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IPL: De Villiers, Moeen 50s propel RCB to 218/6 vs Sunrisers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Teenaged sensation Prithvi Shaw's 65-run knock followed by skipper Shreyas Iyer's 44 helped Delhi Daredevils post a moderate 163/5 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Saturday.
 
Shaw and Iyer overcame a poor start to put together 86 runs for the second wicket after Delhi lost off-colour Glenn Maxwell cheaply.
 
While Shaw's knock was laced with six boundaries and three sixes off 36 balls, Iyer faced 36 deliveries, hitting three fours and couple of sixes. 
 
Opting to bat, Delhi were off to a poor start as Maxwell (2) once again failed to contribute after being run out in the second over with Delhi's score being nine runs.
 
Maxwell's dismissal saw Iyer joining in-form opener Shaw in the middle and the duo helped their side recover from the early jolt taking Delhi past the 50-run mark in 5.4 overs.
 
Just when Delhi were inching closer to the triple digit score, young Afghanistan sensation Rashid Khan came with a much-needed breakthrough for the hosts.
 
A top edge by Shaw landed safely at short third man off the leggie's delivery in the 11th over.
 
Incoming batter Rishabh Pant then forged a 30-run stand for the third wicket with his skipper before pacer Siddharth Kaul dismissed Iyer in the 16th over.
 
Later, Pant (18) and Naman Ojha (1) fell cheaply in the 17th over, with the visitor's scorecard reading 134/5.
 
While it was Khan, who struck again to pack back Pant, Ojha fell short of the crease to be run out.
 
Vijay Shankar and Daniel Christian, who remained unbeaten, chipped in with 23 and 7 runs respectively to help Delhi reach some sort of respectability.
 
For Hyderabad, Khan was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2/23 while Kaul bagged a wicket for 37 runs.
 
Brief Scores: Delhi Daredevils 163/5 (Prithvi Shaw 65, Shreyas Iyer 44; Rashid Khan 2/23) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
 
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10 killed as heavy rains lash Telangana, Andhra

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Ten people were killed as heavy rains lashed Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on Thursday, officials said.
 
While five people were killed in various rain-related incidents in Telangana, an equal number of deaths were reported from Andhra Pradesh.
 
Heavy rains accompanied by hailstorm and gusty winds wrecked havoc in several parts of both the Telugu states, uprooting trees and electricity poles and inundating low-lying areas, affecting vehicular traffic and electricity supply.
 
The unseasonal rains provided relief to people from scorching heat but affected the normal life and caused widespread damage to crops.
 
Heavy downpour with hailstorm and strong gales lashed many parts of Hyderabad and the outskirts, throwing the normal life out of gear. A seven-year-old boy died when he was struck by lightning while playing under a tree at Karmanghat on the city outskirts.
 
The strong winds uprooted trees in several areas in the city, damaging few vehicles bringing the traffic to a halt. Near darkness enveloped the city in the afternoon and the heavy rains significantly brought down the temperature.
 
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) pressed emergency teams into service to remove the trees from roads and also hoardings which were hanging precariously.
 
Telangana Excise Minister T. Padma Rao, who visited some areas in Hyderabad, told reporters that GHMC received reports of tree falling at 45 places in the city. There were also complaints of water logging at 25 places.
 
Several districts of both the Telugu states were receiving rains since morning. Lightning claimed four lives in Nalgonda and Ranga Reddy districts.
 
Telangana Energy Minister Jagdish Reddy said they received reports of 1,250 electricity poles being damaged due to strong winds. The authorities have opened two control rooms in Hyderabad and Warangal and were making efforts to restore electricity supply in the affected areas.
 
Heavy rains battered Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts in north coastal Andhra early Thursday. Many parts of south coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions also recorded heavy rainfall.
 
Three persons died of lightning strike in Guntur and Prakasam districts of Andhra Pradesh. In Guntur town, a man died when a hoarding fell on him. In Kurnool district, one person was crushed to death under a tree which uprooted due to strong gale.
 
The heavy rains damaged mango, paddy, maize and other crops. Several cattle perished due to lightning. The unseasonal rains also disrupted electricity supply in towns and villages.
 
