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Delhi ride bowlers' efforts to beat Hyderabad by 39 runs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A disciplined bowling effort by Sunrisers Hyderabad helped restrict Mumbai Indians to a modest 136/7 in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Saturday.
 
Mumbai kept on losing wickets at regular intervals as the Hyderabad bowlers not only kept on jolting the visitors, but also maintained a decent economy. 
 
It was Kieron Pollard (46* off 26, 4x2, 6x4) who once again showed some resistance down the order to propel his team past the 100-run mark.
 
Put in to bat first, Mumbai started slowly before Mohammad Nabi drew first blood by dismissing visiting skipper Rohit Sharma for 11. Sandeep Sharma soon delivered another blow by trapping Suryakumar Yadav plumb in front of the wicket.
 
With Mumbai reeling at 28/2, Quinton de Kock (19 off 18) and Ishan Kishan (17 off 21) tried to stabilise the innings. However, the two couldn't taste much success as de Kock was sent back by Siddarth Kaul in the ninth over with the scoreboard reading 43/3.
 
Ishan and Krunal Pandya then added 20 runs in the next 2.2 overs before Kaul cut short Krunal's stay. The Mumbai all-rounder top-edged a short delivery that landed safely in the hands of wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.
 
Mumbai suffered another blow soon when Ishan was caught short of the crease while trying to steal a quick single.
 
The hosts kept on picking wickets in quick succession as Hardik Pandya (14) and Rahul Chahar (10) too departed soon with just 97 runs on board. However, Pollard's heroics in the last few overs helped the three-time champions reach a modest total.
 
For Hyderabad, Kaul scalped two wickets while Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi picked up one wicket each. 
 
Brief scores: 
 
Mumbai Indians: 136/7 in 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 46 not out, Quinton de Kock 19; Siddharth Kaul 2/34) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
 
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Hyderabad opt to field against Mumbai

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Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar won the toss and opted to bowl against Mumbai Indians in the 19th Indian Premier League (IPL) contest at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Saturday.
 
While the hosts remain unchanged, Mumbai made two changes in their side as Ishan Kishan and Alzarri Joseph replaced Yuvraj Singh and Lasith Malinga.
 
Mumbai is placed sixth in the points table with two wins from four games. On the other hand, Hyderabad is at the second spot after three wins from four games.
 
Playing XI
 
Mumbai Indians: Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Rohit Sharma (Captain), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Jason Behrendorff, Rahul Chahar, Alzarri Joseph, Jasprit Bumrah
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (wicket-keeper), Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Captain), Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul
 
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In-form Hyderabad beat lacklustre Delhi by 5 wickets

Jonny Bairstow started from where had he left against Royal Challengers Bangalore as he hit a whirlwind 28-ball 48 to set the run chase for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their Indian Premier League clash against Delhi Capitals (DC) at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Thursday.
 
Chasing 129, SRH won by 5 wickets with nine balls to spare.
 
The start from the opening pair of Bairstow and David Warner set the platform for the rest of the batting. Looking to hit everything out of sight, Bairstow put SRH off to a flyer as they reached 62/0 in the first six overs.
 
Even though SRH lost Bairstow and Warner (10) in quick succession, Vijay Shankar and Manish Pandey settled down to ensure that the scoreboard kept ticking. 
 
However, Pandey (10) and Shankar (16), too, fell in quick succession to once again raise the hopes of the Delhi players. However, it was too late in the day as Mohammad Nabi (17*) and Yusuf Pathan (9*) took SRH home. Nabi finished things off in style with a six over third man.
 
Earlier, visiting skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar won the toss and put DC in. The SRH bowlers started well, stifling the home team batsmen on a wicket which wore a typical low and slow look. 
 
Mohammad Nabi (2/21) and Rashid Khan (1/18) made full use of the conditions as the DC batsmen failed to read the two Afghanistan spinners. 
 
Prithvi Shaw looked to start aggressively as he hit Bhuvneshwar for a boundary off the first ball of the match. But the SRH skipper had the last laugh as he sent Shaw's (11) stumps for a walk in the third over of the DC innings.
 
After that it was all about spinning a web around the DC batsmen as Nabi (opening the bowling with Bhuvneshwar) sent back Shikhar Dhawan (12). The struggle of the Delhi batsmen was reflected on the scoreboard as they managed just 36 runs for the loss of two wickets in the Powerplay.
 
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Star batsman Rishabh Pant (5) fell while trying to up the ante as Deepak Hooda picked up a smart catch at long-off off Nabi with the scoreboard reading 52/3. Skipper Shreyas Iyer did try to wage a battle, but he didn't find much support from the other end.
 
Iyer (43 off 41 balls) was cleaned up by Rashid as the leg-spinner was finally rewarded with a wicket for his quality effort. All-rounder Chris Morris tried to wield the long handle, but could only manage 17 off 15 balls as DC scored 24 runs off the last two overs with Axar Patel finishing with a six off the final delivery.
 
Brief scores
 
Delhi Capitals: 129/8 in 20 overs (Shreyas Iyer 43, Axar Patel 23 not out; Mohammad Nabi 2/21, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/27) lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad: 131/5 in 18.3 overs (Jonny Bairstow 48, Mohammad Nabi 17 not out; Rahul Tewatia 1/10, Axar Patel 1/18) by 5 wickets. 
 
