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IPL Play-offs: Kolkata put Hyderabad in to bat first

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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Dinesh Karthik won the toss and elected to field first against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Qualifier 2 at the Eden Gardens here on Friday.
 
Sunrisers, who lost to Chennai Super Kings in the Qualifier 1, made three changes with Deepak Hooda, wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha and Khaleel Ahmed coming in place of Manish Pandey, Sreevats Goswami and Sandeep Sharma.
 
KKR made one change, leaving out Javon Searles and bringing back young pacer Shivam Mavi. KKR beat Rajasthan Royals in the Eliminator to make Qualifier 2.
 
Teams:
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson(Captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Wriddhiman Saha(WK), Carlos Brathwaite, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, K Khaleel Ahmed.
 
Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(Captain/WK), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi.
 
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IPL play-offs: Russell, Karthik help KKR to 169/7 after early collapse

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) rode skipper Dinesh Karthik's well-paced fifty coupled with Andre Russell's unbeaten 25-ball 49 blitz to recover from an early collapse and post 169/7 in 20 overs against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) eliminator at the Eden Gardens here on Wednesday.
 
Russell came in to bat when KKR were trying to stem the rot through Karthik (52; 38b; 4x4 2x6) and Shubman Gill (28; 17b; 3x4 1x6) before the latter fell with the team on 106/5 in 14.2 overs.
 
The big-hitting West Indian smoked five sixes and three fours in the last five overs to take 55 runs and help the purple brigade post a challenging score.
 
Krishnappa Gowtham (2/15), Jofra Archer (2/33) and Ben Laughlin (2/35) got two wickets each for the Ajinkya Rahane-led side with leg-spinner Ish Sodhi conceding just 15 runs off his four overs.
 
Royals' bowlers made early inroads to reduce KKR to 51/4 after eight overs when Karthik and Gill got together.
 
The pair joined hands for a 55-run stand for the fifth wicket before Gill departed and Russell stepped on the gas.
 
Earlier, Sunil Narine started off with a four before the impressive Gowtham got the better of the West Indian all-rounder who failed to read the spin and was stumped by South African wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen.
 
Robin Uthappa (3) and Nitish Rana (3) fell in successive overs as KKR slumped to 24/3 when Karthik joined Chris Lynn at the crease.
 
With the first five overs fetching only 32 runs for the loss of three wickets, Karthik and Lynn preyed on Jaydev Unadkat (0/33) to move to 46/3 after six overs, their lowest Powerplay score this season.
 
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Lynn (18; 22b, 2x4) was then removed by Shreyas Gopal (1/34) just after the Powerplay, caught and bowled.
 
Karthik looked in imperous touch as he whipped Archer off his legs past the square-leg region for a four off the second ball he faced. The 33-year-old India stumper then caressed Unadkat for two gorgeous back-to-back cover drives.
 
At the other end, Gill looked good during his stay at the crease, smashing Gopal for a four and the first six of the match in the 14th over as 20 runs came off it.
 
The highly-rated U-19 World Cup winner then looked to treat Archer the same way in the next over, but the Barbados seamer cramped him for room after Gill hit him for a four in the first ball to get the outside edge through to Klaasen.
 
With the 55-run stand for the fifth wicket between Karthik and Gill broken, in came Russell with KKR still behind par score. Russell then took 19 runs off Unadkat in the 17th over and from there on upped the ante.
 
Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 169/7 in 20 overs (Dinesh Karthik 52, Andre Russell 49 not out; K Gowtham 2/15, Jofra Archer 2/33, Ben Laughlin 2/35) vs Rajasthan Royals.
 
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BJP MP Bandaru Dattatreya's son dies of heart attack

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Former Union Minister and BJP parliamentarian Bandaru Dattatreya's only son Bandaru Vaishnav, 21, died of a massive heart attack on Wednesday, family sources said.
 
Vaishnav, a third year medical student, collapsed while having dinner with his family at their Ramnagar residence in Hyderabad on Tuesday.
 
The youth was rushed to a private hospital in Musheerabad. He was declared dead around 12.30 a.m.
 
Dattatreya, a member of the Lok Sabha from Secunderabad constituency, was inconsolable over the loss.
 
Condolences poured in from leaders across the political spectrum. Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu telephoned Dattatreya to convey his heartfelt condolences.
 
Telangana state BJP chief K. Lakshman, Hyderabad Mayor B. Rammoahn and leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party and Telangana Rashtra Samithi called on Dattatreya to express their condolences.
 
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and his Andhra Pradesh counterpart N. Chandrababu Naidu also consoled the death of Bandaru Vaishnav.
 
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IPL: Chennai edge out Hyderabad in thriller to enter final

A fighting unbeaten half-century under pressure from Faf du Plessis helped Chennai Super Kings edge past Sunrisers Hyderabad by two wickets in the first qualifier here on Tuesday to enter the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
 
Needing 140 runs to win, Chennai made heavy weather of what should have been a comfortable chase before crossing the line with five balls to spare.
 
Chennai have reached the final seven times in the nine seasons they have competed in the IPL. They had missed out on the previous two seasons as they were banned following the spot fixing and betting scandal.
 
Du Plessis batted through the innings to remain not out on 67 runs, with five hits to the fence and four sixes studding his 42-ball knock. The opener kept on playing sensibly throughout even as no other batman clicked at the other end. 
 
For Hyderabad, spinner Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma scalped two wickets each. 
 
Hyderabad will now face the winner of the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals in the Qualifier 2 on May 25 in Kolkata.
 
Chasing a modest total, Chennai lost their first wicket on the fifth ball of the first over. Wicket-keeper Shreevats Goswami took a brilliant catch to dismiss opener Shane Watson (0) off pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
 
In-form Suresh Raina was playing beautifully, hitting four well-timed boundaries on his way to 22 off 13 balls. But he was bowled by pacer Kaul in the fourth over when he shuffled across and exposed his leg-stump.
 
Off the very next ball, Ambati Rayudu (0) was also clean bowled by Kaul. Rayudu's dismissal was largely due to poor shot selection as he misjudged a slow yorker only to see the ball crash into the base of middle and off-stump.
 
Unperturbed by the fall of wickets, du Plessis kept on playing sensibly. New batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni (9), then joined in the middle and the duo rotated the strike perfectly.
 
But just when the duo started timing the ball well, leg-spinner Rashid Khan delivered one that turned the wrong way to dismiss Dhoni.
 
With Chennai struggling at 39/4 after eight overs, all eyes were on the lower-middle order But it failed as Dwayne Bravo (7), Ravindra Jadeja (3) and Deepak Chahar (10) went back to the pavilion in quick succession.
 
