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Modi invites entrepreneurs from across world to be part of India's growth story

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday invited entrepreneurs from across the globe to invest in India and become a part of the country's growth story, assuring them of the government's whole-hearted support.

 
Modi, Ivanka Trump attend GES 2017 in Hyderabad
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today invited entrepreneurs from across the globe to invest in India and become a part of the country's growth story, assuring them of the government's whole-hearted support.
 
"To my young entrepreneur friends from India, I would like to say: each of you has something valuable to contribute towards creating a New India by 2022. You are vehicles of change and instruments of India’s transformation," he said in his inaugural address at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, 2017 here, an event hosted by the Government of India in partnership with the Government of the United States of America.
 
The Summit is being held in South Asia for the first time. It brings together leading investors, entrepreneurs, academicians, think-tanks and other stakeholders to propel the global entrepreneurship ecosystem.
 
Ms. Ivanka Trump, Advisor to US President Donald Trump and also his daughter, is leading the US contingent to the three-day event.
 
"This event not only connects the Silicon Valley with Hyderabad but also showcases the close ties between the United States of America and India. It underlines our shared commitment towards encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation," Mr. Modi said.
 
He noted that the topics picked for this year’s summit include healthcare and life sciences; digital economy and financial technology; energy and infrastructure; and media and entertainment, which are important issues, relevant to the well-being and prosperity of mankind. 
 
"The theme 'Women First, Prosperity for All' makes this edition of GES stand out... We believe women empowerment is vital to our development," he said.
 
"Indian women continue to lead in different walks of life. Our space programmes, including the Mars Orbiter Mission, have had immense contribution from our women scientists. Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams, both of Indian origin, have been part of US space missions. Three out of four oldest High Courts in India are now headed by women judges. Our sportswomen have done the country proud. This very city of Hyderabad is home to Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, and Sania Mirza, who have brought laurels to India.
 
"In India, we have provided for not less than one third of women representation in rural and urban local bodies, ensuring women’s participation in grass-root level decision-making. More than sixty percent of workers in our agriculture and allied sectors are women. Our milk co-operatives in Gujarat and the Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad, are examples of highly successful and globally acclaimed women-led co-operative movements.
 
"Here at the GES, more than 50 percent of the delegates are women. Over the next two days, you will meet many women who have dared to be different, in their own walks of life. They now inspire a new generation of women entrepreneurs. I hope the deliberations in the summit would focus on how women entrepreneurship can be further supported," he said.
 
"The power to think differently and ahead of the times for the betterment of mankind is what sets entrepreneurs apart. I see that power in India's young generation today. I see 800 million potential entrepreneurs who can work towards making the world a better place," Mr. Modi said.
 
He said the number of smartphone users in India is projected to grow to over 500 million by 2018. This offers immense potential for the growth of any venture, in terms of outreach and job creation, he felt.
 
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He said the Government's Start-Up India programme is a comprehensive action plan to foster entrepreneurship and promote innovation. It aims to minimize the regulatory burden and provide support to startups. Over 1200 redundant laws have been scrapped, 87 rules for FDI have been eased in 21 sectors, and several government processes have been taken online, he said.
 
He said the Government had taken several steps to improve the business environment. "The jump in India’s ranking in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Report, from 142 to 100, in three years, is a result of this. We have improved on indicators like dealing with construction permits, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency," he said.
 
"The process is not yet complete. This is an area where we are not satisfied with 100th rank. We would strive towards 50th rank.  
 
"We have launched the MUDRA scheme to provide easy finance of upto one million rupees to entrepreneurs. Since its launch in 2015, over 90 million loans worth 4.28 trillion rupees have been sanctioned.  Of these, more than 70 million loans have been sanctioned to women entrepreneurs," he said.
 
The Prime Minister also mentioned the Atal Innovation Mission and the opening of Tinkering Labs in more than 900 schools to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among children. 
 
"Our Mentor India initiative engages leaders to guide and mentor students through these tinkering labs. In addition, 19 incubation centers have been created in various universities and research institutions. These will nurture innovative start-up businesses to become scalable and sustainable," he said.
 
He also mentioned Aadhaar, the world’s largest biometric based digital database. This currently covers over 1.15 billion people and digitally authenticates over 40 million transactions daily. He said the Government now digitally provides monetary benefits of various government schemes to the beneficiaries through Direct Benefit Transfer using Aadhaar.
 
"Almost 300 million bank accounts with deposits of over 685 billion rupees, or over 10 billion dollars, have been opened through the Jan Dhan Yojana. These bring previously un-banked sections of society into the formal financial system. Of these, 53 per cent accounts are of women.
 
"We are steadily working towards a less cash economy and have launched a Unified Payment Interface App called BHIM. In less than a year, this platform is processing almost 280 thousand transactions daily.
 
"Having almost completed our programme to connect all villages with electricity, we have launched the Saubhagya scheme. This will provide electricity connections to all families by December 2018.
 
"We have launched a programme to provide high-speed broad-band internet to all rural areas by March 2019," he said.
 
The Prime Minister also mentioned initiatives in areas such as renewable energy, the national gas grid, the national gas policy, the Swachh Bharat Mission to improve sanitation and cleanliness, the rural and urban housing missions, and infrastructure and connectivity programmes like Sagarmala and Bharatmala, and said they offered entrepreneurs many business opportunities for investment.
 
"Our recent World Food India initiative helped us engage with entrepreneurs in the food processing industry and agricultural waste sectors.
 
"My government understands that an environment of transparent policies and a rule of law providing a level-playing field are necessary for entrepreneurship to flourish. A historic overhaul of the taxation system has been recently undertaken, bringing in the Goods and Services Tax across the country. Our Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code introduced in 2016 is a step towards ensuring timely resolution for stressed ventures. We have recently improved this further, preventing wilful defaulters from bidding for stressed assets.
 
"Tough measures have been adopted to tackle the parallel economy, check tax evasion and control black money. Our efforts have been recognized by Moody’s recent upgrade of India’s government bond ratings. This upgrade comes after a gap of almost 14 years.
 
"India has improved its rank from 54 in 2014 to 35 in 2016 on the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index. This signifies the relative ease and efficiency with which products can be moved into and from a country," he said.
 
Stating that an investment-friendly environment needs to be stable from the macro-economic perspective, he said the Government had succeeded in containing the fiscal and current account deficits, and curbing inflation. 
 
"Our foreign exchange reserves have crossed 400 billion dollars, and we continue to attract large foreign capital flows," he said.
 
"I am informed that President Trump has declared November 2017 as National Entrepreneurship Month. America has also observed National Entrepreneurs’ Day on November 21st. This summit will certainly resonate with those themes. Let me conclude by wishing you fruitful, engaging and rewarding deliberations at this summit," he added.
 