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IPL: Hyderabad spinners restrict Delhi batsmen to 129/8

It was a new day, but the Delhi Capitals (DC) batsmen put up another disappointing show at the Feroz Shah Kotla here against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their Indian Premier League game on Thursday. Put in to bat first, DC put on 129/8 in their 20 overs.
 
Sunrisers skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar won the toss and put DC in and the SRH bowlers started well, stifling the home team batsmen on a wicket which wore a typical low and slow look. Mohammad Nabi (2/21) and Rashid Khan (1/18) made full use of the conditions as the DC batsmen failed to read the two Afghanistan spinners.
 
Prithvi Shaw looked to start aggressively as he hit Bhuvneshwar for a boundary off the first ball of the match. But the SRH skipper had the last laugh as he sent Shaw's (11) stumps for a walk in the park in the third over of the DC innings.
 
After that it was all about spinning a web over the DC batsmen as Nabi (opening the bowling with Bhuvneshwar) sent back Shikhar Dhawan (12). The struggle of the Delhi batsmen was to be seen on the scoreboard as they managed to score just 36 runs for the loss of two wickets in the powerplay.
 
Star batsman Rishabh Pant (5) fell trying to up the ante as Deepak Hooda picked a smart catch at long-off off Nabi to make it 52/3. Skipper Shreyas Iyer did try to wage a battle, but he didn't find much support from the other end.
 
Iyer (43 off 41 balls) was finally cleaned up by Rashid as the leg-spinner was finally rewarded with a wicket for his quality effort. All-rounder Chris Morries tried to wield the long handle, but could only manage 17 off 15 balls as DC picked 24 runs off the last two overs with Axar Patel finishing with a six off the last ball.
 
Brief scores:
 
Delhi Capitals: 129/8 in 20 overs (Shreyas Iyer 43, Axar Patel 23 not out; Mohammad Nabi 2/21, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/27) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
 
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IPL: Hyderabad opt to field first against Delhi

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Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar won the toss and opted to field first against Delhi Capitals in their Indian Premier League (IPL) contest at the Feroz Shah Kotla here on Thursday.
 
While the visitors went into the match without any changes in their team, Delhi made three changes with Ishant Sharma, Rahul Tewatia and Axar Patel replacing Hanuma Vihari, Harshal Patel and Avesh Khan in the playing eleven.
 
Delhi currently lie at the fifth spot in the points table with two wins from four games, while Hyderabad are placed third with two wins from three games.
 
Playing XI: 
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), David Warner, Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (captain), Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul
 
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (captain), Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Colin Ingram, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ishant Sharma
 
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In-form Sunrisers Hyderabad hold edge against erratic Delhi Capitals

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In a format like the Indian Premier League (IPL), momentum plays an important role. While a team on a roll can make the impossible look regular, teams which haven't managed to hit the right note can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Going into match 16 of the league, while Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) are definitely on a roll, Delhi Capitals need to buck up.
 
They have had a change in name, but Delhi Capitals' fortunes have been topsy-turvy as ever. Having started off in style against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium, DC lost to Chennai at home, sneaked a win in the Super Over against Kolkata and then lost again to Kings XI Punjab in a game that was almost sealed.
 
Consistency has been the biggest problem for the franchise and even though they have done well in patches, Delhi Capitals have failed to drive home the advantage from positions of strength in both their losses so far. In fact, even in the game against KKR, they made an easy chase look difficult, almost ended up losing and finally managed a tie before Kagiso Rabada bowled a beautiful over.
 
For Hyderabad, it has been about growing from strength to strength. After losing the opening game to Kolkata from a winning position, the Sunrisers regrouped and came back strongly. While their first win against Rajasthan Royals was a good game of cricket, they decimated Royal Challengers Bangalore in their third game.
 
Riding on centuries from David Warner and Jonny Bairstow, SRH put on 231/2 from their 20 overs before bundling out RCB for just 113. The 118-run win will definitely fire-up the team when they walk into the game at the Feroze Shah Kotla on Thursday.
 
The Kotla wicket has remained low and slow and it could be a battle of spinners. But in that case, it will again be Rashid Khan and in-form Mohammad Nabi, who will hold the edge against hosts Delhi. 
 
While DC also have quality spinners in their ranks in Amit Mishra, Axar Patel, Sandip Lamichhane among others, SRH clearly hold the edge.
 
In batting too, DC have flattered to deceive in both their last two games. Chasing a target of 185 against KKR, the Delhi batsmen were almost cruising home before losing the plot and managing to squeeze in a tie. And again in the game against KXIP, they lost 7 wickets for just 8 runs and snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
 
The middle-order needs to be a lot more consistent. Though Rishabh Pant has shown great form, he needs to finish games for DC. At the top as well, senior pro Shikhar Dhawan needs to show more application and positive attitude. With a quality bowler like Bhuvneshwar Kumar set to take the new ball for SRH, it is important that Dhawan holds fort for Delhi.
 