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Du Plesis, on the other hand, started unleashing his shots and hammered a few sixes but lacked support from other batters 
 
Harbhajan Singh could only manage two runs off nine balls before being run out. With Chennai in deep trouble, Shardul Thakur gave some much needed impetus to the run rate with three boundaries off the five balls he faced.
 
Thakur, who remained unbeaten on 15 runs, played sensibly and gave the strike to du Plesis.
 
With Chennai needing six runs off the last over, du Plessis brought up the victory in style over the umpire's head off Bhuvneshwar Kumar's bowling.
 
Earlier, lower-order batsman Carlos Brathwaite's unbeaten 43-run knock and some useful contributions from skipper Kane Williamson and Yusuf Pathan helped Sunrisers Hyderabad post a modest total of 139/7 in their allotted 20 overs.
 
Put in to bat, Hyderabad started the proceeding on a poor note, losing opener Shikhar Dhawan (0) on the first ball.
 
Other batsmen Goswami (12), Manish Pandey (8) and Shakib Al Hasan (12) also failed to deliver when needed the most. Brathwaite then came in the middle and played a quick-fire knock and took his team out of troubled waters. He played 29 balls and one boundary and slammed four sixes.
 
For Chennai, Dwayne Bravo scalped two wickets.
 
Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad: 139/7 in 20 overs (Carlos Brathwaite 43 not out; Dwayne Bravo 2/25) against Chennai Super Kings: 140/8 in 19.1 overs (Du Plesis 67; Rashid Khan 2/12)
 
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IPL: Chennai in final; beat Hyderabad by two wickets in Qualifier 1

An under-pressure innings from Faf du Plesis (67 not out) helped Chennai Super Kings edge past Sunrisers Hyderabad by two wickets in the first qualifier to enter the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Tuesday.
 
Needing 140 runs to win, Chennai chased down the target with five balls to spare.
 
Du Plesis kept on playing sensibly throughout when no other batman clicked and went back cheaply. He played 42 balls and slammed five boundaries and four sixes.
 
Hyderabad will now face the winner of the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals in Qualifier 2 on May 25 at Kolkata.
 
Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad: 139/7 in 20 overs (Carlos Brathwaite 43 not out; Dwayne Bravo 2/25) against Chennai Super Kings: 140/8 in 19.1 overs (Du Plesis 67; Rashid Khan 2/12).
 
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IPL play-offs: Chennai to field vs Hyderabad

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Chennai Super Kings won the toss and elected to field against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the first qualifier match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Tuesday.
 
Chennai made only one change to their squad. Shane Watson came in for Sam Billings. Hyderabad, on the other hand, are playing with the same squad.
 
Teams:
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Shreevats Goswami(w), Kane Williamson(c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Carlos Brathwaite, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma.
 
Chennai Super Kings: Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi.
 
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IPL play-offs: Chennai, Hyderabad look to seal final berth

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As the 11th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) nears its climax, all eyes will be on the top two sides -- Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) -- locking horns in the first qualifier on Tuesday at the Wankhede Stadium here for a place in the May 27 final.
 
Both Chennai and Hyderabad finished the league stage on 18 points, but the Kane Williamson-led side got their neck ahead to the No.1 spot with a superior net run-rate and Tuesday's winner will be guaranteed a place in the final at the same venue while the loser gets a second chance in the second qualifier in Kolkata on May 25.
 
Going in to the match, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led CSK hold a slight edge as they have got the better of their southern rivals twice in the league stage this season.
 
The yellow brigade have been on a roll since making their comeback to the IPL fold after serving a two-year-ban, and have rarely lost the momentum this season with the old guards and new sensations firing in unison.
 
In their final league game at their adopted home ground in Pune on Sunday, CSK rode on Suresh Raina's gutsy half century to not only romp home by five wickets but also stop Kings XI Punjab from entering the play-offs.
 
On the other hand, the Sunrisers have been on a three-game losing run, having already sealed their play-off spot with a victory on May 10 against Delhi Daredevils.
 
Interestingly, it was the CSK who halted Sunrisers' six-game winning streak with a comprehensive eight-wicket drubbing on May 13 in Pune.
 
Much of the credit for the Orange Army's entry into the playoffs goes to the consistency of skipper Kane Williamson, who sits second in the leading run-getters' list with 661 runs and the bowling unit led by paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Afghan spinner Rashid Khan.
 
Besides Williamson, Shikhar Dhawan (437 runs) has lately come good with the bat but it is the middle order comprising Manish Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha, Yusuf Pathan and Shakib Al Hasan, who needs to share the responsibility of building on the platform set up by the top order.
 
Sunrisers' bowling this season has been extraordinary with Rashid and Shakib as well as the pace trio of Bhuvneshwar, Siddarth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma combining well to defend paltry totals.
 
On Tuesday, Sunrisers will once again hope that their bowling will do the trick against an in-form Chennai top order comprising the likes of Ambati Rayudu, who has been their standout performer with 586 runs and had in fact taken the game away with a scintillating hundred when the two teams last met. 
 
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Rayudu's opening partner Shane Watson has also been in top form, accumulating 438 runs from 13 matches, while Suresh Raina, skipper Dhoni and all-rounder Deepak Chahar have been the backbone of CSK's middle order.
 
In the bowling front, the two-time champions will bank on young South African Lungi Ngidi, who grabbed 4 for 10 to take the man of the match award on Sunday.
 
With Shardul Thakur, Chahar and Dwayne Bravo doing their bit on the pace bowling front, CSK will hope for veteran Harbhajan Singh leading the spin attack with left-armer Ravindra Jadeja in the middle overs.
 
The match timings for the play-offs have been advanced by one hour, which means the match will start at 7 p.m. Ahead of the clash, a women's exhibition game will take place at 2 p.m. with top Indian and foreign players taking part in the contest at the Wankhede.
 
Teams: 
 
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain & WK), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf Du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Deepak Chahar, K.M. Asif, Kanish Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshtiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N agadeesan, David Willy.
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Siddharth Kaul, Deepak Hooda, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Shreevats Goswami (WK), Ricky Bhui, Basil Thampi, T Natarajan, Sachin Baby, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, Tanmay Agarwal, Alex Hales, Carlos Brathwaite, Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Nabi and Chris Jordan.
 
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IPL-2018: KKR seals playoffs berth with five-wicket win over Sunrisers

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) booked their place in the playoffs of the Indian Premier League with a five-wicket victory over table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in a crunch game at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Saturday.
 
The result means KKR remain third with 16 points from their full quota of 14 games. 
 
Rajasthan Royals (14), who registered a 30-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore earlier in the day, Mumbai Indians (12) and Kings XI Punjab (12) are still in the fray for a final playoff spot.
 
Sunrisers (18 points from 14 games), already assured of a knockout berth, succumbed to their third loss in a row.
 
