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Sreesanth, two other Rajasthan Royals cricketers arrested on spot-fixing charges

In a major development, the Delhi Police have arrested three cricketers of the Rajasthan Royals -- S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan -- for alleged spot fixing in the ongoing Indian Premier League, among the most popular and lucrative of cricket tournaments in the world.
Sreesanth, 2 other players arrested for spot fixing

In a major development, the Delhi Police have arrested three cricketers of the Rajasthan Royals -- S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan -- for alleged spot fixing in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) among the most popular and lucrative of cricket tournaments in the world.

The arrests were made from the team's hotel at Nariman Point in Mumbai last night after the Rajasthan Royals lost by 14 runs to Mumbai Indians in a crucial match. Some reports said Sreesanth was picked up from Delhi.
 
Along with the players, as many as seven bookies of Mumbai and three from Delhi have been arrested, sources said, adding that all of them were being brought to Delhi today for further interrogation and investigations. Top police officials indicated that some more arrests were likely.
 
The sources said the entire operation was carried out by a team from the Special Cell of the Delhi Police, which had been, on the basis of a tip-off, monitoring scores of telephones for the past few weeks.
 
According to the sources, the police suspect that there was spot fixing in at least three matches during the current season of IPL, which will move to the play-offs stage in a few days.
 
Spot-fixing involves the bowlers bowling a particular ball or over or a set of overs in a pre-determined manner or a batsmen playing a shot or his innings in a certain way, without necessarily affecting the final result of the match.
 
What has surprised most people is the fact that the arrests are of players from the Rajasthan Royals, which has put up an exceptionally good show in the current tournament and has already qualified for the play-offs among the top four teams. Moreover, the team is led by Rahul Dravid, one of the most admired and respected cricketers.
 
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Ajit Chandila, S Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan
"We have been informed that three of our players have been called in for investigation on spot fixing in matches. We are completely taken by surprise. We do not have the full facts at this point and are unable to confirm anything. We are in touch with the BCCI on this matter. We will fully cooperate with the authorities to ensure a thorough investigation. The management at Rajasthan Royals has a zero-tolerance approach to anything that is against the spirit of the game," the management of Rajasthan Royals said in a statement.
 
The arrests have also come as a major setback for the IPL, which has been attracting huge crowds for all matches at all venues across the country for the past few weeks.
 
The Rajasthan Royals franchise is owned by well-known actress Shilpa Shetty, her husband businessman Raj Kundra and Lachlan Murdoch.
 
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Mumbai beat Rajasthan by 14 runs, consolidate top spot in IPL

Aditya Tare of Mumbai Indians plays a shot during their match against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League at Mumbai on the May 15, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Aditya Tare of Mumbai Indians plays a shot during their match against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League at Mumbai on the May 15, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS

In a battle to remain among the top two, Mumbai Indians emerged winners as they beat 2008 champions Rajasthan Royals by 14 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.

With both the teams assured of their places in the IPL play-offs, the battle was for a spot in the top two. Before today's match, Mumbai, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were tied on 20 points each.
 
But with the win, Mumbai Indians only consolidated their position at top with 22 points followed by Super Kings (also 22) at second place and Rajasthan Royals (20) at third.
 
Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid won the toss and in his bid to improve the team's net run rate decided to bowl first.
 
But it was not a wise call as Aditya Tare starred with a 37-ball 59 and Glenn Maxwell struck 23 as Mumbai Indians posted a competitive 166 for eight in 20 overs.
 
Rajasthan Royals failed to recover from the poor start and despite valiant knocks from Stuart Binny (37) and Brad Hodge (39) lower down the order they managed only 152 for seven in 20 overs.
 
Rajasthan were put on the backfoot right in the first over after Mitchell Johnson (2/23) scalped Dravid (4). The Rajasthan skipper tried to pull Johnson's bouncer that went to keeper's hand and the umpire gave him out. Dravid's reaction was stunning as he stayed there for a few seconds and vented his anger and frustration before walking back.
 
The top order suddenly collapsed and the visitors were soon struggling at 28 for four in the sixth over.
 
Pacer Dhaval Kulkarni (2/21) dismissed Ajinkya Rahane (4) and James Faulkner (14) while Johnson got rid of the talented Sanju Samson (4) in the fifth over.
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Shane Watson (19) tried to take the attack to Mumbai Indians but his 16-ball innings, during which he hit two sixes, but he was dismissed after Kieron Pollard took a good running catch off Pragyan Ojha. Watson and Pollard exchanged some angry words from the sidelines and Dravid had to intervene to take Watson back to the dressing room.
 
