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Royal Challengers win toss, put Kolkata Knight Riders in to bat first

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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) won the toss and opted to field first against defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.

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 Sagnwan. Pace bowler Laxmipathy Balaji is back in the side, replacing Shami Ahmed.
 
RCB have made one change, replacing left-arm spinner Murali Kartik with local batsman Lokesh Rahul.
 
The teams:
 
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Manvinder Bisla, Jacques Kallis, Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Eoin Morgan, Ryan McLaren, Rajat Bhatia, Pradeep Sangwan, Sunil Narine, L Balaji.
 
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli (captain), A B de Villiers, Moises Henriques, K B Arun Karthik (wk), K L Rahul, R Vinay Kumar, R P Singh, Jaidev Undkat, Muttiah Muralitharan.
 
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Royal Challengers outclass Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli in action against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League at Bangalore on April 9, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli in action against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League at Bangalore on April 9, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Skipper Virat Kohli led from the front with an attacking unbeaten 93 as Royal Challengers outclassed Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets in the ninth match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.

Chasing 162 for a win, the home team reached 162 for three in 17.4 overs to romp home with 14 balls to spare.
 
Kohli's superb innings was compiled off just 47 balls and was studded with four sixes and eleven fours. He was chosen Man of the Match.
 
Openers Mayank Agaral (29) and Chris Gayle (13) and A B de Villiers (15) were the other RCB batsmen to get among the runs today.
 
For Sunrisers, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra and Cameron White took a wicket apiece.
 
Earlier, powered by a quickfire half-century  by Cameron White, Sunrisers piled up 161 for six from their 20 overs after their skipper Kumar Sangakkara opted to bat first after winning the toss.
 
White's 52 came off just 32 balls and included three sixes and three fours. He added 80 runs for the fourth wicket in the company of Thisara Perera, who made an equally brilliant 40 off just 24 balls with the help of four sixes and one four.
 
Sangakkara contributed 23, while Parthiv Patel contributed 20 and Akshath Reddy 12.
 
For RCB, Rudra Pratap Singh took three for 27 while Vinay Kumar, Muthaiah Muralitharan and Murali Kartik picked up a wicket apiece.
 
The two teams were involved in an exciting tie two days ago at Hyderabad after which the match had gone into the super over in which Sunrisers Hyderabad won.
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For Sunrisers, that was their second consecutive win in their first appearance in the tournament, having beaten Pune Warriors by 22 runs in their opening match on April 4.
 
For RCB, this was their second win in the tournament, having beaten Mumbai Indians by two runs in a thriller on April 5.
 
RCB got off to a flying start in their chase, with Mayank Agarwal hitting Hanuma Vihari, who opened the bowling, for a six over deep square leg and following it up with a straight shot past the bowler for four. Twelve runs came off the first over.
 
In the next over, the big-hitting Chris Gayle pushed Dale Steyn past wide mid-off for four as the home team added eight more runs.
 
Ishant Sharma was brought into the attack and Agarwal smacked him to deep backward square leg for four.
 
Steyn put the brakes on the scoring, giving away only two runs in his second over. In the next over, Agarwal produced some fireworks, as he turned and hit Sharma off his hips for six over fine-leg and then smacked him through cover for four. Off the last ball of the over, Gayle hit him past the bowler for another four. Fifteen runs came off the over, and RCB were on 39/0 after five overs.
 
Thisara Perera came on and dismissed Agarwal, caught by Sangakkara at cover after the batsman got a leading edge. Agarwal made 29 off 20 balls, with two sixes and three fours.
 
Skipper Virat Kohli was the next man in, and he to business straightaway, hitting Perera through cover for four.
 
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Off the first ball of the next over, Sharma got rid of Gayle, caught by Patel after the batsman had made only 13, with two fours, much to the disappointment of the home crowd. The ball had turned slightly and got an outside edge to the wicket-keeper.
 
Amit Mishra was brought into the attack, and he gave awya only two in his first over.
 
Kohli picked up a short one from Perera and hoisted over deep mid-wicket for six as RCB reached 69 for two at the end of 10 overs.
 
Ashish Reddy came on to bowl, and Kohli promptly cut a slower delivery and beat third man for four. Two balls later, de Villiers drove him over extra cover for six. Reddy conceded 13 runs in that over.
 
In the next over, Kohli got four off White with a shot that went through Akshath Reddy's legs. The next ball, Kohli stepped out and hit the ball over long-on for a huge six. However, off the last ball of that over, White managed to get de Villiers caught at deep mid-wicket by Vihari. de Villiers made 15 off 15 balls with the help of one six.
 
Five runs came off the next over from Steyn, before Kohli sent a ball from Mishra fine on the leg side for four. Moises Henriques then got an outside edge for another four.
 
Kohli blasted Mishra for two sixes and a four in the 16th over. In the next over, sent down by Perera, he hit three fours. He then took two fours off Sharma to wrap up the issue.
 
The home team made two changes with Tillakaratne Dilshan and Karun Nair making way for AB De Villiers and Rudra Pratap Singh.
 
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Sunrisers made one change with Biplab Samantray coming in for Ankit Sharma.
 
The visitors began on a brisk note as Reddy took seven runs off the first over from Singh, including a four to fine leg. He then slammed Vinay Kumar over mid-on for another four. Singh had Reddy caught at mid-on by Vinay Kumar with the first ball of his next over. 
 
Sangakkara was aggressive from the word go, as he drove Singh through the crowded off-side for four. In the next over, he slammed Vinay Kumar towards the sight-screen for another four.
 
Patel, too, got into the act and flicked Jayadev Unadkat to the deep backward square leg boundary. At the end of five overs, Sunrisers were on 32 for one.
 
Muralitharan came on at this stage, and Patel got a top edge, while attempting a sweep, and the ball raced to the deep mid-wicket boundary. Eight runs came off that over.
 
Patel, however, fell to Muralitharan in his next over, knocking back his off-stump as the batsman wented for a lofted drive only to see the ball slip between the bat and pad. Patel's 20 came off 19 balls and included two fours.
 
Sangakkara and Cameron White picked up six off Murali Kartik's first over. White got an outside edge off Muralitharan that went past the slip to the fence for four. At the end of 10 overs, Sunrisers were on 62/2.
 
The Sunrisers skipper did not last much longer, falling to the second ball of Kartik's next over. Sangakkara got a leading edge and his counterpart Virat Kohli took an easy catch at cover. Sangakkara's 23 came off 24 balls and included two fours. 
 
Unadkat conceded only three in his next over. Thisara Perera hammered Kartik over long-off into the crowd for a huge six, as the batsmen picked up 13 runs from the 13th over. Muralitharan gave away only four in the 14th over.
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White smashed a short one from Unadkat to deep backward square leg for four and then Perera lifted him over long-on effortlessly for a huge six. Sunrisers got 14 runs from that over and were 98 for three after 15 overs.
 
After that the two batsmen broke loose. White hit Moises Henriques for four to deep extra cover and Perera then lifted him out of the ground twice, both in the deep mid-wicket area. Henriques conceded 18 runs in that over.
 
Perera continued to plunder the bowling, hitting Vinay Kumar for another huge six before White sent him over long-on for another six. The 17th over yielded 19 runs as Sunrisers moved to 135 for three.
 
In the next over, Perera smacked a full toss from Singh for four to deep mid-wicket. Two balls later, he lost his off-stump after moving too far across and missing the ball. Nine runs came off that over.
 
White reached his half-century with a beautiful six, off a slow half-volley from Vinay Kumar, which he lifted over extra cover. He did not last much longer, caught by de Villiers off the last ball of that over, driving another half-volley straight to the fielder. White's 52 came off just 34 balls and included three sixes and three fours.
 
In the last over, Singh got Ashish Reddy (3) with his first ball, uprooting his middle-stump. Hanuma Vihari (4) and Biplab Samantray (2) added six runs off the remaining balls as Sunrisers set RCB a target of 162.
 
Scoreboard:
Sunrisers Hyderabad:
Akshath Reddy c Vinay Kumar b Singh 12
Parthiv Patel b Muralitharan 20
Kumar Sangakkara c Kohli b Kartik 23
Cameron White c de Villiers b Vinay Kumar 52
Thisara Perera b Singh 40
Ashish Reddy b Singh 3
Hanuma Vihari not out 4
Biplab Samantray not out 2
Extras (w 4, nb 1) 5
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 161
Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Reddy, 2.1 overs), 2-50 (Patel, 7.5), 3-62 (Sangakkara, 10.2), 4-142 (Perera, 17.4), 5-155 (White, 18.6), 6-155 (Ashish Reddy, 19.1)
Bowling:
Rudra Pratap Singh 4-0-27-3
Vinay Kumar 4-0-43-1
Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-29-0
Muttiah Muralitharan 4-0-23-1
Murali Kartik 3-0-21-1
Moises Henriques 1-0-18-0
 
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Mayank Agarwal c Sangakkara b Perera 29
Chris Gayle c Patel b Sharma 13
Virat Kohli not out 93
AB de Villiers c Vihari b White 15
Moises Henriques not out 7
Extras (lb 1, w 4) 5
Total (for three wickets in 17.4 overs) 162
Fall of wickets: 1-39 (Agarwal, 5.1 overs), 2-47 (Gayle, 6.1), 3-96 (de Villiers, 11.6)
Bowling:
Hanuma Vihari 1-0-12-0
Dale Steyn 4-0-16-0
Ishant Sharma 3.4-0-30-1
Thisara Perera 3-0-35-1
Amit Mishra 4-0-42-0
Ashish Reddy 1-0-12-0
Cameron White 1-0-14-1
 
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Royal Challengers make 69/2 in first ten overs against Sunrisers Hyderabad

Cameron White of Sunrisers Hyderabad in action against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League at Bangalore on April 9, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Cameron White of Sunrisers Hyderabad in action against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League at Bangalore on April 9, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Chasing 162 for a win, Royal Challengers Bangalore made 69 for two from the first 10 of their 20 overs against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the ninth match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.

Skipper Virat Kohli (19) and A B de Villiers (7) were at the crease at the half-way mark.
 
