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Unseasonal rains damage iconic Charminar

File photo of the Charminar. (Photo: Vinita Abraham/ NetIndian)
File photo of the Charminar. (Photo: Vinita Abraham/ NetIndian)
 
Charminar, the symbol of Hyderabad, has suffered damage as a piece of lime stucco work on one of its minarets fell down following unseasonal rains, officials said on Thursday.
 
A portion of the stucco work detached from the granite slab on the minaret facing Mecca Masjid side and fell off late on Wednesday, sending panic among the people around the monument.
 
Police cordoned off the area where the debris fell. A large number of onlookers gathered near the monument.
 
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had undertaken restoration work on the monument some time ago. While the incidents of lime plasters peeling off are not new, the latest damage raised new concerns about the safety of the iconic structure.
 
Charminar was built in 1591 by Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, the fifth king of the Qutb Shahi dynasty.
 
The 428-year-old edifice, stands at a staggering 160 feet from ground level. It has four minarets after which it is named.
 
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Telangana Board to involve another agency in re-verification

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Under flak from all quarters for the goof-up in Intermediate examinations, the Telangana Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) on Wednesday decided to involve another independent information technology agency in re-verification and result processing of nearly 3.5 lakh students who failed to obtain pass marks.
 
Besides Globarena Technologies, which is being blamed for the massive bungling, another independent agency will be involved in the work.
 
BIE Secretary D. Ashok announced that the responsibility to select an independent agency was entrusted to Telangana State Technological Services (TSTS).
 
The decision assumed significance in view of the allegations by the opposition parties that the state government gave the contract to Globarena Technologies as the company had links with Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president and former IT minister K. T. Rama Rao. They also alleged that the government was trying to shield the company.
 
Rama Rao, who is son of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, on Wednesday dismissed the allegations by the opposition parties. He alleged that they were playing with the lives of the students.
 
Stating that the IT department has nothing to with the BIE, Rama Rao said the opposition parties were doing cheap politics over the issue. "Will somebody give Rs 10,000 crore bribe for a Rs 4 crore contract?" he asked, referring to allegations by a Congress leader.
 
Over 9 lakh students had appeared in Intermediate 1st Year and 2nd Year (11th and 12th standard) in February-March. The results were declared on April 18, which triggered an uproar among students who alleged large-scale discrepancies in valuation of papers and processing of the results.
 
More than 20 students committed suicide in the last two weeks over the failure in the examination. Massive protests by the students, parents and opposition parties forced the government to order free re-verification of answer sheets of all students who failed to obtain pass marks.
 
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Three-time MP, Jana Sena candidate S P Y Reddy is dead

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Three-time Lok Sabha member S. P. Y. Reddy, who sought re-election for a fourth consecutive term from Nandyal in Andhra Pradesh, passed away on Tuesday, his family said. He was 69.
 
The industrialist, who contested as a Jana Sena candidate in the April 11 polls, breathed his last at a private hospital in Hyderabad. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
 
Reddy was suffering from heart- and kidney-related ailments and was admitted to the hospital on April 3. He took ill during the election campaign and was since undergoing treatment.
 
Reddy, who founded Nandi group of companies in 1984, began his political career with the BJP but lost the 1991 Lok Sabha polls from Nandyal. In 1999, he also contested unsuccessfully for the Assembly.
 
He was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 2004 on a Congress party ticket. He retained the seat in 2009. He was re-elected for the third time in 2014 as a candidate of the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) but subsequently defected to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).
 
As TDP denied him a ticket, he quit the party to join Jana Sena and at the last minute filed his nomination from Nandyal.
 
Jana Sena party chief Pawan Kalyan, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu and YSRCP leader Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy have condoled the death of S. P. Y. Reddy.
 
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Warner signs off in style as SRH beat KXIP by 45 runs

 
David Warner notched up his eighth half-century of the season to help Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Kings XI Punjab by 45 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at Rajiv Gandhi International stadium here on Monday.
 
Warner, who is the tournament's highest scorer, smashed a typically belligerent 81 off 56 balls. His innings was laced with seven fours and two sixes in his last game for Sunrisers as he has to leave for Australia to take part in their World Cup preparations.
 
The home team posted 212/6 after being asked to bat first.
 