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Kiran Reddy quits as Andhra Pradesh CM day after LS passes Telangana Bill

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy announced his resignation on Wednesday in protest against the decision of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre to go ahead with its decision to carve out Telangana from Andhra Pradesh as the 29th state of the Union.

Andhra Pradesh CM Kiran Reddy resigns, quits Congress
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy announced his resignation today in protest against the decision of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre to go ahead with its decision to carve out Telangana from Andhra Pradesh as the 29th state of the Union.
 
Mr Reddy handed in his papers to Governor E S L Narasimhan a day after, amid noisy schenes, the Lok Sabha passed the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Bill, which seeks to bifurcate the state to create the new state of Telangana.
 
Before driving down to Raj Bhavan to submit his resignation, Mr Reddy addressed a press conference at which he hit out at his Congress party for allegedly flouting Parliamentary procedures in its haste to get the Bill passed.
 
"I am ashamed. They did it like thieves, blacking out the live telecast. What was the need to do all this?" he asked.
 
Thanking the party for giving him the chance to serve as Chief Minister, he, however, made it clear that he could not continue in the Congress because, according to hi, it had betrayed the Telugu people.
 
He said he would also resign as a member of the Legislative Assembly as well as from the membership of the Congress.
 
Mr Reddy said the Congress and the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had got together in the Lok Sabha yesterday to get the Bill passed.
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He was particularly upset that the Bill was passed in the absence of several MPs from Andhra Pradesh, who had been suspended from the House for disrupting proceedings on February 13.
 
There has been media speculation about Mr Reddy planning to launch a new party but he did not touch the topic today. "My future is not important," he said when asked about it.
 
Some of his Cabinet colleagues from the Seemandhra region, who were opposed to the bifurcation of the state, and several legislators were present at the press conference.
 
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Telangana orders re-verification for failed students

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Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Wednesday ordered free re-verification of answer sheets of all the intermediate students who failed in the examinations.
 
The decision came amid a row over the goof-ups by the Telangana Board of Intermediate Education (TIBE) in declaring results, which allegedly led to suicide of 10 students since last week and triggered protests by parents and opposition parties.
 
With two more students ending their lives and protests continuing on Wednesday, the Chief Minister reviewed the situation with senior officials.
 
In case of students who passed but prefer re-verification and re-counting, it would be done as per the prevailing norms and regulations, the Chief Minister said.
 
KCR, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, asked officials to expedite the re-verification and re-counting process and complete that as early as possible. It should be followed by advanced supplementary examinations to prevent loss of the academic year, he added.
 
Education Secretary B. Janardhan Reddy has been entrusted with the responsibility of competing the process. The Chief Minister also instructed officials to evolve a strategy for smooth conduct of examinations and evaluation.
 
Expressing shock over suicides of 'a few' students who failed in the intermediate examination, he said it was 'most unfortunate'. He appealed to students not to resort to suicide as failing in intermediate examinations did not mean the end of life.
 
According to a statement from the Chief Minister's office, of the 9.74 lakh students who appeared for the intermediate examinations, 3.28 lakh failed. "Some students and their parents are of the opinion that during the process of addition of marks, mistakes took place resulting in less marks than expected and hence they failed," it said.
 
KCR also asked officials to examine whether the responsibility of conducting examinations be entrusted to an autonomous body. "It has to be examined whether the responsibility of conducting examinations could be entrusted to an autonomous body. The best practices in other states and other countries are to be studied for implementing in our state," he said.
 
"The government faces problems every time intermediate examinations and EAMCET are conducted. The government, students and their parents face trouble every time. This needs to be avoided," KCR said. 
 
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Two more deaths take Telangana student suicide toll to 10

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Two more intermediate students in Telangana on Wednesday committed suicide, taking the number to 10 since the results were declared last week, even as protests continued over the Telangana Board of Intermediate Education (TBIE) goof-ups.
 
Depressed over failure in examinations, Chakali Raju hanged himself in his house in Chinna Shakarampet village of the Medak district. Another student Malothu Naveen of the Warangal Rural district ended his life by jumping before a train.
 
With these two suicides, the number of students who ended their lives increased to 10 since April 18 when the TBIE declared results for intermediate first and second year (11th and 12th standard) examinations.
 
Those who have committed suicide include 17-year-old Dharma Ram, nephew of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Rajya Sabha member C. M. Ramesh.
 
The opposition parties have claimed that 18 students have committed suicide and blamed the TBIE for it.
 
While admitting lapses in declaring results, the authorities have denied that the suicides were related to this. They said efforts were being made to address the students' grievances. 
 
Education Minister Jagdish Reddy alleged that the opposition parties were trying to politicise the issue.
 
The TBIE bungling has come under criticism from all quarters as it shocked many students and their parents. Many students who had passed the first year with distinction failed in the second year. In a rude shock for them, they were awarded zero, one or two marks in each subject.
 
Meanwhile, protests by the student groups continued for third day over the TBIE fiasco. 
 
Activists of the Students Federation of India (SFI) tried to lay siege to Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao's residence. Police arrested dozens of protesters who were raising slogans against the government and demanding action against those responsible for goof-ups.
 
Students groups also staged protest at the TIBE office. Senior Congress leader V. Hanumantha Rao was arrested when he reached there to show solidarity with protesting students and parents.
 
About 900,000 students had appeared in the intermediate examinations in February-March. The pass percentage was just above 60.
 
The Telangana High Court on Tuesday heard a petition filed by an NGO fighting for children's rights, seeking free re-valuation of all answer sheets. It asked the government to inform it by next week about the time required for re-valuation of answer sheets of students who have failed in the examinations.
 
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Watson takes CSK to top of table with win over SRH

 
Shane Watson smashed a belligerent 96 as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) zoomed back to the top of the table with a commanding six-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Tuesday.
 
Watson, who took 53 balls and hit nine fours and six sixes, missed out on a fifth IPL hundred as Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/18) got his wicket.
 
But riding his devastating knock, CSK made light of a 176-run target after skipper M. S. Dhoni asked Sunrisers to bat first. CSK scored 176/4 in 19.5 overs.
 
For the visitors, Manish Pandey (83 off 49 balls, not out) and David Warner (57; 45 balls, 4x3, 6x2) struck half centuries.
 
CSK lost Faf du Plessis (1) early but that mattered little as Watson roared back to form on a day star spinner Rashid Khan (1/44) had an off-day.
 
The former Australia opener forged a 77-run stand for the second wicket with Suresh Raina (38) and then shared an 80-run stand with Ambati Rayudu (21) to guide his team to a win after two losses with one ball to spare.
 
