.

“The club also requests Paris Saint-Germain take on responsibility for the payment of these fees if the player cannot do so himself,” it said.

Barcelona continues to express their public disagreement after the player paid the buy-out clause to end the contract unilaterally.

Neymar said he was so sad with Barcelona’s officials, after four great years at the club.

Women’s Cricket: India beat Pak by 95 runs, avenge Champions Trophy loss

India scored 169/9 against Pakistan in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup


India beat Pakistan by 95 runs in their ICC Women’s World Cup match on Sunday.

Current Affairs : People across the nation on Sunday celebrated the outstanding victory of the Indian women cricket team in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 against Pakistan.

Elated Indians burnt crackers and raised slogans for the women team after the historic win against its arch-rival Pakistan.

“India’s daughter has made the nation proud and has defeated Pakistan with such a big margin. The Indian women team took the revenge from Pakistan of the Champions Cup Trophy,” said a local.

Another local added that the thumping victory of the team gives a message that nowadays women are not just being cornered in on four walls, but are rather coming up with lot of aims and exposures.

“People should motivate Indian Women cricket team and should welcome them like they do it with the men’s team,” another local added.

Spinner Ekta Bisht wreaked havoc as India thrashed arch-rival Pakistan by 95 runs in their ICC Women’s World Cup encounter at United Kingdom’s Derby.

Defending a lowly target of 170 runs, the Indian eves were spectacular with the ball as they didn’t allow their arch-rival to claim a historic win and bowled out Pakistan for just 74 runs in 38.1 overs.

Brief Scores:

India: 169 for 9 in 50 overs

  • (Punam Raut 42, Sushma Verma 33)
  • (Nashra Sandhu 4/26, Sadia Yousuf 2/30).

Pakistan: 74 all out in 38.1 overs

  • (Sana Mir 29, Nahida Khan 23)
  • ( Ekta Bisht 5/18, Mansi Joshi 2/9).

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