With Rajasthan struggling at 88 for six, Binny and Hodge added 56 runs for the seventh wicket in 38 balls but it was not enough. 
 
Earlier, a brilliant half-century by Aditya Tare helped Mumbai Indians set a challenging 167-run target for Rajasthan Royals.
 
With Sachin Tendulkar dropped due to an injury in his left palm, Mumbai Indians included Tare while giving Maxwell another chance. 
 
Maxwell departed early in the fourth over after giving Mumbai a flying start with his 17-ball 23. Tare and Dinesh Karthik (21) consolidated the innings with their 76-run stand for the second wicket. 
 
Rajasthan, however, pulled back things in their favour by bowling tightly in the death overs as only 34 runs came off in last five overs at the cost of five wickets.
 
Scoreboard:
Mumbai Indians
Glenn Maxwell lbw Watson 23
Aditya Tare c Watson b Cooper 59
Dinesh Karthik c Samson b Tambe 21
Rohit Sharma c Watson b Faulkner 14
Kieron Pollard run out (Cooper) 17
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Ambati Rayudu c Samson b Watson 7
Harbhajan Singh not out 15
Mitchell Johnson c Hodge b Faulkner 2
Lasith Malinga run out (Watson/Faulkner/Yagnik) 1
Extras (lb 3, w 4) 7
Total (for eight wickets in 20 overs) 166
Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Maxwell, 3.2 overs), 2-101 (Karthik, 11.5), 3-108 (Tare, 12.4), 4-138 (Sharma, 15.5), 5-144 (Pollard, 16.4), 6-151 (Rayudu, 17.5), 7-164 (Johnson, 19.3), 8-166 (Malinga, 19.6)
Bowling:
Ankit Chavan 3-0-25-0
James Faulkner 4-0-32-2
Shane Watson 4-0-30-2
Stuart Binny 1-0-11-0
Pravin Tambe 4-0-38-1
Kevon Cooper 4-0-27-1
 
Rajasthan Royals
Rahul Dravid c Karthik b Johnson 4
Ajinkya Rahane c Malinga b Kulkarni 4
James Faulkner c Maxwell b Kulkarni 12
Sanju Samson c Ojha b Johnson 4
Shane Watson c Pollard b Ojha 19
Stuart Binny not out 37
Dishant Yagnik b Harbhajan Singh 10
Brad Hodge lbw Malinga 39
Kevon Cooper not out 7
Extras (b 4, lb 4, w 8) 16
Total (for seven wickets in 20 overs) 152
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Dravid, 0.5 overs), 2-22 (Faulkner, 3.4), 3-26 (Samson, 4.4), 4-28 (Rahane, 5.4), 5-58 (Watson, 9.1), 6-88 (Yagnik, 12.5), 7-144 (Hodge, 19.1)
Bowling:
Mitchell Johnson 4-0-23-2
Dhaval Kulkarni 4-0-21-2
Harbhajan Singh 4-0-29-1
Lasith Malinga 4-0-35-1
Pragyan Ojha 4-0-36-1
 
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Mumbai Indians make 166/8 against Rajasthan Royals

Aditya Tare of Mumbai Indians plays a shot during their match against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League at Mumbai on the May 15, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Aditya Tare of Mumbai Indians plays a shot during their match against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League at Mumbai on the May 15, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Opener Aditya Tare scored a well-made 59 as Mumbai Indians posted 166 for eight in their 20 overs against Rajasthan Royals in a crucial match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.

Tare, who came into the side in place of Sachin Tendulkar, made his 59 off 37 balls with the help of eight fours and a six.
 
Glen Maxwell, playing in only his second match of the season, made 23 with the help of three sixes. The opening pair put on 25 before Maxwell was trapped leg before wicket by Shane Watson.
 
Dinesh Karthik (21) and Tare added 76 before the former departed, caught by Sanju Samson off Pravin Tambe. 
 
Tare was the next to go, seven runs later, caught by Watson off Kevon Cooper. Skipper Rohit Sharma hit two fours and made 14 and added 30 for the fourth wicket with Kieron Pollard before he was caught by Watson off James Faulkner to make it 138 for four in the 16th over.
 