Once Watson was out, caught behind trying to hook Sunrisers skipper Bhuvneshwar, the run-flow ebbed with CSK managing just seven runs off the last two overs hitting no boundaries.
 
In the last over, the defending champions needed nine. Kedar Jadhav (11 not out) hit Sandeep Sharma for a six despite Pandey's brilliant effort on the boundary to save it but then Rayudu was out with one run needed off two balls.
 
Dwayne Bravo (0 not out) came to crease but did not face a ball as Jadhav completed the formalities.
 
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Earlier, Pandey remained unbeaten on 83 with the help of seven fours and three sixes but could not lead his team to an imposing total as Sunrisers managed only 51 runs in the last six overs after Warner's dismissal. Sunrisers managed 175/3 in 20 overs.
 
Warner cracked his seventh fifty this season as the dashing southpaw combined with Pandey for a 115-run stand for the second wicket which formed the bedrock of Sunrisers' innings.
 
For CSK, Harbhajan Singh was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2/39 in four overs.
 
The visitors lost Jonny Bairstow (0) -- playing his last IPL game -- early, as the England stumper-batsman was out caught behind trying to cut Harbhajan.
 
From there on, Warner and Pandey paced their innings perfectly as Sunrisers raced to 91/1 at the halfway stage.
 
Harbhajan removed Warner in the 14th over with a slower one which the veteran Australian failed to read and came down the track only for Dhoni to effect a brilliant stumping.
 
Vijay Shankar (26; 20b, 4x2, 6x1) then joined hands with Pandey for a 47-run partnership before holing out to Ravidra Jadeja at deep midwicket off Deepak Chahar.
 
Shankar never really got going and after he was removed, Yusuf Pathan (5 not out) also could not up the ante.
 
Brief scores - 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 175/3 (Manish Pandey 83, not out; David Warner 57; Harbhajan Singh 2/39) vs Chennai Super Kings: 176/4 (Shane Watson 96; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1/18)
 
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IPL: Pandey, Warner fifties help Sunrisers post 175/3 against CSK

 
Manish Pandey and David Warner struck half-centuries as Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) posted 175/3 in their 20 overs against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Tuesday.
 
Pandey remained unbeaten on 83 off 49 balls with the help of seven fours and three sixes but could not lead his team to an imposing total as Sunrisers managed only 51 runs in the last six overs after Warner's dismissal.
 
Warner (57; 45 balls, 4x3, 6x2) cracked his seventh fifty this season as the dashing southpaw combined with Pandey for a 115-run stand for the second wicket which formed the bedrock of Sunrisers' innings after CSK skipper M. S. Dhoni put them in to bat first.
 
For CSK, Harbhajan Singh was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2/39 in four overs.
 
The visitors lost Jonny Bairstow (0) -- playing his last IPL game -- early, as the England stumper-batsman was out caught behind trying to cut Harbhajan.
 
From there on, Warner and Pandey paced their innings perfectly as Sunrisers raced to 91/1 at the halfway stage.
 
Harbhajan removed Warner in the 14th over with a slower one which the veteran Australian failed to read and came down the track only for Dhoni to effect a brilliant stumping.
 
Vijay Shankar (26; 20b, 4x2, 6x1) then joined hands with Pandey for a 47-run partnership before holing out to Ravidra Jadeja at deep midwicket off Deepak Chahar.
 
Shankar never really got going and after he was removed, Yusuf Pathan (5 not out) also could not up the ante.
 
Brief scores
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 175/3 (Manish Pandey 83 not out, David Warner 57; Harbhajan Singh 2/39) vs Chennai Super Kings
 
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Chennai opts to field first against Hyderabad

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Chennai Super Kings' skipper M S Dhoni won the toss and opted to field first against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their return fixture of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Tuesday.
 
Harbhajan Singh replaced Shardul Thakur in the Chennai playing eleven while Manish Pandey and Shakib Al Hasan came in for Shahbaz Nadeem and Kane Williamson in the Hyderabad team.
 
Playing XI:
 
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (Captain/wicket-keeper), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (wicket-keeper), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar(Captain), Sandeep Sharma, K Khaleel Ahmed
 
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Bhuvneshwar to lead SRH against CSK on Tuesday

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Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) skipper Kane Williamson will miss out on Tuesday's Indian Premier League (IPL) match against defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) owing to personal reasons. The Kiwi cricketer has reportedly returned to New Zealand.
 
In his absence, pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead the Orange Army. Bhuvneshwar had also led Hyderabad when Williamson had missed a few games due to injury.
 
The Kiwi skipper is likely to rejoin the team ahead of their next match against Rajasthan Royals on April 27.
 
With five wins from nine games, Hyderabad is placed fourth in the league points-table, while Chennai sits at the second spot with seven victories from 10 games.
 
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Gusty winds claim two lives in Hyderabad

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Two persons, including a five-year-old, were killed and three others injured as gusty winds and unseasonal rains wreaked havoc here on Monday night, officials said.
 
One person was killed and three others injured when a floodlight tower at L. B. Stadium in the heart of Hyderabad collapsed on to the road due to strong winds.
 
A Goods and Services Tax (GST) employee, identified as Subrahmanyam, was killed as one of the four floodlight towers collapsed in front of Ayakar Bhavan. The injured were shifted to a hospital.
 
Four cars were also crushed under the tower, which brought the traffic in the busy area to a halt.
 
State Minister T. Srinivas Yadav, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Commissioner Dana Kishore and other senior officials visited the stadium.
 
The five-year-old was killed when a shed collapsed in Chaderghat area near Musi River.
 
Gusty winds, with speeds reaching 78 km per hour, lashed the city and its outskirts, uprooting trees and electricity poles. Huge hoardings also collapsed at few places, throwing the traffic out of gear.
 
The GHMC Commissioner said four teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were asked to remain on standby for undertaking rescue and relief operations.
 
Thunderstorms brought normal life to a halt in several parts of the city. Some areas plunged into darkness as the electricity supply was snapped.
 
According to the Meteorological Centre, parts of Telangana received unseasonal rains accompanied by gusty winds.
 
Officials said that, during last four days, thunderstorm in parts of the state caused extensive damage to crops.
 
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Warner, Bairstow power SRH to huge win over KKR

 
Valiant knocks by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) openers David Warner (67 off 38) and Jonny Bairstow (80 unbeaten off 43) guided the team to a massive nine-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie here on Sunday.
 
The duo forged a crucial 131-run partnership for the opening wicket to help Hyderabad run away with the contest with five overs to spare as all the Kolkata bowlers struggled to pick wickets beside leaking runs right from the start. 
 