Squads: 
 
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Colin Ingram, Hanuma Vihari, Chris Morris, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada, Harshal Patel, Amit Mishra, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Ishant Sharma, Ankush Bains, Manjot Kalra, Sherfane Rutherford, Jalaj Saxena, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan, Nathu Singh, Bandaru Ayyappa, Colin Munro
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Shakib Al Hasan, Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Ricky Bhui, Shreevats Goswami, Wriddhiman Saha, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Billy Stanlake
 
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ED attaches properties of Viceroy Hotels in Hyderabad

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today said it had attached immovable and movable properties of Viceroy Hotels Limited, Hyderabad worth Rs. 315 crore under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002 in a bank fraud case.
 
A press release from the ED said an investigation under PMLA was initiated on the basis of a first information report (FIR) registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Bank Security and Frauds Cell (BS  &FC) Bangalore against Best & Crompton Engineering Pvt Ltd (BCEPL) and its officials.
 
They are alleged to have entered into a criminal conspiracy during the period from 2010 to 2013 for defrauding and cheating public sector banks Central Bank of India, Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank. The total loss caused to the consortium of banks due to the alleged fraud was to the tune of Rs. 364 crores. BCEPL is a part of the Sujana Group of Companies.
 
According to the release, during the PMLA investigation, searches were carried out at various places in Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and New Delhi at the residential and business premises of the key officials of BCEPL as well as other companies of Sujana Group. 
 
"During these searches incriminating material including documents and electronic devices were seized. In the business premises of Sujana Group at Nagarjuna Hills, Punjagutta Hyderabad, 124 rubber stamps of different companies/entities were seized, including the Rubber Stamps of BCEPL, their LC Beneficiary companies, sundry debtors and trade associates," it said.
 
"Investigations under PMLA revealed that several shell companies were floated and money was circulated among the companies using bogus invoices and part of loan amount was diverted to one M/s Mahal Hotels which is also a shell company floated by the Sujana Group. After circuitous transactions finally the amounts were paid to M/s Viceroy Hotels Ltd in the guise of Business Transaction Agreement between M/s Viceroy Hotels Ltd and M/s Mahal Hotels Pvt. Ltd.
 
"M/s Viceroy Hotels, Hyderabad, admitted their liability towards M/s Mahal Hotels as Rs 315 crores. Accordingly, the properties of M/s Viceroy Hotels Ltd., Hyderabad to the extent of Rs.315 crores (approx.) were provisionally attached under the provisions of PMLA," the release said, adding that further investigations are in progress.
 
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Actor couple Jeevitha, Rajasekhar return to YSRCP

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Actor couple Jeevitha and Rajasekhar on Monday re-joined the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP).
 
They called on YSRCP president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy at his Lotus Pond residence and formally joined the party.
 
Rajasekhar later told reporters that they met Jagan after a long time. He said that all the bitterness between them was over now and also admitted that he had behaved immaturely.
 
He remarked that "today's Jagan is different from the earlier Jagan".
 
The couple appealed to people of Andhra Pradesh to give a chance to Jagan to serve them. They exuded confidence in the YSRCP chief to become the Chief Minister and assured him of their support.
 
The couple had joined the Congress in 2008 when Jagan's father Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy was the Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh. After YSR's death in a helicopter crash in 2009, they backed Jagan in the revolt against Congress leadership. They were with him when he floated YSRCP but later distanced themselves. 
 
They alleged that Jagan was running the party like a fiefdom.
 
In 2014, Jeevitha and Rajasekhar had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party but were not rewarded with suitable positions.
 
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One of our worst defeats in IPL, says Kohli after loss to Sunrisers

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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli on Sunday termed their 118-run defeat to Sunrisers Hyderabad as one of their worst losses ever in the Indian Premier League.
 
"One of our worst losses ever. Literally nothing I can explain. Nothing went right for us from ball one until our last wicket fell in the second innings," Kohli said after the match.
 
Kohli's decision to field first backfired as Jonny Bairstow and David Warner struck whirlwind centuries to take Sunrisers to 231. In reply, RCB gave a poor account of themselves, being bowled out for 113 in 19.5 overs, with the likes of Kohli (3) and AB De Villiers (1) failing to make a mark. 
 
RCB are still to win a game after three matches and lie at the bottom of the table.
 
"We were outplayed in all departments by a quality side. They showed that they are a champion side -- they were finalists last time and beat us in the final (in 2016). Credit to them (Warner and Bairstow) -- we could have tried a few different things, like pace off the ball," Kohli rued.
 
"But once those guys got in, they just kept going -- you need a few things to go your way, and a few catches fell in between fielders.
 
"They were world-class today and they deserve to be on the winning side."
 
Asked why he did not open the batting, Kohli said: "We thought about that initially as well - I have done well opening the batting but myself at 3 brings that balance in the side, given that I can bat with AB and put the opposition under pressure."
 
RCB next take on Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur, and Kohli hoped their fortunes would change from that match onwards.
 
"We just need our players to put up a better challenge up front. There are still 11 games to go. The pitch will be nice in Jaipur against the Royals.
 
