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Gayle strikes ton as RCB pile up 128/0 in first 10 overs against Pune Warriors

Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore celebrates his century during their match against Pune Warriors in Bangalore on April 23, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore celebrates his century during their match against Pune Warriors in Bangalore on April 23, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Opener Chris Gayle pulverized the Pune Warriors bowling attack as he raced to the fastest century ever in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to steer Royal Challengers Bangalore to 128 for no loss from the first 10 of their 20 overs at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.

Gayle was batting on 105, made off just 35 balls with the help of 11 sixes and eight fours, at the half-way mark. Keeping him company was Tilakeratne Dilshan, who had made 19, inclusive of three fours.

 

The match started in overcast conditions and was interrupted by rains for about half an hour, half-way into the second over.
 
The rains stopped, the match resumed, and the West Indian star then unleashed what is called a Gayle-storm by cricket writers. From the bowlers' point of view, it was carnage, plain and simple, with no clue as to how to contain him. 
 
Aaron Finch, who sent down one over and was clobbered for 29 runs, was clearly at his wit's end. He was also probably rueing his decision to ask the home team to bat first.
 
RCB began quietly, taking only three runs off the first over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Gayle provided some indications of things to come when he smached Ishwar Pandey for two consecutive fours in the next, but then rains came and play was interrupted. When play finally resumed, Gayle picked up from where he left off, hammering Pandey for three more fours, making it 21 runs in all from that over.
 
That was more or less going to be the norm for the rest of the innings, though Kumar gave away only four in his second over and Dinda five in the fourth.
 
Over five from Mitchell Marsh began with two sixes and a four, and after a dot ball, two more sixes followed -- 28 runs in all. The shots were flowing to all parts of the ground, and deeper into the stands, and higher onto the roof. Gayle had aleady reached his 50 in the fifth over, off just 17 balls, with six fours and four sixes. RCB were 61/0 then.
 
Kumar conceded just one in his third over. Gayle made up for that in the next, sent down by Murtaza Ali, hitting him for two sixes and a four. Finch came on and gave away 29 -- four sixes and a four, plus a single -- and that effectively removed him from the attack.
 
It was Dinda's turn, and Gayle got a free hit. The bowler sent down a gentle full toss, and Gayle whacked straight on to the roof to reach his century, off just 30 balls, the fastest ever in six years of the IPL, beating Yusuf Pathan's 37-ball ton. At the end of 10 overs, RCB were on 128 for no loss.
 
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Pune Warriors ask Royal Challengers Bangalore to bat first

Pune Warriors captain Aaron Finch won the toss and asked Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to bat first in the 31st match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.

Royal Challengers did not make any changes in their team, while Pune Warriors made three changes. Medium-pacer and batsman Mitchell Marsh came into the team in place of Ajantha Mendis while left-arm spinner Ali Murtaza replaced leg-spinner Rahul Sharma. Seamer Ishwar Pandey was brought in to replace all-rounder Abhishek Nayar.
 
The teams:
 
Pune Warriors: Robin Uthappa (wk), Aaron Finch (captain), Yuvraj Singh, Steven Smith, Luke Wright, Mitchell Marsh, Mithun Manhas, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishwar Pandey, Ali Murtaza, Ashok Dinda.
 
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Saurabh Tiwary, KB Arun Karthik, Ravi Rampaul, R Vinay Kumar, Murali Kartik, Rudra Pratap Singh, Jaidev Unadkat.
 
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Shinde pushes for NCTC, says states' objections have been met

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Monday underlined the need to quickly put the National Counter Terrorism Centre in place and said the Government now had a revised formulation in this regard which took care of the objections raised by the States.

File photo of Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde speaking in the Lok Sabha.
File photo of Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde speaking in the Lok Sabha.

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde today underlined the need to quickly put the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) in place and said the Government now had a revised formulation in this regard which took care of the objections raised by the States.

"We also need to strengthen the intelligence set-up of the States. We have been advising the States on this, but we have not seen much progress," he said in a statement in Parliament on the blast in Bangalore on April 17 in which 16 people were injured.
 
Mr Shinde said the Government was trying to strengthen the human intelligence component in intelligence agencies, which will start yielding results.
 
He also called for tighter checks on explosives. He said the Ministry of Home Affairs had taken the initiative in this regard and worked with the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) to put the ammonium nitrate rules in place.
 
"Now we are working with them and the NISG to put an explosives tracking system in place. But the problems will remain till the District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police have the stocks and consumption of the licensed explosives users checked more often and more stringently," he said.
 
The blast took place on April 17, at around 1015 hours, on Sai Nilaya Temple Street at Malleswaram in Bangalore, about 120 feet north of the state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office.
 
Mr Shinde said said the blast took place at a time when the nomination process for the May 5 Assembly elections in Karnataka was underway and the BJP office was visited by a large number of persons during those days, including the Chief Minister. A number of vehicles were also parked near the building.
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He said preliminary investigations revealed that an improvised explosive device (IED) on a parked motor cycle caused the explosion. He said the 16 people injured included 11 police personnel.
 
The blast and resultant fire caused extensive damage to three cars and three two-wheelers. A Karnataka State Reserve Police van and eight other four-wheelers were partially damaged by the blast.
 
He said experts of the Karnataka State Forensic Science Laboratory, who had examined the site along with officials of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the National Security Guard (NSG), were of the view that the explosive materials used in the blast could be nitrate compounds.
 
CCTV footage collected from the entry exit routes, toll tax gates, apartments, traffic junctions, temples and BJP office are being analyzed to locate the culprits, he said.
 
Mr Shinde said the statements of around 50 eye-witnesses had been recorded and nearly  80 material objects processed from the crime scene to gather evidence.
 
The Karnataka Police has announced an award of Rs 5 lakh for anyone giving useful and credible information on the terror incident. 
 
"Extensive searches are being conducted all over the city. A round-the-clock control room has also been established by State Police to gather information from public," he said.
 
The Karnataka Police is investigating the case, with the assistance of the NIA, NSG, the Intelligence Bureau and the Central Forensic Science Laboratory, he added.
 
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Would like to keep the purple cap after IPL: Vinay Kumar

Royal Challengers Bangalore bowler Vinay Kumar after their match against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League in Bangalore on April 20, 2013. Photo by Jacques Rossouw/IPL/SPORTZPICS
Royal Challengers Bangalore bowler Vinay Kumar after their match against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League in Bangalore on April 20, 2013. Photo by Jacques Rossouw/IPL/SPORTZPICS

Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer R Vinay Kumar took the purple cap from Sunrisers Hyderabad's Amit Mishra with a match-winning spell of 3/18 against Rajasthan Royals here Saturday night.

Vinay is loving the close contest among the bowlers for the purple cap and said he would like to keep it after the end of the tournament.
 
"It is fun. Knowing that you are never too far from the Purple Cap motivates you to try harder to get there. It is changing heads right now but at the end of the tournament, I would like to have it," Vinay told iplt20.com
 
Vinay said there was a healthy competition between him and his team mate Rudra Pratap Singh, who was the winner of the purple cap in 2009.
 
"It is healthy competition. Without competition there’s no fun. We have quite a few bowlers in our team and we all keep competing against each other in a good way for wickets," he said. 
 
Asked if the performance against Rajasthan was his best in IPL, Vinay said: "I will rate the first game, against the Mumbai Indians in which I defended 10 runs in the final over, as my best. They had batsmen like (Ambati) Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik and (Kieron) Pollard batting for them at that time and to have won the match by restricting them was a very good feeling. I will not discount this performance. I bowled really well today. But that was more special because of the match situation."
ADVERTISEMENTVinay said he has now become a more consistent bowler.
 
"I have come across many coaches and senior bowlers who have helped me become a better bowler. When I spent some time with the Indian team, people like MS Dhoni and others talked to me about my bowling. All those experiences helped me grow as a bowler," he said.
 