The Rajasthan bowlers managed to put the brakes on the Mumbai batsmen towards the end, and the hosts were able to add only 34 off the last five overs.
 
Pollard, who ran riot in the last match, made only 17 today. Harbhajan Singh remained not out on 15.
 
For Rajasthan, Faulkner and Watson picked up two wickets each, while Tambe and Cooper got one each.
 
Mumbai Indians are currently placed second in the table with 10 wins from their 14 outings so far, just ahead of Rajasthan Royals, who also have the same number of points but with a slightly less net run rate.
 
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Both teams have qualified for the play-offs but are going to make every effort to win this game and ensure a place in the top two of the league, which will get them two cracks at a place in the final.
 
Scoreboard:
Mumbai Indians
Glenn Maxwell lbw Watson 23
Aditya Tare c Watson b Cooper 59
Dinesh Karthik c Samson b Tambe 21
Rohit Sharma c Watson b Faulkner 14
Kieron Pollard run out (Cooper) 17
Ambati Rayudu c Samson b Watson 7
Harbhajan Singh not out 15
Mitchell Johnson c Hodge b Faulkner 2
Lasith Malinga run out (Watson/Faulkner/Yagnik) 1
Extras (lb 3, w 4) 7
Total (for eight wickets in 20 overs) 166
Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Maxwell, 3.2 overs), 2-101 (Karthik, 11.5), 3-108 (Tare, 12.4), 4-138 (Sharma, 15.5), 5-144 (Pollard, 16.4), 6-151 (Rayudu, 17.5), 7-164 (Johnson, 19.3), 8-166 (Malinga, 19.6)
Bowling:
Ankit Chavan 3-0-25-0
James Faulkner 4-0-32-2
Shane Watson 4-0-30-2
Stuart Binny 1-0-11-0
Pravin Tambe 4-0-38-1
Kevon Cooper 4-0-27-1
 
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Youth arrested for abducting, killing cousin to pay IPL betting debt

Man kidnaps, kills 13-year old cousin to pay IPL debts

Police in Mumbai have arrested a 28-year-old man and his friend for allegedly kidnapping and killing his 13-year-old cousin, the son of a diamond merchant, yesterday to raise money to repay debts incurred in betting on the outcome of cricket matches in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).

Police said the youth, identified as Himanshu Ranka, and his friend, Brijesh Sanghvi, had incurred debts of about Rs 10 lakh in cricket betting.
 
The youth, who needed to raise money quickly to repay the debt, allegedly hatched a plot to kidnap his cousin, Aditya, for ransom but ended up killing him when they realised the police were on their trail.
 
Mumbai Additional Police Commissioner Krishna Prasad told mediapersons here today that Himanshu lured Aditya out of the house and, on the pretext of taking him for a drive, kidnapped him and handed him over to Sanghvi.
 
The boy's father Jitendra Ranka received a call seeking Rs 30 lakh in ransom, which he did not take seriously. But when the boy did not return till evening, he filed a complaint at the VP Road Police station.
 
According to Mr Prasad, Himanshu, who had returned home, informed Sanghvi of the police's involvement. Sanghvi panicked and allegedly killed Aditya by slitting his wrist, he said. He then allegedly burnt the body and dumped it near the expressway near Panvel in New Mumbai. The body was found this morning.
 
Mr Prasad said Himanshu, who had returned home after handing over the boy to Sanghvi, had accompanied Jitendra Ranka to the police station.
 
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Jitendra Ranka suspected Himanshu's involvement when he noticed Aditya's slippers lying in the latter's car, in which they had gone to the police station, and informed the police.
 
"The complainant was called in at the police station when we did not get any update on the boy. The complainant came in the same car that was used in the crime. One of the slippers of the boy was found in the car," Mr Prakash said. 
 
The police picked up both the accused and interrogated them. "The accused  revealed the details of the crime based on which Himanshu and his friend were arrested. Himanshu took the child out of the house. The calls to the boy's home were made by Brijesh, the friend, and later on he carried out the crime," the officer added.
 
Police said the two youths had MBA degrees and were running their own businesses.
 
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Rajasthan Royals opt to field first against Mumbai Indians

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Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid won the toss and chose to field first against Mumbai Indians in a crucial match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.