Chasing 213 for victory, K L Rahul staged a lone battle for Kings XI with a brilliant 56-ball 79 (4x4, 5x6) but the  other batsmen failed to deliver around him as they limped to 167/8 in 20 overs.
 
Rahul and Mayank Agarwal (27) shared a 60-run stand for the second wicket after Chris Gayle (4) departed early.
 
But once Agarwal holed out to Vijay Shankar at cow corner off Rashid Khan (3/21), Kings XI did not have any good partnership going before debutant P Simran Singh (16) joined hands with Rahul for a 53-run association, which was too late in the end.
 
It took a brilliant catch from skipper Kane Williamson to remove World Cup bound Rahul off Khaleel Ahmed (3/40) towards the end of a spectacular innings which lasted 95 minutes.
 
Courtesy the result, Sunrisers moved to 12 points from 12 matches while Kings XI remained on 10 points from 12 outings.
 
Earlier, Warner was removed by Ashwin in the 16th over but the damage was already done by then with Manish Pandey (36; 25b; 3x4; 1x6), Wriddhiman Saha (28; 13b; 3x4; 1x6) and Mohammad Nabi (20; 10b; 2x6) contributing to the total.
 
For the visitors, Ashwin (2/30) was the pick of the bowlers as Mujeeb Ur Rahman, returning to the team, was taken for 66 runs in his four overs, including one in which the Afghanistan spinner leaked 26 runs, the most expensive spell of bowling this IPL.
 
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After Warner was dismissed, Kings XI reined in their rivals a bit with a flurry of wickets but still could not stop Sunrisers from crossing the 200-run mark. Sunrisers could manage just 17 runs in the last two overs, losing three wickets.
 
It was a dream start for the orange army as they raced to 53/0 in four overs, and then 77/0 after Powerplay, both scores the fastest this season.
 
Warner and Saha shared a 76-run opening wicket stand before the India Test wicketkeeper under-edged a delivery by M. Ashwin to Simran Singh behind the stumps.
 
Pandey and Warner continued the carnage, combining for an 82-run stand for the second wicket.
 
Just when it looked like they would post a score well past 200, R. Ashwin snared two wickets in the 16th over, first removing Pandey and then accounting for Warner.
 
While Pandey was taken at short fine leg by Mohammed Shami, Warner was taken at point by Mujeeb after Ashwin came round the wicket.
 
Williamson scored a quickfire 7-ball 14 but could not continue in the same vein as Kings XI managed to do some damage control with Shami taking two wickets, including Williamson's, in the 19th over and Arshdeep Singh getting the back of Rashid Khan (1) in the last over.
 
Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 212/6 (David Warner 81; Manish Pandey 36; R Ashwin 2/30; Mohammed Shami 2/36) beat Kings XI Punjab 167/8 in 20 overs (KL Rahul 79; Rashid Khan 3/21; Khaleel Ahmed 3/40).
 
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Warner smashes 81 as SRH post 212/6 against KXIP

 
David Warner notched up his eighth half-century of the season to end his Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign this season in style as Sunrisers Hyderabad posted 212/6 in their 20 overs against Kings XI Punjab in a key match here on Monday.
 
Warner, who is by far the tournament's highest scorer, smashed a typically belligerent 81 off 56 balls, his innings laced with seven fours and two sixes.
 
Warner, who will leave for Australia to be part of their World Cup camp, was removed by Kings XI skipper R. Ashwin in the 16th over but the damage was already done by then with Manish Pandey (36; 25b; 3x4; 1x6), Wriddhiman Saha (28; 13b; 3x4; 1x6) and Mohammad Nabi (20; 10b; 2x6) contributing to the total.
 
For the visitors, Ashwin (2/30) was the pick of the bowlers as Mujeeb Ur Rahman, returning to the team, was taken for 66 runs in his four overs, including one in which the Afghanistan spinner leaked 26 runs, the most expensive spell of bowling this IPL.
 
Since Warner was dismissed, Kings XI reined in a bit with a flurry of wickets but still could not stop Sunrisers from crossing the 200-run mark. Sunrisers could manage just 17 runs in the last two overs, losing three wickets.
 