Asked about the changes he has brought in his bowling, Vinay said: "The six years of IPL have helped me mature as a bowler, helped me develop the ability to thrive under pressure. Now when I face a pressure situation, I go in with confidence. In IPL, if you’re not mentally tough you will not survive. You have to be smart, back yourself in crunch situations and keep evolving. In terms of my bowling, I tried the Malinga ball (sling-arm yorker) in the fourth season and got Chris Gayle out with it."
 
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Royal Challengers drub Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets

Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore in action during their match against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League in Bangalore on April 20, 2013.
Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore in action during their match against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League in Bangalore on April 20, 2013.
Powered by an unbeaten and uncharacteristically subdued 49 by opener Chris Gayle, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) drubbed Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets in the 27th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here tonight.
 
Royal Challengers then rattled up 123 for three in 17.5 overs, with Gayle hitting his only six of the day to bring up the winning runs with 13 balls to spare.
 
With today's victory, RCB have jumped to the top of the table with five wins from their seven outings so far.
 
Rajasthan Royals are now in the fourth spot, with four wins from six engagements so far.
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings are in the second and third spots.
 
All nine teams in the tournament will play each other twice in the league before the top four advance to the play-off stage.
 
Gayle was the topscorer for RCB, with his 49 coming off 44 balls with the help of four fours and a six.
 
It was a different Gayle that the spectators saw today from the big hitting batsman they are used to seeing. He did not go after the bowlers the way he normally does, and was quite content to keep the scoreboard moving with singles and twos.
 
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Gayle and Tilakeratne gave RCB a good start, putting on 53 for the first wicket, with the Sri Lankan doing most of the scoring and the West Indian, one of the biggest hitters in the tournament, remaining rather restrained and measured in his approach.
 
Dilshan left in the 7th over, caught behind by Arun Karthik off Shane Watson. Kohli, one of the highest scorers in this edition of IPL, had scored only one before he played a delivery from James Faulkner onto his stumps. 
 
de Villiers also did not last last very long, making just 7 before Ajit Chandila took a spectacular catch at mid-off, diving to his left after the batsman smashed a delivery from Watson. At the end of nine overs, RCB were 64/3.
 
After that, Gayle and Saurabh Tiwary, who remained unbeaten on 25, took charge and ensured there was no further damage and slowly but surely took the home team to a convincing win. Tiwary's 25 came off 29 balls with two fours and a six.
 
For Rajasthan Royals, Watson took two for 11, while Faulkner got one for 21.
 
The visitors were largely to blame for their defeat today, given the way they collapsed from 97 for three to 117 all out in the space of five overs, losing the last seven wickets for the addition of only 20 runs.
 
For RCB, seamers Vinay Kumar and Rudra Pratap Singh took three wickets apiece, while Ravi Rampaul picked up two and Jayadev Unadkat and Murli Kartik one apiece. Vinay Kumar was chosen Man of the Match.
 
Skipper Rahul Dravid topscored for Rajasthan with 35, made off 31 balls with the help of five fours, while Stuart Binny livened up things with a quickfire 33 off 20 deliveries, studded with four fours and a six.
 
Opener Ajinkya Rahane (14) and Brad Hodge (13) were the only other Rajasthan batsmen to get into double figures today.
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The visitors got off to a bad start, after RCB skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and put them in to bat first. They lost Watson in the third over with just 10 on the board, caught by Murali Kartik off Ravi Rampaul. At 26, Rahane left, caught by Tilakaratne Dilshan off Jayadev Unadkat.
 
Binny and Dravid added 40 runs for the third wicket before Binny was caught behind by Arun Karthik off Vinay Kumar in the tenth over. At the half-way mark, they were 66 for three.
 
Dravid and Hodge put on 31 for the fourth wicket, before the former left, caught by Rampaul off Kartik.
 
After that, it was a steady procession back to the pavilion, with Hodge, James Faulkner (3), Dishant Yagnik (5), S Sreesanth (0), Shaun Tait (1) and Siddharth Trivedi (3) departing one after the other. Ajit Chandila remained not out on 4.
 
The disciplined nature of the RCB bowling and fielding today can be gauged from the fact that they did not give away a single extra.
 
Scoreboard:
Rajasthan Royals:
Shane Watson c Kartik b Rampaul 6
Ajinkya Rahane c Dilshan b Unadkat 14
Rahul Dravid c Rampaul b Kartik 35
Stuart Binny c Arun Karthik b Vinay Kumar 33
Brad Hodge c Arun Karthik b Vinay Kumar 13
Dishant Yagnik c Rampaul b Singh 5
James Faulkner c Rampaul b Singh 3
Ajit Chandila not out 4
Sreesanth lbw Vinay Kumar 0
Shaun Tait b Singh 1
Siddharth Trivedi c Singh b Rampaul 3
Extras 0
Total (all out in 19.4 overs) 117
Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Watson, 2.2 overs), 2-26 (Rahane, 5.2), 3-66 (Binny, 9.5), 4-97 (Dravid, 14.4), 5-105 (Hodge, 15.2), 6-108 (Faulkner, 16.3), 7-110 (Yagnik, 16.6), 8-111 (Sreesanth, 17.4), 9-112 (Tait, 18.1), 10-117 (Trivedi, 19.4)
Bowling:
Ravi Rampaul 3.4-1-19-2
Rudra Pratap Singh 4-0-13-3
Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-32-1
Vinay Kumar 4-0-18-3
Murali Kartik 4-0-35-1
 
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Tillekaratne Dilshan c Yagnik b Watson 25
Chris Gayle not out 49
Virat Kohli b Faulkner 1
AB de Villiers c Chandila b Watson 7
Saurabh Tiwary not out 25
Extras (lb 5, w 11) 16
Total (for three wickets in 17.5 overs) 123
Fall of wickets: 1-53 (Dilshan, 6.4 overs), 2-57 (Kohli, 7.4), 3-64 (de Villiers, 8.6)
Bowling:
Ajit Chandila 4-0-21-0
Sreesanth 1-0-9-0
Shaun Tait 3-0-30-0
James Faulkner 4-0-21-1
Shane Watson 2-0-11-2
Siddharth Trivedi 3.5-0-26-0
 
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Chasing 118, RCB make 67/3 in first 10 overs against Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid in action during their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League in Bangalore on April 20, 2013.
Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid in action during their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League in Bangalore on April 20, 2013.

Chasing an easy target of 118 for a win, Royal Challengers Bangalore made 67 for three in the first 10 of their 20 overs against Rajasthan Royals in the 27th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here tonight.

Opener Chris Gayle (24) and Saurabh Tiwary (0) were at the crease at the half-way mark.
 
The wickets to fall were those of opener Tilakaratne Dilshan (25, 5x4), skipper Virat Kohli (1) and A B de Villiers (7).
 
Dilshan and Gayle gave RCB a good start, putting on 53 for the first wicket, with the Sri Lankan doing most of the scoring and the West Indian, one of the biggest hitters in the tournament, remaining subdued.
 
Dilshan left in the 7th over, caught behind by Arun Karthik off Shane Watson. Kohli, one of the highest scorers in this edition of IPL, had scored only one before he played a delivery from James Faulkner onto his stumps. de Villiers also did not last last very long, making just 7 before Ajit Chandila took a spectacular catch at mid-off, diving to his left after the batsman smashed a delivery from Watson. At the end of nine overs, RCB were 64/3.
 
Earlier, put in to bat first, Rajasthan Royals lost their way after a reasonably good start to end up being dismissed for 117 in 19.4 overs by RCB.
 
From 97 for three, the visitors lost the remaining seven wickets for the addition of only 20 runs, leaving the home side with an easy target of 118 for a win.
 
For RCB, Vinay Kumar and Rudra Pratap Singh took three wickets apiece, while Ravi Rampaul picked up two and Jayadev Unadkat and Murli Kartik one apiece.
 
Skipper Rahul Dravid topscored for Rajasthan with 35, made off 31 balls with the help of five fours, while Stuart Binny livened up things with a quickfire 33 off 20 deliveries, studded with four fours and a six.
 