Mumbai Indians are currently placed second in the table with 10 wins from their 14 outings so far, just ahead of Rajasthan Royals, who also have the same number of points but with a slightly less net run rate.
 
Both teams have qualified for the play-offs but are going to make every effort to win this game and ensure a place in the top two of the league, which will get them two cracks for a place in the final.
 
Rajasthan Royals brought in the 41-year-old leg-spinner Pravin Tambe and left-arm spinner Ankeet Chavan in place of Siddharth Trivedi and Vikramjeet Malik.
 
Sachin Tendulkar, who has not recovered from a tendon injury on his right hand, stayed out of today's match as did Dwayne Smith, his opening partner. Their places were taken by Aditya Tare and Glenn Maxwell.
 
The teams: 
 
Mumbai Indians: Aditya Tare, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rohit Sharma (captain), 
Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Dhawal Kulkarni, Lasith Malinga, Pragyan Ojha
 
Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Dravid (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, James Faulkner, Sanju Samson, Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Brad Hodge, Dishant Yagnik (wk), Ankeet Chavan, Kevon Cooper, Pravin Tambe.
 
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Mittu Chandilya named as CEO of AirAsia India

Low-cost carrier AirAsia India today its board of directors had appointed Mr Mittu Chandilya as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company effective June 1.

The Malaysia-based AirAsia had, in February this year, announced its plans to invest 49 per cent in a proposed Indian joint venture with Tata Sons Limited and Mr Arun Bhatia of Telestra Tradeplace Pvt Ltd.
 
A press release from the company said Mr Chandilya brings a unique mix of  leadership experiences ranging from a successful entrepreneurial start-up, to country, regional and global leadership roles within multinational organizations and finally to high-impact management consulting experience. 
 
His last assignment was as Principal and Head of Services practice in Asia-Pacific at Egon Zehnder, where he took leadership in the travel & hospitality segment where his primary focus was airlines and aviation.
 
"I am extremely pleased that the Board of Directors of AirAsia India has appointed Mr. Mittu Chandilya as the CEO of the Company. I am confident that Mittu will provide the leadership and bring to bear his entrepreneurial skills in successfully growing this new airline in the Indian aviation space," Mr Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons Limited, said.
 
Mr Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia, said, “He is an outstanding young man with great entrepreneurial skills. He is very passionate about the LCC (low-cost carrier) business and possesses the crucial understanding on how our business model works. He came from a highly competitive industry and experienced different business temperaments by working in many parts of the world, so he’s perfect for the ever-volatile aviation business."
 
"India is an important market for us, and a CEO of Mittu’s stature and business acumen would definitely help us to attain significant market share and achieve rapid growth in India," he said.
 
Mr Chandilya said, "I am a native of Chennai, and I am excited about returning to India to revolutionize the air travel industry here. I am looking forward to being part of the dynamic AirAsia family, and most importantly, to bring a whole new meaning to the word ‘flying’ to consumers in India.”  
 
Mr Chandilya grew up in India, Africa and the United States and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Economics (Dean’s List) with a distinguishing triple major from Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, USA. He also has MBA degrees from INSEAD, France/Singapore and from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
 
At present, AirAsia through its operations based in Thailand and Malaysia already connect Chennai, Bangalore, Tiruchirapalli, Kochi and Kolkata to ASEAN destinations and beyond.
 
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John Wright all praise for Pollard and Sharma

Mumbai Indians coach John Wright was all praise for star all-rounder Kieron Pollard and team captain Rohit Sharma.

Chasing a target of 179, Pollard struck a whirlwind  unbeaten 66 off 27 and Sharma remained unbeaten on 20 as they rescued Mumbai from a precarious 99/3 and added 85 runs in just 37 balls that took the hosts to 184 with three balls to spare last night against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
 
Wright was full of praise for the brilliant innings by the West Indies cricketer as Mumbai Indians registered their seventh straight victory on their home turf. 
 
"What an amazing feat of hitting. I have never seen anything like that before. It was amazing and people all over the world watched that," Wright told www.iplt20.com

Well-known Islamic scholar Asghar Ali Engineer passes away

Asghar Ali Engineer
Asghar Ali Engineer

Renowned Islamic scholar Asghar Ali Engineer passed away here this morning after a brief illness, sources close to him said.

He was 73. He is survived by a son, Irfan, and a daughter, Seema. His wife had predeceased him.
 