Hyderabad now sits at the fourth spot in the points-table, while Kolkata slipped to the sixth place following the huge defeat, also their fifth straight loss this season.
 
Chasing a modest 160-run target, Warner and Bairstow dominated right from the word go. As the openers started hammering Kolkata bowlers, Hyderabad was comfortably placed at 32/0 in the first three overs before they crossed the 50-run mark in just 4.3 overs.
 
The openers steered thier side past the three-digit mark in 8.4 overs. Warner and Bairstow also notched up their respective half-centuries in the next over. The duo kept on clobbering KKR bowlers all around the park and hammered Sunil Narine for 16 runs in the 12th over with Hyderabad just 30-runs away from victory.
 
The lone wicket of the Orange Army fell in the 13th over when Warner became victim of Yarra Prithviraj. The Australian's innings was laced with three boundaries and five hits into the stands.
 
Despite Warner's dismissal, there was no stopping for Bairstow who seemed in a hurry to finish things off. Bairstow kept the scoreboard ticking with incoming batsman Kane Williamson (8 unbeaten off 9) before slamming Piyush Chawla for 19 runs in the 14th over to seal a comfortable victory for Hyderabad.
 
Bairstow's knock contained seven fours and four sixes.
 
Earlier, three wickets from left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed helped Hyderabad (SRH) restrict KKR to 159/8.
 
Put in to bat first, KKR had a brisk start with openers Narine and Chris Lynn scoring 42 runs in just 2.4 overs before the West Indian fell prey to Khaleel. After collecting 14 runs off the first three deliveries of Khaleel, Narine missed the slower ball and got bowled at 25 (8 balls, 4x3, 6x2). 
 
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Shubhman Gill who came in to bat at number three couldn't stay long at the crease and became the second victim of Khaleel. Gill scored just three runs of four deliveries. 
 
Nitish Rana (11), coming after Gill's dismissal, battled sensibly alongside Lynn and the duo took the score to 61-2 at the end of the powerplay. But his stay at the wicket was ended by Bhuvneshwar Kumar by getting him caught behind with a spectacular delivery. 
 
Skipper Dinesh Karthik (6) yet again failed to deliver and was run out while trying to snatch a second run off Shabaz Nadeem, leaving KKR reeling at 73/4 in the ninth over. 
 
Rinku Singh, included in the side in place of Robin Uthappa, stitched a good partnership with the Australian and both took the score to 116/4 after 15 overs. But while trying to accelerate scoring and go for big hits, Singh (30) got out after Rashid Khan took a good, sliding catch at the mid-wicket boundary with the team score being 124. 
 
Meanwhile, Lynn kept his composure and contributed a well-played 50 to the team before becoming the third victim of Khaleel. 
 
What KKR needed was another late flourish from big-hitting all-rounder Andre Russell. But it didn't turn out to be the case as Russell departed after scoring 15 off nine balls (6x2, 0x4). In the last over, bowled by Rashid, KKR collected 13 runs to post a 160-run target for the hosts. 
 
Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 161/1 in 15 overs (Jonny Bairstow 80 not out, David Warner 67; Yarra Prithviraj 1/29) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 159/8 in 20 overs (Chris Lynn 51, Rinku Singh 30; Khaleel Ahmed 3/33) by 9 wickets.
 
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IS module case: Raids in Hyderabad, Maharashtra

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday carried out raids in Telangana's Hyderabad and Maharashtra's Wardha in connection with an Islamic State module case, officials said.
 
"The raids are on at three places in Hyderabad and one place in Wardha since early morning," a senior NIA official connected to the 2016 Islamic State module case probe told IANS. 
 
However, the official refused to share more details.
 
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ED seizes gold worth Rs. 82.11 crore from Hyderabad jeweller

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today said it had seized 145.89 kg of gold jewellery worth Rs. 82.11 crore during searches conducted at the premises of a Hyderabad-based jeweller in a money laundering case.
 
A press release from the ED said the searches were conducted at multiple locations, including the registered office-cum-residence of Kailash Gupta, the jewellery showroom of Musaddilal Jewellers Pvt Ltd (MJPL) at Hyderabad, a jewellery showroom of the company at VIjayawada, the residence and business premises of Pavan Agarwal (partner,  Shri Balaji Gold), residence of Neel Sunder Tharad (proprietor of Ashta Lakshmi Gold), and the office of chartered accountant Sanjay Sarda.
 
The searches were part of an ongoing investigation under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA) in a demonetisation case, the release said.
 
The release said the ED initiated investigation under PMLA on the basis of a first information report (FIR) registered by Telangana Police on the basis of a complaint filed by the Income Tax Department against Kailash Gupta, his sons and their companies Musaddilal Gems & Jewellery, Musaddilal Jewellers Pvt Ltd and Vaishnavi Bullion Ltd. for conspiring with certain bullion dealers, chartered accountants and close relatives by blatantly misusing the scheme of demonetisation by illegally depositing huge amounts of unaccounted demonetised cash in their accounts. 
 
"For this purpose they fraudulently created around 5200 back dated fabricated advance sale receipts dated 8th Nov, 2016, each for an amount less than Rs. 2 lakhs to avoid furnishing PAN details. 
 
"During the course of investigation, it was revealed that immediately after announcement of demonetisation scheme the accused had illegally deposited Rs. 110.85 crores in their bank accounts falsely claiming that within a few hours they had received advances of less than Rs 2 lakh each from more than 5200 customers, on the night of 08.11.2016, for purchase of gold/jewellery from their firms. All these invoices were found to be bogus. Further, analysis of CCTV footages of their offices and that of the neighbourhood revealed that no such activity of purchase of gold was carried out during that period. It is further revealed that those more than 5200 invoices dated 8th Nov, 2016 were fraudulently raised on a later date. 
 
"Investigation under PMLA revealed that illegally deposited unaccounted cash to the tune of Rs. 110.85 crores in the bank accounts of the accused & their companies and subsequently Rs. 80 crores (approx) was transferred to the bank accounts of various gold bullion dealers like M/s Ashta Lakshmi Gold, M/s Shri Balaji Gold etc in the guise of purchase of gold. The accused have admitted that they had created fake sale invoices dated 8th Nov 2016.The accused failed to give any satisfactory account of the source of this illegal cash and also failed to provide the details of the accounts regarding the utilization of around 270 kgs of gold so purchased out of this money," the release said.
 
The ED said that, for tracing the proceeds of cime, simultaneous searches were conducted in the premises of the accused persons which resulted in the seizure of 145.89 kg of gold jewellery worth Rs. 82.11 crore.
 
"Further investigation is under progress," the release added.
 