Opener Ajinkya Rahane (14) and Brad Hodge (13) were the only other Rajasthan batsmen to get into double figures today.
 
The visitors got off to a bad start, after RCB skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and put them in to bat first. They lost Watson in the third over with just 10 on the board, caught by Murali Kartik off Ravi Rampaul. At 26, Rahane left, caught by Tilakaratne Dilshan off Jayadev Unadkat.
 
Binny and Dravid added 40 runs for the third wicket before Binny was caught behind by Arun Karthik off Vinay Kumar in the tenth over. At the half-way mark, they were 66 for three.
 
Dravid and Hodge put on 31 for the fourth wicket, before the former left, caught by Rampaul off Kartik.
 
After that, it was a steady procession back to the pavilion, with Hodge, James Faulkner (3), Dishant Yagnik (5), S Sreesanth (0), Shaun Tait (1) and Siddharth Trivedi (3) departing one after the other. Ajit Chandila remained not out on 4.
 
Scoreboard:
Rajasthan Royals:
Shane Watson c Kartik b Rampaul 6
Ajinkya Rahane c Dilshan b Unadkat 14
Rahul Dravid c Rampaul b Kartik 35
Stuart Binny c Arun Karthik b Vinay Kumar 33
Brad Hodge c Arun Karthik b Vinay Kumar 13
Dishant Yagnik c Rampaul b Singh 5
James Faulkner c Rampaul b Singh 3
Ajit Chandila not out 4
Sreesanth lbw Vinay Kumar 0
Shaun Tait b Singh 1
Siddharth Trivedi c Singh b Rampaul 3
Extras 0
Total (all out in 19.4 overs) 117
Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Watson, 2.2 overs), 2-26 (Rahane, 5.2), 3-66 (Binny, 9.5), 4-97 (Dravid, 14.4), 5-105 (Hodge, 15.2), 6-108 (Faulkner, 16.3), 7-110 (Yagnik, 16.6), 8-111 (Sreesanth, 17.4), 9-112 (Tait, 18.1), 10-117 (Trivedi, 19.4)
Bowling:
Ravi Rampaul 3.4-1-19-2
Rudra Pratap Singh 4-0-13-3
Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-32-1
Vinay Kumar 4-0-18-3
Murali Kartik 4-0-35-1
 
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Rajasthan Royals post 117 against Royal Challengers

Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid in action during their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League in Bangalore on April 20, 2013.
Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid in action during their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League in Bangalore on April 20, 2013.

Rajasthan Royals lost their way after a reasonably good start to end up being dismissed for just 117 in 19.4 overs by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the  27th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here tonight.

From 97 for three, the visitors lost the remaining seven wickets for the addition of only 20 runs, leaving the home side with an easy target of 118 for a win.
 
For RCB, Vinay Kumar and Rudra Pratap Singh took three wickets apiece, while Ravi Rampaul picked up two and Jayadev Unadkat and Murli Kartik one apiece.
 
Skipper Rahul Dravid topscored for Rajasthan with 35, made off 31 balls with the help of five fours, while Stuart Binny livened up things with a quickfire 33 off 20 deliveries, studded with four fours and a six.
 
Opener Ajinkya Rahane (14) and Brad Hodge (13) were the only other Rajasthan batsmen to get into double figures today.
 
The visitors got off to a bad start, after RCB skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and put them in to bat first. They lost Watson in the third over with just 10 on the board, caught by Murali Kartik off Ravi Rampaul. At 26, Rahane left, caught by Tilakaratne Dilshan off Jayadev Unadkat.
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Binny and Dravid added 40 runs for the third wicket before Binny was caught behind by Arun Karthik off Vinay Kumar in the tenth over. At the half-way mark, they were 66 for three.
 
Dravid and Hodge put on 31 for the fourth wicket, before the former left, caught by Rampaul off Kartik.
 
After that, it was a steady procession back to the pavilion, with Hodge, James Faulkner (3), Dishant Yagnik (5), S Sreesanth (0), Shaun Tait (1) and Siddharth Trivedi (3) departing one after the other. Ajit Chandila remained not out on 4.
 
Scoreboard:
Rajasthan Royals:
Shane Watson c Kartik b Rampaul 6
Ajinkya Rahane c Dilshan b Unadkat 14
Rahul Dravid c Rampaul b Kartik 35
Stuart Binny c Arun Karthik b Vinay Kumar 33
Brad Hodge c Arun Karthik b Vinay Kumar 13
Dishant Yagnik c Rampaul b Singh 5
James Faulkner c Rampaul b Singh 3
Ajit Chandila not out 4
Sreesanth lbw Vinay Kumar 0
Shaun Tait b Singh 1
Siddharth Trivedi c Singh b Rampaul 3
Extras 0
Total (all out in 19.4 overs) 117
Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Watson, 2.2 overs), 2-26 (Rahane, 5.2), 3-66 (Binny, 9.5), 4-97 (Dravid, 14.4), 5-105 (Hodge, 15.2), 6-108 (Faulkner, 16.3), 7-110 (Yagnik, 16.6), 8-111 (Sreesanth, 17.4), 9-112 (Tait, 18.1), 10-117 (Trivedi, 19.4)
Bowling:
Ravi Rampaul 3.4-1-19-2
Rudra Pratap Singh 4-0-13-3
Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-32-1
Vinay Kumar 4-0-18-3
Murali Kartik 4-0-35-1
 
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Rajasthan Royals make 66/3 in first 10 overs against Royal Challengers

Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid in action during their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League in Bangalore on April 20, 2013.
Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid in action during their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League in Bangalore on April 20, 2013.

Rajasthan Royals made 66 for three in the first 10 of their 20 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 27th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here tonight.

Skipper Rahul Dravid (13) and Brad Hodge (0) were at the crease at the half-way mark.
 
The wickets to fall were those of openers Shane Watson (6) and Ajinkya Rahane (14) and Stuart Binny, who made a quickfire 33 of 20 balls with the help of four fours and a six.
 
The wickets to fall were those of openers Shane Watson (6) and Ajinkya Rahane (14) and Stuart Binny, who made a quickfire 33 of 20 balls with the help of four fours and a six.
 
The visitors got off to a bad start, after RCB skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and put them in to bat first. They lost Watson in the third over with just 10 on the board, caught by Murali Kartik off Ravi Rampaul. At 26, Rahane left, caught by Tilakaratne Dilshan off Jayadev Unadkat.
 
Binny and Dravid added 40 runs for the third wicket before Binny was caught behind by Arun Karthik off Vinay Kumar in the tenth over.
 
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Royal Challengers elect to field against Rajasthan Royals

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field first against Rajasthan Royals in the 27th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here tonight.
 
The teams:
 
Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane, Dishant Yagnik (wk), Stuart Binny, Brad Hodge, Rahul Dravid (captain), James Faulkner, Sreesanth, Shaun Tait, Ajit Chandila,  Siddharth Trivedi
 
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Virat Kohli (captain.), AB de Villiers, Saurabh Tiwary, Arun Karthik (wk), Murali Kartik, R Vinay Kumar, Ravi Rampaul, Rudra Pratap Singh, Jaydev Unadkat
 
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Former Karnataka, HP Governor V S Ramadevi passes away

File photo of V S Ramadevi
File photo of V S Ramadevi

Former Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh Governor V S Ramadevi passed away at her residence in Bangalore yesterday after suffering a cardiac arrest, sources said.

She was 79. She is survived by a son and two daughters. The funeral is expected to be held later today in Hyderabad.
 
Vice-President M Hamid Ansari was among those who condoled the passing away of Ms Ramadevi, saying the country had, in her death, lost an outstanding legal luminary.
 
A lawyer by training, Ms Ramadevi had an outstanding career as a public servant whose expertise in the field was universally acknowledged, he said.
 
Born on January 15, 1934 at Chebrolu in andhra Pradesh, Ms Ramadevi, who completed her M.A. and LL.M., enrolled as an advocate in the High Court of Andhra Pradesh and later joined the Indian Legal Service.
 