It was a dream start for the orange army as they raced to 53/0 in four overs, and then 77/0 after Powerplay, both scores the fastest this season.
 
Warner and Saha shared a 76-run opening wicket stand before the India Test wicketkeeper under-edged a delivery by M. Ashwin to Simran Singh behind the stumps.
 
Pandey and Warner continued the carnage, combining for a 82-run stand for the second wicket. Just when it looked like they would post a score well past 200, R. Ashwin snared two wickets in the 16th over, first removing Pandey and then accounting for Warner.
 
While Pandey was taken at short fine-leg by Mohammed Shami, Warner was taken at point by Mujeeb after Ashwin came round the wicket.
 
Skipper Kane Williamson scored a quickfire 7-ball 14 but could not continue in the same vein as Kings XI managed to do some damage control with Shami taking two wickets, including Williamson's, in the 19th over and Arshdeep Singh getting the back of Rashid Khan (1) in the last over.
 
Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad: 212/6 (David Warner 81, Manish Pandey 36; R Ashwin 2/30, Mohammed Shami 2/36)
 
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SRH, Kings XI will look to return to winning ways in Hyderabad

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After facing defeats in their previous encounters, both Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will look to turn back to winning ways when they face each other at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, here on Monday.
 
Hyderabad had to face a crushing seven-wicket defeat in their last encounter against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur. Defending 161 on Saturday, SRH bowlers struggled to get breakthroughs as Royals easily reached the target with five balls to spare and theoretically kept their chances alive of making it to the play-offs. 
 
Punjab, on the other hand, also faced defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in their previous encounter in Bengaluru. Chasing a massive 203-run target last Wednesday, the R. Ashwin-led side managed to score 185/7 in their 20 overs, thus losing the match by 17 runs.
 
Both the teams have 10 points with Kings XI standing below the SRH owing to lower run rate. And they would be hoping to get two crucial points and move upwards in the points table. 
 
Squads
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Martin Guptill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, David Warner, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Kane Williamson (c), Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar, Sandeep Sharma, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi, Rashid Khan, K Khaleel Ahmed, Abhishek Sharma 
 
Kings XI Punjab: Chris Gayle, Moises Henriques, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, David Miller, Mohammed Shami, Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Murugan Ashwin, Ankit Rajpoot, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Hardus Viljoen, Andrew Tye, Sam Curran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Agnivesh Ayachi, Darshan Nalkande, Varun Chakravarthy, Arshdeep Singh, Simran Singh, Harpreet Brar 
 
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IPL: All-round effort guides Rajasthan to 7-wicket win over Hyderabad

 
A good bowling effort followed by some valuable top-order contribution with the bat helped Rajasthan Royals seal a comfortable seven-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, here on Saturday.
 
Ajinkya Rahane (39), Liam Livingstone (44 off 26) and Sanju Samson (48 unbeaten off 32) contributed effectively while Steven Smith also chipped in with 22 runs to help their side cross the line with five balls to spare.
 
For Hyderabad, Shakib Al Hasan, Rashid Khan and Khaleel Ahmed picked a wicket each.
 
Chasing a modest 161-run target, Rajasthan openers Rahane and Livingstone took their side to a great start as they added 40 runs in the first five overs before their valiant effort saw their team touching the 50-run mark in the next four deliveirs.
 
With everything going Rajasthan's way, Rashid brought some respite for his side as his leg-break turned away from off to take an inside edge of Livingstone, which was smartly picked by stumper Wriddhiman Saha, leaving Hyderabad at 78/1 in 9.1 overs.
 
Rahane also departed soon as Shakib sent him back in the 12th over, reducing the home side to 93/2.
 
However, Samson and skipper Smith denied the visitors any further inroads into the Rajasthan camp, adding a crucial 55 runs for the third wicket to propel their side close to the 150-run mark.
 
Khaleel sent back Smith in the 17th over. But it was too late by then as the home side was just 13 runs away from tasting victory with seven wickets in hand and 20 balls left.
 
Samson and Ashton Turner (3 unbeaten off 7) then comfortably performed the last rites to register a victory with ease for their side, helping Rajasthan move a place above in the points table to be at the sixth spot and keep their play-offs hopes alive.
 