"We need to bring our A-game, like we did against Mumbai and play with that kind of intensity. If we go through the motions, we need to do the regular basic stuff, and get results our way and start winning games in the tournament - the next game should be that game for us."
 
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Sunrisers ride to massive win over RCB on Bairstow, Warner tons

Sunrisers Hyderabad's David Warner celebrates his century during the 11th IPL 2019 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on March 31, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Sunrisers Hyderabad's David Warner celebrates his century during the 11th IPL 2019 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on March 31, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Jonny Bairstow and David Warner struck whirlwind centuries as Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) cantered to a 118-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash here on Sunday.
 
RCB skipper Virat Kohli's decision to field first backfired as Sunrisers -- sans regular captain Kane Williamson -- were on fifth gear from ball one thanks to Bairstow (114; 56b; 12x4; 7x6) and Warner (100 off 55 balls not out; 5x4; 5x6) as the duo recorded the highest IPL opening wicket partnership of 185 runs.
 
Previously, Kolkata Knight Riders' Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn held the record with a 184-run partnership against Gujarat Lions in the 2017 edition.
 
In reply to the SRH's 231, the RCB gave a poor account of themselves, being bowled out for 113 in 19.5 overs, with the likes of Kohli (3) and AB De Villiers (1) failing to make a mark.
 
Colin de Grandhomme was their top-scorer with a 32-ball 37.
 
For the hosts, Mohammed Nabi returned the best figures of 4/11.
 
Coming back to Bairstow-Warner, this was also their third successive hundred-run stand this season, a first in IPL history.
 
Bairstow, notching up his maiden IPL ton, was the aggressor as the England stumper-batsman did not spare any of the visiting bowlers.
 
Warner, for a change, played second fiddle but, once Bairstow was out, he upped the ante in his trademark fashion to bring up his fourth IPL hundred as the home team never let their rivals get a grip of things.
 
The fact that there were only 24 dot balls in the entire innings painted the picture.
 
The pair raced to 59/0 in six overs with Bairstow and Warner going all guns blazing.
 
Prayas Ray Barman, who became the youngest player at 16 years and 157 days in the tournament, was given his first over and the Bengal leggie conceded just six runs.
 
But in his next three, the teenager saw Bairstow bring up his first IPL hundred off 52 deliveries in the 16th over and hit him to every corner of the ground as he finished with figures of 0/56.
 
Bairstow skipped up in the air, punched his fists in celebration and took his helmet off as the packed house rose in adulation of a masterly innings, pedal to the metal from ball one.
 
There was no stopping Bairstow as he tonked Ray Barman for a six in the very next ball after scoring a hundred and also another to end the over.
 
Chahal finally got rid of Bairstow, Umesh Yadav taking a superb diving catch running in from point but the damage was already done.
 
Vijay Shankar (9) looked to continue the carnage by smacking a six off the first ball he faced but was unlucky to get run out. In the end though, it hardly mattered as a Warner changed gears after Bairstow departed and got his century in the last over off Mohammed Siraj.
 
The destructive southpaw, returning to IPL after serving a one-year ban due to his role in ball tampering, walked away to make room for himself and pushed the ball past point and third man for a four.
 
In his typical style, Warner leapt into the air with joy, and acknowledged all the fans around the stadium.
 
Brief scores:
 
Surisers Hyderabad: 231 for 2 in 20 overs (J Bairstow 114, D Warner 100 not out; Y Chahal 1/44); Royal Challengers Bangalore 113 (Colin de Grandhomme 37; Mohammed Nabi 4/11; Sandeep Sharma 3/19)
 
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Bairstow, Warner tons demolish RCB, Sunrisers post 231/2

Sunrisers Hyderabad's David Warner celebrates his century during the 11th IPL 2019 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on March 31, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Sunrisers Hyderabad's David Warner celebrates his century during the 11th IPL 2019 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on March 31, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Jonny Bairstow and David Warner struck whilrwind centuries as Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) made mincemeat of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bowlers to post their highest total of 231/2 in 20 overs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash here on Sunday.
 
Put in to bat first by RCB skipper Virat Kohli, Sunrisers -- sans regular captain Kane Williamson -- were on fifth gear from ball one thanks to Bairstow (114; 56b; 12x4; 7x6) and Warner (100 off 55 balls not out; 5x4; 5x6) as the duo recorded an IPL-record opening wicket partnership of 185 runs.
 
This was their third successive hundred-run stand this season. Bairstow, notching up his maiden IPL ton, was the aggressor as the England stumper-batsman did not spare any of the visiting bowlers.
 
Warner, for a change, played second fiddle but once Bairstow was out, upped the ante in his trademark fashion to bring up his fourth IPL hundred as the home team never let their rivals get a grip of things.
 
The fact that there were only 24 dot balls in the entire innings painted the picture.
 
The pair raced to 59/0 in six overs with Bairstow and Warner going all guns blazing.
 
Prayas Ray Barman, who became the youngest plyer at 16 years and 157 days to start the tournament, was given his first over and the Bengal leggie conceded just six runs.
 
But in his next three, the teenager saw Bairstow bring up his first IPL hundred off 52 deliveries in the 16th over and hit him to every corner of the ground as he finished with figures of 0/56.
 