During a distinguished career, Ms Ramadevi had served as Secretary, Department of Legislative Affairs in the Government of India and as Member-Secretary of the National Law Commission. She had served as Chief Election Commissioner also for a short period.
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Mr Ansari said that, as Secretary General of the Rajya Sabha from July 1, 1993 to July 25 1997, she was admired and appreciated by everyone, as much for her professional competence and integrity as for her affable personality.
 
"Her departure is a personal loss to all of us related to the Rajya Sabha," Mr Ansari, who is also Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, said.
 
Ms Ramadevi served as Governor of Himachal Pradesh from July 25, 1997 to December 2, 1999 and then as Governor of Karnataka from December 2, 1999 to August 20, 2002.
 
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Super overs are not enjoyable: de Villiers

AB de Villiers of Royal Challengers Bangalore hits the first of two sixes in the super over during their match against Delhi Daredevils in Bangalore on April 16, 2013. Photo by Jacques Rossouw-IPL-SPORTZPICS
AB de Villiers of Royal Challengers Bangalore hits the first of two sixes in the super over during their match against Delhi Daredevils in Bangalore on April 16, 2013. Photo by Jacques Rossouw-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Royal Challengers Bangalore's dashing batsman AB de Villiers on Tuesday night swung the match in favour of the home team with his brilliant batting in the Super Over against Delhi Daredevils.

But the South African himself is not a big fan of the one-over eliminator since it puts a lot of pressure on the batsmen.
 
In the super over, when it seemed that Delhi had the edge after Umesh Yadav gave away just three runs from the first four balls, de Villiers swung the momentum RCB's way, hitting two huge sixes and setting a target of 15. Daredevils managed only 11 and suffered their fifth consecutive loss in the IPL.
 
de Villiers said he had to take some responsibility in the super over since it was his dimissal that triggered a batting collapse against Delhi Daredevils.
 
"I personally had to take a bit of responsibility for that. My run-out started a big collapse and that was unfortunate. In saying that, we have got two points and I am delighted for the team. This win means a lot to us and we find ourselves in a strong position now, having won four out of six games," he was quoted as saying by iplt20.com.
 
de Villiers said that, while fans might be enjoying the duel in the super over, it was not enjoyable for the players.
 
"It might be entertaining for the viewers but I tell you, it's not very enjoyable when you're out there with so much pressure and only six balls. I was very happy to see the last two balls sail over the boundary, which got us into a good position to win the game," he said.
 
de Villiers said Royal Challengers, which has a famed batting line-up, should have finished off the match earlier.
 
"We do have some serious batting firepower upfront and hence we should have finished this game in the 20 overs itself. The fact that we collapsed a bit, tells a bad story about our batting line-up. But we'll fight back and in the next game will come through more convincingly," he said.
 
de Villiers said the win will give some confidence to Royal Challengers since they had lost both to Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Super Over.
 
"That's the positive that we will take out of this match - the fact that we won a pressure game. There were a lot of negatives in the way we batted out there but the fact that we pulled through it, means a lot to us all," he said.
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Asked if he and skipper Virat Kohli were making an effort to change the notion that Royal Challengers are over-dependent on Chris Gayle, de Villiers said: "Yes, Chris is a fantastic player but one guy cannot perform in every game. Myself, Virat and a few other batsmen in the team understand that we will have to win some games for the team as well. We have a lot of experience in our batting line-up and it's time that we start to take control of the games."
 
The South African said Royal Challengers bowlers were complementing the effort of their batsmen.
 
"Definitely! It's a big psychological advantage. Mentally we batsmen know that we have a strong bowling attack that has our back. The bowlers have proved that they can win us games by defending not very big totals and restricting the other team to gettable targets," he said.
 
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16 hurt in explosion near BJP office in Bangalore

Bangalore: Blast near BJP office, 15 injured

At least 16 people were injured in an explosion near the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office at Malleshwaram here this morning, police said.

Karnataka Director General of Police Lalrokhuma Pachuau, who was amongst those who rushed to the spot, said the injured included eight policemen who were posted in the area and eight civilians.
 
He said the injured were admitted to nearby hospitals, where all of them were stated to be out of danger.
 
Mr Pachuau said two cars, a police van and three two-wheelers were damaged in the blast, which occurred around 10.30 am.
 
The police suspect the explosives were placed on a motorcycle, sources said. Initial reports suggested the explosion was caused by a gas cylinder, but the police now believe it was an explosion caused by an improved explosive device.
 
Police have cordoned off the area and officials from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and forensic science experts were examining the scene of the blast to ascertain the kind of material that was used in the explosion.
 
Sniffer dogs and bomb squads were deplyed to conduct anti-sabotage checks in and around the area, including the BJP office, sources said.
 
Elections are scheduled to be held to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 5 and today is the last date for filing nominations. As a result, the offices of the BJP and all other major political parties were crowded today.
 
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RCB win one-over eliminator against Delhi Daredevils after exciting tie

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli in action in a match against Delhi Daredevils at Bangalore on April 16, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli in action in a match against Delhi Daredevils at Bangalore on April 16, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) won the one-over eliminator against Delhi Daredevils after the two teams ended up in a tie -- the second in this season of the Indian Premier League -- in the 21st match of the sixth edition of the tournament at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here tonight.

Put in to bat first, Delhi Daredevils posted 152 for five from their 20 overs. Royal Challengers were literally cruising towards a comfortable win at 129 for two in the 16th over, before they suddenly fell apart.

At the end of the 19th over, they needed 12 runs off six balls and Ravi Rampaul hit Irfan Pathan for six off the first ball of the 20th over. He and Vinay Kumar ran quick singles and twos and a single off the last ball helped them to tie the match.
 
In the super over, Chris Gayle and A B de Villiers began tentatively, managing just three runs from the first four balls, sent down by Umesh Yadav, before the latter lifted the bolwer over deep mid-wicket twice in succession for exquisite sixes that took their total to 15.
 
Delhi Daredevils sent in David Warner and Ben Rohrer. Warner fell to the very first ball of Rampaul, caught by Gayle at backward point. Pathan, the next man in, hit the second ball for four and came up with a huge six off the fourth ball. 
 
Six runs were needed from the last two balls, and Pathan managed a single, which meant five had to come from the last ball. Rampaul uprooted Rohrer's off-stump after the batsmen missed in his effort to send the ball over leg.
 
With today's win, RCB retained their spot at the top of the table with four wins from their six outings so far in the tournament. For the Daredevils, this was their fifth straight loss, and they continue to be at the bottom of the table.
 
Chasing the target of 153, Royal Challengers suffered huge setbacks within four overs after both Chris Gayle (13) and Lokesh Rahul (12) were back in the dugout for just 26 runs on the board.
 
Virat Kohli (65) and De Villiers (39) then added 103 runs for the third wicket that put them on course for an easy win. 
 
de Villiers was run out by his compatriot Morne Morkel and that triggered a batting collapse as RCB lost five wickets for just nine runs and slumped from a comfortable 129 for two to 138 for seven.
 
It was then left for Vinay Kumar and Rampaul to stretch the match to Super Over.
 
Newly engaged Umesh Yadav was again the pick of the Daredevils bowlers bagging four for 22 from his four overs.
 
 Earlier, Daredevils got off to a good 43-run opening wicket stand, but openers Virender Sehwag (25) and David Warner (15) went back in quick succession. Vinay Kumar took a brilliant return catch to dismiss Warner in the sixth over and in the next over Andrew McDonald got rid off Sehwag to reduce Delhi to 43/2.
 
Skipper Mahela Jaywardene came up with a patient 31-ball 28 but unbeaten cameos by Kedar Jadhav (16-ball 29) and Irfan Pathan (8-ball 19) took Daredevils to a respectable total.
 