Earlier, some disciplined bowling by Rajasthan had helped them restrict Hyderabad to 160/8 in their 20 overs.
 
Despite a valiant 75-run stand between opener David Warner (37 off 32) and Manish Pandey (61 off 36), no other Hyderabad batsman could rise to the occasion as Rajasthan bowlers jolted visitors at regular intervals after the duo's departure.
 
Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron and Oshane Thomas picked two wickets each for the home side.
 
Put to bat, Hyderabad openers Kane Williamson (13 off 14) and Warner started cautiously adding 27 runs in the initial three overs. Two runs later, Gopal came up with the first blow as he clean bowled Williamson in the fourth over.
 
The Hyderabad skipper's fall saw Manish joining hands with Warner in the middle and the duo perfectly repaired the early damage, steering their side to the 50-run mark in 5.5 overs. Both the batters continued to attack the hosts' bowlers and kept the scoreboard ticking as the visitors touched the three-digit mark in 11.3 overs.
 
Thomas came with a much-needed breakthrough in the 13th over as he packed back the well-set Warner, leaving Hyderabad at 103/2. Warner's fall saw the visiting team's middle-order collapse and they lost five wickets with the addition of just 34 runs in quick succession.
 
After Warner, Manish also departed soon and Vijay Shankar (8), Shakib Al Hasan (9), Deepak Hooda (0) and Wriddhiman Saha (5) failed to click, leaving Hyderabad at 137/7. Unbeaten Rashid Khan chipped in with 17 runs off eight balls down the order, one four and one six, as visitors reached a respectable total.
 
Brief scores: Rajasthan Royals 161/3 in 19.1 overs (Sanju Samson 48 not out; Liam Livingstone 44; Shakib Al Hasan 1/26) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 160/8 in 20 overs (Manish Pandey 61; David Warner 36; Jaydev Unadkat 2/26) by 7 wickets.
 
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IPL: Rajasthan restricts Hyderabad at 160/8

 
Some disciplined bowling by Rajasthan Royals helped them restrict Sunrisers Hyderabad at 160/8 in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, here on Saturday.
 
Despite a valiant 75-run stand between opener David Warner (37 off 32) and Manish Pandey (61 off 36), no other Hyderabad batsman could rise to the occasion as Rajasthan bowlers jolted the visitors at regular intervals after the duo's departure.
 
Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron and Oshane Thomas picked two wickets each for the home side.
 
Put in to bat first, Hyderabad openers Kane Williamson (13 off 14) and Warner started cautiously adding 27 runs in the initial three overs. Two runs later, Gopal came with the first blow as he clean bowled Williamson in the fourth over.
 
The Hyderabad skipper's fall saw Manish joining hands with Warner in the middle and the duo perfectly repaired the early damage, steering their side to 50-run mark in 5.5 overs. Both the batters continued to attack hosts' bowlers and kept the scoreboard ticking as visitors touched the three-digit mark in 11.3 overs.
 
Thomas came with a much-needed breakthrough in the 13th over as he packed back a good-looking Warner, leaving Hyderabad at 103/2. Warner's fall saw the visiting team's middle-order collapse and they lost five wickets with the addition of just 34 runs in quick succession.
 
After Warner, Manish also departed soon and Vijay Shankar (8), Shakib Al Hasan (9), Deepak Hooda (0) and Wriddhiman Saha (5) failed to click, leaving Hyderabad at 137/7. Unbeaten Rashid Khan chipped in with 17 runs off eight balls down the order, one four and one six, as visitors reached a respectable total.
 
Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 130/8 in 20 overs (Manish Pandey 61, David Warner 36; Jaydev Unadkat 2/26) vs Rajasthan Royals.
 
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IPL: Rajasthan ask Hyderabad to bat first

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Rajasthan Royals' skipper Steve Smith won the toss and opted to field first against Sunrisers Hyderabad in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Saturday.
 
While Liam Livingston and Ashton Turner came in for Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer in the Rajasthan team, Kane Williamson, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddarth Kaul replaced Jonny Bairstow, Yusuf Pathan and Sandeep Sharma in the Hyderabad playing eleven.
 