The two RCB wickets to fall were those of openers Mayank Agarwal (29, 2x6, 3x4) and Chris Gayle (13, 2x4).
 
Earlier, powered by a quickfire half-century  by Cameron White, Sunrisers piled up 161 for six from their 20 overs after their skipper Kumar Sangakkara opted to bat first after winning the toss.
 
White's 52 came off just 32 balls and included three sixes and three fours. He added 80 runs for the fourth wicket in the company of Thisara Perera, who made an equally brilliant 40 off just 24 balls with the help of four sixes and one four.
 
Sangakkara contributed 23, while Parthiv Patel contributed 20 and Akshath Reddy 12.
 
For RCB, Rudra Pratap Singh took three for 27 while Vinay Kumar, Muthaiah Muralitharan and Murali Kartik picked up a wicket apiece.
 
RCB got off to a flying start in their chase, with Mayank Agarwal hitting Hanuma Vihari, who opened the bowling, for a six over deep square leg and following it up with a straight shot past the bowler for four. Twelve runs came off the first over.
 
In the next over, the big-hitting Chris Gayle pushed Dale Steyn past wide mid-off for four as the home team added eight more runs.
 
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Ishant Sharma was brought into the attack and Agarwal smacked him to deep backward square leg for four.
 
Steyn put the brakes on the scoring, giving away only two runs in his second over. In the next over, Agarwal produced some fireworks, as he turned and hit Sharma off his hips for six over fine-leg and then smacked him through cover for four. Off the last ball of the over, Gayle hit him past the bowler for another four. Fifteen runs came off the over, and RCB were on 39/0 after five overs.
 
Thisara Perera came on and dismissed Agarwal, caught by Sangakkara at cover after the batsman got a leading edge. Agarwal made 29 off 20 balls, with two sixes and three fours.
 
Skipper Virat Kohli was the next man in, and he to business straightaway, hitting Perera through cover for four.
 
Off the first ball of the next over, Sharma got rid of Gayle, caught by Patel after the batsman had made only 13, with two fours, much to the disappointment of the home crowd. The ball had turned slightly and got an outside edge to the wicket-keeper.
 
Amit Mishra was brought into the attack, and he gave away only two in his first over.
 
Kohli picked up a short one from Perera and hoisted over deep mid-wicket for six as RCB reached 69 for two at the end of 10 overs.
 
The two teams were involved in an exciting tie two days ago at Hyderabad after which the match had gone into the super over in which Sunrisers Hyderabad won.
 
For Sunrisers, that was their second consecutive win in their first appearance in the tournament, having beaten Pune Warriors by 22 runs in their opening match on April 4.
 
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RCB had beaten Mumbai Indians by two runs in a thriller on April 5.
 
The home team made two changes with Tillakaratne Dilshan and Karun Nair making way for AB De Villiers and Rudra Pratap Singh.
 
Sunrisers made one change with Biplab Samantray coming in for Ankit Sharma.
 
The visitors began on a brisk note as Reddy took seven runs off the first over from Singh, including a four to fine leg. He then slammed Vinay Kumar over mid-on for another four. Singh had Reddy caught at mid-on by Vinay Kumar with the first ball of his next over. 
 
Sangakkara was aggressive from the word go, as he drove Singh through the crowded off-side for four. In the next over, he slammed Vinay Kumar towards the sight-screen for another four.
 
Patel, too, got into the act and flicked Jayadev Unadkat to the deep backward square leg boundary. At the end of five overs, Sunrisers were on 32 for one.
 
Muralitharan came on at this stage, and Patel got a top edge, while attempting a sweep, and the ball raced to the deep mid-wicket boundary. Eight runs came off that over.
 
Patel, however, fell to Muralitharan in his next over, knocking back his off-stump as the batsman went for a lofted drive only to see the ball slip between the bat and pad. Patel's 20 came off 19 balls and included two fours.
 
Sangakkara and Cameron White picked up six off Murali Kartik's first over. White got an outside edge off Muralitharan that went past the slip to the fence for four. At the end of 10 overs, Sunrisers were on 62/2.
 
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The Sunrisers skipper did not last much longer, falling to the second ball of Kartik's next over. Sangakkara got a leading edge and his counterpart Virat Kohli took an easy catch at cover. Sangakkara's 23 came off 24 balls and included two fours. 
 
Unadkat conceded only three in his next over. Thisara Perera hammered Kartik over long-off into the crowd for a huge six, as the batsmen picked up 13 runs from the 13th over. Muralitharan gave away only four in the 14th over.
 
White smashed a short one from Unadkat to deep backward square leg for four and then Perera lifted him over long-on effortlessly for a huge six. Sunrisers got 14 runs from that over and were 98 for three after 15 overs.
 
After that the two batsmen broke loose. White hit Moises Henriques for four to deep extra cover and Perera then lifted him out of the ground twice, both in the deep mid-wicket area. Henriques conceded 18 runs in that over.
 
Perera continued to plunder the bowling, hitting Vinay Kumar for another huge six before White sent him over long-on for another six. The 17th over yielded 19 runs as Sunrisers moved to 135 for three.
 
In the next over, Perera smacked a full toss from Singh for four to deep mid-wicket. Two balls later, he lost his off-stump after moving too far across and missing the ball. Nine runs came off that over.
 
White reached his half-century with a beautiful six, off a slow half-volley from Vinay Kumar, which he lifted over extra cover. He did not last much longer, caught by de Villiers off the last ball of that over, driving another half-volley straight to the fielder. White's 52 came off just 34 balls and included three sixes and three fours.
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In the last over, Singh got Ashish Reddy (3) with his first ball, uprooting his middle-stump. Hanuma Vihari (4) and Biplab Samantray (2) added six runs off the remaining balls as Sunrisers set RCB a target of 162.
 
Scoreboard:
Sunrisers Hyderabad:
Akshath Reddy c Vinay Kumar b Singh 12
Parthiv Patel b Muralitharan 20
Kumar Sangakkara c Kohli b Kartik 23
Cameron White c de Villiers b Vinay Kumar 52
Thisara Perera b Singh 40
Ashish Reddy b Singh 3
Hanuma Vihari not out 4
Biplab Samantray not out 2
Ex tras(w 4, nb 1) 5
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 161
Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Reddy, 2.1 overs), 2-50 (Patel, 7.5), 3-62 (Sangakkara, 10.2), 4-142 (Perera, 17.4), 5-155 (White, 18.6), 6-155 (Ashish Reddy, 19.1)
Bowling:
Rudra Pratap Singh 4-0-27-3
Vinay Kumar 4-0-43-1
Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-29-0
Muttiah Muralitharan 4-0-23-1
Murali Kartik 3-0-21-1
Moises Henriques 1-0-18-0
 
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Sunrisers Hyderabad make 161 for six against Royal Challengers

Cameron White of Sunrisers Hyderabad in action against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League at Bangalore on April 9, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Cameron White of Sunrisers Hyderabad in action against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League at Bangalore on April 9, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Powered by a quickfire half-century  by Cameron White, Sunrisers Hyderabad piled up 161 for six against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the ninth match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.
 
White's 52 came off just 32 balls and included three sixes and three fours. He added 80 runs for the fourth wicket in the company of Thisara Perera, who made an equally brilliant 40 off just 24 balls with the help of four sixes and one four.
 
Skipper Kumar Sangakkara contributed 23, while Parthiv Patel contributed 20 and Akshath Reddy 12.
 
For RCB, Rudra Pratap Singh took three for 27 while Vinay Kumar, Muthaiah Muralitharan and Murali Kartik picked up a wicket apiece.
 
The two teams were involved in an exciting tie two days ago at Hyderabad after which the match had gone into the super over in which Sunrisers Hyderabad won.
 
For Sunrisers, that was their second consecutive win in their first appearance in the tournament, having beaten Pune Warriors by 22 runs in their opening match on April 4.
 
RCB had beaten Mumbai Indians by two runs in a thriller on April 5.
 
The home team made two changes with Tillakaratne Dilshan and Karun Nair making way for AB De Villiers and Rudra Pratap Singh.
 
Sunrisers made one change with Biplab Samantray coming in for Ankit Sharma.
 
The visitors began on a brisk note as Reddy took seven runs off the first over from Singh, including a four to fine leg. He then slammed Vinay Kumar over mid-on for another four. Singh had Reddy caught at mid-on by Vinay Kumar with the first ball of his next over. 
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Kumar Sangakkara in action against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League at Bangalore on April 9, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Kumar Sangakkara in action against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League at Bangalore on April 9, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Sangakkara was aggressive from the word go, as he drove Singh through the crowded off-side for four. In the next over, he slammed Vinay Kumar towards the sight-screen for another four.
 
Patel, too, got into the act and flicked Jayadev Unadkat to the deep backward square leg boundary. At the end of five overs, Sunrisers were on 32 for one.
 
Muralitharan came on at this stage, and Patel got a top edge, while attempting a sweep, and the ball raced to the deep mid-wicket boundary. Eight runs came off that over.
 
Patel, however, fell to Muralitharan in his next over, knocking back his off-stump as the batsman wented for a lofted drive only to see the ball slip between the bat and pad. Patel's 20 came off 19 balls and included two fours.
 
Sangakkara and Cameron White picked up six off Murali Kartik's first over. White got an outside edge off Muralitharan that went past the slip to the fence for four. At the end of 10 overs, Sunrisers were on 62/2.
 
The Sunrisers skipper did not last much longer, falling to the second ball of Kartik's next over. Sangakkara got a leading edge and his counterpart Virat Kohli took an easy catch at cover. Sangakkara's 23 came off 24 balls and included two fours. 
 
Unadkat conceded only three in his next over. Thisara Perera hammered Kartik over long-off into the crowd for a huge six, as the batsmen picked up 13 runs from the 13th over. Muralitharan gave away only four in the 14th over.
 
White smashed a short one from Unadkat to deep backward square leg for four and then Perera lifted him over long-on effortlessly for a huge six. Sunrisers got 14 runs from that over and were 98 for three after 15 overs.
 