Bairstow skipped up in the air, punched his fists in celebration and took his helmet off as the packed house rose in adulation of a masterly innings, pedal to the metal from ball one.
 
There was no stopping Bairstow as he tonked Ray Barman for a six in the very next ball after scoring a hundred and also another to end the over as he and Warner pulled level with Kolkata Knight Riders' former skipper Gautam Gambhir and current opener Chris Lynn for the IPL record first-wicket partnership.
 
Chahal finally got rid of Bairstow, Umesh Yadav taking a superb diving catch running in from point but the damage was already done.
 
Vijay Shankar (9) looked to continue the carnage by smacking a six off the first ball he faced but was unlucky to get run out. In the end though, it hardly mattered as Warner changed gears after Bairstow departed and got his century in the last over off Mohammed Siraj.
 
The destructive southpaw, returning to IPL after serving a one-year ban due to his role in ball tampering, walked away to make room for himself and pushed the ball past point and third man for a four. 
 
In his typical style, Warner leapt into the air with joy, and acknowledged all the fans around this stadium.
 
Brief scores: 
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 231 for 2 in 20 overs (J Bairstow 114, D Warner 100 not out; Y Chahal 1/44).
 
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IPL: Samson's ton in vain as Warner takes Sunrisers past Royals in thrilling tie

Sunrisers Hyderabad's David Warner in action during the eighth IPL 2019 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on March 29, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Sunrisers Hyderabad's David Warner in action during the eighth IPL 2019 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on March 29, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
A whirlwind half-century by David Warner, coupled with cameos from Vijay Shankar and Rashid Khan, helped Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) beat Rajasthan Royals (RR) by five wickets in a thrilling Indian Premier League (IPL) contest here on Friday.
 
Chasing a stiff 199 for victory, Warner (69; 37b, 4x9, 6x2) set the platform for Sunrisers along with Jonny Bairstow (45; 28b, 4x6, 6x1) before Royals reined the hosts in with some timely wickets to take the match down to the wire. 
 
Vijay Shankar (35; 15b, 4x1, 6x3) did his World Cup chances no harm by keeping Sunrisers in the hunt with some lusty blows, but with 12 needed off 12 balls, Rashid (15*, 8b, 4x1, 6x1) spoiled a brilliant 19th over by Jofra Archer whom he smashed for a four and six to win the game for the hosts with one over to spare.
 
Royals' Sanju Samson, who earlier slammed this season's first century, was left high and dry as Sunrisers completed their highest ever run chase.
 
Warner gave Sunrisers a flying start as the hosts raced to 69/0 after the Powerplay. 
 
Returning to action after a year-long suspension due to his role in a ball tampering row, Warner brought up his 38th IPL fifty off just 26 balls.
 
Warner and Bairstow added 110 runs for the opening wicket before Ben Stokes cramped Warner for room with a well-directed bouncer which the southpaw pulled down the throat of Dhawal Kulkarni at the fine leg boundary.
 
Bairstow followed suit soon after Kulkarni made amends for dropping the England stumper-batsman on 44 with a sharp catch at long-off off Shreyas Gopal.
 
Vijay Shankar and skipper Kane Williamson (14) looked to continue from where the openers had left, with the former playing the aggressor's role to perfection.
 
The duo stitched together 47 runs for the third wicket before both were removed in back-to-back overs by Jaydev Unadkat and Gopal, respectively.
 
Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson celebrates his century during the eighth IPL 2019 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on March 29, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson celebrates his century during the eighth IPL 2019 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on March 29, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
New batsman Manish Pandey (1) was trapped in front soon after with Sunrisers needing 32 runs off 28 balls.
 
Yusuf Pathan (16*) and Rashid Khan then joined hands to take their team over the line.
 
Earlier, Royals rode on Samson's brilliant unbeaten hundred to post 198/2.
 
Samson (102*; 55b, 4x10, 6x4) notched up his second ton in the competition while Royals' skipper Ajinkya Rahane too cracked a fluent half-century (70; 49b, 4x4, 6x3) to help the hosts recover from a slow start. The pair added 119 runs for the second wicket.
 
Samson, who brought up his ton in the 20th over by hitting Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a four, made the most of a reprieve when he was dropped by wicketkeeper Bairstow on 58 in the 17th over by smashing Kumar for 24 runs in the next over (6-4-4-2-4-4).
 
In the last over, Stokes (16* off 9) came to the party by smacking Kumar for two successive fours to get the home team close to the 200-run mark. Samson and Stokes were associated in a 64-run third wicket partnership which came off just 25 balls.
 
Bhuvneshwar (0/55) went for 43 runs in his last two overs as Royals scored 76 runs in the last five overs.
 
Royals lost Jos Buttler (5) early when the in-form England batsman tried to sweep Rashid Khan (1/24) only to lose his leg stumps in the process.
 
Rahane and Samson then took time to get going as the visitors could only manage 75/1 at the halfway stage.
 
But from there on, both batsmen accelerated at brisk pace and after Rahane departed in the 16th over, Samson took the Sunrises bowlers to the cleaners.
 