According to the met office, the rains were triggered by cyclonic circulation over north Odisa and neighbourhood and another cyclonic circulation over West Vidarbha and neighbourhood. It has forecast thunderstorm accompanied with squall/hail at isolated places in all the districts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on Friday.
 
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Former Indian Air Force chief Idris Hassan Latif passes away

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Former chief of the Indian Air Force (IAF), Air Chief Marshal Idris Hassan Latif, died here on Monday. He was 94.
 
He breathed his last at a private hospital, where he was admitted last week with pneumonia, family sources said.
 
He is survived by three children. His wife Bilkees Latif, a noted social activist and writer, died in October last year.
 
Latif headed the IAF from September 1978 to August 1981 and after his retirement, served as the Governor of Maharashtra and India's Ambassador to France.
 
He will be buried at a burial ground in the old city of Hyderabad on Tuesday.
 
Born on June 9, 1923 at Hyderabad, Latif joined the Royal Indian Air Force in 1941 at the age of 18 and was commissioned in 1942.
 
During 1943-44, he was one of the few Indian pilots to be seconded to the Royal Air Force in the UK, where he underwent training on more contemporary aircraft like the Hurricane and Spitfire.
 
He returned to India in 1944 and took part in the Burma campaign.
 
At the time of partition, he chose IAF and during the 1971 War with Pakistan, he was Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Plans).
 
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and Maharashtra Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao have condoled the death of Latif.
 
The Chief Minister, in his message, said that Latif had served the nation in various capacities and was pride of the nation. 
 
"He was a product of Nizam College, Hyderabad and served in various capacities in the Air Force and rose to become the Air Chief Marshal," he said. 
 
The Chief Minister noted that Latif was also recipient of Param Visisht Seva Medal.
 
Maharashtra Governor Vidyasagar Rao also expressed his condolences. "Latif created a distinct mark of his work as Air Force Chief and later as Governor of Maharashtra. During his tenure as Governor, Latif took keen interest in the development of the state," he said.
 
"As chancellor of universities in Maharashtra, Latif made serious efforts to enhance the quality of higher education in the State. With his impartial and dignified conduct, Latif enhanced the stature of the post of governor," added the Governor.
 
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IPL: Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Rajasthan Royals by 11 runs

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Sunrisers Hyderabad dominated with the bat and ball to defeat Rajasthan Royals by 11 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Sunday.
 
Electing to bat first, Hyderabad rode on excellent batting by Kane Williamson and Alex Hales to post 151/7 in their 20 overs.
 
In reply, Rajasthan could only manage to reach 140/6.
 
The win propelled Hyderabad to the second spot on the points table. The visitors rose one rung, displacing Kings XI Punjab to the third position.
 
Both Hyderabad and Punjab are on 10 points, the same as leaders Chennai, with only the net run rate separating the three teams.
 
Rajasthan's chase was off to a poor start as opener Rahul Tripathi was bowled by Hyderabad pacer Sandeep Sharma in the third over.
 
Rajasthan skipper Ajinkya Rahane -- the team's other opener -- led from the front, batting through the innings to remain unbeaten on 65 runs off 55 balls.
 
He posted a partnership of 59 runs off 44 balls with Sanju Samson to bring the hosts' innings back on track after Tripathi's departure.
 
Samson scored 40 runs off 30 balls before holing out to Hales at short mid-wicket while attempting to smash a deceptive slower ball by Siddarth Kaul out of the ground.
 
That seemed to take the fight out of the hosts as they continued to lose wickets at regular intervals.
 
Kaul returned figures of 2/23 to emerge as the most successful among the Hyderabad bowlers.
 
Sandeep Sharma, Basil Thampi, Rashid Khan and Yusuf Pathan also bagged a wicket each.
 
Earlier, Hyderabad rode on excellent batting by Williamson and Hales to post 151/7 in their 20 overs.
 
Williamson smashed 63 runs off 43 balls with seven boundaries and two sixes. Hales scored 45 runs off 39 balls. 
 
The two of them added 92 runs between them to lay the foundation of a big total after Hyderabad opener Shikhar Dhawan was bowled by Krishnappa Gowtham in the third over.
 