Scoreboard:
Delhi Daredevils:
David Warner c & b Vinay Kumar 15
Virender Sehwag c Kohli b McDonald 25
Manpreet Juneja c Vinay Kumar b Unadkat 17
Mahela Jayawardene run out (Vinay Kumar) 28
Ben Rohrer c Kohli b Unadkat 14
Kedar Jadhav not out 29
Irfan Pathan not out 19
Extras (lb 1, w 3, nb 1) 5
Total (for five wickets in 20 overs) 152
Fall of wickets: 1-43 (Warner, 5.4 overs), 2-43 (Sehwag, 6.1), 3-73 (Juneja, 11.1), 4-91 (Rohrer, 14.1), 5-122 (Jayawardene, 17.6)
Bowling:
Ravi Rampaul 4-1-28-0
Rudra Pratap Singh 4-0-48-0
Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-24-2
Vinay Kumar 4-0-21-1
Andrew McDonald 2-0-17-1
Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad 2-0-13-0
 
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Chris Gayle c Yadav b Morkel 13
Lokesh Rahul c Jayawardene b Nehra 12
Virat Kohli c Jayawardene b Yadav 65
AB de Villiers run out (Morkel) 39
Andrew McDonald c & b Nadeem 0
Arun Karthik run out (Pathan/Morkel) 5
Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad c Warner b Yadav 1
Vinay Kumar not out 1
Ravi Rampaul not out 12
Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 2) 4
Total (for seven wickets in 20 overs) 152
Fall of wickets: 1-20 (Rahul, 2.6 overs), 2-26 (Gayle, 3.3), 3-129 (de Villiers, 15.6), 4-129 (McDonald, 16.2), 5-136 (Arun Karthik, 17.6), 6-138 (Syed Mohammad, 18.3), 7-138 (Kohli, 18.4)
Bowling:
Ashish Nehra 4-0-31-1
Morne Morkel 4-0-32-1
Irfan Pathan 4-0-39-0
Umesh Yadav 4-0-22-2
Shahbaz Nadeem 4-0-26-1
 
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Chasing 153, Royal Challengers make 84/2 in first 10 overs

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli in action in a match against Delhi Daredevils at Bangalore on April 16, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli in action in a match against Delhi Daredevils at Bangalore on April 16, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Chasing 153 for a win, Royal Challengers Bangalore made 84 for two wickets in the first 10 of their 20 overs against Delhi Daredevils in the 21st match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL)  at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.

Skipper Virat Kohli (32) and AB de Villiers (25) were at the crease at the half-way mark.
 
The wickets to fall were those of openers Chris Gayle (13, 2x6) and Lokesh Rahul (12).
 
Earlier, put in to bat first, Delhi Daredevils made 152 for five from their 20 overs.
 
Kedar Jadhav topscored for them with an unbeaten 29 and keeping him company at the end was Irfan Pathan, who indulged in some lusty hitting to make an unbeaten 19 off eight balls with the help of one six and two fours.
 
The other Delhi batsmen who got among the runs today were skipper Mahela Jayawardene (28) and opener Virender Sehwag (25).
 
Opener David Warner (15), Manprit Juneja (17) and Ben Rohrer (14) also made useful contributions.
 
For RCB, Jayadev Unadkar took two for 24, while R VinayKumar and Andrew McDonald picked up a wicket apiece.
 
Scoreboard:
Delhi Daredevils:
David Warner c & b Vinay Kumar 15
Virender Sehwag c Kohli b McDonald 25
Manpreet Juneja c Vinay Kumar b Unadkat 17
Mahela Jayawardene run out (Vinay Kumar) 28
Ben Rohrer c Kohli b Unadkat 14
Kedar Jadhav not out 29
Irfan Pathan not out 19
Extras (lb 1, w 3, nb 1) 5
Total (for five wickets in 20 overs) 152
Fall of wickets: 1-43 (Warner, 5.4 overs), 2-43 (Sehwag, 6.1), 3-73 (Juneja, 11.1), 4-91 (Rohrer, 14.1), 5-122 (Jayawardene, 17.6)
Bowling:
Ravi Rampaul 4-1-28-0
Rudra Pratap Singh 4-0-48-0
Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-24-2
Vinay Kumar 4-0-21-1
Andrew McDonald 2-0-17-1
Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad 2-0-13-0
 
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Delhi Daredevils post 152/5 against Royal Challengers

Virender Sehwag of Delhi Daredevils in action in a match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Bangalore on April 16, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Virender Sehwag of Delhi Daredevils in action in a match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Bangalore on April 16, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Delhi Daredevils posted 152 for five from their 20 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 21st match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL)  at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.

Kedar Jadhav topscored for the visitors with an unbeaten 29 and keeping him company at the end was Irfan Pathan, who indulged in some lusty hitting to make an unbeaten 19 off eight balls with the help of one six and two fours.
 
The other Delhi batsmen who got among the runs today were skipper Mahela Jayawardene (28) and opener Virender Sehwag (25).
 
Opener David Warner (15), Manprit Juneja (17) and Ben Rohrer (14) also made useful contributions.
 
For RCB, Jayadev Unadkar took two for 24, while R Vinay Kumar and Andrew McDonald picked up a wicket apiece.
 
Scoreboard:
Delhi Daredevils:
David Warner c & b Vinay Kumar 15
Virender Sehwag c Kohli b McDonald 25
Manpreet Juneja c Vinay Kumar b Unadkat 17
Mahela Jayawardene run out (Vinay Kumar) 28
Ben Rohrer c Kohli b Unadkat 14
Kedar Jadhav not out 29
Irfan Pathan not out 19
Extras (lb 1, w 3, nb 1) 5
Total (for five wickets in 20 overs) 152
Fall of wickets: 1-43 (Warner, 5.4 overs), 2-43 (Sehwag, 6.1), 3-73 (Juneja, 11.1), 4-91 (Rohrer, 14.1), 5-122 (Jayawardene, 17.6)
Bowling:
Ravi Rampaul 4-1-28-0
Rudra Pratap Singh 4-0-48-0
Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-24-2
Vinay Kumar 4-0-21-1
Andrew McDonald 2-0-17-1
Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad 2-0-13-0
 
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Delhi Daredevils make 67/2 in first 10 overs

Virender Sehwag of Delhi Daredevils in action in a match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Bangalore on April 16, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Virender Sehwag of Delhi Daredevils in action in a match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Bangalore on April 16, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Delhi Daredevils made 67 for two in the first 10 of their 20 overs after being asked to bat first by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 21st match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL)  at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.

Manprit Juneja (14) and skipper Mahela Jayawardene (9) were at the crease at the half-way mark.
 
The wickets to fall were those of openers Virender Sehwag (25) and David Warner (15).
 
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Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers by four wickets in thriller

Ravindra Jadeja of Chennai Super Kings in action during their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Chennai on April 13, 2013
Ravindra Jadeja of Chennai Super Kings in action during their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Chennai on April 13, 2013

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) pulled off a thrilling four-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in a match that went to the wire and was ultimately decided by a no-ball as thousands of fans on both sides watched in disbelief in the Indian Premier League at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here tonight.

Chasing 165 for a win, CSK were in all sorts of trouble at various stages of their innings, and it was first S K Raina (30) and then Subramanian Badrinath (30) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (33) who kept them in the match with superb knocks.
 
But it was a 38-run cameo by Ravindra Jadeja that pulled the side through. His knock was made off 20 balls and included a six and three fours. But CSK still needed 16 runs from the last over and the big question was whether Jadeja would be able to pull it off, as he had done in the past.
 
The first ball from Rudra Praap Singh went for four over long-on and the second he lifed to the same area for six. But then he ran a single, which brought Chris Morris to the strike. Morris took two, and then a single. Two runs were now needed off the last ball.
 
Jadeja edged the ball to third man, where the fielder took a neat catch, even as the batsmen ran a single, and RCB skipper Virat Kohli and his team jumped in glee. But then the umpire called it a no-ball, turned out that the bowler had over-stepped the crease by quite a margin. The two runs -- the single and the no-ball -- pulled CSK through to victory and now it was the local fans who were celebrating even as RCB players and supporters did not quite know how to react to victory being literally snatched from them.
 
Earlier, South African star AB de Villiers rattled up a quickfire 64 and skipper Virat Kohli made an excellent 58 as RCB put up 165 for six in their 20 overs.
 