Electing to bat, Sunrisers managed 172/9, riding on Shikhar Dhawan's half century as KKR bowlers led by Prasidh Krishna (4/30) did well in the middle and death overs.
 
KKR never looked in trouble as Chris Lynn (55; 43b; 4x4, 3x6) and Robin Uthappa (45; 34b; 3x4, 2x6) starred for the visitors to make light of the 173-run target. KKR put up 173/5 in 19.4 overs.
 
KKR's chase was set up by openers Sunil Narine (29; 10b; 4x4, 2x6) and Lynn who joined hands to help the side race to 52/0 in 22 balls hitting seven fours and three sixes.
 
However, Shakib Al Hasan (1/30) removed Narine with a looping delivery that the West Indian mistimed to Manish Pandey at long on.
 
In came Uthappa as there was no let up in intensity with the visitors smashing 61/1 in six overs and Lynn looking in ominous form.
 
Uthappa, dropped on 11 by Rashid Khan off his own bowling, tonked the celebrated Afghanistan tweaker for a four and six in the 16th over to take 15 runs off it. 
 
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It was a facile run-chase from there on despite Carlos Brathwaite (2/21) dismissing Uthappa with a back of a length delivery which the batsman top-edged to wicketkeeper Shreevats Goswami. 
 
Skipper Dinesh Karthik (26 not out) and Shubman Gill (0) remained at the crease as KKR crossed the line with two balls to spare.
 
Earlier, in-form Dhawan (50 from 39 balls; 5x4, 1x6) looked in good touch although he was dropped on 45 by Sunil Narine off Javon Searles.
 
Besides Dhawan, Shreevats Goswami (35; 26b; 4x4, 1x6), skipper Kane Williamson (36; 17b; 1x4, 3x6) and Manish Pandey (25; 22b; 2x4, 1x6) also contributed with the bat.
 
Sunrisers, who were 60/0 after six overs, lost wickets at regular intervals as little-known M.Prasidh Krishna (4/30) returned career best figures for the visitors taking three wickets in the last over while Andre Russell (1/31) gave away just seven in the penultimate over while also picking up a wicket.
 
Kuldeep Yadav (1/35), Sunil Narine (1/23) and Javon Searles (1/24) were all among wickets.
 
In the last 10 overs, Sunrisers could only manage 80, losing eight wickets after they were 92/1 at the halfway stage.
 
Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 172/9 (Shikhar Dhawan 50; Prasidh Krishna 4/30) lost to Kolkata Knight Riders 173/5 in 19.4 overs (Chris Lynn 55, Robin Uthappa 45; Carlos Brathwaite 2/21, Siddarth Kaul 2/26) by five wickets.
 
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IPL: KKR bowlers keep runs in check as Sunrisers post 172/9

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Shikhar Dhawan cracked a fifty but Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bowlers pulled things back in the middle overs to restrict table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to 172/9 in 20 overs in a crunch Indian Premier League (IPL) game at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Saturday.
 
As the hosts elected to bat first, in-form Dhawan (50 from 39 balls; 5x4, 1x6), who missed out in SRH's last game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), was dropped on 45 by Sunil Narine off Javon Searles.
 
Besides Dhawan, Shreevats Goswami (35; 26b; 4x4, 1x6), skipper Kane Williamson (36; 17b; 1x4, 3x6) and Manish Pandey (25; 22b; 2x4, 1x6) also contributed with the bat.
 
Sunrisers, who were 60/0 after six overs, lost wickets at regular intervals as little-known M.Prasidh Krishna (4/30) starred with the ball for the visitors taking three wickets in the last over while Andre Russell (1/31) gave away just seven in the penultimate over while also picking up a wicket.
 
Kuldeep Yadav (1/35), Sunil Narine (1/23) and Javon Searles (1/24) were all among wickets.
 
In the last 10 overs, Sunrisers could only manage 80, losing eight wickets after they were 92/1 at the halfway stage.
 
The hosts got off to a flying start with wicketkeeper-batsman Goswami (35; 26b; 4x4, 1x6) and Dhawan stitching together a 79-run stand for the opening wicket.
 
Goswami, playing his fourth game of the season but batting for the first time, was given out in the third over when a Russell bouncer rocketed off the helmet and was taken at slip. 
 
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Goswami asked for a review straightaway and replays and the decision was overturned.
 
In the next four balls, Goswami hit Russell for a six and a hat-trick of boundaries, taking 20 runs off the over.
 
In-form Kuldeep, who grabbed a career-best 4/20 in KKR's previous game, removed Goswami to break the partnership and halt Sunrisers' surge after they were 60/0 in the Powerplay.
 
Skipper Williamson then joined the party and looked to be continuing from where he had left in the last game by combining with Dhawan for a 48-run second wicket stand before trying to cut a Searles back-of-a- length delivery and finding Russell at deep point.
 
It was an eventful over where Narine dropped Dhawan and Williamson tonked Searles for back-to-back sixes before getting out.
 
From there on, Pandey tried to score big but some disciplined death bowling by KKR bowlers put a lid on his plans.
 
Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 172/9 (Shikhar Dhawan 50; Prasidh Krishna 4/30) vs Kolkata Knight Riders. 
 
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IPL-2018: Sunrisers win toss, elect to bat first against KKR

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Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bat first against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in a crunch Indian Premier League (IPL) game at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Saturday.
 
In a must-win tie for KKR, the purple brigade welcomed back fit-again leggie Piyush Chawla and dropped Shivam Mavi who leaked runs in buckets in their last game against Rajasthan Royals.
 
KKR won the game by six wickets while already qualified table-toppers SRH lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore in their previous encounter.
 
SRH ringed in two changes, bringing in pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Carlos Brathwaite in place of Alex Hales and Basil Thampi.
 
Teams:
 
Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Javon Searles, Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav.
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson(c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Deepak Hooda, Shreevats Goswami(w), Carlos Brathwaite, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma.
 
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Congress, JD-S MLAs leave for Bengaluru

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After camping here for the entire day, Karnataka MLAs belonging to the Congress and the Janata Dal-United (JD-S) left for Bengaluru late on Friday.
 
With the Supreme Court on Friday directing the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Karnataka to prove its majority on the floor of the Assembly on Saturday, the legislators of the two parties left for Bengaluru by road.
 
Over 115 MLAs of the two parties, along with their leaders, left in five luxury buses, accompanied by a large number of vehicles of Congress leaders of Telangana. Amid tight security, the long convoy left the two hotels after 10.30 p.m.
 
The MLAs arrived here early in the day after the night-long journey and checked in into the two hotels. They were shifted to Hyderabad to protect them from poaching by the BJP.
 
Hours after their arrival here, the Supreme Court directed Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to take the floor test at 4 p.m on Saturday.
 