The sources said the funeral would take place tomorrow morning.
 
They said he had been admitted to a hospital for about two months for treatment and had been discharged about a fortnight ago. He breathed his last around 8 am today at his residence in the Santa Cruz area.
 
Born on March 10, 1940 in a Bohra priestly family at Salumbar, near Udaipur in Rajasthan, Engineer received training in Qur'anic Tafseer, Hadiths and Islamic jurisprudence and also learnt Arabic from his father.
 
He did his B.Sc. (Engg) Civil from the Vikram University in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh and worked for nearly two decades as an engineer in the Bombay Municipal Corporation before opting for voluntary retirement to devote himself to the Bohra reform movement.
 
He wrote several articles on the reform movement in leading Indian newspapers and was unanimously elected as General Secretary of the Central Board of Dawoodi Bohra Community in its first conference in Udaipur in 1977.
 
Mr Engineer has also done extensive work on communalism and communal violence in India.
 
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Over the years, he came to be recognized as a distinguished scholar of Islam and was invited for international conferences on Islam by organizations and universities across the world as well as all over India.
 
In 1993, he founded the Centre for Study of Society and Securalism in Mumbai and was its chairman until his death.
 
He was honoured with the Right Livelihood Award (also called the Alternate Nobel Award) in December 2004 and the National Communal Harmony Award in 1997.
 
He was a member of the National Integration Council and had served as a member of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study  (IIAS), Shimla from 2009-11.
 
Mr Engineer had published more than 60 books on Islam, Problems of Muslims, Muslim Women's Rights, Communal and Ethnic Problems in India, South Asia and Islamic state. He also used to publish a fortnightly Secular Perspective and the monthly Islam and Modern Age.
 
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Pollard's eight sixes take Mumbai Indians to 7-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad

Kieron Pollard of Mumbai Indians hits a six during their match against Sunrisers  Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League at Mumbai on May 13, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Kieron Pollard of Mumbai Indians hits a six during their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League at Mumbai on May 13, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Kieron Pollard pulverized the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers with an unbeaten 66, that came off just 27 deliveries and included eight sixes, as Mumbai Indians pulled off a seven-wicket victory in the 62nd match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.

Electing to bat first, Sunrisers posted an imposing 178 for three from their 20 overs, with opener Shikhar Dhawan top-scoring with 59.
 
Chasing 179 for a win, Mumbai Indians were 117 for three at the end of 16 overs, still needing 62 from the last 24 deliveries.
 
Just when Sunrisers appeared to be coasting to a win, Pollard changed all that in one over from Thisara Perera, in which he hit the bowler for four sixes and a four. Perera gave away 29 runs in that over.
 
With 33 required from 18 balls, Pollard put Amit Mishra to the sword in the next, hitting him for three sixes. That over yielded 21 runs.
 
Dale Steyn bowled yet another economical over, giving away only five runs in the 19th over, which left the hosts with the task of getting seven from the last six balls.
 
It was Perera again, and Pollard struck him for two more huge sixes to settle the issue with three balls to spare, taking the side to 184 for three in 19.3 overs.
 
Pollard's ruthless domination of the Sunrisers bowling fetched him the Man of the Match award and took Mumbai Indians to the top of the league with 10 wins from their 14 matches so far.
 
Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, who also both have 10 wins from 14 matches, overs but with lower net run rates, are placed second and third, followed by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the fourth spot. Sunrisers Hyderabad are in the fifth place, with eight wins from their 14 outings so far.
 
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Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders are in the sixth spot, followed by Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Daredevils and Pune Warriors.
 
The top four teams from the league will go into the play-offs.
 
At one stage, the hosts were struggling at 99 for three, but Pollard and skippper Rohit Sharma, who remained unbeaten on 20, added 85 off just 37 balls to see their side through.
 
The loss was a huge set-back for Surnisers play-off chances as they remained in the fifth spot with 16 points from 14 matches like fourth placed Royal Challengers but have a negative net run rate.
 
Opting to bat first, Shikhar Dhawan's stroke-filled 41-ball 59, studded with six fours and two sixes, and a cameo of a 23-ball 43 by skipper Cameron White took Sunrisers to a challenging 178 for three.
 
The Sunrisers bowling attack then turned on a disciplined performance but gave away the advantage in the death overs as the hosts scored 71 runs in just 27 balls thanks to Pollard's blitzkrieg that was studded with eight sixes and two fours.
 