Put in to bat first, RCB lost the big-hitting Chris Gayle (4) in the second offer, with just 6 on the board, but Kohli then managed to steady the innings, mixing caution with aggression.
 
He received able support from opener Mayank Agarwal (24) in the initial stages before de Villiers came in and scattered the Chennai attack.
 
de Villiers' 64 came off just 32 balls and included a six and eight fours, while Kohli compiled his innings off 47 deliveries with the help of two sixes and two fours. Kohli's knock put him back at the head of the list of the top scorers in the tournament so far.
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None of the other Bangalore batsmen managed to get into double figures today.
 
For Super Kings, Chris Morris took three for 40, while Dirk Nannes, Ravichandran Ashwin and Dwayne Bravo picked up a wicket apiece.
 
Scoreboard:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Chris Gayle c Dhoni b Morris 4
Mayank Agarwal st Dhoni b Ashwin 24
Virat Kohli c Dhoni b Morris 58
AB de Villiers c Bravo b Nannes 64
Dan Christian c Raina b Morris 2
Ravi Rampaul c Dhoni b Bravo 0
Arun Karthik not out 5
Extras (lb 1, w 6, nb 1) 8
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 165
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Gayle, 1.5 overs), 2-51 (Agarwal, 8.4), 3-133 (Kohli, 16.4), 4-135 (Christian, 16.6), 5-138 (Rampaul, 17.5), 6-165 (de Villiers, 19.6)
Bowling:
Dan Nannes 4-0-31-1
Chris Morris 4-0-40-3
Mohit Sharma 2-0-13-0
Ravichandran Ashwin 4-0-28-1
Ravindra Jadeja 2-0-20-0
Dwayne Bravo 4-0-32-1
 
Chennai Super Kings:
Mike Hussey c Agarwal b Vinay Kumar 6
Murali Vijay c Arun Karthik b Rampaul 2
Suresh Raina c Kartik b Syed Mohammad 30
Subramaniam Badrinath c Agarwal b Syed Mohammad 34
Mahendra Singh Dhoni c Arun Karthik b Rampaul 33
Ravindra Jadeja not out 38
Dwayne Bravo lbw Rampaul 8
Chris Morris not out 7
Extras (lb 1, w 4, nb 3) 8
Total (for six wickets in 19.5 overs) 166
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Vijay, 2.1 overs), 2-10 (Hussey, 3.6), 3-66 (Raina, 10.3), 4-78 (Badrinath, 12.2), 5-137 (Dhoni, 18.1), 6-146 (Bravo, 18.4)
Bowling:
Ravi Rampaul 4-0-31-3
Rudra Pratap Singh 3.5-0-41-0
Vinay Kumar 4-0-36-1
Dan Christian 2-0-13-0
Murali Kartik 3-0-29-0
Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad 3-0-15-2
 
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We have to improve our death bowling: Dhoni

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni stressed the importance of death bowling after Chennai Super Kings stole a thriller against Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here tonight.

"The performance was great, we need to improve our death bowling drastically. We didn't get off to a good start, the pressure was there on the middle order. You can't really afford to play too many dot balls, you have to be there till the 15th or 16th over to cash in," said Dhoni.
 
Man of the Match Ravindra Jadeja, who nowadays is ridiculed as Sir Jadeja on the social media, said he was not trying to play silly shots.
 
"(With reference to Sir) they are just making fun in a lighter way, not a serious way. I was confident about my batting, I scored two triple-hundreds this season. I was not trying to play any silly shots, it was a good wicket," he said.
 
Royal Challengers skipper Virat Kohli said his team lost the match in the last six over.
 
"It was our game to lose in the last six overs. We are relying on big partnership as of now, a few small partnerships will do good for us. RP, T20 is a game like that, I'm still proud of him," he said.
 
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Chasing 166, Super Kings make 64/2 in first 10 overs against Super Kings

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli in action in a match against the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League at Chennai on April 13, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli in action in a match against the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League at Chennai on April 13, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Chasing 166 for a win, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) made 64 for two wickets in the first 10 of their 20 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 16th game of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here tonight.

Left-hander Suresh Raina (29) and Subramaniam Badrinath (24) were at the crease at the half-way mark.
 
The wickets to fall were those of openers Michael Hussey (6) and Murali Vijay (2).
 
Earlier, South African star AB de Villiers rattled up a quickfire 64 and skipper Virat Kohli made an excellent 58 as RCB put up 165 for six in their 20 overs.
 
Put in to bat first, RCB lost the big-hitting Chris Gayle (4) in the second offer, with just 6 on the board, but Kohli then managed to steady the innings, mixing caution with aggression.
 
He received able support from opener Mayank Agarwal (24) in the initial stages before de Villiers came in and scattered the Chennai attack.
 
de Villiers' 64 came off just 32 balls and included a six and eight fours, while Kohli compiled his innings off 47 deliveries with the help of two sixes and two fours. Kohli's knock put him back at the head of the list of the top scorers in the tournament so far.
 
None of the other Bangalore batsmen managed to get into double figures today.
 
For Super Kings, Chris Morris took three for 40, while Dirk Nannes, Ravichandran Ashwin and Dwayne Bravo picked up a wicket apiece.
 
Scoreboard:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Chris Gayle c Dhoni b Morris 4
Mayank Agarwal st Dhoni b Ashwin 24
Virat Kohli c Dhoni b Morris 58
AB de Villiers c Bravo b Nannes 64
Dan Christian c Raina b Morris 2
Ravi Rampaul c Dhoni b Bravo 0
Arun Karthik not out 5
Extras (lb 1, w 6, nb 1) 8
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 165
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Gayle, 1.5 overs), 2-51 (Agarwal, 8.4), 3-133 (Kohli, 16.4), 4-135 (Christian, 16.6), 5-138 (Rampaul, 17.5), 6-165 (de Villiers, 19.6)
Bowling:
Dan Nannes 4-0-31-1
Chris Morris 4-0-40-3
Mohit Sharma 2-0-13-0
Ravichandran Ashwin 4-0-28-1
Ravindra Jadeja 2-0-20-0
Dwayne Bravo 4-0-32-1
 
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Royal Challengers put up 165 for 6 against Chennai Super Kings

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli in action in a match against the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League at Chennai on April 13, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli in action in a match against the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League at Chennai on April 13, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS

South African star AB de Villiers rattled up a quickfire 64 and skipper Virat Kohli made an excellent 58 as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) put up 165 for six in their 20 overs against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the 16th game of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here tonight.

Put in to bat first, RCB lost the big-hitting Chris Gayle (4) in the second offer, with just 6 on the board, but Kohli then managed to steady the innings, mixing caution with aggression.
 
He received able support from opener Mayank Agarwal (24) in the initial stages before de Villiers came in and scattered the Chennai attack.
 
de Villiers' 64 came off just 32 balls and included a six and eight fours, while Kohli compiled his innings off 47 deliveries with the help of two sixes and two fours. Kohli's knock put him back at the head of the list of the top scorers in the tournament so far.
 
None of the other Bangalore batsmen managed to get into double figures today.
 
For Super Kings, Chris Morris took three for 40, while Dirk Nannes, Ravichandran Ashwin and Dwayne Bravo picked up a wicket apiece.
 
Scoreboard:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Chris Gayle c Dhoni b Morris 4
Mayank Agarwal st Dhoni b Ashwin 24
Virat Kohli c Dhoni b Morris 58
AB de Villiers c Bravo b Nannes 64
Dan Christian c Raina b Morris 2
Ravi Rampaul c Dhoni b Bravo 0
Arun Karthik not out 5
Extras (lb 1, w 6, nb 1) 8
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 165
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Gayle, 1.5 overs), 2-51 (Agarwal, 8.4), 3-133 (Kohli, 16.4), 4-135 (Christian, 16.6), 5-138 (Rampaul, 17.5), 6-165 (de Villiers, 19.6)
Bowling:
Dan Nannes 4-0-31-1
Chris Morris 4-0-40-3
Mohit Sharma 2-0-13-0
Ravichandran Ashwin 4-0-28-1
Ravindra Jadeja 2-0-20-0
Dwayne Bravo 4-0-32-1
 
 
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Royal Challengers make 64/2 from first 10 overs against Super Kings

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli in action in a match against the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League at Chennai on April 13, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli in action in a match against the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League at Chennai on April 13, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Royal Challengers Bangalore made 64 for two from the first 10 of their 20 overs against Chennai Super Kings in the 16th game of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here tonight.