Playing XI:
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Kane Williamson (Captain), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Shakib Al Hasan, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, K Khaleel Ahmed
 
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Steven Smith (Captain), Riyan Parag, Ashton Turner, Liam Livingstone, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas
 
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7-year-old survives on water for five days in bathroom

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A seven-year-old girl survived for five days on water after falling into the bathroom of her neighbour's house while playing, police said.
 
The startling incident took place in Makhtal town in Narayanpet district of Telangana, about 160 km from Hyderabad.
 
The house owner was shocked to see the girl lying in his bathroom after he returned home on Thursday from a tour. With no food for five days and surviving only on the water available in the bathroom, the girl had turned very weak and was in a state of shock.
 
The police investigation revealed that Kuravakacheri Akhila, a class II student, accidentally fell onto the bathroom of a house while playing on the terrace of an adjacent building on April 20. As the roof had an opening fitted with plastic net, she fell through into the bathroom but sustained no injuries as a rope with clothes on it took the impact.
 
The bathroom was bolted from outside and as the inmate was away, her cries for help went unanswered. Police said there was nobody in the adjacent house who could hear her cries.
 
Her parents Suresh and Mahadevamma lodged a missing complaint the next day after their search yielded no result. According to sub-inspector of police B. Ashok Kumar, the parents suspected she went missing from a local fair.
 
The police had formed a team and alerted police in adjacent districts and Hyderabad but found no clue.
 
It was on Wednesday that, the owner of the house returned from Hyderabad, where his family lives. Venkatesh, a teacher, said he was shocked to see the girl lying in bathroom. He alerted the neighbours, who identified her as the daughter of tenants behind their house.
 
Akhila, who was not even able to speak, was rushed to a local hospital, where she was administered saline.
 
Though schools have summer holidays, Venkatesh had returned to attend a marriage in the town.
 
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NHRC notice to Telangana over student suicides

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Friday issued notice to Telangana government, seeking a detailed report on the goof-ups by the Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) resulting in failure of about three lakh students and suicide by 18.
 
Taking suo motu cognizance of a media report that 18 students have committed suicide during the last one week over failure in the Intermediate examinations, the Commission has issued a notice to the Chief Secretary, Government of Telangana calling for a detailed report in the matter within four weeks, including action taken against the guilty and relief, if any, provided to the aggrieved families.
 
The panel took note of media reports that large-scale discrepancies by BIE has have triggered furore in the State. About three lakh students reportedly failed in the exams and the students and parents were staging protests.
 
"It has been observed that the contents of the news reports, if true, raise the issues of serious lapses on the part of the authorities amounting to violation of human rights. A thorough probe into the matter is required not only to punish the guilty but to ensure that such incidents do not recur," the Commission said.
 
According to the media reports, hundreds of students have failed to get even pass marks. The State Education Ministry, the Board and the government initially dismissed the allegations, but later gave in to the growing protests. The aggrieved students have also approached the High Court.
 
The role of a private company, which was given the contract for processing the results, has come under the scanner. This work was being done earlier by the Centre for Good Governance which is a government agency. The Hyderabad-based private firm Globarena Technologies, who executed the work, was reportedly not competent enough to take up the job. 
 
The firm has, however, contended that it is capable of handling the task and that it had executed the contract systematically.
 
"As mentioned in the news report, around 10 lakh students took the class 12 exam in February 2018 and nearly 3.5 have failed, making it a gigantic task for the board to conduct supplementary exams for such a large number of students. The time is also running out for the students who have to appear in the entrance exams like in EAMCET, NEET and JEE etc," the Commission noted.
 
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IPL: Chennai opt to field first against Mumbai

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Chennai Super Kings stand-in skipper Suresh Raina won the toss and opted to field first against Mumbai Indians in their return fixture of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Friday.
 
Chennai has made three changes in their team as M S Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja and Faf du Plessis have been replaced by Mitchell Santner, Dhruv Shorey and Murali Vijay.
 
On the other hand, Evin Lewis and Anukul Roy, who is making his IPL debut, came in for Ben Cutting and Mayank Markande in the Mumbai playing eleven.
 
Playing XI:
 
Chennai Super Kings: Murli Vijay, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina (Captain), Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu (wicket-keeper), Dhruv Shorey, Mitchell Santner, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir
 
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga
 
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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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