After that the two batsmen broke loose. White hit Moises Henriques for four to deep extra cover and Perera then lifted him out of the ground twice, both in the deep mid-wicket area. Henriques conceded 18 runs in that over.
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Perera continued to plunder the bowling, hitting Vinay Kumar for another huge six before White sent him over long-on for another six. The 17th over yielded 19 runs as Sunrisers moved to 135 for three.
 
In the next over, Perera smacked a full toss from Singh for four to deep mid-wicket. Two balls later, he lost his off-stump after moving too far across and missing the ball. Nine runs came off that over.
 
White reached his half-century with a beautiful six, off a slow half-volley from Vinay Kumar, which he lifted over extra cover. He did not last much longer, caught by de Villiers off the last ball of that over, driving another half-volley straight to the fielder. White's 52 came off just 34 balls and included three sixes and three fours.
 
In the last over, Singh got Ashish Reddy (3) with his first ball, uprooting his middle-stump. Hanuma Vihari (4) and Biplab Samantray (2) added six runs off the remaining balls as Sunrisers set RCB a target of 162.
 
Scoreboard:
Sunrisers Hyderabad:
Akshath Reddy c Vinay Kumar b Singh 12
Parthiv Patel b Muralitharan 20
Kumar Sangakkara c Kohli b Kartik 23
Cameron White c de Villiers b Vinay Kumar 52
Thisara Perera b Singh 40
Ashish Reddy b Singh 3
Hanuma Vihari not out 4
Biplab Samantray not out 2
Extras (w 4, nb 1) 5
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 161
Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Reddy, 2.1 overs), 2-50 (Patel, 7.5), 3-62 (Sangakkara, 10.2), 4-142 (Perera, 17.4), 5-155 (White, 18.6), 6-155 (Ashish Reddy, 19.1)
Bowling:
Rudra Pratap Singh 4-0-27-3
Vinay Kumar 4-0-43-1
Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-29-0
Muttiah Muralitharan 4-0-23-1
Murali Kartik 3-0-21-1
Moises Henriques 1-0-18-0
 
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Sunrisers Hyderabad make 62/2 in first 10 overs against Royal Challengers

Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Kumar Sangakkara in action against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League at Bangalore on April 9, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Kumar Sangakkara in action against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League at Bangalore on April 9, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Sunrisers Hyderabad made 62 for two wickets in the first 10 of their 20 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the ninth match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.

Skipper Kumar Sangakkara (23) and Cameron White (7) were at the crease at the half-way mark.
 
Opting to bat first after Sangakkara won the toss, Sunrisers lost opener Akshath Reddy (12, 2x4), caught by Vinay Kumar off Rudra Pratap Singh, with the total at 12 in the third over.
 
Parthiv Patel (20, 2x4) and Sangakkara then added 38 runs for the second wicket before Muthaiah Muralitharan bowled the former.
 
The two teams were involved in an exciting tie two days ago at Hyderabad after which the match had gone into the super over in which Sunrisers Hyderabad won.
 
For Sunrisers, that was their second consecutive win in their first appearance in the tournament, having beaten Pune Warriors by 22 runs in their opening match on April 4.
 
RCB had beaten Mumbai Indians by two runs in a thriller on April 5.
 
The home team made two changes with Tillakaratne Dilshan and Karun Nair making way for AB De Villiers and Rudra Pratap Singh.
 
Sunrisers made one change with Biplab Samantray coming in for Ankit Sharma.
 
The visitors began on a brisk note as Reddy took seven runs off the first over from Singh, including a four to fine leg. He then slammed Vinay Kumar over mid-on for another four. Singh had Reddy caught at mid-on by Vinay Kumar with the first ball of his next over. 
 
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Sangakkara was aggressive from the word go, as he drove Singh through the crowded off-side for four. In the next over, he slammed Vinay Kumar towards the sight-screen for another four.
 
Patel, too, got into the act and flicked Jayadev Unadkat to the deep backward square leg boundary. At the end of five overs, Sunrisers were on 32 for one.
 
Muralitharan came on at this stage, and Patel got a top edge, while attempting a sweep, and the ball raced to the deep mid-wicket boundary. Eight runs came off that over.
 
Patel, however, fell to Muralitharan in his next over, knocking back his off-stump as the batsman wented for a lofted drive only to see the ball slip between the bat and pad. Patel's 20 came off 19 balls and included two fours.
 
Sangakkara and Cameron White picked up six off Murali Kartik's first over. White got an outside edge off Muralitharan that went past the slip to the fence for four. At the end of 10 overs, Sunrisers were on 62/2.
 
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Sunrisers Hyderabad win toss, opt to bat against Royal Challengers Bangalore

Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Kumar Sangakkara won the toss and opted to bat first against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the ninth match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.
 
The two teams were involved in an exciting tie two days ago at Hyderabad after which the match had gone into the super over in which Sunrisers Hyderabad won.
 
For Sunrisers, that was their second consecutive win in their first appearance in the tournament, having beaten Pune Warriors by 22 runs in their opening match on April 4.
 
RCB had beaten Mumbai Indians by two runs in a thriller on April 5.
 
The home team made two changes with Tillakaratne Dilshan and Karun Nair making way for AB De Villiers and Rudra Pratap Singh.
 
Sunrisers made one change with Biplab Samantray coming in for Ankit Sharma.
 
The teams:
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Akshath Reddy, Parthiv Patel (wicketkeeper), Kumar Sangakkara (captain), Cameron White, Thisara Perera, Hanuma Vihari, Biplab Samantray, Ashish Reddy, Amit Mishra, Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma
 
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Moises Henriques, Arun Karthik (wicketkeeper), Vinay Kumar, Murali Kartik, Jaydev Unadkat, Rudra Pratap Singh, Muttiah Muralitharan
 
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Internet grows to more than 252 million domain names: VeriSign

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More than six million domain names were added to the Internet in the fourth quarter of 2012, bringing the total number of registered domain names to more than 252 million worldwide across all top-level domains (TLDs) as of December 31, 2012, VeriSign, a global leader in domain names.

In its latest Domain Name Industry Brief, the company said the increase of 6.1 million domain names globally equated to a growth rate of 2.5 percent over the third quarter of 2012, and marks the eighth straight quarter with greater than 2 percent growth. 
 
Worldwide registrations have grown by 26.6 million, or 11.8 percent, year over year, it said.
 
The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth in the fourth quarter of 2012, reaching a combined total of approximately 121.1 million domain names in the adjusted zone for .com and .net. This represents a 6.4 percent increase year over year. 
 
As of December 31, 2012, the base of registered names in .com equaled 106.2 million names, while .net equaled 14.9 million names.
 
New .com and .net registrations totaled 8 million during the fourth quarter of 2012. In the fourth quarter of 2011, new .com and .net registrations totaled 7.9 million. The .com and .net renewal rate for the fourth quarter of 2012 was 72.9 percent, up slightly from 72.5 percent for the third quarter of 2012.
 
During the fourth quarter of 2012, Verisign's average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load was 77 billion, across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of 123 billion. Compared to the previous quarter, the daily average increased 16 percent and the peak increased 20.4 percent.
 
Year over year, the daily average increased 21.5 percent and the peak increased 5.3 percent.
 
The latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief also offers a high-level overview of the challenges and opportunities that Big Data presents companies of all sizes.
 
"Big Data Can Pose Big Challenges, and Opportunities, for Organizations" also includes a synopsis of the data generated within the DNS, and how companies could use this data to inform business strategy and possibly improve network security.
 
Verisign publishes the Domain Name Industry Brief to provide Internet users throughout the world with statistical and analytical research and data on the domain name industry. 
 
Copies of the 2012 fourth quarter Domain Name Industry Brief, as well as previous reports, can be obtained at VerisignInc.com/DNIB. 
 
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Sunrisers Hyderabad win one-over eliminator after tie with Royal Challengers

Hanuma Vihari of Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrates the wicket of Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore during their match in the Indian Premier League on April 7, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Hanuma Vihari of Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrates the wicket of Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore during their match in the Indian Premier League on April 7, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Sunrisers Hyderabad won the one-over eliminator against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) after the two teams ended up in a tie at the end of their 20 overs in the seventh match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here tonight.

For the Hyderabad team, this was their second consecutive win in their first appearance in the tournament. They had beaten Pune Warriors by 22 runs in their opening match two days ago.

Opting to bat first, RCB posted 130 for eight and Sunrisers responded with 130 for eight from their 20 overs.

 
The match went into the super over, with Sunrisers getting to bat first. Cameron White and Thisara Perera managed 20 from the over, including two sixes by White over long-on and long-off. 
 
A good total by any standards, but would it be enough against Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli of RCB? That was the question on everyone's minds.
 
Gayle got three off the first two balls from Steyn before Kohli deflected him  on the leg side for four. One more run from Kohli and then Gayle smacked him for a straight six. 
 
Six more were needed from the last ball, but Gayle managed only one and Sunrisers were through in one of the most exciting IPL encounters.
 
Earlier, Hanuma Vihari topscored for Sunrisers with an unbeaten 44 after having accounted for Chris Gayle's wicket in the first session -- a performance that got him the Man of the Match award.
 
Akshath Reddy made 23 and skipper Kumara Sangakkara and Ashish Reddy  contributed 16 and 14, respectively.
 
For RCB, Henriques took two for 14, while Unadkat got two for 24. Vinay Kumar and Muthaiah Muralitharan picked up one each.
 
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli hits a six during their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League at Hyderabad on April 7, 2013. Photo by Prashant Bhoot-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli hits a six during their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League at Hyderabad on April 7, 2013. Photo by Prashant Bhoot-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Earlier, in the first session, RCB made 130 for eight from their 20 overs, powered by a superb 46 by skipper Virat Kohli, who was the top scorer for his side, and Moises Henriques' 44. 
 
None of the other RCB batsmen got into double figures today.
 
For Sunrisers, Ishant Sharma took three for 27, while Dale Steyn, Hanuma Vihari, Thisara Perera, Amit Mishra and Ashish Reddy took one apiece.
 
Both teams went into the match with a win each from their first outings. RCB beat Mumbai Indians by two runs in a thriller on April 5 and Sunrisers outplayed Pune Warriors by 22 runs in their first outing on April 4.
 