Brief scores
 
Rajasthan Royals: 198/2 (Sanju Samson 102 not out, Ajinkya Rahane 70) lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad 201/5 (David Warner 69, Jonny Bairstow 45, Vijay Shankar 35; Shreyas Gopal 3/27)
 

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IPL: Samson scores ton as Rajasthan Royals post 198/2 against Hyderabad

Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson celebrates his century during the eighth IPL 2019 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on March 29, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson celebrates his century during the eighth IPL 2019 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on March 29, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Rajasthan Royals rode Sanju Samson's brilliant unbeaten century to post 198/2 in their 20 overs against Sunrisers Hyderabad in an Indian Premier League (IPL) game here on Friday.
 
Samson, 102 (not out) off 55 balls, scored the first century of this edition's IPL and his second in the competition as skipper Ajinkya Rahane also cracked a half century (70; 49b; 4x4; 3x6) to help the hosts recover from a slow start. The pair added 119 runs for the second wicket.
 
Samson, who brought up his ton in the 20th over by hitting Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a four, made the most of a reprieve when he was dropped by wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow on 58 in the 17th over to smash the same bowler for 24 runs in the next over (6-4-4-2-4-4).
 
In the last over, Ben Stokes (16 not out off 9) came to the party by smacking Bhuvneshwar for two successive fours to get the home team close to the 200-run mark. Samson and Stokes associated for a 64-run third wicket partnership off just 25 balls.
 
Bhuvneshwar (0/55), known to be a specialist death bowler, went for 43 runs in his last two overs as Royals scored 72 runs in the last four overs, hitting 13 boundaries.
 
Royals lost Jos Buttler (5) early when the in-form England batsman tried to sweep Rashid Khan (1/24) and lost his leg stump in the process.
 
Rahane and Samson then took time to get going as the visitors could only manage 35/1 in the first six overs.
 
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Samson hit Shahbaz Nadeem and Siddarth Kaul for consecutive sixes in the next two overs as he tried to change gears with Rahane dropping anchor.
 
At the half-way mark, Royals were 75/1 with both batsmen trying to up the ante. Rahane and Samson hit two fours in the 11th over off Kaul and in the next took on Vijay Shankar to collect 13 runs.
 
Rahane clipped the India all-rounder for a maximum over the long leg boundary while Samson drilled a slower one over extra cover.
 
Rahane brought up his fifty off the first ball of the 13th over, picking a single off Rashid while Samson dragged Sandeep Sharma to deep mid-wicket to bring up his half century in the next over.
 
Looking to score big in the last overs, Rahane decided to take on Nadeem and crunched him over deep extra cover for a six off the first ball of the 16th over. But Nadeem had the last laugh as the India Test vice-captain holed out to Manish Pandey at long-on trying to clear the boundary in the last ball.
 
Samson took over from there and, after getting a second life, went berserk.
 
Brief scores: Rajasthan Royals 198/2 (Sanju Samson 102 not out, Ajinkya Rahane 70) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad.
 
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IPL: Rajasthan Royals elect to bat first against Sunrisers Hyderabad

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Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and elected to bat against Sunrisers Hyderabad in an Indian Premier League clash here on Friday.
 
Sunrisers made two changes from their previous match which they lost to Kolkata Knight Riders, with skipper Kane Williamson returning to the team after recovering from a shoulder injury. Shakib Al Hasan made way for the New Zealand captain.
 
Spinner Shahbaz Nadeem was also drafted in, with Deepak Hooda making way.
 
Rajasthan Royals named an unchanged team from their controversial first game which they lost to Kings XI Punjab. The game was marred by R. Ashwin 'Mankading' Jos Buttler.
 
The teams:
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad XI: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson (Captain), Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul
 
Rajasthan Royals XI: Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Jos Buttler, Steven Smith, 
Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, K. Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni
 
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Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals look to get campaign on track

Sunrisers Hyderabad head coach Tom Moody, captain Kane Williamson and mentor V. V. S. Laxman during a practice session at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, on March 23, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Sunrisers Hyderabad head coach Tom Moody, captain Kane Williamson and mentor V. V. S. Laxman during a practice session at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, on March 23, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Having lost their opening game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) after dominating most of the match, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will look to come back strongly against Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal here on Friday.
 
Both teams lost their opening games and what made matters worse was that, just like SRH, the Royals too, were cruising till the 16th over of the chase before they lost the plot against Kings XI Punjab.
 
Even though KXIP skipper R. Ashwin's decision to ‘Mankad' RR batsman Jos Buttler shifted the focus from the game, what needs to be remembered is how the Royals' batsmen failed to score 39 runs in the last four overs -- a walk in the park in the T20 format, when you have wickets in the bag.
 
Similarly, it was a game in the bag for SRH at the Eden Gardens after a brilliant display of batsmanship from former skipper David Warner on his return to the IPL. But the Sunrisers failed to defend 181 with Andre Russell (49* off 19) and Shubman Gill (18* off 10) taking the Knights home with two balls to spare.
 
Though, what happened in the past must be kept aside and both teams need to look to start afresh. Having lost their first games, both teams will want to come back strongly and get their campaign back on track. 
 
While the bowling is an area that SRH will look to correct, the Royals will want to ensure that they get their batting right.
 