New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi brought the partnership to an end in the 15th over when he claimed his maiden IPL wicket in the form of Williamson.
 
That triggered a strong comeback by the hosts as the visitors' middle and lower order failed to rise to the occasion.
 
West Indies pacer Jofra Archer was the most successful among the Rajasthan bowlers with figures of 3/26 in his four overs.
 
Brief scores:
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 151/7 in 20 overs (Kane Williamson 63, Alex Hales 45; Jofra Archer 3/26) vs Rajasthan Royals: 140/6 in 20 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 65, Sanju Samson 40).
 
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Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Rajasthan Royals in IPL tie

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Sunrisers Hyderabad dominated with the bat and ball to defeat Rajasthan Royals by 11 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Sunday.
 
Electing to bat first, Hyderabad rode on excellent batting by Kane Williamson and Alex Hales to post 151/7 in their 20 overs.
 
In reply, Rajasthan could only manage to reach 140/6.
 
Brief scores:
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 151/7 in 20 overs (Kane Williamson 63, Alex Hales 45; Jofra Archer 3/26) vs Rajasthan Royals: 140/6 in 20 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 65, Sanju Samson 40).
 
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Telangana CM to meet DMK leaders on Sunday

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Stepping up his efforts to form a Federal Front, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will meet DMK leaders M. Karunanidhi and M.K. Stalin in Chennai on Sunday.
 
This was announced by the chief minister's office in a statement on Saturday night.
 
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief along with some other leaders of the party will leave for Chennai by a special aircraft. He will call on former Tamil Nadu chief minister Karunnanidhi and his son Stalin, who is also the working president of DMK.
 
KCR, as Rao is popularly known, will discuss with DMK leaders the formation of the Federal Front proposed by him as an alternative to both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress to bring a qualitative change in national politics.
 
At the TRS plenary here on Friday, a resolution was passed to this effect. The TRS chief declared that he will intensify the efforts to form the front and as part of this will meet Stalin and Samajwadi Party President Akhlesh Yadav in coming days.
 
Stating that both BJP and Congress miserably failed to address people's problems during the last 70 years, KCR said the front would trigger a tremor in the national politics with its agenda for speedy development and for addressing the real issues of people.
 
On April 13, the TRS chief had met Janata Dal (S) President and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and his son H.D. Kumaraswamy in Bengaluru to discuss the proposed front.
 
KCR had last month flown to Kolkata to meet West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee.
 
Former Jharkhand Chief Minister and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) chief Hemant Soren and well-known actor Prakash Raj had also called on KCR to discuss the formation of the front.
 
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IPL 2018: Rashid, Shakib star as Hyderabad pip Punjab by 13 runs

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Spin twins Rashid Khan and Shakib Al Hasan shared five wickets between them to help Sunrisers Hyderabad defend a meagre 132 against Kings XI Punjab and  win by 13 runs in a nail-biting Indian Premier League (IPL) clash as the Orange Army vaulted to the No.2 spot in the points table.
 
Demoted to No.3, Kings XI Punjab squandered a watchful 55-run opening start from Chris Gayle and Lokesh Rahul before falling apart, as Rashid (3/19) and Shakib (2/18) triggered a batting collapse to see the team home amid thunderous applause from the vociferous crowd at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Thursday.
 
While Gayle (23 off 22 balls; 4x1, 6x2) started with a thunderous six over off-spinner Mohammad Nabi's head before going into a shell, Rahul (32 off 26; 4x4, 6x1) sent the Afghan tweaker to the cleaners on three consecutive occasions to outscore his West Indian opening partner.
 
Rahul's innings was laced with a range of stylish cover drives and straight drives even as Gayle found back his groove by welcoming medium pacer Basil Thampi with a thunderous six, and helping his side past the 50-run mark.
 
With Punjab sailing smoothly towards the target, Kane Williamson brought in his strike bowler Rashid Khan, who responded in style by hammering Rahul's off-stump with a googly.
 
Thampi (2/14) then joined the party by getting the better of Gayle, who miscued a short ball to non-existent square-leg only to find the bowler completing a clean catch.
 
At 57/2, Punjab needed to start afresh with Mayank Agarwal (12) and Karun Nair (13) joining forces, but left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan nipped the partnership in the bud with the wicket of Agarwal.
 