Chasing 131 for a win, Akshat Reddy and Parthiv Patel of Sunrisers got four off the first over from Jaydev Unadkat.
 
Henriques came on from the other end, and got Patel (2) caught behind by Arun Karthik with his very first ball. Reddy turned a delivery down the leg side off his hips for four to the fine leg boundary. Cameron White flicked Unadkat past fine leg for another four in the next over. Sunrisers were 19/1 after three overs.
 
In the fourth over, White left, caught by Muralitharan at mid-off off Henriques. He had made 5 off 9 balls with one four.
 
Murali Kartik came on to bowl, and Reddy stepped out and guided one through cover for an exquisite four. At the end of five overs, Sunrisers were on 31 for two, and needed 100 from the remaining 15 overs.
 
The home team added six runs in the sixth over and six more in the seventh through singles and twos. The eighth over yielded only four.
 
Muthaiah Muralitharan was brought into the attack at this stage and he promptly delivered, bowling Reddy (23, 2x4) with his second delivery, one that stayed low and turned, knocking back his off stump.
 
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At the half-way mark, Sunrisers were on 56 for three, and still needed 75 runs from the remaining 60 balls.
 
The pressure was clearly showing on the home team, and they could manage only three runs off Muralitharan's next over.
 
Sangakkara pulled a ball from Tilakeratne Dilshan, that was short and wide outside the off-stump, over midwicket for four. Ten runs came in that over.
 
Vihari swept Muralitharan for four in the next over, that yielded eight runs in all.
 
Unadkat came back into attack and, with his fourth ball, he got the big wickt of Sangakkara, caught behind by Arun Karthik. The skipper had made 16 off 17 balls with one four. The sunrisers needed 50 runs from 38 balls at that stage.
 
Muralitharan conceded nine runs from his last over as the Sunrisers moved to 91/4 at the end of 15 overs, with Vihari on 27.
 
Unadkat came back to bowl, and Thisara Perera smacked him for a powerful four that shot past the bowler and the fielders in the deep, raising the home crowd's hopes. He was out the next ball, a slower one which the batsman pulled without timing it well and Henriques took an easy catch at deep mid-wicket. Perera made just 7 with one four.
 
In the next over, RCB got rid of Ankit Mishra (0), who can bat well, run out in dramatic fashion. Vihari had guided the ball to deep backward point, where Vinay Kumar dived and managed to stop the ball and his throw to the wicket-keeper found Mishra miles out of the crease.
 
Sunrisers were 101/6 in 16.1 overs, still 30 runs away, and things were not looking good for them at all.
 
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Ashish Reddy brought the home supporters to their feet by sending a ball from Vinay Kumar over long-on for six before Vihari went down to a slower one and slammed it for another four. In all, 14 runs came off that over and Sunrisers needed 14 from 12 balls. It was now clear that the match would go to the wire.
 
Seven runs came off the 19th over sent down by Kartik, and Sunrisers now needed 7 runs from the last six balls.
 
Vinay Kumar got Ashish Reddy (14, 1x6) caught by Kohli at cover off the first ball.
 
Steyn takes two off the second ball, and one off the fourth. The fifth ball produces two more, and now Sunrisers need two from the last ball. Vihari misses the ball, but runs a quick bye and it is an exciting tie as Sunrisers end up with 130 for 7 from their 20 overs, taking the match into the super over to decide the winner.
 
The first session saw RCB getting off to a brisk start, with eight runs coming off the first over from Steyn. The visitors were all confidence, with star opener Chris Gayle recovered from the injury that had hobbled him in the previous match.
 
Sunrisers skipper Kumara Sangakkara suprised everyone by bringing on off-spinner Hanuma Vihari, who stunned RCB by dismissing Gayle with his first ball in IPL. 
 
He sent down a gentle delivery from round the wicket, slightly quick and with a little extra bounce. Gayle attempted a cut, and ended up edging the ball to wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel. There was disbelief all around the stadium, with many in the crowd having come to watch some fireworks from Gayle.
 
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RCB skipper tried to keep the scoreboard moving, hitting Steyn off the back foot past gully for four. After three overs, they were 19/1.
 
In the next over, Ankit Sharma knocked back Tilakeratne Dilshan's stumps, which the batsmen to push forward but was beaten. He made 5 off 9 balls.
 
Kohli came down the track and drove Sharma over extra cover for another four as RCB reached 33/2 at the end of five overs. In the next over, he pulled a short one from Ishant Sharma for another four.
 
Thisara Perera comes on and concedes just two runs in his frist over and Amit Mishra then comes into the attack. With his first ball, he traps K K Nair (9) leg before wicket and RCB were reduced to 42/3 in 7.1 overs. The bowler concedes only one run in that over.
 
In the next over, Henriques slams Mishra past gully with a late cut for a four as RCB reached 55/3 at the end of 10 overs. A little later, he came down the track and slammed one from Ishant Sharma straight over the bowler's head for six.
 
Ashish Reddy was brought into the attack and Kohli smashed him to deep point for four. Two balls later, he had Kohli caught and bowled, rendering a huge blow to the visitors. Kohli's 46 came off 44 balls and included one six and five fours.
 
Henriques sent a ball from Perera to long-on for four as RCB reached 94/4 at the end of 15 overs. Two overs later, Henriqes despatched Steyn twice to the fence off successive balls. Off the last ball of that over, Steyn got rid of Mayank Agarwal (7) with an off-cutter, caught by Ankit Sharma at mid-wicket. At the end of 17 overs, RCB were 108/5.
 
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Henriques continued to be in a punishing mood as he dragged a slower one from Perera over the gap in the mid-wicket region. In the same over, Perera dismissed Arun Karthik (0), caught by Reddy at mid-off.
 
In the 19th over, Vinay Kumar took four off Steyn with an edge over the wicket-keeper's head.
 
Ishant Sharma came back for the last over and promptly dismissed Henriques, caught by Cameron White at mid-wicket off a slower one. Henriques' 44 came off 40 balls and included five fours.
 
Two balls later, Vinay Kumar (7) also departed, caught by Sangakkara at extra cover. RCB ended up setting a target of 131 for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
 
Sunrisers skipper Kumar Sangakkara was all praise for Vihari and White.
 
"All credit to the team, the ways the guys fought. If it's Chris and Virat, you just have to bowl the yorkers, and special thanks to White and Perera the way they handled the super over, but Hanuma Vihari was excellent with the bat," he said.
 
The Sri Lankan was happy with two consecutive wins at home. "These two games at home were very good for us, we are hoping to get more good games. Today I came in at no. 5 as there were two Murali's in the opposition," he said.
 
Royal Challengers skipper Virat Kohli said his team should have wrapped up the match when Sunrisers needed 27 off 14 balls.
 
"It was a great comeback by the boys, but 27 off 14 in that situation, we should have pulled off the game there and then, but all credits to the guys. My beard is greying (because of these thrillers). We should have fielded better, should have saved those ones and twos here and there," he said.
 
Scoreboard:
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Chris Gayle c Patel b Vihari 1
Tillekaratne Dilshan b Sharma 5
Virat Kohli c & b Ashish Reddy 46
Karun Nair lbw Mishra 9
Moises Henriques c White b Sharma 44
Mayank Agarwal c Ankit Sharma b Steyn 7
Arun Karthik c Ashish Reddy b Perera 0
Vinay Kumar c Sangakkara b Sharma 7
Murali Kartik not out 2
Jaydev Unadkat not out 1
Extras (lb 1, w 7) 8
Total (for eight wickets in 20 overs) 130
Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Gayle, 1.1 overs), 2-22 (Dilshan, 3.4), 3-42 (Nair, 7.1), 4-85 (Kohli, 13.6), 5-108 (Agarwal, 16.6), 6-114 (Arun Karthik, 17.6), 7-125 (Henriques, 19.1), 8-127 (Vinay Kumar, 19.3)
Bowling:
Dale Steyn 4-0-37-1
Hanuma Vihari 1-0-5-1
Ishant Sharma 4-0-27-3
Ankit Sharma 2-0-17-0
Thisara Perera 4-0-21-1
Amit Mishra 4-0-15-1
Ashish Reddy 1-0-7-1
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad:
Akshath Reddy b Muralitharan 23
Parthiv Patel c Arun Karthik b Henriques 2
Cameron White c Muralitharan b Henriques 5
Hanuma Vihari not out 44
Kumar Sangakkara c Arun Karthik b Unadkat 16
Thisara Perera c Henriques b Unadkat 7
Amit Mishra run out (Vinay Kumar/Arun Karthik) 0
Ashish Reddy not out 14
Dale Steyn not out 3
Extras (b1, lb 9, w 6) 16
Total (7 wickets in 30 overs) 130
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Patel, 1.1 overs), 2-20 (White, 3.3), 3-48 (Reddy, 8.2), 4-81 (Sangakkara, 13.4), 5-98 (Perera, 15.5), 6-101 (Mishra, 16.1)
Bowling:
Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-24-2
Moises Henriques 3-0-14-2
Murali Kartik 4-0-27-0
Vinay Kumar 3-0-27-0
Muttiah Muralitharan 4-0-18-1
Tillekaratne Dilshan 1-0-10-0
 
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Chasing 131, Sunrisers Hyderabad make 56/3 in first 10 overs

Hanuma Vihari of Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrates the wicket of Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore during their match in the Indian Premier League on April 7, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Hanuma Vihari of Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrates the wicket of Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore during their match in the Indian Premier League on April 7, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Chasing 131 for a win, Sunrisers Hyderabad made 56 for three in the first 10 of their 20 overs against Royal Challengers in the seventh match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here tonight.

Hanuma Vihari was batting on 15 and skipper Kumar Sangakkara on 1 at the half-way mark.
 
The Hyderabad batsmen to fall included Akshath Reddy (23, 2x4), Parthiv Patel (2) and Cameron White (5).
 
Earlier, opting to bat first, RCB made 130 for eight from their 20 overs, powered by a superb 46 by skipper Virat Kohli, who was the top scorer for his side, and Moises Henriques' 44. 
 