On a day of fast-paced developments, former Karnataka Chief Ministers H.D. Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah flew to Hyderabad to hold crucial meetings to discuss the strategy to be adopted in the state Assembly on Saturday when the BJP government seeks a trust vote.
 
JD-S leader Kumaraswamy, Congress' Siddaramaiah and top leaders of the two parties attended the meeting at the Taj Krishna hotel, where Congress MLAs were camping. They also discussed the appointment of BJP legislator K.G. Bopaiah as pro-tem Speaker by the Governor.
 
Kumaraswamy joined the meeting a couple of hours after Siddaramaiah held a meeting with all 76 MLAs of the Congress party. The meeting of Congress legislature party unanimously elected Siddaramaiah as its leader.
 
Kumaraswamy, who has already staked claim to form the government with the support of the Congress, later drove to Novotel, where 36 MLAs of his party were camping.
 
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Kumaraswamy, Siddaramaiah hold strategy meet in Hyderabad

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Former Karnataka Chief Ministers H.D. Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah and other leaders of the Congress and the JD-S held a crucial meeting here on Friday evening to discuss the strategy to be adopted in the state Assembly on Saturday when the BJP government seeks a trust vote.
 
Janta Dal-Secular (JD-S) leader Kumaraswamy, Congress' Siddaramaiah and top leaders of the two parties attended the meeting at the Taj Krishna hotel.
 
The two former Chief Ministers flew in to Hyderabad hours after the MLAs were shifted here by their respective parties to prevent them from being poached by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the crucial floor test in the new Assembly.
 
Siddaramaiah drove to the Taj Krishna and began consultations with the party leaders in the wake of the Supreme Court judgment directing Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to take the floor test at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
 
According to Congress sources, the senior leader gave directions to the MLAs to ensure coordination to defeat the trust vote. The meeting was attended by all 76 MLAs of the party.
 
Kumaraswamy, who has already staked claim to form the government with the support of the Congress, also reached Hyderabad and drove to Novotel, where his party MLAs were camping since their arrival in the city early on Friday.
 
The JD-S leader held a meeting with the party leaders and discussed the strategy to be adopted on Saturday. He later drove to Taj Krishna for a meeting with Congress leaders and MLAs.
 
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Three bus loads of MLAs arrived here after their night-long road journey from Bengaluru. This happened after the plans of the two parties to move the legislators to Kochi failed.
 
All 76 Congress MLAs checked in at Taj Krishna in Banjara Hills. The bus carrying 36 JD-S MLAs first stopped at Park Hyatt in the same area but was later taken to Novotel Hotel.
 
Police have made tight security arrangements at the two hotels. Media persons have been barred from entering while security personnel were frisking visitors before allowing them in.
 
Congress leader Madhu Goud Yashki, who accompanied the MLAs from Bengaluru, told reporters that the BJP was shamelessly trying to poach the MLAs. He said the BJP would fail as the Congress-JD-S enjoyed a majority.
 
Telangana Congress chief Uttam Kumar Reddy, senior leader Mohammed Ali Shabbir and others met the party MLAs at Taj Krishna.
 
Within hours of the MLAs checking in at the hotels came the Supreme Court judgment directing the BJP government in Karnataka to prove its majority on the floor of the Assembly on Saturday.
 
Meanwhile, the leaders of the two parties were busy making arrangements to take their MLAs back to Bengaluru. Sources said the legislators may fly to the Karnataka capital in a chartered plane.
 
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RCB live to fight another day with 14-run win over Hyderabad

Royal Challengers Bangalore kept their playoff hopes alive as Sunrisers Hyderabad's skipper Kane Williamson (81 off 42) and Manish Pandey's (62 not-out off 38) blistering knock went in vain in a crucial Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Thursday.
 
It was once again Williamson, who along with Pandey forged a crucial partnership to take Hyderabad on the verge of another nail-biting win. However, it was the hosts who clinched the issue by 14 runs to keep their playoff dream alive.
 
Chasing the massive 219-run target, Hyderabad openers Shikhar Dhawan (18) and Alex Hales (37) took their side to a quick start, accumulating 47 runs in the first five overs.
 
However, the decent start was short-lived as Yuzvendra Chahal drew the first blood for the hosts in the sixth over when Dhawan came down the track but chipped back to the bowler.
 
With addition of another 17 runs in Hyderabad's scorecard, AB de Villiers took a stunning catch at deep midwicket to pack back Hales off a Moeen Ali delivery.
 
Skipper Williamson and Pandey then took the command, taking their side to touch the three-figure mark in 11.3 overs.
 
Meanwhile, the Hyderabad captain slammed his half-century off 28 balls, helping his side inch closer to the target.
 
The duo went on to forge a crucial 135-run partnership for the third wicket, lifting the visitors to 199 runs in 19.1 overs.
 
With 19 needed off the final over, Mohammed Siraj jolted Hyderabad dismissing the visiting skipper to bring back Bangalore in the game.
 
Williamson's knock was laced with seven fours and five sixes.
 
Pandey and incoming batsman Deepak Hooda could only manage five runs off the final five deliveries as the hosts sealed the match by 14 runs to keep them afloat in the league.
 
For Bangalore, Chahal, Siraj and Ali bagged one wicket each.
 
Earlier, de Villiers and Moeen Ali smacked breezy half centuries to help Bangalore overcome a shaky start and post a mammoth 218/6 against Hyderabad in a must-win tie.
 
De Villiers (69 from 39 balls; 4x12, 6x1) and Moeen (65 from 34; 4x2, 6x6) put on a 107-run third wicket stand to resurrect RCB's innings which fell apart after the early loss of the opening duo of Parthiv Patel (1) and skipper Virat Kohli (12).
 
Put in to bat, Parthiv failed to take advantage of the dropped chance off the very first ball and departed off the final ball off Sandeep Sharma, caught by Siddharth Kaul at third man.
 
Kohli followed his opening partner soon after adding 32 runs with de Villiers, as the India skipper's struggle with the spinners continued in this edition of the IPL. The right-hander attempted to slog Rashid Khan's fuller length delivery hoping for a googly only to find his stumps re-arranged. 
 
Struggling at 32/2, de Villiers and Moeen changed the complexion of the innings in no time, with both batsmen trying to outscore each other as it started raining boundaries at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
 
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De Villiers started with two consecutive boundaries off Shakib Al Hasan before sending the other Hyderabad bowlers to the leather hunt, before Moeen joined the party by welcoming rookie pacer Basil Thampi with two consecutive sixes.
 
In no time, the South African veteran brought up his half century in mere 32 balls, when he pulled medium pacer Kaul for a boundary before Moeen, who was dropped on 23 by Dhawan off Sandeep, turned on the heat by meting out some special treatment to Thampi.
 