Nair departed soon after, failing to read Rashid's googly which trapped him plumb in front, even as Manoj Tiwary (1) was welcomed with a couple of fiery lbw appeals from the Afghan.
 
Punjab's nightmare continued in the next over when Shakib packed back Aaron Finch (8) after being clobbered for a massive six on the previous ball.
 
Medium pacer Sandeep Sharma added salt to Punjab's woes by packing Tiwary soon after as the visitors' chase derailed after losing six wickets in a span of just 37 runs.
 
Skipper Ravichandran Ashwin (4), Andrew Tye (4) and Barinder Sran (2) could hardly offer any resistance as the home bowlers continued their stronghold.
 
With the target gradually getting out of Punjab's hands, tailenders Mujeeb Ur Rahman (10 not out) and Ankit Rajpoot (8) got a few hits before Thampi uprooted Rajpoot's middle stick to take his team home.
 
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Earlier, medium pacer Ankit Rajpoot (5/14) ripped through the Hyderabad batting to restrict them to a paltry 132.
 
The 24-year-old Rajpoot started off with the key wickets of skipper Kane Williamson (0), Shikhar Dhawan (11) and Wriddhiman Saha (6) from his first three overs before returning to pick Manish Pandey (54) and Mohammad Nabi (4) in the final over of the innings.
 
Put in to bat, the hosts were saved from the blushes by Pandey's fighting 51-ball knock, laced with three fours and a six after Rajpoot reduced them to 27/3 in the first five overs.
 
Pandey, however found a companion in Bangladesh skipper Shakib, who made the most of the two reprieves, striking a 29-ball 28, laced with three hits to the fence and forged a 52-run fourth wicket stand.
 
But the joy was short-lived as 17-year-old mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman ended the partnership with the wicket of Shakib.
 
Shakib's dismissal brought in an experienced Yusuf Pathan (21 not out off 19; 4x1, 6x1) who was forced to curb his natural game, even as Pandey reached his fifty by sending Tye's slower one to the extra cover boundary.
 
Afghan all-rounder Nabi then joined Pathan for the final two deliveries but couldn't trouble the scorers much as Rajpoot had the last laugh.
 
Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 132/6 (Manish Pandey 54, Shakib Al Hasan 28; Ankit Rajpoot 5/14) beat Kings XI Punjab (Lokesh Rahul 32, Chris Gayle 23; Rashid Khan 3/19, Basil Thampi 2/14, Shakib Al Hasan 2/18) by 13 runs.
 
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IPL 2018: Rajpoot's fifer restricts Hyderabad to 132/6 against KXIP

 
Sunrisers Hyderabad failed to recover from the early blows from medium pacer Ankit Rajpoot (5/14) as Kings XI Punjab restricted the hosts to a paltry 132/6 in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Thursday.
 
Ankit ran through the home batting line-up bagging the key wickets of skipper Kane Williamson (0), Shikhar Dhawan (11) and Wriddhiman Saha (6) off his first three overs before returning to pick Manish Pandey (54) and Mohammad Nabi (4) in the final over of the innings.
 
Put in to bat first, the hosts were saved from the blushes by Pandey's fighting 51-ball knock, laced with three fours and a six, after Rajpoot reduced them to 27/3 in the first five overs.
 
Rajpoot almost dismissed Shakib Al Hasan (28 off 29 balls; 4x3) on the very next ball but Andrew Tye missed a dolly at mid-wicket.
 
Shakib once again got a reprieve in the next over from left-armer Barinder Sran, who induced a thick edge off to third man, only for the umpires to call it a front foot no-ball.
 
With the hosts finding themselves at a precarious 27/3, Shakib and Manish Pandey survived a few close calls, including a run-out attempt, to take the Sunrisers to 57/3 midway into the innings.
 
Ravichandran Ashwin's ploy to employ part-timer Manoj Tiwary misfired as the leg-spinner leaked 10 runs from his only over, forcing the Punjab skipper to bring his 17-year-old mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman into the attack.
 
Mujeeb responded in style by ending the 52-run fourth wicket stand, when he induced the Bangladeshi skipper with a wrong 'un to be comfortably caught by Mayank Agarwal at the mid-wicket fence.
 