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IPL: Bairstow, Warner star as SRH rout CSK in Hyderabad

Johnny Bairstow and David Warner struck blistering half-centuries to help Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) break their losing streak in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) as they defeated Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by six wickets at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, here on Wednesday.
 
SRH reached the 133-run target with 19 balls to spare to move to the fifth spot in the points table. 
 
Chasing the target, SRH got off to a flying start as both Warner and Bairstow continued with their rampage and collected 66 runs in 5.4 overs before the Australian got out after scoring an explosive 25-ball fifty which included 10 fours. 
 
Skipper Kane Williamson, who came in next, couldn't stay for very long at the crease and became the victim of leg-spinner Imran Tahir at his individual score of 3. 
 
However, Bairstow stayed at the other end to continue his prolific run in the ongoing IPL and collected boundaries at will. The explosive England opener remained unbeaten at 61. The 44-ball inning was studded with three fours and three sixes. 
 
The visitors surely missed the experience of M. S. Dhoni -- who had to sit out because of a back injury -- especially while defending the target. In Dhoni's absence, Suresh Raina captained the side. It was for the first time since 2005 that Dhoni had missed an IPL match. 
 
Earlier electing to bat, Chennai started off slowly with openers Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis fetching just 14 runs in the first four overs. Thereafter, they tried to up the ante and hit some lusty blows to take the team's score to 41 at the end of powerplay.
 
Both Watson and du Plessis looked in great touch and added 79 runs for the first wicket before both of them got out at their individual scores of 45 and 30. Thereafter, the Chennai innings fell apart and they lost wickets in a heap only to put pressure on themselves.
 
Owing to the slow nature of the wicket and some brilliant bowling performance by the SRH bowlers, the visitors amassed just 30 runs in the final five overs and crawled to 132-5 in their stipulated quota of 20 overs. It was the second defeat for the CSK in nine games, while SRH now have five wins from their eight games they have played. 
 
SRH will now take on Kolkata Knight Riders at the same venue on April 21, while CSK will travel to Bengaluru to lock horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore the same day.
 
Brief scores:
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) 137/4 in 16.5 overs (Johnny Bairstow 61, David Warner 50, Imran Tahir 2/20); Chennai Super Kings (CSK) 132 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 45, Shane Watson 31, Rashid Khan 2/17) 
 
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IPL: SRH bowlers restrict CSK to 132 for five

A brilliant performance by bowlers helped Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) restrict Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to a paltry 132/5 in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Wednesday.
 
Electing to bat first, Chennai's innings started slowly with openers Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis scoring just 14 runs in the first four overs. Both Bhubaneswar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed bowled superb lines and lengths and restrained the batsmen from scoring. 
 
But in the last two powerplay overs, both Watson and du Plessis hit some lusty shots and took the score to 41-0 at the end of six overs. Both the batsmen looked comfortable at the crease and collected boundaries at will. 
 
But left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem broke the 79-run opening partnership as he bowled Watson at 31 in the ninth over of the game. Vijay Shankar, included in the World Cup squad, celebrated his selection by sending du Plessis (45) to the hut in the next over.
 
Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayadu tried to steady the ship before star leg-spinner Rashid Khan trapped the CSK stand-in skipper in front of the wickets. Two balls later, Kedar Jadhav (1) was also caught in front of the wickets, leaving CSK in a spot at 99-4 after 14 overs. 
 
Sam Billings, included in the team in place of injured MS Dhoni, didn't trouble the scorers and became the victim of Ahmed. 
 
Ravindra Jadeja (10*) and Rayadu (25*) struggled in the death overs on a slow Hyderabad pitch and they couldn't score as many boundaries as the visitors would have liked. The SRH bowlers were disciplined towards the end of the innings and gave just 30 runs away in the last five overs. 
 
Brief scores: Chennai Super Kings 132 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 45, Shane Watson 31; Rashid Khan 2/17) 
 
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Chennai win toss, opt to bat vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

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Chennai Super Kings (CSK) stand-in skipper Suresh Raina won the toss and opted to bat first against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, here on Wednesday.
 
CSK's regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was forced to miss the match due to a back injury. The visitors have made two changes from their previous outing, with Dhoni and Mitchell Santner being replaced by Sam Billings and Karn Sharma.
 
On the other hand for SRH, Yusuf Pathan and Shahbaz Nadeem have come for Abhishek Sharma and Ricky Bhui in the playing eleven.
 
Playing XI:
 
Chennai Super Kings: Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina (Captain), Ambati Rayudu, Sam Billings (wicket-keeper), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (wicket-keeper), Kane Williamson (Captain), Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, K Khaleel Ahmed
 
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Two Telugu TV actresses killed in road accident

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Two Telugu television actresses were killed in a car crash in Telangana's Vikarabad district on Wednesday, police said.
 
The actresses, identified as Bhargavi (20) and Anusha Reddy, (21) were returning to Hyderabad after completing shooting of a serial. Car driver Chakri and another person Vinay Kumar, travelling in the same vehicle, were injured.
 
The police said the car driver tried to avert a collision with a truck coming from the opposite direction and in the process hit a roadside tree near Appareddy Guda in the early hours of the day.
 
While Bhargavi died on the spot, Anusha succumbed to her injuries while being shifted to hospital. The injured were admitted to the government-run Osmania Hospital in Hyderabad.
 
Bhargavi was acting in the popular daily soap 'Mutyala Muggu'. Anusha Reddy was an upcoming actress. Both hailed from Telangana.
 
The television artistes had gone to Vikarabad on Monday for shooting in Ananthagiri forest. After completing the shooting, the team was returning to Hyderabad when the mishap occurred.
 
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Row over Hyderabad BJP MLA 'copying' Pakistani song

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Telangana's lone BJP MLA Raja Singh landed himself in embarrassment after the Pakistan Army accused him of copying their song but he stood defiant saying he did not have to copy anything from a "terrorist state".
 
"Good to see even #Pakistan media is covering my song #HindustanZindabad. I'm more surprised that even a terrorist nation produces singers. #Pakistani singers may have copied my song, we don't have to copy anything from a terrorist state like Pakistan," Singh said in a tweet.
 
Spokesperson of the Pakistan Armed Forces, Major General Asif Ghafoor, who in his tweet on Sunday had accused the BJP legislator of copying the song, responded to Singh on Monday, saying: "Pakistani media isn't covering the 'so-called' song. In rest of the world, this is called something else..."
 
"Glad that you copied. But copy to speak the truth as well. #PakistanZindabad," Asif Ghafoor had earlier tweeted from his personal handle, ridiculing the MLA for replacing 'Pakistan Zindabad' in the song with 'Hindustan Zindabad'.
 