The English southpaw mercilessly smacked Thampi for a boundary to bring up his maiden IPL half century off just 25 balls before Afghan leg-spinner Rashid came back to break the partnership in a span of three balls.
 
Rashid first saw the back of de Villiers brilliantly caught by Dhawan at deep backward square before packing Moeen one ball later, caught behind by Shreevats Goswami.
 
With both the set batsmen back in the dug out, the visitors sniffed at a smaller total when they packed an in-form Mandeep Singh (4) cheaply.
 
But New Zealander Colin de Grandhomme (40 from 17; 4x1, 6x4) and teenaged Sarfaraz Khan (22 not out from 8; 4x3, 6x1) lit up the stadium with some late order fireworks, to ensure the home side crossed the 200-run mark with a quick-fire 34-run stand.
 
For the tourists, Rashid once again emerged the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/27, while Siddharth and Sandeep chipped in with two and one wickets, respectively.
 
Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 218/6 (AB de Villiers 69, Moeen Ali 65; Rashid Khan 3/27) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 204/3 (Kane Williamson 81, Manish Pandey 62 not out; Moeen Ali 1/21) by 14 runs.
 
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IPL: De Villiers, Moeen 50s propel RCB to 218/6 vs Sunrisers

A B de Villiers and Moeen Ali smacked breezy half centuries to help Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) overcome a shaky start and post a mammoth 218/6 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in a must-win Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Thursday.
 
De Villiers (69 from 39 balls; 4x12, 6x1) and Moeen (65 from 34; 4x2, 6x6) put on a 107-run third wicket stand to resurrect RCB's innings which fell apart after the early loss of the opening duo of Parthiv Patel (1) and skipper Virat Kohli (12).
 
Put in to bat, Parthiv failed to take advantage of the dropped chance off the very first ball and departed off the final ball off Sandeep Sharma, caught by Siddharth Kaul at third man.
 
Kohli followed his opening partner soon after adding 32 runs with de Villiers, as the India skipper's struggle with the spinners continued in this edition of the IPL. The right-hander attempted to slog Rashid Khan's fuller length delivery hoping for a googly only to find his stumps re-arranged. 
 
Struggling at 32/2, de Villiers and Moeen changed the complexion of the innings in no time, with both batsmen trying to outscore each other as it started raining boundaries at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
 
De Villiers started with two consecutive boundaries off Shakib Al Hasan before sending the other Hyderabad bowlers to the leather hunt, before Moeen joined the party by welcoming rookie pacer Basil Thampi with two consecutive sixes.
 
In no time, the South African veteran brought up his half century in mere 32 balls, when he pulled medium pacer Kaul for a boundary before Moeen, who was dropped on 23 by Shikhar Dhawan off Sandeep, turned on the heat by meting out some special treatment to Thampi.
 
The English southpaw mercilessly smacked Thampi for a boundary to bring up his maiden IPL half century off just 25 balls before Afghan leg-spinner Rashid came back to break the partnership in a span of three balls.
 
Rashid first saw the back of de Villiers brilliantly caught by Dhawan at deep backward square before packing Moeen one ball later, caught behind by Shreevats Goswami.
 
With both the set batsmen back in the dug out, the visitors sniffed at a smaller total when they packed an in-form Mandeep Singh (4) cheaply.
 
But New Zealander Colin de Grandhomme (40 from 17; 4x1, 6x4) and teenaged Sarfaraz Khan (22 not out from 8; 4x3, 6x1) lit up the stadium with some late order fireworks, to ensure the home side crossed the 200-run mark with a quick-fire 34-run stand.
 
For the tourists, Rashid once again emerged the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/27, while Siddharth and Sandeep chipped in with two and one wickets, respectively.
 
Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 218/6 (AB de Villiers, 69; Moeen Ali, 65; Colin de Grandhomme, 40; Sarfaraz Khan, 22 not out; Rashid Khan 3/27) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad.
 
 
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IPL: Unchanged RCB put in to bat by Sunrisers

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Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson on Thursday won the toss and put Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in to bat first in what is a must-win Indian Premier League (IPL) game for the home side.
 
Having already qualified for the play-offs, Sunrisers, the table toppers, made one change to their playing XI with pacer Basil Thampi replacing Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
 
On the other hand, the hosts decided to go with an unchanged XI at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here.
 
Teams:
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (Captain), Parthiv Patel (WK), Moeen Ali, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Alex Hales, Kane Williamson (Captain), Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Shakib Al Hasan, Shreevats Goswami (WK), Rashid Khan, Basil Thampi, Siddharth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma.
 
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Lightning kills 9 in Telangana, Andhra

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Nine people including three farmers died of lightning in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on Sunday, officials said.
 
The three farmers died of lightning in Telangana's Mancherial district early in the day while six deaths were reported from Srikakulam district in north coastal Andhra.
 
The farmers were killed in their field in Arepalli village. According to police, the farmers had gone to their fields to protect the paddy from rains. The deceased have been identified as R. Rajaiah, K. Bapu and J. Ramesh.
 
The farmers were trying to place covers on the paddy kept in the field after cutting but did not succeed due to strong winds and rains. In the meantime, they were struck by lightning.
 
When they did not return home, their family members went to the field and found their bodies.
 
Meanwhile, six persons died of lightning in separate incidents in Andhra Pradesh's Srikakulam district. Heavy rains accompanied by gusty winds have been lashing Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts since early Sunday.
 
Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have been experiencing thunderstorm and unseasonal rains for more than a week.
 
The Met office has forecast thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds at isolated places in various districts of Telangana and coastal Andhra on Sunday and Monday. Some parts of the two states are likely to record maximum temperature between 42 and 44 degrees Celsius.
 
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IPL: Rayudu, Watson help Chennai hammer Hyderabad by 8 wickets

 
Chennai Super Kings rode on the  heroics of opener Ambati Rayudu (100 not out) and Shane Watson (57) to hammer Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets here on Sunday and maintain their second spot in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
 
Following the win at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Chennai are virtually through to the play-offs with 16 points.
 
In pursuit of Hyderabad's 179/4, it was the Chennai openers who gave their side a flying start, forging a match-winning 134-run partnership.
 
Rayudu, meanwhile, also slammed his maiden IPL ton facing 62 deliveries, smashing seven fours and as many hits into the stands. On the other hand, Watson's knock off 35 balls contained five boundaries and three sixes.
 
Chennai started the proceedings straight away as the openers gathered 28 runs in the first three overs.
 
The duo fully utilised the powerplay overs as Chennai put 53 runs on board in the initial six overs. The hosts went on to hammer the visiting bowlers as the openers lifted Chennai to 93 runs at the end of 10 overs. Meanwhile, the Australian all-rounder also got his fifty.
 