Sunrisers got to a great start as pacer Dale Steyn did the damage early on as they tied down the flow of runs.
 
Ishant Sharma (1/32) struck early in the fourth over to get rid of opener Dwayne Smith, who had his middle stumps knocked over.
 
Sachin Tenulkar (38 retired hurt) and Dinesh Karthik (30) kept the chase alive with their 68-run stand for the second wicket. After 11 overs, Mumbai Indians were 82/1 and needed 97 runs from the remaining 54 balls.
 
Sensing urgency, Tendulkar launched himself into the attack, taking on leg-spinner Karan Sharma. Tendulkar smacked the first ball over the bowler's head for a four and in the fourth ball danced down the track to smack the bowler for a huge six over the long-on boundary.
 
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But the crowd was stunned into silence, as Tendulkar retired hurt as he left the ground after facing some pain in his left palm. The break worked in favour of the Sunrisers, as Dinesh Karthik departed, caught by White at extra cover off the last ball of that over to leave Mumbai at 95/2. 
 
Karan Sharma struck again in his next over to remove Ambati Rayudu (2) stumped by Parthiv Patel as Mumbai were in further trouble at 99/3.
 
It looked like the match had swung in favour of the vistors. But there was a twist in the tale as Pollard snatched the match from the grasp of Sunrisers with a breathtaking knock.
 
Rohit Sharma and Pollard hit Ishant Sharma for a six and a four, respectively, to take 13 runs in the 15th over. But Steyn bowled an exceptional 16th over, giving away just four runs that left Mumbai Indians needing 62 runs off 24 balls. 
 
The 17th over from Thisara Perera robbed Sunrirers of what would have been a key win. Rohit slammed the first ball for a six over deep midwicket and Pollard hist the last four balls for a four and three consecutive sixes as 29 runs came off the over.
 
With 146/3 on board, Mumbai needed 33 runs off 18 balls. Pollard truned the heat of leggie Amit Mishra for three sixes that futher reduced the target to 12 off 12 balls.
 
Steyn gave away five runs from the penultimate over, but Pollar finished off things in style by hitting the two sixes off the first three balls in the last over off Perera, who went for 55 runs from just 3.3 overs.
 
Earlier, opting to bat first, Hyderabad did well to get to their highest total of the season. They got a good start with wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel scoring a 19-ball 26 and he added 38 runs with Dhawan for the opening wicket.
 
Patel was caught by Rayudu off Lasith Malinga at deep square leg. Dhawan, who had earlier smashed an unbeaten 55-ball 73 against Mumbai in the home leg, found an ally in next man-in Hanuma Vihari and the 73 runs for the second-wicket took the team past the 100-run mark.
 
Vihari made 41, inclusive of four fours. Dhawan's 59 was compiled off 41 balls and was studded with two sixes and six fours.
 
Later, skipper Cameron White made an aggressive 43 off just 23 balls with the help of three sixes and three fours.
 
Opting to bat first, Sunrisers got off to a decent start with Parthiv Patel, who made a breezy 26, and Dhawan adding 38 for the first wicket before the former was caught by Ambati Rayudu off Lasith Malinga in the fourth over.
 
Dhawan left in the 13th over, caught by wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik off Mitchell Johnson.
 
White and Vihari took the total to 166 before Vihari fell in the 19th over, caught by Johnson off Malinga.
 
The Mumbai Indians, who at one stage were staring at the possibility of a huge target, did well to restrict the visitors in the last five overs, in which they gave away only 47 runs.
 
While Malinga took two for 26, Johnson picked up one for 43.
 
Scoreboard:
Sunrisers Hyderabad
Parthiv Patel c Rayudu b Malinga 26
Shikhar Dhawan c Karthik b Johnson 59
Hanuma Vihari c Johnson b Malinga 41
Cameron White not out 43
Thisara Perera not out 2
Extras (b 1, w 6) 7
Total (for three wickets in 20 overs) 178
Fall of wickets: 1-38 (Patel, 3.5 overs), 2-111 (Dhawan, 12.5), 3-166 (Vihari, 18.3)
Bowling:
Mitchell Johnson 4-0-43-1
Dhawal Kulkarni 4-0-42-0
Harbhajan Singh 3-0-19-0
Lasith Malinga 4-0-26-2
Pragyan Ojha 4-0-37-0
Kieron Pollard 1-0-10-0
 