None of the other RCB batsmen got into double figures today.
 
For Sunrisers, Ishant Sharma took three for 27, while Dale Steyn, Hanuma Vihari, Thisara Perera, Amit Mishra and Ashish Reddy took one apiece.
 
Both teams went into the match with a win each from their first outings. RCB beat Mumbai Indians by two runs in a thriller on April 5 and Sunrisers outplayed Pune Warriors by 22 runs in their first outing on April 4.
 
Chasing 131 for a win, Akshat Reddy and Parthiv Patel of Sunrisers got four off the first over from Jaydev Unadkat.
 
Henriques came on from the other end, and got Patel (2) caught behind by Arun Karthik with his very first ball. Reddy turned a delivery down the leg side off his hips for four to the fine leg boundary. Cameron White flicked Unadkat past fine leg for another four in the next over. Sunrisers were 19/1 after three overs.
 
In the fourth over, White left, caught by Muralitharan at mid-off off Henriques. He had made 5 off 9 balls with one four.
 
Murali Kartik came on to bowl, and Reddy stepped out and guidedone through cover for an exquisite four. At the end of five overs, Sunrisers were on 31 for two, and needed 100 from the remaining 15 overs.
 
The home team added six runs in the sixth over and six more in the seventh through singles and twos. The eighth over yielded only four.
 
Muthaiah Muralitharan was brought into the attack at this stage and he promptly delivered, bowling Reddy (23, 2x4) with his second delivery, one that stayed low and turned, knocking back his off stump.
 
At the half-way mark, Sunrisers were on 56 for three, and still needed 75 runs from the remaining 60 balls.
 
The first session saw RCB getting off to a brisk start, with eight runs coming off the first over from Steyn. The visitors were all confidence, with star opener Chris Gayle recovered from the injury that had hobbled him in the previous match.
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli hits a six during their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League at Hyderabad on April 7, 2013. Photo by Prashant Bhoot-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli hits a six during their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League at Hyderabad on April 7, 2013. Photo by Prashant Bhoot-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Sunrisers skipper Kumara Sangakkara suprised everyone by bringing on off-spinner Hanuma Vihari, who stunned RCB by dismissing Gayle with his first ball in IPL. 
 
He sent down a gentle delivery from round the wicket, slightly quick and with a little extra bounce. Gayle attempted a cut, and ended up edging the ball to wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel. There was disbelief all around the stadium, with many in the crowd having come to watch some fireworks from Gayle.
 
RCB skipper tried to keep the scoreboard moving, hitting Steyn off the back foot past gully for four. After three overs, they were 19/1.
 
In the next over, Ankit Sharma knocked back Tilakeratne Dilshan's stumps, which the batsmen to push forward but was beaten. He made 5 off 9 balls.
 
Kohli came down the track and drove Sharma over extra cover for another four as RCB reached 33/2 at the end of five overs. In the next over, he pulled a short one from Ishant Sharma for another four.
 
Thisara Perera comes on and concedes just two runs in his frist over and Amit Mishra then comes into the attack. With his first ball, he traps K K Nair (9) leg before wicket and RCB were reduced to 42/3 in 7.1 overs. The bowler concedes only one run in that over.
 
In the next over, Henriques slams Mishra past gully with a late cut for a four as RCB reached 55/3 at the end of 10 overs. A little later, he came down the track and slammed one from Ishant Sharma straight over the bowler's head for six.
 
Ashish Reddy was brought into the attack and Kohli smashed him to deep point for four. Two balls later, he had Kohli caught and bowled, rendering a huge blow to the visitors. Kohli's 46 came off 44 balls and included one six and five fours.
 
Henriques sent a ball from Perera to long-on for four as RCB reached 94/4 at the end of 15 overs. Two overs later, Henriqes despatched Steyn twice to the fence off successive balls. Off the last ball of that over, Steyn got rid of Mayank Agarwal (7) with an off-cutter, caught by Ankit Sharma at mid-wicket. At the end of 17 overs, RCB were 108/5.
 
Henriques continued to be in a punishing mood as he dragged a slower one from Perera over the gap in the mid-wicket region. In the same over, Perera dismissed Arun Karthik (0), caught by Reddy at mid-off.
 
In the 19th over, Vinay Kumar took four off Steyn with an edge over the wicket-keeper's head.
 
Ishant Sharma came back for the last over and promptly dismissed Henriques, caught by Cameron White at mid-wicket off a slower one. Henriques' 44 came off 40 balls and included five fours.
 
Two balls later, Vinay Kumar (7) also departed, caught by Sangakkara at extra cover. RCB ended up setting a target of 131 for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
 
Scoreboard:
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Chris Gayle c Patel b Vihari 1
Tillekaratne Dilshan b Sharma 5
Virat Kohli c & b Ashish Reddy 46
Karun Nair lbw Mishra 9
Moises Henriques c White b Sharma 44
Mayank Agarwal c Ankit Sharma b Steyn 7
Arun Karthik c Ashish Reddy b Perera 0
Vinay Kumar c Sangakkara b Sharma 7
Murali Kartik not out 2
Jaydev Unadkat not out 1
Extras (lb 1, w 7) 8
Total (for eight wickets in 20 overs) 130
Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Gayle, 1.1 overs), 2-22 (Dilshan, 3.4), 3-42 (Nair, 7.1), 4-85 (Kohli, 13.6), 5-108 (Agarwal, 16.6), 6-114 (Arun Karthik, 17.6), 7-125 (Henriques, 19.1), 8-127 (Vinay Kumar, 19.3)
Bowling:
Dale Steyn 4-0-37-1
Hanuma Vihari 1-0-5-1
Ishant Sharma 4-0-27-3
Ankit Sharma 2-0-17-0
Thisara Perera 4-0-21-1
Amit Mishra 4-0-15-1
Ashish Reddy 1-0-7-1
 
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Royal Challengers make 130 for 8 against Sunrisers Hyderabad

Hanuma Vihari of Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrates the wicket of Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore during their match in the Indian Premier League on April 7, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Hanuma Vihari of Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrates the wicket of Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore during their match in the Indian Premier League on April 7, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) made 130 for eight from their 20 overs against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the seventh match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here tonight.

Skipper Virat Kohli topscored for his side with 46 while Moises Henriques shored up the middle order with 44. None of the other RCB batsmen got into double figures today.
 
For Sunrisers, Ishant Sharma took three for 27, while Dale Steyn, Hanuma Vihari, Thisara Perera, Amit Mishra and Ashish Reddy took one apiece.
 
Both teams went into the match with a win each from their first outings. RCB beat Mumbai Indians by two runs in a thriller on April 5 and Sunrisers outplayed Pune Warriors by 22 runs in their first outing on April 4.
 
RCB got off to a brisk start today, after opting to bat first, and got eight runs off the first over from Steyn. The visitors were confidence, with star opener Chris Gayle recovered from the injury that had hobbled him in the previous match.
 
Sunrisers skipper Kumara Sangakkara suprised everyone by bringing on off-spinner Hanuma Vihari, who stunned RCB by dismissing Gayle with his first ball in IPL. 
 
He sent down a gentle delivery from round the wicket, slightly quick and with a little extra bounce. Gayle attempted a cut, and ended up edging the ball to wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel. There was disbelief all around the stadium, with many in the crowd having come to watch some fireworks from Gayle.
 
RCB skipper tried to keep the scoreboard moving, hitting Steyn off the back foot past gully for four. After three overs, they were 19/1.
 
In the next over, Ankit Sharma knocked back Tilakeratne Dilshan's stumps, which the batsmen to push forward but was beaten. He made 5 off 9 balls.
 
Kohli came down the track and drove Sharma over extra cover for another four as RCB reached 33/2 at the end of five overs. In the next over, he pulled a short one from Ishant Sharma for another four.
 
Thisara Perera comes on and concedes just two runs in his frist over and Amit Mishra then comes into the attack. With his first ball, he traps K K Nair (9) leg before wicket and RCB were reduced to 42/3 in 7.1 overs. The bowler concedes only one run in that over.
 
In the next over, Henriques slams Mishra past gully with a late cut for a four as RCB reached 55/3 at the end of 10 overs. A little later, he came down the track and slammed one from Ishant Sharma straight over the bowler's head for six.
 
Ashish Reddy was brought into the attack and Kohli smashed him to deep point for four. Two balls later, he had Kohli caught and bowled, rendering a huge blow to the visitors. Kohli's 46 came off 44 balls and included one six and five fours.
 
Henriques sent a ball from Perera to long-on for four as RCB reached 94/4 at the end of 15 overs. Two overs later, Henriqes despatched Steyn twice to the fence off successive balls. Off the last ball of that over, Steyn got rid of Mayank Agarwal (7) with an off-cutter, caught by Ankit Sharma at mid-wicket. At the end of 17 overs, RCB were 108/5.
 
Henriques continued to be in a punishing mood as he dragged a slower one from Perera over the gap in the mid-wicket region. In the same over, Perera dismissed Arun Karthik (0), caught by Reddy at mid-off.
 
In the 19th over, Vinay Kumar took four off Steyn with an edge over the wicket-keeper's head.
 
Ishant Sharma came back for the last over and promptly dismissed Henriques, caught by Cameron White at mid-wicket off a slower one. Henriques' 44 came off 40 balls and included five fours.
 