Hyderabad got the much-needed breakthrough in the 14th over when Watson fell short of the crease as skipper Kane Williamson's throw from extra-cover ended the all-rounder's innings.
 
Incoming batsman Suresh Raina fell cheaply, contributing just a couple of runs, with Chennai's scorecard reading 137/2 in 14.1 overs.
 
Rayudu was then joined by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (20 not out off 14 balls) and the pair played sensibly to help their side recover from the consecutive blows.
 
Denying any more wickets to the visitors, the duo added the remaining 43 runs for the third wicket in the next five overs to inch Chennai closer towards the play-offs.
 
For Hyderabad, Sandeep Sharma bagged a wicket conceding 36 runs while the others remained wicketless.
 
Earlier, a 123-run partnership between opener Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Williamson propelled Hyderabad to a competitive total.
 
After receiving an eary jolt, the in-form visiting batsmen feasted on the Chennai bowlers, smashing most of them to various parts of the ground.
 
Put in to bat, the visitors lost Alex Hales (2) cheaply as the opener chipped an away swinging length ball from Deepak Chahar to Raina at cover-point in the fourth over.
 
His dismissal saw Williamson joining Dhawan in the middle as the duo slowly and steadily started building Hyderabad's innings, taking their side past the 50-run mark in 8.3 overs.
 
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After managing to put just 62 runs on board in the first ten overs, the Hyderabad batsman switched gears to accumulate 38 runs off the next three overs to touch the three-figure mark.
 
Meanwhile, Dhawan also bought his fifty off 38 deliveries.
 
The duo then went on to add another 41 runs off the next three overs to inch towards a fighting total. With Chennai struggling to break the partnership, it was Dwayne Bravo who came with the much-needed breakthrough in the 16th over.
 
Hyderabad lost their well-settled batsmen in consecutive deliveries as Bravo pegged back a good-looking Dhawan through his slower one. Straightway in the first ball of the 17th over, Shardul Thakur sent back the visiting skipper, which left Hyderabad at 141/3.
 
Manish Pandey and Deepak Hooda then added 20 runs for the fourth wicket before Thakur struck to send back Pandey (5) in the 19th over.
 
Hooda chipped in with a 11-ball unbeaten 21 while Shakib Al Hasan remained not out on 8 to take the visitors to a fighting total.
 
For Chennai, Thakur bagged a couple of wickets conceding 32 runs while Bravo and Chahar settled for one wicket each.
 
Brief Scores: Chennai Super Kings 180/2 (Ambati Rayudu 100 not out, Shane Watson 57; Sandeep Sharma 1/36) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (Shikhar Dhawan 79, Kane Williamson 51; Shardul Thakur 2/32) by eight wickets.
 
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IPL: Chennai outclass Hyderabad by eight wickets

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Chennai Super Kings are virtually through to the play-offs as they hammered Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Sunday.
 
Both Hyderabad and Chennai continue to be at the first and second spot, respectively, in the points table.
 
Chasing a competitive total of 180 runs, it was the 134-run opening stand between Ambati Rayudu (100 not out) and Shane Watson (57 off 35 balls), which guided the hosts home with ease with an over to spare.
 
It was also Rayudu's maiden IPL hundred.
 
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IPL: Pant's ton in vain as Sunrisers thrash Daredevils by 9 wickets

Rishabh Pant's valiant century went in vain as Sunrisers Hyderabad made light work of Delhi Daredevils' challenging 187/5 to romp home by nine wickets and consolidate their stay at the top of the Indian Premier League (IPL) points table.
 
The visitors overcame the early loss of opener Alex Hales (14) as the other opener Shikhar Dhawan (92 not out off 50 balls; 4x9, 6x4) and skipper Kane Williamson (83 not out off 53 balls; 4x8, 6x2) stitched together a 176-run second stand to demoralise bottom-placed Delhi's spirited effort midway into the match.
 
With the loss, Delhi's hopes of reaching the play-off are up in smoke and they can now only play party spoilers in the cash-rich tournament.
 
Returning to his home ground, Dhawan started the chase by slamming pacer Harshal Patel for a boundary through point even as Williamson continued his glorious run with the willow this season.
 
The Delhi bowlers started losing the plot right after the powerplay when the right-left duo of Williamson and Dhawan propelled the Sunrisers to 51/1 before racing to 91/1 midway into the innings.
 
Dhawan used the flat Ferozshah Kotla track to the most, slamming the Delhi bowlers all over the park to bring up his half century in 30 balls before Williamson caught up with the southpaw to race to his sixth fifty of the season in 38 balls.
 
By now, Delhi had lost all hopes of a comeback as the Sunrisers duo handsomely outbatted the efforts of the hosts with seven balls to spare.
 
Earlier, Pant once again stepped up to the occasion with his maiden IPL century to rescue Delhi from a dismal start and help them post a challenging 187/5.
 
Involved in two avoidable run-outs, Pant compensated the miscommunication on the field with a blistering unbeaten 63-ball 128 which contained 15 boundaries and seven sixes, to arrest a careless start from the hosts.
 
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Electing to bat first, Delhi had themselves to blame for a sluggish start which saw them lose the opening duo of Prithvi Shaw (9) and Jason Roy (11) in consecutive deliveries before skipper Shreyas Iyer (3) departed off a silly run-out.
 
Fortunately for Delhi, the fall of three quick wickets did not affect Pant, whose purple patch with the bat continued and together with Harshal Patel (24 from 17 balls; 6x2) steadied the ship with a 55-run stand for the fourth wicket.
 
With five overs left in the innings, Delhi stared at some sort of respectability before another miscommunication between the batsmen ended Patel's stay.
 
Pant, however continued his onslaught as he launched Shakib for a massive six to bring up his half century in 36 balls even as the out-of-form Glenn Maxwell (9) remained a mere spectator to the southpaw's fireworks.
 
The Delhi stumper, who became the youngest to 1000 IPL runs, immediately moved into the 90s when he clobbered Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan for a four and a six off consecutive balls before treating Bhuvneshwar Kumar with disdain.
 
Pant then muscled pacer Siddharth Kaul's full toss to the deep midwicket boundary to bring up his maiden IPL ton in mere 56 balls before slamming Bhuvneshwar for two fours and three consecutive sixes to milk 26 off the final over.
 
Brief Scores: Delhi Daredevils 187/5 (Rishabh Pant 128 not out, Harshal Patel 24; Shakib Al Hasan 4/27) lose to Sunrisers Hyderabad 191/1 (Shikhar Dhawan 92 not out, Kane Williamson 83 not out) by 9 wickets.
 
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IPL: Struggling Delhi opt to bat against Hyderabad

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Delhi Daredevils skipper Shreyas Iyer won the toss and opted to bat against Sunrisers Hyderabad in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Ferozshah Kotla here on Thursday.
 
