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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

Prof U R Rao
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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Cricket: Pakistan opt to field against India

Pakistan captain Mohammed Hafeez won the toss and elected to field against India in the first of the two Twenty20 internationals at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium here Tuesday.

Pace-bowling all-rounder Bhuvaneshwar Kumar will make his debut for India in the match..
 
India: Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain/wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Ashok Dinda
 
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal (wicketkeeper), Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan
 
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It will be difficult to replace Tendulkar: Dhoni

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Admitting that the team will sincerely miss Sachin Tendulkar, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said here today that the batting maestro's absence will be hard to fill.
 
Dhoni said he has learnt a lot from Tendulkar.
 
“I learnt a lot from him whenever I got a chance to bat in the ODI (one-day international) format. I think his contribution is immense and it will be difficult to replace him,” Dhoni said on the eve of the first Twenty20 against Pakistan.
 
“We will also be very disappointed not to see Sachin score his 50th century and 100th half-century in the ODIs, as he had retired with a world record of 49 hundreds and 96 fifties,” Dhoni told reporters here at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
 
Dhoni said Tendulkar taught the players to be humble in life.
 
“All these things helped me personally. It is good that Sachin is still playing in one of the formats (Tests) as there is plenty for youngsters to learn from him,” Dhoni said.
 
Dhoni said the team respects Tendulkar's decision to retire ahead of the high-voltage series
 
“It was his personal decision and we respect it,” Dhoni said.
 
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India-Pakistan set for an exciting Christmas Day Twenty20 clash

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Bilateral cricketing ties between India and Pakistan are all set to resume with the first Twenty20 international between the two neighbours at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here tomorrow.

Security has been beefed up for the Christmas Day match that will see the two arch-rivals clash in a bilateral series for the first time since 2007. 
 
Sporting ties between the two countries were snapped after the November 26, 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai by Pakistani terrorists.
 
The last time the two teams clashed on home soil was last year during the World Cup semi-final that India won.
 
India also won the last encounter between the two countries in the World Twenty20 held this year in Sri Lanka. 
 
Such has been the hype surrounding the series that the first match has been sold out.
 
Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez admitted that his team is not here just to play cricket but win hearts as well.
 
"We have come here not only to play cricket but also to win your hearts," he said.
 
Pakistan's coach Dav Whatmore can't wait to experience the thrill of being a part of a high-voltage series between the two countries.
 
He said the series comprising two T20Is and three One Day Internationals will be "special."
 
"Well this is a special set of games for us. This is my first experience of a Pakistan-India series, a five-game series. We have played India of course in ICC events but this is my first time (in a bilateral series). I am looking forward to it personally," Whatmore said.
 
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Both the teams heavily rely on spin but dew may make the difference. Pakistan's top spinner Saeed Ajmal has proved himself as a match-winner in the shortest version of the game while leg-spinner Shahid Afridi's leg-spin can also prove a threat for the hosts.
 
India will also rely on the spin of Yuvraj Singh and Ravichandran Ashwin. India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is likely to go in with the three spinners and Piyush Chawla may play.
 
Yuvraj made a stunning comeback after being dropped from the Test team following a poor show against England. The batting will revolve around Dhoni, Yuvraj and Suresh Raina. 
 
Dhoni also feels that toss will be the key in the series. "Winning the toss will be crucial because dew may have an impact. If you see both the sides, they are quite same. Their ability to play spinners is quite same. I think it will be nice couple of games," he said.
 
Pakistan all-rounder Sohail Tanveer, who was the highest wicket-taker in the inaugural season of the IPL, said his team's pacers will try to take the burden of spinners. 
 
"Against England in Abu Dhabi, the fast bowlers contributed to the efforts of the spinners. Even here, we will try to lighten the load on the spinners," said Tanvir.
 
The second Twenty20 will be played in Ahmedabad (Dec 28) and it will be followed by three ODIs in Chennai (Dec 30), Kolkata (Jan 3) and Delhi (Jan 6).
 
The teams:
 
India: M S Dhoni (captain), Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Parvinder Awana, Piyush Chawla, Ambati Rayudu.
 
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (captain), Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Umar Amin, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Asad Ali, Zulfiqar Babar, Ahmed Shehzad.
 