Singh, who represents the Goshamahal constituency in Hyderabad, had announced that his new song was dedicated to the Indian armed forces and will be released on the occasion of Ram Navami on Sunday. He had posted the video of his song on April 12.
 
A few hours before the legislator was to release his song in a procession in Hyderabad, Ghafoor tweeted that he copied it. 
 
Singh's video and Pakistani Army spokesman's tweet went viral with many people on social media also sharing the original Pakistani song "Dil ki himmat watan... apna jazba watan. Man ki sacchi lagan... seedha rasta watan" sung by Sahir Ali Bagga.
 
The Pakistani song was released on March 23 on the occasion of Pakistan Day by the Inter-Services Public Relations, the media wing of the Pakistani Army. 
 
The legislator dropped his plans to release the song after it sparked the plagiarism row.
 
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Delhi ride bowlers' efforts to beat Hyderabad by 39 runs

Despite putting up a modest 155, Delhi Capitals' (DC) bowlers came out all guns blazing to defend the target as they folded Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for 116 in 18.5 overs to script a comfortable 39-run victory in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, here on Sunday.
 
Hyderabad were comfortably placed at 71/0 in the 10th over before Kasigo Rabada, Chriss Morris and Keemo Paul came from nowhere to rattle the hosts' batting line-up as the trio accounted for all the 10 wickets to fall.
 
While Rabada was exceptional with figures of 4/22, the South African was ably supported by Morris and Paul, who bagged three wickets each conceding just 22 and 17 runs, respectively.
 
Chasing the modest target, openers David Warner (51 off 47) and Jonny Bairstow (41 off 31) laid a perfect platform for Hyderabad as the side looked well set at 36 for no loss after five overs. The experienced duo tackled the Delhi bowlers with great skill and took their side past the 50-run mark in 7.3 overs.
 
At that stage, it seemed the hosts will overhaul the target with ease, but some major twists were yet to follow. Paul sent back a good looking Bairstow before dismissing skipper Ken Williamson (3) to reduce Hyderabad to 78/2 in 11.4 overs.
 
Warner was a still a major threat before the visitors, but Hyderabad didn't lose hopes as Paul packed back Ricky Bhui (7) cheaply as Delhi kept jolting the home team.
 
Rabada then came with the big breakthrough, scalping Warner in the 17th over to leave the hosts at 106/4. Warner's departure triggered a batting collapse as Rabada struck in the very next delivery to dismiss Vijay Shankar (1).
 
With the addition of just four runs to the scorecard, Morris joined the party. Like his compatriot Rabada, Morris too dealt a double blow by dismissing Deepak Hooda (3) and Rashid Khan (0) in back-to-back deliveries with Hyderabad still 45 runs away from victory.
 
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There was no stopping Morris as he soon accounted for the wicket of Abhishek Sharma (2), leaving Hyderabad reeling at 112/8 in 18 overs.
 
Rabada then put the final nail in the coffin as the South Africa pacer scalped two more wickets -- Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2) and Khaleel Ahmed (0) -- to hand Delhi a comfortable victory.
 
Earlier, valiant efforts by Colin Munro (40 off 24) and Shreyas Iyer (45 off 40) helped Delhi post a modest 155/7 as Hyderabad bowlers bowled decently on a good batting track.
 
Put in to bat first, Delhi's innings started on a poor note as they lost openers Prithvi Shaw (4) and Shikhar Dhawan (7) with just 20 runs on the board after 3.2 overs. Khaleel accounted for both the Delhi openers.
 
Munro, however, tried to anchor the Delhi innings and kept the scoreboard ticking. But while trying to up the ante, he gifted his wicket to Abhishek in the eighth over.
 
With Delhi on 69/3, skipper Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant tried to stabilize the ship, taking their side past the 100-run mark in the 12th over.
 
Bhuvneshwar cut short Shreyas' stay as the Delhi skipper tried to ramp a short delivery over Hyderabad keeper Bairstow but failed in the execution. The slight edge off the bat was gleefully accepted by Bairstow.
 
Just three balls later, Khaleel scalped his third, packing off Pant (23 off 19) in the 16th over with Delhi tottering at 127/5.
 
Delhi's lower middle-order -- Morris (4 off 8), Paul (7 off 4), Axar Patel (14* off 11) and Rabada (2 off 2) -- could only add 24 runs in the last three overs as Delhi failed to post a big total.
 
For Hyderabad, Khaleel was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/30, while Bhuvneshwar bagged two wickets.
 
Brief scores
 
Delhi Capitals: 155/7 (Shreyas Iyer 45, Colin Munro 40; Khaleel Ahmed 3/30) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (David Warner 51, Jonny Bairstow 41; Kagiso Rabada 4/22) by 39 runs. 
 
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IPL: Delhi Capitals set 156-run target for Hyderabad

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Despite valiant efforts by Colin Munro (40 off 24) and Shreyas Iyer (45 off 40), Delhi Capitals could only score a modest 155/7 as hosts Sunrisers Hyderabad's bowlers bowled decently on a good batting track.
 
Asked to bat first, Delhi's innings started on a poor note, losing openers Prithvi Shaw (4) and Shikhar Dhawan (7) with just 20 runs on the board in 3.2 overs. Khaleel Ahmed accounted for the wickets of both the Delhi openers.
 
Munro, however, tried to anchor the Delhi innings and hammered most Hyderabad bowlers. But, while trying to maintain a good run-rate, he lost his wicket to Abhishek Sharma in the eighth over.
 
With Delhi on 69/3, skipper Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant tried to stabilize the ship, taking their side past the 100-run mark in 12 overs.
 
Bhuvneshwar Kumar cut short Shreyas' stay as the Delhi skipper tried to ramp a short delivery over the Hyderabad keeper but failed in execution. A slight edge off him was easily caught by Johnny Bairstow.
 
Just three balls later, Khaleel scalped his third, packing off Pant (23 off 19) in the 16th over. This left Delhi reeling at 127/5.
 
Delhi's lower middle-order -- Chris Morris (4 off 8), Keemo Paul (7 off 4), Axar Patel (unbeaten 14 off 11) and Kagiso Rabada (2 off 2) could only add 24 runs in the last three overs as Delhi failed to reach a big total.
 
For Hyderabad, Khaleed was the pick of the bowlers with 3/30, while Bhuvneshwar bagged two wickets.
 
Brief scores:
 
Delhi Capitals: 155/7 (Shreyas Iyer (45, Colin Munro 40; Khaleel Ahmed 3/30) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad.
 
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IPL: In-form Delhi hold edge against Hyderabad

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In-form Delhi Capitals (DC) will look to carry forward the momentum when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their next Indian Premier League (IPL) game at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal on Sunday. 
 