Struggling at the bottom of the points table, the hosts made three changes to their playing XI by including Shahbaz Nadeem, Jason Roy and Harshal Patel in place of Avesh Khan, Daniel Christian and Naman Ojha.
 
On the other hand, the tourists replaced injured wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha with Shreevats Goswami.
 
Teams:
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Alex Hales, Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson (Captain), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Shreevats Goswami (WK), Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma.
 
Delhi Daredevils: Prithvi Shaw, Jason Roy, Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Rishabh Pant (WK), Glenn Maxwell, Vijay Shankar, Liam Plunkett, Harshal Patel, Amit Mishra, Shahbaz Nadeem, Trent Boult.
 
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IPL: Sunrisers aim to extend winning run vs struggling Daredevils

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Comfortably placed atop the Indian Premier League (IPL) points table, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will look to extend their five-match winning streak when they face bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozshah Kotla here on Thursday.
 
The Kane Williamson-led side have more or less assured themselves of a place in the play-off after winning eight of their 10 matches to pocket 16 points while Delhi's campaign has been lacklustre with just three wins from 10 outings.
 
Out of the 11 times that these two teams have faced each other, Sunrisers hold an edge having won on seven occasions as compared to Delhi's four victories.
 
In their last meeting at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, the Sunrisers romped home by 7 wickets as Delhi once again squandered a great start to lose the plot in the dying stages.
 
Delhi's woes this season has been compounded by an inconsistent opening partnership, despite teenager Prithvi Shaw going great guns blazing at the top.
 
Besides Shaw, young skipper Shreyas Iyer and stumper Rishabh Pant form the backbone of Delhi's batting and would be hoping to put on another brave effort against the best bowling line-up this season.
 
It would also be interesting to see whether Delhi still persists with Australian Glenn Maxwell, who had a torrid season so far.
 
On the bowling front, New Zealander Trent Boult has led his resources well with the young Avesh Khan, Englishman Liam Plunkett and all-rounder Vijay Shankar while leg-spinner Amit Mishra have also been amongst the wickets.
 
Coming to the Sunrisers, it's been their bowling unit led by the overseas spin twins -- Afghan Rashid Khan and Bangladeshi Shakib Al Hasan -- who have been instrumental in defending sub-150 scores.
 
The spinners have been well supported by the pace department led by fit-again Bhuvneshwar Kumar and young Siddharth Kaul.
 
Their batting mainly centres around the skipper -- Williamson -- who has repeatedly dug them out of troubled waters, scoring five half centuries so far in this season.
 
The inconsistent top order comprising the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Alex Hales and Manish Pandey need to shoulder the responsibility in case Williamson fails to deliver.
 
Veteran Yusuf Pathan has of late found back his groove with his cameos lower down the order along side the left-hander Shakib and stumper Wriddhiman Saha.
 
Come Thursday, it will be interesting to see if Delhi's batsmen can pass the stern test from the Sunrisers bowlers and halt their winning run.
 
Squads:
 
Delhi Daredevils: Jason Roy, Gautam Gambhir, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Glenn Maxwell, Shreyas Iyer (captain), Vijay Shankar, Daniel Christian, Rahul Tewatia, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohammed Shami, Trent Boult, Chris Morris, Colin Munro, Amit Mishra, Prithvi Shaw, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Jayant Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Manjot Kalra, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Naman Ojha, Sayan Ghosh, Liam Plunkett.
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (captain), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan, Shakib Al Hasan, Manish Pandey, Carlos Brathwaite, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Rashid Khan, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Siddarth Kaul, T. Natarajan, Mohammad Nabi, Basil Thampi, K Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Sachin Baby, Chris Jorda, Tanmay Agarwal, Shreevats Goswami, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, Alex Hales.
 
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IPL: Sunrisers Hyderabad all but seal RCB's fate with 5-run win

Sunrisers Hyderabad consolidated their stay atop the Indian Premier League (IPL) points table with yet another brilliant defence of a meagre total, that saw them pip struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by five runs here at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Monday.
 
This was the Orange Army's eighth win from 10 matches and look on course for the play-offs with already 16 points in their kitty.
 
On the other hand, Virat Kohli's sixth-placed RCB virtually find themselves out of the race to the play-offs after succumbing to their seventh loss in 10 outings and are likely to play the party spoilers from here on.
 
After restricting Sunrisers to a manageable 146, the visitors began their chase on a promising note, and looked comfortable at 60/2 before the innings derailed with three quick wickets as they eventually ended on 141/6.
 
Parthiv Patel gave RCB a flashy start scoring a 13-ball 20 before skipper Kohli blasted a 30-ball 39 to put the tourists on course for a comfortable win.
 
Kohli started with his trademark cover drive for a boundary before taking left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan to the cleaners on three consecutive occasions. 
 
Kohli survived a scare from Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan when his edge went through Kane Williamson's hands to the boundary but could not ride his luck a second time when Yusuf Pathan pulled off a blinder of a catch at short third man off Shakib.
 
The skipper's wicket followed the quick dismissals of AB de Villiers (5) and debutant Moeen Ali (10) as the tourists started losing the plot.
 
With the asking run-rate climbing and the home bowlers sticking to a perfect line, the last recognised batting duo of Mandeep Singh (21 not out) and Colin de Grandhomme (33) eventually failed to take the visitors home.
 
Earlier, the tourists rode on pace duo of Mohammed Siraj (3/25) and Tim Southee (3/30) and two impressive run-outs by skipper Kohli to restrict the hosts to a a below par 146.
 
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Siraj accounted for the key wickets of opener Shikhar Dhawan (13), Yusuf Pathan (12) and Wriddhiman Saha (8) even as Southee started the proceedings with the wicket of the other opener Alex Hales (5) and came back to remove Shakib (35) and Sandeep Sharma (0), as the home side could manage just 41 runs losing seven wickets in the final five overs.
 
Put in to bat, Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson (56 off 39 balls) raged a lone battle with a defiant half century, despite losing his partners at regular intervals before Shakib joined him to forge a 64-run partnership for the fourth wicket and take the side past the 100-run mark.
 
With the innings progressing at a snail's pace, Williamson while trying to up the ante, perished off a Umesh Yadav delivery caught at the deep backward square leg boundary by Mandeep Singh.
 
The Hyderabad's skipper knock was decorated with five fours and couple of sixes.
 
Shakib too, followed his skipper to the dug out in the 18th over before Yusuf and Wriddhiman departed in quick succession off the penultimate over of the innings.The final over saw a couple of run-outs by Kohli and a wicket by Southee as the hosts were bundled out for 146.
 
Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad: 146 (Kane Williamson 56, Shakib Al Hasan 35; Mohammed Siraj 3/25) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 141/6 (Virat Kohli 39, Colin de Grandhomme 33, Mandeep Singh 21 not out; Shakib Al Hasan 2/36) by 5 runs.
 
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IPL: RCB's Southee, Siraj restrict Hyderabad to 146

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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) rode on pace duo of Mohammed Siraj (3/25) and Tim Southee (3/30) and two impressive run-outs by skipper Virat Kohli to restrict Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to a meagre 146 in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Monday.
 
Siraj accounted for the key wickets of opener Shikhar Dhawan (13), Yusuf Pathan (12) and Wriddhiman Saha (8) even as Southee started the proceedings with the wicket of the other opener Alex Hales (5) and came back to remove Shakib Al Hasan (35) and Sandeep Sharma (0), as the home side could manage just 41 runs losing seven wickets in the final five overs.
 
Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson (56 off 39 balls) waged a lone battle with a defiant half century, despite losing his partners at regular intervals before Shakib joined him to forge a 64-run partnership for the fourth wicket and take the side past the 100-run mark.
 
Put in to bat first, the hosts started on a shaky note as Southee came with the first blow, cleaning up Hales' middle stump in the third over.
 
A couple of overs later, Siraj jolted the hosts by packing back Shikhar Dhawan (13) with Hyderabad's scorecard reading 38/2.
 
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With the addition of another 10 runs to the host's score, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal put Hyderabad in deep trouble by dismissing Manish Pandey (5) in the ninth over.
 
Williamson then walked in and together with Shakib denied the tourists any more inroads till the 16th over, even as the New Zealander brought up his eighth IPL half century in 35 balls.
 
With the innings progressing at a snail's pace, Williamson while trying to up the ante, perished off a Umesh Yadav delivery caught at the deep backward square leg boundary by Mandeep Singh.
 
The Hyderabad's skipper knock was decorated with five fours and couple of sixes.
 
Shakib too, followed his skipper to the dug out in the 18th over with the hosts reeling at 124/5.
 
Siraj, in his second spell, scalped the wickets of Yusuf and Wriddhiman in the 19th over with Hyderabad struggling at 143/7.
 
The final over saw a couple of run-outs by Kohli and a wicket by Southee as the hosts were bundled out for 146.
 
Brief Scores:
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 146 (Kane Williamson 56, Shakib Al Hasan 35; Mohammed Siraj 3/25) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore.
 
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IPL: Royal Challengers Bangalore opt to field against Sunrisers Hyderabad

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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to field against Sunrisers Hyderabad in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Monday.
 
While the hosts retained the same playing XI, the visitors made a couple of changes by including Manan Vohra and Moeen Ali in place of Murugan Ashwin and Brendon McCullum.
 
Teams: 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Alex Hales, Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson (Captain), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma.
 
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel (WK), Manan Vohra, Virat Kohli (Captain), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
 
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IPL: Hyderabad regain top spot top after beating Delhi by 7 wickets

Sunrisers Hyderabad moved closer to the playoffs of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after they defeated Delhi Daredevils by seven wickets here on Saturday for their fourth win on the trot, and a victory that drove them back to the top spot.
 
Teenaged sensation Prithvi Shaw's 65-run knock followed by skipper Shreyas Iyer's 44 helped Delhi post a moderate 163/5. But Hyderabad rode on useful contributions from Alex Hales (45 off 31 deliveries), Shikhar Dhawan (33 off 30), captain Kane Williamson (32 not out off 30), Yusuf Pathan (27 not out off 12) and Manish Pandey (21 off 17) to overhaul the target with seven wickets and a ball to spare.
 
Following the win over seventh-placed Delhi, Hyderabad have 14 points - same as Chennai Super Kings but are ahead on net run rate. For Delhi the loss could mean that their hopes for making it to the playoffs are over as they have only six points from 10 games.
 
In the first innings at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Shaw and Iyer overcame a poor start to put together 86 runs for the second wicket after Delhi lost off-colour Glenn Maxwell cheaply.
 
While Shaw's knock was laced with six boundaries and three sixes off 36 balls, Iyer faced 36 deliveries, hitting three fours and couple of sixes.
 
Opting to bat, Delhi were off to a poor start as Maxwell (2) once again failed to contribute after being run out in the second over with Delhi's score being nine runs.
 
Maxwell's dismissal saw Iyer joining in-form opener Shaw in the middle and the duo helped their side recover from the early jolt taking Delhi past the 50-run mark in 5.4 overs.
 
Just when Delhi were inching closer to the triple digit score, young Afghanistan sensation Rashid Khan came with a much-needed breakthrough for the hosts.
 
A top edge by Shaw landed safely at short third man off the leggie's delivery in the 11th over.
 
Incoming batter Rishabh Pant then forged a 30-run stand for the third wicket with his skipper before pacer Siddharth Kaul dismissed Iyer in the 16th over.
 
Later, Pant (18) and Naman Ojha (1) fell cheaply in the 17th over, with the visitors' scorecard reading 134/5.
 
While it was Khan who struck again to pack back Pant, Ojha fell short of the crease to be run out.
 
Vijay Shankar and Daniel Christian, who remained unbeaten, chipped in with 23 and 7 runs, respectively, to help Delhi reach some sort of respectability.
 
For Hyderabad, Khan was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2/23 while Kaul bagged a wicket for 37 runs.
 
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During the chase, Englishman Hales (45 off 31 deliveries) and Dhawan (33 off 30) provided 76 runs from nine overs for the opening wicket to set the perfect base for the chase. Both were bowled by leg-spinner Amit Mishra as Hyderabad lost them with 86 on the board after 11 overs.
 
Then, Pandey and Williamson stitched together a 46-run stand for the second wicket to put Hyderabad on the road to victory.
 
With 32 required off three overs, Liam Plunkett removed Pandey and conceded only four runs in the 18th over to make it harder for the hosts.
 
In the penultimate over, Trent Boult conceded 14 runs, including a six and a four to Yusuf Pathan, as the hosts needed 14 from the final over.
 
In the final over bowled by Australian medium pacer Daniel Christian, Yusuf picked a couple in the first delivery before hitting a six off to bring down the required run to six off four deliveries.
 
The Baroda right-hander then hit a four before taking a single as Hyderabad required one run from the remaining two deliveries. Williamson managed to take a single run in the penultimate ball to guide his team to a big win.
 
Brief Scores: Delhi Daredevils 163/5 (Prithvi Shaw 65, Shreyas Iyer 44; Rashid Khan 2/23) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad: 164/3 in 19.5 overs (Alex Hales 45, Shikhar Dhawan 33, Kane Williamson 32 not out; Amit Mishra 2/19).
 
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