Shakib's dismissal brought in the experienced Yusuf Pathan (21 not out off 19; 4x1, 6x1) who was forced to curb his naturally aggressive approach by the Punjab bowlers, even as the home side managed to reach three figures in 16.3 overs.
 
Sensing emergency, Manish tried to change gears and got a life on 46 when he was dropped at deep mid-wicket by Mayank off Tye.
 
Manish managed to take advantage of the life by sending Tye's slower one to the extra cover boundary and raise the second joint slowest 50 for the Sunrisers but the joy was short-lived as the right-hander fell prey to Rajpoot in the final over of the innings.
 
Afghan all-rounder Nabi then joined Pathan for the final two deliveries but couldn't trouble the scorers much as Rajpoot had the last laugh to end the innings at 132.
 
Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 132/6 (Manish Pandey 54, Shakib Al Hasan 28; Ankit Rajpoot 5/14) vs Kings XI Punjab.
 
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IPL: Sunrisers Hyderabad edge out Mumbai Indians by 31 runs

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Sunrisers Hyderabad produced a superb bowling performance to outwit Mumbai Indians by 31 runs in a tricky low-scoring encounter here on Tuesday to condemn the defending champions to their fifth loss in six games in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
 
On a day for bowlers, Mumbai bowled out Hyderabad for 118 in 18.4 overs but the hosts were then bundled out for 87 in 18.5 overs at the Wankhede. Hyderabad ended their two-match losing run and are third in the points table with eight points from six matches.
 
Hyderabad bowlers hunted in pack, with medium pacer Siddharth Kaul picking three wickets, while leg-spinner Rashid Khan and pacer Basil Thampi picking took two wickets each. Sandeep Sharma, Mohammed Nabi and Shakib Al Hasan picked a wicket each.
 
Earlier, put in to bat first, the Sunrisers failed to recover from the dreadful start, of being reduced to 46/4 inside the powerplay, with Shikhar Dhawan (5), Wriddhiman Saha (0), Manish Pandey (16) and Shakib Al Hasan (2) all back in the hut inside the first six overs.
 
Skipper Kane Williamson waged a lone battle with a fighting 21-ball 29, laced with five hits to the fence before veteran Baroda batsman Yusuf Pathan (29 off 33 balls; 4x2, 6x1) took on the mantle, despite losing his partners at regular intervals.
 
Dhawan, who returned to the playing XI after missing the previous game against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), looked uncomfortable after being hit on his thigh and was bowled by Mitchell McClenaghan the very next ball.
 
One ball later, Saha perished for nought after being caught behind by Ishan Kishan off McClenaghan.
 
With the team struggling at 20/2, Manish joined Williamson for a brief 24-run third wicket stand before Hardik ended Manish's stay with a wide delivery, comfortably caught by skipper Rohit Sharma at cover.
 
Mumbai could not have asked for a better start, with Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib falling prey to confusion, and Suryakumar Yadav's direct throw at the stumps was enough to reduce the visitors to 46/4.
 
Pathan then joined Williamson, who looked fluent with his strokes but lost concentration on the very first ball after the strategic time-out to be caught behind by Kishan off Hardik Pandya.
 
With Williamson back in the dug-out, Mohammed Nabi (14) joined Pathan for a brief 23-run sixth-wicket stand before leg-spinner Mayank Markande's googly clipped the top of middle and leg of the Afghanistan all-rounder.
 
Pacer Jasprit Bumrah then came back to jolt the visitors with the wicket of the other Afghan Rashid Khan (6) caught behind before Markande knocked off the off-stump of Basil Thampi (3) to reduce the Sunrisers to 106/8.
 
Sunrisers fell prey to yet another confusion in the middle, this time losing the wicket of tail ender Siddharth Kaul (2), comfortably run out by Hardik.
 
With Sandeep Sharma (0 not out) for company, Pathan's ploy of playing the waiting game only resulted in a monstrous six off Mustafizur Rahman, but the Bangladeshi came back in style to pack back the right-hander the next ball, and restrict Sunrisers for a meagre 118.
 