Over-dependence on Buttler or skipper Ajinkya Rahane will not help as in a format like T20, it is important that everyone looks to contribute their bit with bat or ball. 
 
All eyes will also be on SRH's regular skipper Kane Williamson and his recovery from injury. While he missed the first game and Bhuvneshwar Kumar led the team, the Kiwi is expected to be fit for their first home game.
 
The wicket at the Uppal stadium should be a belter as has been seen over the years and it should be a quality display of slam-bang action come Friday.
 
Squads: 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Shakib Al Hasan, Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Ricky Bhui, Shreevats Goswami, Wriddhiman Saha, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Billy Stanlake, K. Khaleel Ahmed, T. Natarajan.
 
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler, Steven Smith, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Ish Sodhi, Varun Aaron, Shashank Singh, Liam Livingstone, Shubham Ranjane, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Sudhesan Midhun, Aryaman Birla, Manan Vohra, Prashant Chopra.
 
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IPL: Russell's blitzkrieg helps KKR beat Sunrisers

Andre Russell spoilt David Warner's dream return to the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a 19-ball 49 as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by six wickets in their campaign opener at the Eden Gardens, here on Sunday.
 
Russell (4x4, 4x6) came in to bat with KKR needing 68 off 27 balls. It was chasing 182 for victory in the 16th over just after a set Nitish Rana (68; 47b 8x4 3x6) was removed by Rashid Khan. Rana was sent to open the innings as Sunil Narine faced fitness issues.
 
The T20 specialist then took Siddharth Kaul for 19 runs in the 18th over, followed by 21 off Sunrisers stand-in skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar, to bring the equation down to 13 off the last over.
 
Shubman Gill (18 not out) -- who joined hands with Russell for a 65-run fifth wicket stand -- then hit two sixes off Shakib Al Hasan to complete a remarkable chase for the home team with two balls to spare. KKR finished with 183/4 in 19.4 overs.
 
Earlier, Warner, returning from a one-year ban in the IPL, cracked 85 off 53 deliveries (9x4, 3x6) while India all-rounder Vijay Shankar played a useful unbeaten cameo (40; 24 b; 2x4, 2x6) to help the visitors post 181/3.
 
KKR lost destructive opener Chris Lynn early with the Australian failing to tackle a Shakib's arm-ball and giving Rashid Khan an easy catch at cover.
 
Robin Uthappa and Rana then stitched together an 80-run stand off 58 deliveries for the second wicket to keep KKR's chances alive before Uthappa, dropped on 20 by Yusuf Pathan, departed with his off-stump flattened by Siddharth Kaul.
 
Skipper Dinesh Karthik (2) did not last long, chipping a slower one from Sandeep Sharma straight to his counterpart Bhuvneshwar Kumar at cover.
 
In came the big-hitting Russell with KKR still needing 87 off 44 as the brilliant Rana brought up his sixth IPL 50 by picking a single of Sandeep in the 13th over.
 
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Rana seemed unstoppable as the former Mumbai Indians batsman smashed Sandeep for a six and in the next over reverse-swept Rashid Khan for a four before a tower at the high court end lost some lights and play was stopped for 12 minutes.
 
The break cost KKR dear as the momentum broke with Rashid removing Rana plumb in front.
 
In the first innings, it was all about Warner's dream return as the 32-year-old took the KKR bowlers to the cleaners, not even sparing the generally economical Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav.
 
Warner, whose 53-ball 85 was laced with nine fours and three sixes, looked in the zone from the word go and brought up his 37th IPL 50 off just 31 balls with an upper cut over third man off Andre Russell in the ninth over.
 
Warner now has the most 50-plus scores (40) in the IPL history, ahead of Virat Kohli (38). The Aussie also has three tons to his name.
 
The dashing southpaw looked good for a fourth hundred, but Russell came back to get his wicket and help the hosts put a lid on the visitors' run feast. 
 
But Shankar ensured that Sunrisers had enough runs on the board with an unbeaten 40 with Manish Pandey not out on 8, while Yusuf Pathan (1) failed to get going.
 
For the hosts, Russell was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2/32.
 
Playing for the first time since being banned for one year for his role in a ball-tampering row in South Africa last year, Warner opened his account by flicking Prasidh Krishna towards the deep square leg boundary.
 
In the next over, the 32-year-old hit Piyush Chawla for two fours -- first a cut through extra cover off the back foot and then a delightful cover drive -- to underline his intent.
 
There was no stopping Warner from there on as the former Australia vice-captain made the most of a two reprieves -- he was dropped on 21 by Robin Uthappa at short mid-wicket and Dinesh Karthik behind the stumps on 68 -- to find the gaps with ease and make mincemeat of an otherwise disciplined KKR bowling attack.
 
His new opening partner Jonny Bairstow complemented well by giving Warner the maximum strike as the pair raced to the 100-mark in 10.5 overs in their 118-run opening partnership.
 