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Dell launches 16 electronics recycling collection points across India

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Technology major Dell today said it had launched 16 electronics recycling collection points for consumers across 13 cities in the country as part of its commitment to encourage and enable free and responsible ways of disposing of old equipment.

"These collection points will be located at the existing Dell Carry-In Service (CIS) centres to encourage the responsible disposal and recycling of any brand, through a Dell-approved environmental partner. Each centre will house electronics collection bins that consumers can use to drop-off their non-working electronics," a press release from the company said.
 
The release said the collection points were an extension of Dell's global free recycling programme that aims to provide free and easy recycling for consumers, keep environmentally sensitive materials out of landfills, enable materials to be recycled or reused, and help conserve natural resources.
 
Mr A. Prem Ananth, Take Back Compliance Manager, Dell India said, "Dell has been working towards providing multiple hassle-free options for disposing electronics responsibly and keeping them out of our landfills. Our newest recycling locations will now provide even more free and convenient options for consumers to recycle any brand of computer or associated peripheral device."
 
The collection points are located in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Lucknow and Noida, with two collection points each in Pune, Mumbai and Kolkata. 
 
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Banking decision sciences company iCreate Software raises Rs 50 crores

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Banking decision sciences company iCreate Software today said it had raised Rs 50 crore in Series B round of funding, with the investment being led by Sequoia Capital.

IDG Ventures India, the Series A investors, also participated in the Series B round. As part of this investment, Gautam Mago from Sequoia Capital India Advisors will join the company's board, a press release from iCreate said.
 
The release said the funding is expected to help iCreate grow its market potential exponentially by expanding its product portfolio, entering newer markets and deploying flexible engagement models to deliver superior banking decision enablement solutions. 
 
According to the release, iCreate’s banking software products power over 20 leading banks across Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, such as HDFC Bank, IndusInd Bank, Bank of America, Gulf Investment Corporation, Capitec Bank, BankMandiri, SAIB Egypt and East West Bank.
 
Mr Shailendra Singh, Managing Director, Sequoia Capital India Advisors said, “iCreate has been delivering compelling value to the global banking sector with their banking BI and analytics products. In a very short period of time, they have built up an admirable roster of clients by delivering vital, actionable business intelligence to banks. We are excited to partner with the iCreate leadership team to help build a valuable global software product company coming from India.”
 
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Mr T C Meenakshisundaram, founder and MD, IDG Ventures India added, “I am delighted to welcome aboard our new partners Sequoia Capital. IDG Ventures India has been an investor in iCreate since 2010, and believe in its ability to help banks become agile in their decision making to manage the increasing volatility in business. The years ahead will be a defining phase for iCreate and I look forward to work with the expanded leadership team."
 
Mr Vivek Subramanyam, CEO, iCreate said, “I am extremely happy to welcome aboard Sequoia Capital.Our endeavours to ‘define the bar’ of innovative solutions in the banking decision sciences space just got a valuable partner. I am confident that Sequoia’s experienced team will provide a fresh perspective in our journey to become a category leader in global banking decision sciences."
 
Mr Anup Pai, Founder & COO, iCreate added, “iCreate’s domain-focussed innovations have been redefining the way the banking sector manages information. Shaking hands with a global leader like Sequoia Capital will help us launch the build efforts for newer products and expanding our portfolio. This new thrust will certainly catapult our growth and help us serve the banking fraternity better."
 
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Yeddyurappa launches new party; several BJP MLAs, MLAs present at event

 
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Former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa formally launched his Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) here today, nine days after he snapped his four-decade-old link with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a bitter and emotional parting of ways.
 
In a massive show of strength, Mr Yeddyurappa, 70, staged a huge rally at Haveri, where he took over as the president of his new party in the presence of thousands of supporters, including 13 sitting members of the state legislative assembly.
 
Talking to journalists before the rally, Mr Yeddyurappa said the BJP government in Karnataka was able to continue in office only because of the support of his followers and dared the BJP leadership to dissolve the assembly and seek a fresh mandate from the people.
 
Referring to the disciplinary action taken by the BJP leadership against an MP and a state Minister loyal to him, he said the party should, instead of "dilly-dallying" and taking "selective action", should go back to the people for a fresh vote.
 
He said such actions only served to help him increase his support base in the state.
 