While SRH will look to come back strongly after losing their last game to Punjab, DC will be riding high on confidence after beating Kolkata at the Eden Gardens on Friday.
 
The last game between Hyderabad and Punjab saw the SRH batsmen struggle on the slowish wicket at the I. S. Bindra Stadium and they will be more than happy to return to their home ground. Also, it is believed that regular skipper Kane Williamson will be back in the line-up and that will help strengthen the batting which has depended heavily on the duo of Jonny Bairstow and David Warner at the top.
 
For Delhi, it was an important game to win as they beat Kolkata chasing a tricky score of 178. More than the win, it was the convincing manner in which Shikhar Dhawan (97*) and Rishabh Pant (46) batted that will give the likes of head coach Ricky Ponting and advisor Sourav Ganguly confidence.
 
It will not be easy for DC to take on the Orange Army in their own backyard, but DC have the bowling in Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris to take on the challenge. It will be interesting to see whether the spinners like Axar Patel can create an impression like a Rashid Khan has or Mohammad Nabi has for SRH.
 
While the batting has looked good in the last game for DC, they will need to be at the top of their game against SRH that is considered one of the best bowling units in the competition with Rashid, Nabi and Bhuvneshwar Kumar leading the show.
 
Squads:
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Yusuf Pathan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (c), David Warner, Siddarth Kaul, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Vijay Shankar, Sandeep Sharma, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan, Martin Guptill, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Kane Williamson, Shahbaz Nadeem, Ricky Bhui, Billy Stanlake, T. Natarajan, Basil Thampi, K. Khaleel Ahmed, Abhishek Sharma 
 
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Keemo Paul, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Colin Munro, Ankush Bains, Manjot Kalra, Sherfane Rutherford, Jalaj Saxena, Amit Mishra, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan, Nathu Singh, Bandaru Ayyappa, Sandeep Lamichhane
 
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Kings XI ride Rahul, Agarwal 50s to beat Sunrisers by six wickets

Kings XI Punjab made heavy weather of an easy run-chase but in the end rode stylish half centuries from K. L. Rahul and Mayank Agarwal to edge past Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets in a thrilling Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter here on Monday.
 
Looking for a berth in the World Cup squad, opener Rahul remained not out at 71 off 53 balls to notch up his third half-century of the season with the help of seven fours and one six as good friend Agarwal (55; 43 balls; 3x4; 3x6) matched him with equal gusto.
 
Chasing a modest 151 for victory, the pair added 114 runs for the second wicket after the hosts lost Chris Gayle (16) early to a Rashid Khan 1/20) delivery which the southpaw tried to hit for a six, getting caught by Deepak Hooda at long on.
 
It was a Rahul-Agarwal show from there on, as the Karnataka pair paced their innings to perfection and played some delightful shots down the ground. While Rahul brought up his fifty in 34 balls, Agarwal took 40 deliveries to get there.
 
Agarwal -- who was dropped by Yusuf Pathan on 40 -- holed out to Vijay Shankar at deep mid-wicket off Sandeep Sharma (2/21) in the 18th over.
 
But just when it looked like the damage had already been done, David Miller (1) and Mandeep Singh (2) threw their wickets away to Sandeep in the same over and Siddarth Kaul in the 19th to leave the game on the edge with 11 runs needed in the final over.
 
Mohammad Nabi gave just five runs away from the first three balls before Rahul hit a magnificent straight drive for four to then score the winning runs off a David Warner misfield as Punjab won with one ball to spare, putting up 151/4 in 19.5 overs.
 
Earlier, Warner struck an unbeaten half-century but Punjab bowlers put in a disciplined effort to restrict Sunrisers to 150/4 after skipper R Ashwin asked them to bat first.
 
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In-form Warner brought up his third IPL fifty of the season as he scored an unbeaten 70 (62 balls, 4x6, 6x1), but it was an uncharacteristic knock where the destructive Australian left-hander struggled with timing as he carried his bat through the innings.
 
In the last two overs, Sunrisers managed 26 runs to up the ante with Deepak Hooda (14*) hitting Mohammed Shami (1/30) for 15 runs in the final over, including two fours and a six.
 
Warner joined hands with Manish Pandey (19) for a 55-run fourth wicket partnership but it never really took off.
 
Asked to bat first, the visitors lost Jonny Bairstow (1) early, as the England stumper-batsman flicked Mujeeb Ur Rahman (1/34) to Ravichandran Ashwin at short midwicket who took a smart catch.
 
It took Warner 15 balls to hit his first boundary in the fifth over when the southpaw punched an overpitched Ankit Rajpoot delivery past the diving mid-on fielder.
 
Warner and Shankar (26) laboured to a 49-run stand for the second wicket as Sunrisers trudged to 50/1 at the halfway stage.
 
Shankar lost his wicket just after that, trying to guide a Ashwin (1/30) carrom ball towards third man and feathering it to wicketkeeper K.L. Rahul in the process.
 
Mohammad Nabi (12) was run out by Ashwin off his own bowling as Sunrisers could only get to 92/3 after 15 overs.
 
Pandey and Warner then tried their best to get some runs but it was only after the latter got out that Hyderabad accelerated to get to 150-run mark.
 
Brief scores
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 150/4 (David Warner 70 not out; Ravichandran Ashwin 1/30; Mohammed Shami 1/30; Kings XI Punjab 151/4 K.L. Rahul 71 not out, Mayank Agarwal 55; Sandeep Sharma 2/21)
 
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Warner scores fifty as Sunrisers labour to 150/4 against Punjab

David Warner struck an unbeaten half-century but Kings XI Punjab bowlers put in a disciplined effort to restrict Sunrisers Hyderabad to 150/4 in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the PCA I.S. Bindra Stadium here on Monday.
 
In-form Warner brought up his third IPL fifty of the season as he scored an unbeaten 70 (62 balls, 4x6, 6x1), but it was an uncharacteristic knock where the destructive Australian left-hander struggled with timing as he carried his bat through the innings.
 
In the last two overs, Sunrisers managed 26 runs to up the ante with Deepak Hooda (14*) hitting Mohammed Shami (1/30) for 15 runs in the final over, including two fours and a six.
 
Warner joined hands with Manish Pandey (19) for a 55-run fourth wicket partnership but it never really took off.
 
Asked to bat first, the visitors lost Jonny Bairstow (1) early, as the England stumper-batsman flicked Mujeeb Ur Rahman (1/34) to Ravichandran Ashwin at short midwicket who took a smart catch.
 
It took Warner 15 balls to hit his first boundary in the fifth over when the southpaw punched an overpitched Ankit Rajpoot delivery past the diving mid-on fielder.
 