Two balls later, Vinay Kumar (7) also departed, caught by Sangakkara at extra cover. RCB ended up setting a target of 131 for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
 
Scoreboard:
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Chris Gayle c Patel b Vihari 1
Tillekaratne Dilshan b Sharma 5
Virat Kohli c & b Ashish Reddy 46
Karun Nair lbw Mishra 9
Moises Henriques c White b Sharma 44
Mayank Agarwal c Ankit Sharma b Steyn 7
Arun Karthik c Ashish Reddy b Perera 0
Vinay Kumar c Sangakkara b Sharma 7
Murali Kartik not out 2
Jaydev Unadkat not out 1
Extras (lb 1, w 7) 8
Total (for eight wickets in 20 overs) 130
Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Gayle, 1.1 overs), 2-22 (Dilshan, 3.4), 3-42 (Nair, 7.1), 4-85 (Kohli, 13.6), 5-108 (Agarwal, 16.6), 6-114 (Arun Karthik, 17.6), 7-125 (Henriques, 19.1), 8-127 (Vinay Kumar, 19.3)
Bowling:
Dale Steyn 4-0-37-1
Hanuma Vihari 1-0-5-1
Ishant Sharma 4-0-27-3
Ankit Sharma 2-0-17-0
Thisara Perera 4-0-21-1
Amit Mishra 4-0-15-1
Ashish Reddy 1-0-7-1
 
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Royal Challengers make 55/3 in first 10 overs against Sunrisers Hyderabad

Hanuma Vihari of Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrates the wicket of Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore during their match in the Indian Premier League on April 7, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Hanuma Vihari of Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrates the wicket of Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore during their match in the Indian Premier League on April 7, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) made 55 for three in the first 10 of their 20 overs against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the seventh match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here tonight.

Skipper Virat Kohli (24) and Moises Henriques (9) were batting at the half-way break.
 
RCB got off to a brisk start, after opting to bat first, and got eight runs off the first over from Dale Steyn. The visitors were confidence, with star opener Chris Gayle recovered from the injury that had hobbled him in the previous match.
 
Sunrisers skipper Kumara Sangakkara surprised everyone by bringing on off-spinner Hanuma Vihari, who stunned RCB by dismissing Gayle with his first ball in IPL. 
 
He sent down a gentle delivery from round the wicket, slightly quick and with a little extra bounce. Gayle attempted a cut, and ended up edging the ball to wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel. There was disbelief all around the stadium, with many in the crowd having come to watch some fireworks from Gayle.
 
RCB skipper tried to keep the scoreboard moving, hitting Steyn off the back foot past gully for four. After three overs, they were 19/1.
 
In the next over, Ankit Sharma knocked back Tilakeratne Dilshan's stumps, which the batsmen to push forward but was beaten. He made 5 off 9 balls.
 
Kohli came down the track and drove Sharma over extra cover for another four as RCB reached 33/2 at the end of five overs. In the next over, he pulled a short one from Ishant Sharma for another four.
 
Thisara Perera comes on and concedes just two runs in his frist over and Amit Mishra then comes into the attack. With his first ball, he traps K K Nair (9) leg before wicket and RCB were reduced to 42/3 in 7.1 overs. The bowler concedes only one run in that over.
 
In the next over, Henriques slams Mishra past gully with a late cut for a four as RCB reached 55/3 at the end of 10 overs.
 
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Royal Challengers opt to bat first against Sunrisers Hyderabad

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) won the toss and opted to bat first against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the seventh match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here tonight.

Both teams have one win each in the tournament. RCB beat Mumbai Indians by two runs in a thriller on April 5 and Sunrisers outplayed Pune Warriors by 22 runs in their first outing on April 4.
 
The teams:
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, Tillekaratne Dilshan, Virat Kohli (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Moises Henriques, Arun Karthik (wicketkeeper), R Vinay Kumar, Karun K Nair, Murali Kartik, Jaydev Unadkat, Muttiah Muralitharan
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Akshath Reddy, Parthiv Patel (wicketkeeper), Kumar  Sangakkara (captain), Cameron White, Thisara Perera, Hanuman Vihari, A Ashish Reddy, Ankit Sharma, Amit Mishra, Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma
 
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Mumbai Indians make 62 for two in first 10 overs

Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore hitting a six during the match against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on April 4, 2013. Photo by Prashant BhootSPORTZPICS
Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore hitting a six during the match against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on April 4, 2013. Photo by Prashant BhootSPORTZPICS
Chasing 157 for a win, Mumbai Indians made 62 for two in the first 10 of their 20 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the second match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here tonight.
 
Earlier, powered by an unbeaten 92 by opener Chris Gayle, RCB put up 156 for five from their 20 overs after being put in to bat by Mumbai Indians skipper Ricky Ponting.
 
Ponting (28) and Sachin Tendulkar (23) provided Mumbai Indians a good start with a 52-run partnership for the first wicket in 7.3 overs.
 
Tendulkar was the first to go, run out in the 8th over. His 23 came off 19 balls and included four fours.
 
Two overs later, Ponting also departed, stumped by Arun Karthik off Murali Kartik. His 28 came off 33 balls and included a six and a four. 
 
At the half-way mark, Mumbai Indians were left with the task of making 95 runs in the remaining 10 overs.
 
Earlier, Gayle made light of an injury that hobbled him to hammer five sixes and 11 fours on way to his 92 off 58 balls.
 
At the end, Arun Karthik remained unbeaten with him on 19, which included three fours.
 
RCB skipper Virat Kohli made 24, inclusive of four fours, and was the only other batsman to get into double figures.
 
For Mumbai Indians,  Jasprit Bumrah bagged three for 32 to make it a memorable match for him. Mitchell Johnson and Harbhajan Singh shared the other two wickets to fall today.
 
Jasprit Bumrah of Mumbai Indians celebrates the wicket of Mayank Agarwal during the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League at Bangalore on April 4, 2013. Photo by Prashant BhootSPORTZPICS
Jasprit Bumrah of Mumbai Indians celebrates the wicket of Mayank Agarwal during the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League at Bangalore on April 4, 2013. Photo by Prashant BhootSPORTZPICS
Put in to bat first by Mumbai Indians skipper Ricky Ponting, RCB began on a sedate note, managing just two runs in the first two overs from Mitchell Johnson and Munaf Patel.
 
In the third over, Johnson struck, bowling Tilakeratne Dilshan, who had failed to score from the eight balls he faced. Dilshan tried to hit the ball towards the on side, but it went straight through his bat and pad and knocked back his off-stump.
 
RCB skipper Kohli began with a stylish four wide of square leg. In the next over, he came down the track and sent a delivery from Munaf Patel soaring over wide long-on for a six. Bumrah came on from the other end, and Kohli hammered the first, second and fourth deliveries for fours, all in the cover region.
 
Off the next ball, Bumrah had him trapped leg before wicket with one that came in sharply. Kohli's 24 came off 14 balls and included one six and four fours. RCB were 28 for two at the end of the first five overs.
 
With Gayle and Mayank Agarwal both subdued, only three runs came off the sixth over.
 
In the seventh, Bumrah struck again, getting Agarwal caught by Sachin Tendulkar at mid-off. Agarwal could make only one run off the five balls he faced. 
 
The runs continued to come in a trickle for some time before Gayle tried to force the pace with a four wide of the wicketkeeper off Jacob Oram. In the next over, he despatched Bumrah to the fence for four and then sent the ball sailing over long-on for a huge six.
 
Gayle kept up the aggression, taking a six and two fours off Kieron Pollard in the eleventh over.
 
He lost Daniel Christian (4) in the next over, caught by Johnson off Harbhajan Singh.
 
Gayle hit Bumrah for four to deep mid-wicket but saw K K Nair (0) departing three balls later, trapped leg before wicket by the young bowler.
 
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In the next over, Gayle hammered Harbhajan Singh for two fours, one to deep square leg off a full toss and the other to deep mid-wicket, which also brought up the 100 of the innings. In between, he had reached his 50 with a single.
 
The West Indian star celebrated by lifting Harbhajan Singh over deep cover for six in the next over.
 
At the other end, Arun Karthik slammed one from Oram down to deep mid-wicket. Four leg-byes meant that RCB reached 115 for five at the end of 17 overs.
 
As many as 17 runs came off the next over, with Gayle hitting Patel for two fours -- one wide of backward point and the other past point, before lifting him over long-on for a big six.
 
Eight runs came off the 19th over sent down by Oram, including a four by Arun Karthik, before Gayle hammered Patel for two fours that brought up the 150 of the innings and then heaved him for six over deep point off the last ball to take the total to 156 for five.
 
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Royal Challengers make 59/3 in first 10 overs against Mumbai Indians

Jasprit Bumrah of Mumbai Indians celebrates the wicket of Mayank Agarwal during the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League at Bangalore on April 4, 2013. Photo by Prashant BhootSPORTZPICS
Jasprit Bumrah of Mumbai Indians celebrates the wicket of Mayank Agarwal during the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League at Bangalore on April 4, 2013. Photo by Prashant BhootSPORTZPICS
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) made 59 for three  in the first 10 of their 20 overs against Mumbai Indians in the second match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here tonight.
 
Opener Chris Gayle was batting on 23, inclusive of one six and two fours, and Daniel Christian on 4 at the half-way mark.
 
Put in to bat first by Mumbai Indians skipper Ricky Ponting, RCB began on a sedate note, managing just two runs in the first two overs from Mitchell Johnson and Munaf Patel.
 
In the third over, Johnson struck, bowling Tilakeratne Dilshan, who had failed to score from the eight balls he faced. Dilshan tried to hit the ball towards the on side, but it went straight through his bat and pad and knocked back his off-stump.
 
RCB skipper Virat Kohli began with a stylish four wide of square leg. In the next over, he came down the track and sent a delivery from Munaf Patel soaring over wide long-on for a six. Jasprit Bumrah came on from the other end, and Kohli hammered the first, second and fourth deliveries for fours, all in the cover region.
 
Off the next ball, Bumrah had him trapped leg before wicket with one that came in sharply. Kohli's 24 came off 14 balls and included one six and four fours. RCB were 28 for two at the end of the first five overs.
 
With opener Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal both subdued, only three runs came off the sixth over.
 
In the seventh, Bumrah struck again, getting Agarwal caught by Sachin Tendulkar at mid-off. Agarwal could make only one run off the five balls he faced. 
 
The runs continued to come in a trickle for some time before Gayle tried to force the pace with a four wide of the wicketkeeper off Jacob Oram. In the next over, he despatched Bumrah to the fence for four and then sent the ball sailing over long-on for a huge six.

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Mumbai Indians win toss, ask Royal Challengers to bat first

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Mumbai Indians skipper Ricky Ponting won the toss and asked Royal Challengers Bangalore to bat first in the second match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here tonight.