During the chase, Mumbai too began on a horrendous note. Ervin Lewis (5), Ishan Kishan (0) and Rohit Sharma (2) fell soon as the hosts were reduced to 21/3 in 5.2 overs.
 
Suryakumar and Krunal Pandya then shared a handy 40-run partnership to keep Mumbai on track.
 
Legs-spinner Rashid Khan got an LBW decision against Krunal to break the partnership, with Mumbai needing 58 from 8.2 overs.
 
Rashid struck again to dismiss Kieron Pollard (9) in the first delivery of the 14th over to increase the visitors's hopes - which grew further when Suryakumar was caught by Rashid off Thampi in the following over. At this juncture, Mumbai were 77/6, still needing 42 off 5.1 overs.
 
In the following over, medium pacer Siddharth Kaul got two LBW decisions against Mitchell McClenaghan (0) and Mayank Markande (1) as Mumbai tottered at 80/8 at the end of 17 overs.
 
Amidst all this, India all-rounder Hardik Pandya had scored just three runs off 16 deliveries and was Mumbai's sole hope. But Kaul made him his third wicket when he was caught by Thampi at third man in the fourth delivery of the 18th over.
 
Thampi then had Mustafizur Rahman (1) caught by Deepak Hooda at midwicket to complete Mumbai's annihilation.
 
Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 118 in 18.4 overs (Kane Williamson 29, Yusuf Pathan 29; Mayank Markande 2/15, Hardik Pandya 2/20, Mitchell McClenaghan 2/22) vs Mumbai Indians: 87 all out in 18.5 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 34; Siddharth Kaul 3/23, Basil Thampi 2/4, Rashid Khan 2/11).
 
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IPL-2018: Disciplined Mumbai restrict Hyderabad to 118

 
Mumbai Indians rode on a disciplined effort on the field to restrict Sunrisers Hyderabad to a paltry 118 in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Wankhede Stadium here on Tuesday.
 
Confusions in the middle marred the tourists even as Mumbai kept their dominance throughout and did not allow the Sunrisers to bounce back at any stage of the innings. This was interestingly the lowest total in this IPL.
 
Put in to bat, the Sunrisers failed to recover from the dreadful start, of being reduced to 46/4 inside the powerplay, with Shikhar Dhawan (5), Wriddhiman Saha (0), Manish Pandey (16) and Shakib Al Hasan (2) all back in the hut inside the first six overs.
 
Skipper Kane Williamson raged a lone battle with a fighting 21-ball 29, laced with five hits to the fence before veteran Baroda batsman Yusuf Pathan (29 off 33 balls; 4x2, 6x1) took on the mantle, despite losing his partners at regular intervals.
 
Dhawan, who returned to the playing XI after missing the previous game against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), looked uncomfortable after being hit on his thigh and was bowled by Mitchell McClenaghan the very next ball.
 
One ball later, Saha perished for nought after being caught behind by Ishan Kishan off McClenaghan.
 
With the team struggling at 20/2, Manish joined Williamson for a brief 24-run third wicket stand before Hardik ended Manish's stay with a wide delivery, comfortably caught by skipper Rohit Sharma at cover.
 
Mumbai could not have asked for a better start, with Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib falling prey to a confusion, and Suryakumar Yadav's direct throw at the stumps was enough to reduce the visitors to 46/4.
 
Pathan then joined Williamson, who looked fluent with his strokes but lost concentration on the very first ball after the strategic time-out to be caught behind by Kishan off Hardik Pandya.
 
With Williamson back in the dug-out, Mohammed Nabi (14) joined Pathan for a brief 23-run sixth-wicket stand before leg-spinner Mayank Markande's googly clipped the top of middle and leg of the Afghanistan all-rounder.
 
Pacer Jasprit Bumrah then came back to jolt the visitors with the wicket of the other Afghan Rashid Khan (6) caught behind before Markande knocked off the off-stump of Basil Thampi (3) to reduce the Sunrisers to 106/8.
 
Sunrisers fell prey to yet another confusion in the middle, this time losing the wicket of tailender Siddharth Kaul (2), comfortably run out by Hardik.
 