Warner and Vijay Shankar (26) laboured to a 49-run stand for the second wicket as Sunrisers trudged to 50/1 at the halfway stage.
 
Shankar lost his wicket just after that, trying to guide a Ashwin (1/30) carrom ball towards third man and feathering it to wicketkeeper K.L. Rahul in the process.
 
Mohammad Nabi (12) was run out by Ashwin off his own bowling as Sunrisers could only get to 92/3 after 15 overs.
 
Pandey and Warner then tried their best to get some runs but it was only after the latter got out that Hyderabad accelerated to get to 150-run mark.
 
Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad: 150/4 (David Warner 70 not out; Ravichandran Ashwin 1/30; Mohammed Shami 1/30)
 
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Punjab win toss, opt to field against Hyderabad

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Kings XI Punjab skipper R. Ashwin won the toss and decided to field first against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Monday.
 
Punjab brought back Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Ankit Rajpoot to the fold while Sunrisers stand-in skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar said they will go with the same team.
 
Teams:
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad (Playing XI): David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (c), Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma.
 
Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul(wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Ankit Rajpoot, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman. 
 
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Alzarri Joseph's 6/12 helps Mumbai to 40-run win over Hyderabad

Despite a batting failure, Alzarri Joseph's sensational six-wicket haul guided Mumbai Indians to a massive 40-run victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in their Indian Premier League (IPL) contest here on Saturday.
 
Joseph (6/12), the 22-year-old Caribbean, not only helped Mumbai win, but he also rewrote the record books after registering the best ever bowling figures in the league's history. 
 
Defending a paltry total of 137, debutant Joseph was the key architect behind Mumbai's exceptional win as the pacer shattered the Hyderabad batting line-up which fell like a pack of cards.
 
The other Mumbai bowlers -- Rahul Chahar (2/21), Jasprit Bumrah (1/16) and Jason Behrendorff (1/28) -- also impressed with some economical spells. 
 
Chasing the target, the hosts got off to a decent start with their scorecard reading 27 for no loss in the initial three overs. However, Rahul Chahar started the proceedings for Mumbai after bagging the wicket of Jonny Bairstow (16 off 10) before David Warner (15 off 13) became a victim of Joseph with just just 33 runs on board.
 
Joseph then packed back Vijay Shankar (5 off 10) while Behrendorff accounted for the wicket of Manish Pandey (16 off 21), putting the hosts in deep trouble.
 
Chahar made the situation worse for Hyderabad when he dismissed incoming batsman Yusuf Pathan, who departed without scoring, leaving the hosts reeling at 62/5. 
 
With half of the Hyderabad side back in the dug out, Deepak Hooda tried to put things back in control with his 24-ball 20. However, he couldn't succeed as Joseph sent him back before picking up the wicket of Rashid Khan, who failed to open his account.
 
With Hyderabad's score reading 88/7, Joseph utilised the opportunity to rock the hosts' lower order as he dismissed Mohammad Nabi (11), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2) and Siddarth Kaul (0) in quick succession to help Mumbai register an emphatic victory.
 
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Earlier, some disciplined bowling by Hyderabad helped restrict Mumbai to a modest 136/7.
 
Mumbai kept on losing wickets at regular intervals as the Hyderabad bowlers not only kept on jolting the visitors, but also maintained a decent economy. 
 
It was Kieron Pollard (46* off 26, 4x2, 6x4) who once again showed some resistance down the order to propel his team past the 100-run mark.
 
Put in to bat first, Mumbai started slowly before Mohammad Nabi drew first blood by dismissing visiting skipper Rohit Sharma for 11. Sandeep Sharma soon delivered another blow by trapping Suryakumar Yadav plumb in front of the wicket.
 
With Mumbai reeling at 28/2, Quinton de Kock (19 off 18) and Ishan Kishan (17 off 21) tried to stabilise the innings. However, the two couldn't taste much success as de Kock was sent back by Kaul in the ninth over with the scoreboard reading 43/3.
 
Ishan and Krunal Pandya then added 20 runs in the next 2.2 overs before Kaul cut short Krunal's stay. The Mumbai all-rounder top-edged a short delivery that landed safely in the hands of wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.
 
Mumbai suffered another blow soon when Ishan was caught short of the crease while trying to steal a quick single.
 
The hosts kept on picking up wickets in quick succession as Hardik Pandya (14) and Chahar (10), too, departed soon with just 97 runs on board. However, Pollard's heroics in the last few overs helped the three-time champions reach a modest total.
 
For Hyderabad, Kaul scalped two wickets while Bhuvneshwar, Sandeep Sharma, Rashid and Mohammad Nabi picked up one wicket each. 
 
Brief scores: 
 
Mumbai Indians: 136/7 in 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 46 not out, Quinton de Kock 19; Siddharth Kaul 2/34) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 96 all out in 17.4 overs (Deepak Hooda 20, Jonny Bairstow 16; Alzarri Joseph 6/12) by 40 runs.
 
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A disciplined bowling effort by Sunrisers Hyderabad helped restrict Mumbai Indians to a modest 136/7 in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Saturday.
 
Mumbai kept on losing wickets at regular intervals as the Hyderabad bowlers not only kept on jolting the visitors, but also maintained a decent economy. 
 
It was Kieron Pollard (46* off 26, 4x2, 6x4) who once again showed some resistance down the order to propel his team past the 100-run mark.
 
Put in to bat first, Mumbai started slowly before Mohammad Nabi drew first blood by dismissing visiting skipper Rohit Sharma for 11. Sandeep Sharma soon delivered another blow by trapping Suryakumar Yadav plumb in front of the wicket.
 
With Mumbai reeling at 28/2, Quinton de Kock (19 off 18) and Ishan Kishan (17 off 21) tried to stabilise the innings. However, the two couldn't taste much success as de Kock was sent back by Siddarth Kaul in the ninth over with the scoreboard reading 43/3.
 
Ishan and Krunal Pandya then added 20 runs in the next 2.2 overs before Kaul cut short Krunal's stay. The Mumbai all-rounder top-edged a short delivery that landed safely in the hands of wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.
 
Mumbai suffered another blow soon when Ishan was caught short of the crease while trying to steal a quick single.
 
The hosts kept on picking wickets in quick succession as Hardik Pandya (14) and Rahul Chahar (10) too departed soon with just 97 runs on board. However, Pollard's heroics in the last few overs helped the three-time champions reach a modest total.
 
For Hyderabad, Kaul scalped two wickets while Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi picked up one wicket each. 
 
Brief scores: 
 
Mumbai Indians: 136/7 in 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 46 not out, Quinton de Kock 19; Siddharth Kaul 2/34) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
 
IANS
 

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