Mumbai have included all-rounders Kieron Pollard and Jacob Oram in the playing eleven. Ponting and Mitchell Johnson are their other two foreign players. Lasith Malinga has been kept out of the match by an injury.

For Royal Challengers, the overseas players in the playing eleven are Muttiah Muralitharan, Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Daniel Christian.
 
The teams:
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, Tillekaratne Dilshan, Virat  Kohli (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Dan Christian, K.K. Nair, K.B. Arun Karthik (wicketkeeper), R Vinay Kumar, Murali Kartik, Jaydev Unadkat, Muttiah Muralitharan
 
Mumbai Indians: Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar, Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell Johnson, Harbhajan Singh, Jacob Oram, Munaf Patel
 
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Temasek Holdings invests in cancer care specialists HCG Enterprises Ltd.

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Cancer care specialists HealthCare Global Enterprises Limited (HCG) today announced that Temasek Holdings, a Singapore-based investment company, had become a shareholder in the company. 

Temasek joins existing investors, Premji Invest, an investment entity owned by Wipro chairman Azim Premji, and Milestone Religare in a primary equity issuance by the company, a press release from HCG said.
 
Evolvence India Life Sciences Fund, which has been an investor in HCG since 2007, will be exiting their investment to Temasek in the company, it said.
 
"We are happy to bring on board an equity partner of the stature of Temasek as we begin the next phase of growth. Temasek's global perspective and long term interest in healthcare makes them a valuable partner. We also welcome Dr. Jennifer Lee to our board and look forward to benefiting from her vast experiences in health management and policy," said Dr. B.S. Ajaikumar, Chairman and CEO of HCG Enterprises Ltd.
 
"We are pleased to have the opportunity to invest in HCG, who have redefined cancer care in India," said Mr Rohit Sipahimalani, Head- India, Temasek Holdings.
 
HCG, headquartered in Bangalore with 26 centres, is Asia's largest cancer care network, the release added.
 
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GAIL commences supply of natural gas to Bangalore

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The public sector GAIL (India) Ltd today commenced the supply of natural gas to Bangalore city from its 1000-km Dabhol-Bangalore pipeline.
 
The "gas-in" for Bangalore from the pipeline was done by Union Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister M Veerappa Moily.
 
A Gas Transmission Agreement was also signed between GAIL and Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL) in the presence of Mr Moily, who also laid the foundation stone for the construction of a natural gas pipeline to Chikaballapur.
 
Mr Moily also switched on the supply of gas from the Dabhol-Bangalore pipeline to industries in the state. Gas supplies to Toyota Kirloskar Auto Parts for their 6.5 MW power plant also commenced today.
 
The pipeline has been constructed with an investment of Rs 4,500 crore and a design capacity of 16 MMSCMD of natural gas.
 
This is the first time that natural gas is being made available to the people of Karnataka.
 
The pipeline passes through Belgaum, Dharwad, Gadag, Bellary, Devanagere,  Chitradurga, Tumkur, Ramanagaram, Bangalore Rural and Bangalore Urban.
 
It traverses through 18 National Highways, 382 other road crossings, 20 railway crossings, 83 cased crossings and 276 water body crossings, including Asia's largest river crossing in rocky terrain at Ghatprabha. 
 
The project involved laying of 73 km of 18 inch diameter pipeline in the city of Bangalore. With only 25 km stretch passing through Reserve Forest Area, it goes through 11 major river crossings including Zuari, Shastri, Ghad and Ghatprabha.
 
The Gas Transmission Agreement between GAIL and KPCL provides for supply of 2.1 MMSCMD of natural gas from GAIL's Dabhol-Bangalore pipeline to feed KPCL's power plant for 700 MW of power generation at Bidadi. The supplies shall begin within the next 30 months.
 
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Rudra, MK-IV army version of Advanced Light Helicopter, handed over to Army

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd Chairman R K Tyagi handing over Rudra, the advanced light helicopter MK-IV Army Version, to the Deputy Chief of Army Staff (P & S), Lt. Gen. Narendra Singh, during Aero India 2013, in Bangalore on February 8, 2013
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd Chairman R K Tyagi handing over Rudra, the advanced light helicopter MK-IV Army Version, to the Deputy Chief of Army Staff (P & S), Lt. Gen. Narendra Singh, during Aero India 2013, in Bangalore on February 8, 2013

Rudra, the MK-IV version of the Advanced Light Helicopter, was handed over by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) Chairman R K Tyagi to Lt Gen Narendra Singh, Deputy Chief of Army Staff (P&S), Indian Army during Aero India 2013 here today.

Mr P Soundara Rajan, Managing Director, HAL said the helicopter is fitted with day and night targeting systems and can carry a mix of weapons (70 rockets, anti-tank missiles, air to air missiles and 20 mm turret gun), providing the required capability to search and destroy any targets.
 
Rudra is designed indigenously at the Rotary Wing Research and Design Centre (RWR & DC) to meet the mission specifications and tested extensively over varied terrains and firing ranges in India. 
 
The Regional Centre for Military Airworthiness has provided Initial Operational Clearance for the project facilitating delivery of helicopters to Indian Armed Forces. 
 
"Rudra is all set to redefine battle tactics in modern day conflicts," an official press release added.
 
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Antony urges industry to develop world-class defence products, technologies in India

 
Aero India 2013 begins today

Defence Minister A K Antony today urged all stakeholders in the defence industry to take advantage of India's revised Defence Procurement Policy of 2010 and develop world-class products and technologies so as make the country a hub in the sub-continent.

Inaugurating the ninth edition of Aero India, billed as the biggest air show in Asia, Mr Antony said the revised procurement policy had provided for more public-private partnerships in view of the immense opportunities available in the aerospace industry.
 
He said Aero India 2013 would provide enormous business opportunities not only to India but also to different regional markets of the world ad hoped it would provide avenues of growth for the Indian aerospace industry.
 
On the occasion, Mr Antony unveiled the Aerospace Policy of the Karnataka state government in the presence of Chief Minister Jagdish Shettar.
 
He also announced that the 10th Aero India would be held here from 18-22 February 2015. 
 
Union Minister of Civil Aviation Ajit Singh described Aero India as a "knowledge platform". He said Indian aviation was one of the fastest growing aviation sectors in the world and called for concentrated efforts by all stakeholders to sustain this momentum.
 
Mr Shettar, Mr R K Mathur,Secretary ,Defence Production and Ms Naina Lal Kidwai, President, FICCI also spoke on the occasion.
 
Those present included Marshal of The Air Force Arjan Singh, Minister of State for Defence Jitendra Singh, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne, Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister and DG, DRDO Dr V K Saraswat and Defence Secretary Shashikant Sharma.
 
The inaugural function was followed by a spectacular aerobatics show that included displays by the Tiger Moth of the 1930s, making its flight appearance after 22 years, Light Combat Aircraft "Tejas" and a performance by the well-known Flying Bulls of Czech Republic.
 
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Antony urges private sector to participate in defence R&D, production

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Defence Minister A K Antony today said urged the private sector to step into the areas of defence research and development (R&D) and production in a big way.

"Industries have several opportunities to participate in major defence acquisition programmes by making use of our offset policies," he said in his address to an international seminar on "Challenges in Design to Deployment of Aerospace Products" here on the eve of the inauguration of Aero India 2013, Asia's largest air show.
 
"If our private industries also invest in R&D, I’m confident that the requirements of our users would be met much earlier than is the case now," he said.
 
Mr Antony said that, at present, R&D efforts in the country were mostly government-funded and by government agencies.
 
He asked all stake holders to have regular deliberations and solve their problems within the initial stages of any project or programme for timely delivery of the products and equipment to the Services. 
 
"Our mantra must be jointness in day-to-day working, if we wish to succeed in reducing the content of the imported weaponry and increase the indigenous content," he said.
 
Defining a "successful design" as one that properly translates the design into an acceptable product, meeting the requirements of the end users, Mr Antony said this is not an easy task and the development and production agencies face several challenges along the way. 
 
Mr Antony said the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas is undergoing several flight and ground tests to meet the requirements of the users. The very long gestation period of development in aerospace products introduces elements of additional challenges for all the agencies, he said.
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He said aerospace systems had become highly avionics and software intensive. "Such technologies change at mind boggling pace. It is imperative to ensure that the user requirements are met and the design of these requirements are finalised as early as possible. The product, along with the technologies available on the date, should be released with regular updates to take care of the technological advancements," he said. 
 
Mr Antony complimented the designing and production agencies for overcoming several challenges and giving the country such products as the Tejas, weaponised Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv, Akash Missiles and Brah Mos. 
 
The function was attended among others by Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne, the Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister, Mr V K Saraswat, and Secretary, Defence Production, Mr R K Mathur.
 
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Aircel launches free mobile roaming service

Mobile telephone services provider Aircel today announced the launch of free roaming services across the country, offering one rate for voice, SMS and data in home circles and on roaming on Aircel network.

A press release from the company said here that the step would revolutionize the voice market in the country, 
 
"The product is an industry first, and will redefine the user experience and consumption of voice services in the country. The product does not only do away with roaming charges but also provides attractive voice, SMS and data tariffs," it said.
 
According to the release, "One nation, one rate" will provide the following One-India tariff to Aircel customers:
 
* Voice – Local/National calling at 1paisa/second in home circle as well as on roaming on Aircel network. Incoming calls while on roaming on Aircel network will be free
* SMS – Local and national SMS at Re 1/SMS in home circle as well as while on roaming
* Data – User will be able to carry the home circle rate while on roaming
 
Mr Anupam Vasudev, Chief Marketing Officer, Aircel, said that the step would help Aircel, which had pioneered the data revolution in the country with services such as Pocket Internet, to take a lead in the voice space as well.
 
"We believe that the launch of this product will create a community of Aircel users and will mark the start of an important chapter in India’s telecom growth story," he added.
 
According to the release, Aircel is India's fifth largest and fastest growing GSM mobile service provider and a pan India operator. It won 3G spectrum in 13 circles and BWA spectrum in 8 circles and has successfully launched 3G services in 13 circles.
 