Skipper Virat Kohli (24) and AB de Villiers (10) were at the crease at the half-way mark.
 
The wickets to fall were those of openers Mayank Agarwal (24) and Chris Gayle (4).
 
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Chennai Super Kings put Royal Challengers in to bat first

Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and opted to field first against the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here tonight.

The teams:
Chennai Super Kings: Murali Vijay, Michael Hussey, Suresh Raina, Subramaniam Badrinath, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Ravichandran Ashwin, Dirk Nannes, Chris Morris, Mohit Sharma
 
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Daniel Christian, Arun Karthik, Ravi Rampaul, Syed Mohammad, Vinay Kumar, Murali Kartik, Rudra Pratap Singh.
 
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Infosys Q4 profit rises 3.4%, forecasts weak revenue outlook

IT services exporter Infosys Ltd today reported a year-on-year (YoY) 3.4 per cent growth in net profit in the quarter ended March 31, 2013 and forecast revenues to grow between 6 and 10 per cent in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014.

The forecast was much lower than the 12 per cent expected by most analysts, and the company's shares tumbled on the stock markets by 18 per cent after the announcement, making it one of the biggest losers at the Bombay Stock Exchange.
 
The company said revenues in the fourth quarter (Q4) grew 0.3 per cent to Rs 10,454 crore sequentially and by 18.1 per cent in the year ended March 31, 2013.
 
The net profit was Rs 2394 crore for the fourth quarter for a Q0Q growth of 1.1 per cent.
 
The earnings per share (EPS) was Rs 41.89 for the fourth quarter, with QoQ growth of 1.0 per cent and YoY growth of 3.3 per cent.
 
The Board of Directors of the company has recommended a final dividend of Rs 27 per share for fiscal 2013. The Register and Share Transfer Books of the company will be closed from June 1, 2013 to June 15 2013 (both days inclusive), a press release from the company said.
 
It said liquid assets including cash and cash equivalents, current available-for-sale financial assets, investment in certificates of deposits and government bonds were Rs 23,958 crore versus Rs 22,501 crore as on December 31, 2012.
 
The company said it and its subsidiaries added 56 clients during the quarter. There was a gross addition of 8990 employes (net addition of 1059) in the quarter. The company and its subsidiaries had 1,56,688 employes as on March 31 this year.
 
The release said the company had decided to set aside up to $100 million to invest in products, platforms and solutions ideas in line with Infosys 3.0 strategy.
 
“Global economic uncertainties remain challenging for the IT industry,” said Mr S. D. Shibulal, CEO and Managing Director of Infosys. “We are progressing well on our strategic direction of building a high-quality company which is relevant to our clients. We are making all the investments necessary to differentiate ourselves in the market place while positioning ourselves as a partner of choice for our clients.”
 
“The global currency market continues to be volatile reflecting the uncertain economic environment. Our hedging strategy helps us to minimize the volatility impact," said Mr Rajiv Bansal, Chief Financial Officer. “We have a healthy balance sheet with our cash and cash equivalents at US$ 4.4 billion.”
 
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Chasing 155, RCB make 80/2 in first 10 overs against KKR

Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore in action during the match against the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League in Bangalore on April 11, 2013. Photo by Prashant Bhoot-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore in action during the match against the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League in Bangalore on April 11, 2013. Photo by Prashant Bhoot-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Chasing 155 for a win, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) made 80 for two wickets in the first 10 of their 20 overs against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 12th game of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.

Opener Chris Gayle (35) and A B de Villiers (1) were at the crease at the half-way mark.
 
The wickets to fall were those of opener Mayank Agarwal (6) and skipper Virat Kohli (35).
 
Earlier, powered by a superb 59 by skipper Gautam Gambhir, KKR, the defending champions, posted 154 for eight wickets from their 20 overs.
 
Yusuf Pathan made a quickfire 27, while Jacques Kallis and Manoj Tiwary chipped in with 16 each and Rajat Bhatia made 13.
 
The RCB bowlers were generally efficient and did a good job of restricting the KKR batsmen, especially in the latter overs. Rudra Pratap Singh took three for 27, while Moises Henriques and Vinay Kumar picked up two apiece.
 
KKR went into the match without their main strike bowler Brett Lee and brought in South Africa all-rounder Ryan McLaren in his place. They also replaced all-rounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla with left-arm seamer Pradeep Sanwan. Pace bowler Laxmipathy Balaji was back in the side, replacing Shami Ahmed.
 
RCB made one change, replacing left-arm spinner Murali Kartik with K L Rahul.
 
Chasing 155 for a win, RCB set off on a determined note, with Gayle pulling Ryan McLaren over square leg for four. In the next over, Mayank Agarwal slammed Jacques Kallis over backward point for another four.
 
In the third over, the home team suffered a setback, with Agarwal (6) caught by Manvinder Bisla behind the stumps off McLaren. Gayle, however, made light of the loss as he lifted a short delivery from the bowler deep into the crowd at long-on for six.
 
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The KKR bowlers managed to put the brakes on the scoring for a little while before Kohli and Gayle got going. RCB were 21/1 after five overs.
 
Kohli hit McLaren for two superb fours, one past mid-wicket and the second over mid-on. Gayle then lifted him for two huge sixes, over wide long-on and then over cover as the home crowd roared in glee. This was what they had paid to see.
 
In the next over, Balaji finally got rid of Kohli with a slower one, which the batsman ended up sending to Morgan at sweeper cover, who ran forward to take the catch. Kohli's 35 came off 27 balls and included two sixes and four fours. Gayle cut Balaji's last delivery for four as RCB reached 80 for two at the end of ten overs.
 
Earlier, asked to bat first by RCB skipper Virat Kohli, who won the toss, KKR began on a false note, with opener Manvinder Bisla (1) caught by Lokesh Rahul at point Moises Henriques off the last ball of the first over.
 
But then skipper Gautam Gambhir and Jacques Kallis went about the task of building the innings. Gambhir got down to business right away as he cracked a short one from Rudra Pratap Singh past cover for four. Two balls later, he stepped down and lifted him over extra cover for another boundary. In the next over, he struck Henriques through mid-wicket for four.
 
Jayadev Unadkat came on, and Kallis escaped a runout when a throw from Virat Kohli at mid-wicket to the bowler's end missed the stumps with no one backing up. In the next over, Kallis lifted Henriques over the bowler for four as KKR reached 31 for one after five overs.
 
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Gambhir greeted Mutthaiah Muralitharan, who was brought into the attack, with two fours, first through extra cover and then over mid-on. In all, 13 runs came off that over. In Muralitharan's next, Gambhir slammed him to the deep mid-wicket fence.
 
Just when the two batsmen appeared to have got into stride, Vinay Kumar claimed Kallis (16, 2x4) with the first ball of his next over. The batsmen had swung hard but ended up sending the ball straight to Henriques. KKR were 54/2 in 8.1 overs at that stage.
 
Yusuf Pathan, the next man in, hit Vinay Kumar for three consecutive fours, first over the bowler, then a cut past backward point and finally a shot behind square. The bowler gave away 14 runs in that over. 
 
Muralitharan conceded only four runs in his next over, as KKR reached 72 for two at the end of ten overs.
 
Unadkat came back to bowl, and Pathan send him soaring into the crowd beyond deep square leg for a huge six. At the othr end, Gambhir hit Henriques high over square leg for another four. Off the last ball of that over, the 13th, Henriques had Pathan caught by Vinay Kumar at long-on. Pathan's 27 was made off 17 balls and included a six and three fours.
 