With Sandeep Sharma (0 not out) in company, Pathan's ploy of playing the waiting game only resulted in a monstrous six off Mustafizur Rahman, but the Bangladeshi came back in style to pack back the right-hander the next ball, and restrict Sunrisers for a meagre 118.
 
Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 118 (Kane Williamson 29, Yusuf Pathan 29; Mayank Markande 2/15, Hardik Pandya 2/20) vs Mumbai Indians.
 
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Fractured finger rules Billy Stanlake out of IPL 2018

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Sunrisers Hyderabad paceman Billy Stanlake has been ruled out of the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 season due to a fractured finger.
 
The Australian suffered a displaced fracture on the little finger of his right hand while fielding in the game against Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.
 
The franchise has confirmed in a tweet that the 23-year-old will not be available for the rest of the tournament.
 
"Billy Stanlake has been ruled out of the remainder of IPL 2018 owing to a fractured finger. The #OrangeArmy wishes him a speedy recovery," the franchise tweeted.
 
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IPL-2018: Unchanged Mumbai opt to field vs Hyderabad

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Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to field first against Sunrisers Hyderabad in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Wankhede Stadium here on Tuesday.
 
Mumbai have decided to go with an unchanged playing XI, while Sunrisers have made three changes by bringing in Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammad Nabi and Basil Thampi in place of Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda and Billy Stanlake.
 
Teams:
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson (Captain), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Basil Thampi, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul.
 
Mumbai Indians: Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan (WK), Rohit Sharma (Captain), Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman.
 
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Chennai Super Kings pip Sunrisers Hyderabad by four runs to return to top of IPL table

 
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) pipped Sunrisers Hyderabad by four runs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Sunday to return to the top of the Indian Premier League (IPL) table.
 
Chasing a challenging 183-run target, Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson (84) and Yusuf Pathan (45 off 27) put up a good fight but fell short.
 
SRH were off to a disastrous start losing three wickets for just 22 runs in 4.2 overs. Young medium pacer Deepak Chahar gave the early jolts to the hosts, bagging the wickets of opener Ricky Bhui (0), Manish Pandey (0) and Deepak Hooda (1).
 
However, Williamson kept Hyderabad's hopes alive after a 49-run stand with Shakib Al Hasan (24 off 19) for the fourth wicket. With Shakib falling in the 11th over from Karn Sharma and Hyderabad reeling at 71/4, the skipper was then joined by Yusuf Pathan.
 
With everything going Chennai's way, Williamson and Pathan staged a terrific fightback with their 79-run partnership, punishing every Chennai bowler.
 
Pacer Dwayne Bravo finally got the better of the Hyderabad skipper in the 18th over with the hosts needing 32 off the last two overs. Williamson's knock was decorated by five fours and as many sixes.
 
Just when it was anybody's game, pacer Shardul Thakur sent back a dangerous Pathan in the 19th over.
 
Incoming batter Rashid Khan then slammed a four-ball 17 to make the game more interesting but the hosts failed to cross the line by four runs.
 
For Chennai, Chahar was the pick of the bowlers after bagging three wickets and conceding just 15 runs. Thakur, Sharma and Bravo took a wicket apiece.
 
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Earlier, put in to bat, Chennai were off to a shaky start as Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid struck early to send back both the visiting openers, Shane Watson (9) and Faf du Plessis (11) with 32 runs on board.
 
Suresh Raina (54 not out off 43) and Ambati Rayudu (79 off 37) then gathered 112 runs for the third wicket, putting things in order for Chennai.
 
Rayudu's bizarre run out in the 17th over saw Dhoni coming in the middle, who then shared a 38-run stand with Raina.
 
While Rayudu's innings was guided by nine boundaries and four sixes, Raina hit five fours and a couple of sixes.
 
Dhoni's quick unbeaten 12-ball 25 in the final moments propelled Chennai to a respectable total of 182/3.
 
For Hyderabad, both Bhuvneshwar and Rashid scalped a wicket each.
 
Brief Scores: Chennai Super Kings 182/3 (Ambati Rayudu 79, Suresh Raina 52 not out; Bhuvneshwar 1/22) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 178/6 (Kane Williamson 84, Yusuf Pathan 45; Deepak Chahar 3/15) by 4 runs.
 
IANS
 
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