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Prof U R Rao to be inducted into Satellite Hall of Fame, Washington

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Prof U R Rao

Prof U R Rao, former Chairman, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and  Secretary, Department of Space, will be honoured by the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) by inducting him as a member of the prestigious “Satellite Hall of Fame”, Washington.  

Since 1987, the SSPI Hall of Fame has been recognising the invaluable contribution of the visionaries who have transformed life on planet earth for the better through satellite
technology, a press release from ISRO said.
 
Members of the Hall of Fame are recognised pioneers in communications, satellite related aerospace scientific research or development and delivery of applications for business, institutions and government via satellite.
 
As a honoured member of Hall of Fame, Prof  Rao joins over 40 personalities such as Sir Arthur C Clarke, Dr James Van Allen, Dr William Pritchard,  Dr Harold Rosen, Dr Fredric d’Allest,   Dr Takayashi Yoshida,  Dr Peter Jackson and Dr Olof Lundberg.
 
The induction of Prof Rao into the Satellite Hall of Fame is scheduled to take place on March 19, 2013 at a function to be held in Washington, D.C.
 
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Infosys reports Rs 2369 crore net profit in Q3

Software services provider Infosys Ltd today reported a better than expected Rs 2369 crore net profit after tax for the third quarter of 2012-13 ended December 31, 2012, unchanged from the previous quarter and compared to Rs 2372 crore in the same quarter of the previous year.

In its results for the quarter, the company said revenues had grown 5.7 per cent quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) to Rs 10,424 crore in the third quarter. The year-on-year (YoY) growth was 12.1 per cent, it said.
 
This includes revenues from acquisition of Switzerland-based consulting firm Lodestone. 
 
Revenues excluding Lodestone acquisition grew 3.6% over the September quarter to Rs 10,210 crore.
 
Earnings per share (EPS) was Rs 41.47 for the quarter, against Rs 41.46 for the previous quarter, it said.
 
“We have done well in this quarter despite an uncertain environment,” said Mr S. D. Shibulal, Infosys CEO and Managing Director. 
 
“We continue to gain confidence from a strong pipeline of large deals. However, the broader economic environment remains difficult. Even so, we remain cautiously optimistic about the January-March quarter”, he added.
 
“We were able to maintain our margins through efficiency improvements despite increased operating expenses. We remain focused on making the right investments for profitable and sustainable growth in the longer term", Mr Rajiv Bansal, Chief Financial Officer, said.
 
In its outlook for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, the company said it expected revenues to be at least Rs 40,746 crore and EPS to be at least Rs 162.80.
 
The company's liquid assets including cash and cash equivalents, current available-for-sale financial assets, investment in certificates of deposits and government bonds as on December 31, 2012 were Rs 22,501 crore versus Rs 22,570 crore as on September 30, 2012.
 
A press release from the company said it won eight large outsourcing deals amounting to $ 731 million of total contract value. There were 14 new wins for Infosys' products and platforms.
 
The company and its subsidiaries added 53 clients during the quarter. There was a gross addition of 7,499 employees (net addition of 977) for the quarter by Infosys and its subsidiaries. The company and its subsidiaries had 1,55,629 employees as on December 31, 2012.
 
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Cricket: Hafeez, Malik star in Pakistan’s clinical win over India

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Fine half-centuries by skipper Mohammed Hafeez and ex-captain Shoaib Malik helped Pakistan beat India by five wickets and with two balls to spare in the first of their two Twenty20 internationals at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here tonight.

Indian pacer Bhuvaneshwar  Kumar (3/9) made a memorable debut by reducing Pakistan to three for 12. But a crucial 106-run stand between Hafeez (61) and Malik (57 not out) helped them achieve the target of 134 with two balls to spare. Hafeez was also adjudged as Man of the Match.
 
A fine display of seam bowling by Kumar, who opened the bowling, removed the Pakistan top-order.  Nasir Jamshed (2) was the first to go, castled by a huge in-swinger.  Kumar picked up Ahmed Shehzad (5) and Umar Akmal in the next over.
 
Kumar produced an excellent delivery to get rid of Umar. Kumar pitched it wide outside the off-stump but it swung back sharply and it hit the top of Umar’s  middle stump.
 
Hafeez and Malik then brought back Pakistan’s innings on track with some clever play. They relied on the singles but did not wait to punish the poor deliveries. Hafeez was the dominant of the two and hit six fours and two sixes during his 44-ball innings.
 
With Pakistan just 16 runs short of a win, Hafeez tried to upper cut a wide delivery from Ishant Sharma (1/23) only to find Kumar at the third man boundary in the 18th over.  Kamran Akmal (1) also fell soon in the next over leaving Pakistan 10 runs to win off the last over.
 
Two former skippers Malik and Shahid Afridi (3 not out)  took the team home safely without any further loss. Malik finished off the game in style with a huge six over the bowler’s head with two balls to spare.  
  
Earlier,  some fine bowling a tight fielding helped Pakistan restrict India to 133 for nine in 20 overs.
 
India openers Gautam Gambhir (43) and Ajinkya Rahane (42) were the notable contributors with their 77-run stand after they were put in by the Pakistan captain.
 
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Pacer Umar Gul was the pick of the Pakistani bowlers bagging three for 21 while spinner Saeed Ajmal bagged two for 25.
 
Pakistan's opening bowlers Sohail Tanveer and the towering debutant Mohammad Irfan (1/25) bowled well to tie down the Indian batsmen as just 37 runs came off the first six overs.
 
Runs, however, started flowing in after Tanveer and Irfan were removed from the attack.
 
Rahane took on the Pakistani attack with a four off Gul and in the same over Gambhir smacked him for a six over the mid-wicket.
 
In the next over, Rahane again slammed Ajmal for a six over over the extra-cover region. Rahane was supremely confident but Gambhir was cautious as his timing was not right.
 
Rahane departed in his attempt to hit out Shahid Afridi (1/26), caught in the deep by Umar Akmal. 
 
Gambhir fell in Afridi's next over, run out and the dismissal trigerred a mini collapse as from 90 for one, India kept losing wickets at regular intervals. They lost nine wickets for 43 runs.
 
Yuvraj Singh (10) started with a six but failed to carry on while Mahendra Singh Dhoni's (1) poor form with the bat continued.
 
Scoreboard:
India:
Gautam Gambhir run out (Tanvir/Kamran) 43
Ajnkya Rahane c Umar b Afridi 42
Virat Kohli c Kamran b Irfan 9
Yuvraj Singh c Umar b Gul 10
Mahendra Singh Dhoni b Ajmal 1
Suresh Raina b Ajmal 10
Rohit Sharma run out (Malik) 2
Ravindra Jadeja c Kamran b Gul 2
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar not out 6
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Ishant Sharma b Gul 0
Ashok Dinda not out 3
Extras (lb 2, w 3) 5
Total (for nine wickets in 20 overs) 133
Fall of wickets: 1-77 (Rahane, 10.5 overs), 2-90 (Gambhir, 12.4), 3-103 (Kohli, 14.3), 4-108 (Dhoni, 15.1), 5-115 (Yuvraj, 16.2), 6-122 (Raina, 17.3), 7-123 (Rohit, 17.4), 8-124 (Jadeja, 18.1), 9-124 (Ishant, 18.2)
Bowling:
Mohammad Irfan 4-0-25-1
Sohail Tanvir 4-0-22-0
Umar Gul 3-0-21-3
Saeed Ajmal 4-0-25-2
Shahid Afridi 3-0-26-1
Mohammad Hafeez 2-0-12-0
 
Pakistan:
Nasir Jamshed b Kumar 2
Ahmed Shehzad c Dhoni b Kumar 5
Mohammad Hafeez c Kumar b Ishant 61
Umar Akmal b Kumar 0
Shoaib Malik not out 57
Kamran Akmal c Ishant b Dinda 1
Shahid Afridi not out 3
Extras (lb 1, w 3, nb 1) 5
Total (for five wickets in 19.4 overs) 134
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Nasir Jamshed, 0.6 overs), 2-11 (Ahmed Shehzad, 2.2), 3-12 (Umar Akmal, 2.6), 4-118 (Mohammad Hafeez, 17.1), 5-123 (Kamran Akmal, 18.5)
Bowling:
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 4-0-9-3
Ashok Dinda 4-0-26-1
Ishant Sharma 4-0-23-1
Virat Kohli 2-0-21-0
Yuvraj Singh 3-0-25-0
Ravindra Jadeja 2.4-0-29-0
 
Toss Pakistan, who chose to field
Series Pakistan led the 2-match series 1-0
Player of the match: Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan)
Umpires: S Ravi and C Shamsuddin
TV umpire: VA Kulkarni
Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka)
 
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Cricket: Pakistan restrict India to 133/9

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Some fine bowling and tight fielding helped Pakistan restrict India to 133 for nine in 20 overs in the first of their two Twenty20 internationals at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.
 
India openers Gautam Gambhir (43) and Ajinkya Rahane (42) were the notable contributors with their 77-run stand after they were put in by Pakistan captain Mohammed Hafeez.
 
Pacer Umar Gul was the pick of the Pakistani bowlers bagging three for 21 while spinner Saeed Ajmal bagged two for 25.
 
Pakistan's opening bowlers Sohail Tanveer and the towering debutant Mohammad Irfan (1/25) bowled well to tie down the Indian batsmen as just 37 runs came off the first six overs.
 
Runs, however, started flowing in after Tanveer and Irfan were removed from the attack.
 
Rahane took on the Pakistani attack with a four off Gul and in the same over Gambhir smacked him for a six over the mid-wicket.
 
In the next over, Rahane again slammed Ajmal for a six over over the extra-cover region. Rahane was supremely confident but Gambhir was cautious as his timing was not right.
 
Rahane departed in his attempt to hit out Shahid Afridi (1/26), caught in the deep by Umar Akmal. 
 
Gambhir fell in Afridi's next over, run out and the dismissal triggered a mini collapse as from 90 for one, India kept losing wickets at regular intervals. They lost nine wickets for 43 runs.
 
Yuvraj Singh (10) started with a six but failed to carry on while Mahendra Singh Dhoni's (1) poor form with the bat continued.
 
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