Manoj Tiwary, the new man in, came down the track to Unadkat and sent the ball towards third man for four. There was a possibility of a catch, but Vinay Kumar could not get to it despite a gallant effort.
 
Tiwary then hit Muralitharan towards extra cover for another four. At the end of 15 overs, KKR were 113/3.
 
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Gambhir pulled a short one from Unadkat over deep square leg for six. Two balls later, he was gone, attempting another big hit off Vinay Kumar and offering an easy catch to the bowler. Gambhir's 59 was compiled off 46 balls and included a six and seven fours.
 
Eoin Morgan hit a low full toss from Singh to substitute Christian at long-on after he had made just two. In the same over, Singh had Tiwari caught by de Villiers off a high full toss at mid-wicket. The batsman had 23 off 16  balls with the help of two fours. At the end of 18 overs, KKR were 135 for six.
 
Thirteen runs came off the 19th over from Vinay Kumar, including two fours by Rajat Bhatia, first past short fine-leg and then pull over fine-leg.
 
In the last over sent down by Singh, Ryan McLaren (2) was run out off the second ball and Bhatia (13) was bowled. Off the last ball, Sangwan got a thick edge off a high full toss outside off and the ball raced past the wicketkeeper on the off side for four. KKR ended up setting a target of 155 for the home team.
 
Scoreboard:
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Manvinder Bisla c Rahul b Henriques 1
Gautam Gambhir c & b Vinay Kumar 59
Jacques Kallis c Henriques b Vinay Kumar 16
Yusuf Pathan c Vinay Kumar b Henriques 27
Manoj Tiwary c de Villiers b Singh 23
Eoin Morgan c sub (DT Christian) b Singh 2
Rajat Bhatia  b Singh 13
Ryan McLaren run out (Singh) 2
Pradeep Sangwan not out 4
Sunil Narine not out 1
Extras (lb 3, w 2, nb 1) 6
Total (for eight wickets in 20 overs) 154
Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Bisla, 0.6 overs), 2-54 (Kallis, 8.1), 3-95 (Pathan, 12.5), 4-124 (Gambhir, 16.2), 5-132 (Morgan, 17.2), 6-135 (Tiwary, 17.6), 7-149 (McLaren, 19.2), 8-149 (Bhatia, 19.3)
Bowling:
Moises Henriques 4-0-24-2
Rudra Pratap Singh 4-0-27-3
Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-34-0
Muttiah Muralitharan 4-0-30-0
Vinay Kumar 4-0-36-2
 
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Kolkata Knight Riders make 154 for 8 against Royal Challengers

Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir during the match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League in Bangalore on April 11, 2013. Photo by Prashant Bhoot-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir during the match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League in Bangalore on April 11, 2013. Photo by Prashant Bhoot-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Powered by a superb 59 by skipper Gautam Gambhir, defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) posted 154 for eight wickets from their 20 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 12th game of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today

Yusuf Pathan shone briefly to score 27, while Jacques Kallis and Manoj Tiwary chipped in with 16 each, while Rajat Bhatia made 13.
 
The RCB bowlers were generally efficient and did a good job of restricting the KKR batsmen, especially in the latter overs. Rudra Pratap Singh took three for 27, while Moises Henriques and Vinay Kumar picked up two apiece.
 
KKR went into the match without their main strike bowler Brett Lee and brought in South Africa all-rounder Ryan McLaren in his place. They also replaced all-rounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla with left-arm seamer Pradeep Sanwan. Pace bowler Laxmipathy Balaji was back in the side, replacing Shami Ahmed.
 
RCB made one change, replacing left-arm spinner Murali Kartik with K L Rahul.
 
Asked to bat first by RCB skipper Virat Kohli, who won the toss, KKR began on a false note, with opener Manvinder Bisla (1) caught by Lokesh Rahul at point Moises Henriques off the last ball of the first over.
 
But then skipper Gautam Gambhir and Jacques Kallis went about the task of building the innings. Gambhir got down to business right away as he cracked a short one from Rudra Pratap Singh past cover for four. Two balls later, he stepped down and lifted him over extra cover for another boundary. In the next over, he struck Henriques through mid-wicket for four.
 
Jayadev Unadkat came on, and Kallis escaped a runout when a throw from Virat Kohli at mid-wicket to the bowler's end missed the stumps with no one backing up. In the next over, Kallis lifted Henriques over the bowler for four as KKR reached 31 for one after five overs.
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Gambhir greeted Mutthaiah Muralitharan, who was brought into the attack, with two fours, first through extra cover and then over mid-on. In all, 13 runs came off that over. In Muralitharan's next, Gambhir slammed him to the deep mid-wicket fence.
 
Just when the two batsmen appeared to have got into stride, Vinay Kumar claimed Kallis (16, 2x4) with the first ball of his next over. The batsmen had swung hard but ended up sending the ball straight to Henriques. KKR were 54/2 in 8.1 overs at that stage.
 
Yusuf Pathan, the next man in, hit Vinay Kumar for three consecutive fours, first over the bowler, then a cut past backward point and finally a shot behind square. The bowler gave away 14 runs in that over. 
 
Muralitharan conceded only four runs in his next over, as KKR reached 72 for two at the end of ten overs.
 
Unadkat came back to bowl, and Pathan send him soaring into the crowd beyond deep square leg for a huge six. At the othr end, Gambhir hit Henriques high over square leg for another four. Off the last ball of that over, the 13th, Henriques had Pathan caught by Vinay Kumar at long-on. Pathan's 27 was made off 17 balls and included a six and three fours.
 
Manoj Tiwary, the new man in, came down the track to Unadkat and sent the ball towards third man for four. There was a possibility of a catch, but Vinay Kumar could not get to it despite a gallant effort.
 
Tiwary then hit Muralitharan towards extra cover for another four. At the end of 15 overs, KKR were 113/3.
 
Gambhir pulled a short one from Unadkat over deep square leg for six. Two balls later, he was gone, attempting another big hit off Vinay Kumar and offering an easy catch to the bowler. Gambhir's 59 was compiled off 46 balls and included a six and seven fours.
 
Eoin Morgan hit a low full toss from Singh to substitute Christian at long-on after he had made just two. In the same over, Singh had Tiwari caught by de Villiers off a high full toss at mid-wicket. The batsman had 23 off 16  balls with the help of two fours. At the end of 18 overs, KKR were 135 for six.
 
Thirteen runs came off the 19th over from Vinay Kumar, including two fours by Rajat Bhatia, first past short fine-leg and then pull over fine-leg.
 
In the last over sent down by Singh, Ryan McLaren (2) was run out off the second ball and Bhatia (13) was bowled. Off the last ball, Sangwan got a thick edge off a high full toss outside off and the ball raced past the wicketkeeper on the off side for four. KKR ended up setting a target of 155 for the home team.
 
Scoreboard:
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Manvinder Bisla c Rahul b Henriques 1
Gautam Gambhir c & b Vinay Kumar 59
Jacques Kallis c Henriques b Vinay Kumar 16
Yusuf Pathan c Vinay Kumar b Henriques 27
Manoj Tiwary c de Villiers b Singh 23
Eoin Morgan c sub (DT Christian) b Singh 2
Rajat Bhatia  b Singh 13
Ryan McLaren run out (Singh) 2
Pradeep Sangwan not out 4
Sunil Narine not out 1
Extras (lb 3, w 2, nb 1) 6
Total (for eight wickets in 20 overs) 154
Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Bisla, 0.6 overs), 2-54 (Kallis, 8.1), 3-95 (Pathan, 12.5), 4-124 (Gambhir, 16.2), 5-132 (Morgan, 17.2), 6-135 (Tiwary, 17.6), 7-149 (McLaren, 19.2), 8-149 (Bhatia, 19.3)
Bowling:
Moises Henriques 4-0-24-2
Rudra Pratap Singh 4-0-27-3
Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-34-0
Muttiah Muralitharan 4-0-30-0
Vinay Kumar 4-0-36-2
 
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