The BJP had, yesterday, suspened Mr G.S. Basavaraj, its Member of Parliament from Karnataka, from the primary membership of the party for alleged "anti-party activities, which include his public pronouncements against the party in general and party leaders in particulars."
 
Mr Yeddyurappa had led the BJP to power in a southern state for the first time more than four years ago. The BJP said the launch of the new party would not affect it in any way.
 
"The BJP will return to power in the state in the next elections", which are six months away, BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told newspapers in Delhi.
 
He said the recent developments were unfortunate, but they would not affect the BJP in any way.
 
The appearance of several MLAs and MLCs at the rally has put the BJP in a spot, because it had vowed to act against any of its leaders who participated in today's event. 
 
Mr Yeddyurappa, who was Chief Minister for 38 months, had been asked by the BJP leadership to quit afer he was indicted by the state Lokayukta in an alleged miniming scam.
 
He claims he had been assured that he would be made the Chief Minister again after he got relief from the court in the mining scam case and that the party leadership did not honour their promise. "They deceived me," he said on November 30, when he quit the party finally.
 
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Justice Arun Mishra appointed Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court

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The President has appointed Mr Justice Arun Mishra, Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court, as the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court.

An official press release said the appointment would be with effect from the date he assumed charge of his new office.
 
Mr Justice Mishra, 57, graduated in sience and then obtained a Master's degree in Arts and a degree in Law.
 
He practised from 1978 to October 1999 in constitutional, civil, industrial, criminal and service matters in the Bench of High Court of Madhya Pradesh at Gwalior. He worked as part time Lecturer in Law during 1986 to 1993 and was a Member of Faculty of Law of Jiwaji University, Gwalior from 1991 to 1996.
 
He was chairman of General Council of National Law School of India University at Bangalore from 15.05.1998 to 24.10.1999.
 
He was appointed as Additional Judge of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh on October 25, 1999 and Permanent Judge on October 24, 2001.
 
He was transferred to Rajasthan High Court, Jodhpur and took oath there on 12.09.2010. He became Acting Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court on 1.11.2010 and became the Chief Justice of Rajasthan on 26.11.2010.
 
The President has also appointed Mr Justice N. K. Balakrishnan, Mr Justice V. Chitambaresh and Mr Justice A. M. Shaffique, Additional Judges of the High Court of Kerala, as Judges of that High Court with effect from the date they assume charge of their office. 
 
Mr Justice Arvind Kumar, Additional Judge of the High Court of Karnataka, has been appointed as a Judge of that High Court with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office, the release added.
 
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Former Karnataka CM B S Yeddyurappa quits BJP, to launch new party on Dec 9

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Former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who led the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power in a southern state more than four years ago, snapped his four-decade-old link with the party in a bitter and emotional parting of ways today.

Mr Yeddyurappa, 70, made his exit from the party six months before elections to the state legislative assembly are due in Karnataka.
 
His voice choking with emotion at one stage, Mr Yeddyurappa told journalists that he would launch his own outfit, the Karnataka Janata Party, on December 7.
 
He said he had sent a letter of resignation from the primary membership of the party to BJP president Nitin Gadkari. He later met Assembly Speaker K G Bopaiah and submitted his resignation from the House.
 
Mr Yeddyurappa, who was Chief Minister for 38 months, had been asked by the BJP leadership to quit afer he was indicted by the state Lokayukta in an alleged miniming scam.
 
He said he had been forced to take the decision to resign from the party, which he had built in the state. He blamed two state leaders for pushing him to take the extreme decision.
 
While he did not name anyone, it is generally believed that he was referring to H N Ananth Kumar and state BJP president K S Eshwarappa. His relations with senior BJP leader L K Advani were also said to be strained.
 
"Today, with great pain and a heavy heart, I am beginning a new phase in my political life," Mr Yeddyurappa said.
 
There is no immediate threat to the Jagdish Shettar governmet in the state, with Mr Yeddyurappa asking his suppporters among the MLAs and Ministers not to resign. He said his party would cooperate with the government and allow it to complete its term.
 
Mr Yeddyurappa claims he had been assured that he would be made the Chief Minister again after he got relief from the court in the mining scam case and that the party leadership did not honour their promise. "They deceived me," he said.
 
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