Brief scores:
 
Kolkata Knight Riders 183/4 in 19.4 overs (Nitish Rana 68, Andre Russell 49 not out; Rashid Khan 1/26) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 181/3 in 20 overs (David Warner 85, Vijay Shankar 40; Andre Russell 2/32) by 6 wickets
 
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Warner makes roaring comeback as SRH post 181 against KKR

David Warner made a roaring comeback to the Indian Premier League (IPL) by cracking a stroke-filled 85 as Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) posted 181/3 in 20 overs against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their campaign opener at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.
 
Warner, whose 53-ball 85 was laced with nine fours and three sixes, looked in the zone from the word go and brought up his 37th IPL fifty off just 31 balls with an upper cut over third man off Andre Russell in the ninth over.
 
Warner now has the highest number of 50-plus scores in the IPL.
 
The dashing southpaw looked good for a hundred but Russell came back to get his wicket and help the hosts put a lid on the visitors' run feast. 
 
But India all-rounder Vijay Shankar ensured that Sunrisers had enough runs on the board with an unbeaten 24-ball 40 (2x4, 2x6). Manish Pandey was not out on 8 while Yusuf Pathan (1) failed to get going.
 
For the hosts, Russell was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2/32.
 
Playing for the first time since being banned for one year due to his role in a ball-tampering row in South Africa last year, Warner opened his account by flicking Prasidh Krishna towards the deep square-leg boundary.
 
In the next over, the 32-year-old hit Piyush Chawla for two fours -- first a cut through extra cover off the back foot and then a delightful cover drive -- to underline his intent.
 
There was no stopping Warner from there on as the former Australia vice-captain made the most of a reprieve -- he was dropped on 21 in the fourth over by Robin Uthappa at short mid-wicket off Lockie Ferguson -- by milking the New Zealand quick for a four through extra cover in the very next delivery.
 
Even the economical Sunil Narine was not spared as Warner welcomed him with back-to-back boundaries to help the visitors race to 54/0 in the Powerplay.
 
Warner brought out his full repertoire, reverse-sweeping Kuldeep Yadav past short third man in his first over before bringing up his 37th IPL 50.
 
Kuldeep was once again clobbered for a maximum in the 10th over as Warner and Jonny Bairstow (39) brought up their 100-run opening stand in 66 balls just after the halfway mark.
 
Bairstow, playing second fiddle to Warner all along, was finally castled by Chawla with a googly in the 13th over.
 
But it hardly seemed to matter as in-form all rounder Vijay Shankar showed his confidence by going down on one knee to slog sweep Narine over mid-wicket for a superb six. 
 
With Warner at the other end, Sunrisers looked good for a big score but Russell sent the danger man back when Uthappa took a brilliant catch at cover in the 16th over.
 
KKR tried to check the run flow in the last four overs but Shankar played some delightful strokes to put Sunrisers in a commanding position.
 
Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 181/3 in 20 overs (David Warner 85, Vijay Shankar 40; Andre Russell 2/32) vs Kolkata Knight Riders
 
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TRS denies tickets to three outgoing MPs

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The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Thursday announced candidates for all 17 Lok Sabha constituencies in Telangana, denying tickets to three outgoing MPs including its leader in Lok Sabha, A. P. Jithender Reddy.
 
Jithender Reddy, who was elected from Mahabubnagar in 2014, was replaced by M. Srinivas Reddy.
 
P. Srinivas Reddy, who was elected from Khammam on a YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) ticket in the previous elections and later joined the TRS, was also dropped.
 
Nama Nageswara Rao, who quit the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Wednesday and formally joined the TRS Thursday morning, was named as the candidate for Khammam in the list announced Thursday night.
 
The TRS has also not fielded Seetaram Naik, the outgoing MP from Mahabubabad. Maloth Kavitha was named as the candidate.
 
Chief Minister and TRS President K. Chandrashekhar Rao's daughter K. Kavitha will seek re-election from Nizamabad while senior leader B. Vinod will contest again from Karimnagar.
 
The TRS has named state minister Malla Reddy's son-in-law Rajasekhar Reddy as the candidate from Malkajgiri. In 2014, Malla Reddy was elected from this constituency on a TDP ticket but later joined the TRS. He was elected to the Assembly in the recent elections and was inducted into the cabinet.
 
Another state minister T. Srinivas Yadav's son Saikiran Yadav will be the candidate from Secunderabad constituency.
 
In a friendly contest against Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) President Asaduddin Owaisi in Hyderabad constituency, the TRS named P. Srikant Reddy as its candidate. The ruling party has already made it clear that its target is to win 16 seats, leaving Hyderabad for the MIM.
 
Outgoing MP from Nalgonda, Gutta Sukhender Reddy, who won the seat on Congress ticket in 2014 but defected to the TRS, decided not to contest again for Lok Sabha. V. Narasimha Reddy was named as his replacement.
 
Other TRS candidates are G. Nagesh (Adilabad), N. Venkatesh (Peddapalli), K. Prabhakar Reddy (Medak), B. B. Patil (Zahirabad), Ranjit Reddy (Chevella), P. Ramulu (Nagarkurnool), P. Dayakar (Warangal) and B. Narsaiah Goud (Bhongir).
 
Out of 17 Lok Sabha seats in the state, TRS had bagged 11 in the previous election. One MP each from the TDP, Congress and YSR Congress later joined it while one TRS MP recently switched loyalty to Congress.
 
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