Mumbai Indians
Dwayne Smith b Ishant 21
Sachin Tendulkar retired hurt 38
Dinesh Karthik c White b Karan 30
Rohit Sharma not out 20
Ambati Rayudu st Patel b Karan 2
Kieron Pollard not out 66
Extras (lb 1, w 5, nb 1) 7
Total (for three wickets in 19.3 overs) 184
Fall of wickets: 1-26 (Smith, 3.3 ov), 1-94* (Tendulkar, retired not out, 11.4 ov), 2-95 (Karthik, 11.6 ov), 3-99 (Rayudu, 13.2 ov)
Bowling:
Dale Steyn 4-0-23-0
Ishant Sharma 4-0-32-1
Thisara Perera 3.3-0-55-0
Darren Sammy 2-0-15-0
Amit Mishra 3-0-36-0
Karan Sharma 3-0-22-2
 
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Three Additional Judges appointed to Mumbai High Court

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The President has appointed Mr Pradeep Narhari Deshmukh, Mr Ashok Iqbal Singh Cheema and Mr Sunil Balkrishna Shukre as Additional Judges of the High Court of Bombay.

An official press release said here today that the appointments, in that order of seniority, would be for a period of two years with effect from the date they join their respective office. 
 
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Sunrisers Hyderabad post 178/3 against Mumbai Indians

Shikhar Dhawan of Sunrisers Hyderabad in action during their match against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on May 13, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Shikhar Dhawan of Sunrisers Hyderabad in action during their match against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on May 13, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Opener Shikhar Dhawan top-scored with 59 as Sunrisers Hyderabad posted 178 for three wickets in their 20 overs against Mumbai Indians in the 62nd match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.

Dhawan was ably supported by Hanuma Vihari, who made 41, inclusive of four fours. Dhawan's 59 was compiled off 41 balls and was studded with two sixes and six fours.
 
Later, skipper Cameron White made an aggressive 43 off just 23 balls with the help of three sixes and three fours.
 
Opting to bat first, Sunrisers got off to a decent start with Parthiv Patel, who made a breezy 26, and Dhawan adding 38 for the first wicket before the former was caught by Ambati Rayudu off Lasith Malinga in the fourth over.
 
Dhawan and Vihari then took complete control of the innings as they added 73 for the second wicket. Dhawan left in the 13th over, caught by wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik off Mitchell Johnson.
 
White and Vihari took the total to 166 before Vihari fell in the 19th over, caught by Johnson off Malinga.
 
The Mumbai Indians, who at one stage were staring at the possibility of a huge target, did well to restrict the visitors in the last five overs, in which they gave away only 47 runs.
 
While Malinga took two for 26, Johnson picked up one for 43.
 
Scoreboard:
Sunrisers Hyderabad
Parthiv Patel c Rayudu b Malinga 26
Shikhar Dhawan c Karthik b Johnson 59
Hanuma Vihari c Johnson b Malinga 41
Cameron White not out 43
Thisara Perera not out 2
Extras (b 1, w 6) 7
Total (for three wickets in 20 overs) 178
Fall of wickets: 1-38 (Patel, 3.5 overs), 2-111 (Dhawan, 12.5), 3-166 (Vihari, 18.3)
Bowling:
Mitchell Johnson 4-0-43-1
Dhawal Kulkarni 4-0-42-0
Harbhajan Singh 3-0-19-0
Lasith Malinga 4-0-26-2
Pragyan Ojha 4-0-37-0
Kieron Pollard 1-0-10-0
 
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Sunrisers Hyderabad opt to bat first against Mumbai Indians

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Sunrisers Hyderabad logo

Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Cameron White won the toss and opted to bat first against Mumbai Indians in the 62nd match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.

Kumar Sangakkara, the regular skipper of Sunrisers, continued to remain on the sidelines due to poor form.

Mumbai Indians dropped Glenn Maxwell and brought back Kieron Pollard, while pace bowler Dhawal Kulkarni replaced Abu Nechim.
 
The teams:
 
Mumbai Indians: Dwayne Smith, Sachin Tendulkar, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Rohit Sharma (captain), Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Lasith Malinga, Pragyan Ojha, Dhawal Kulkarni
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Parthiv Patel (wicket-keeper), Shikhar Dhawan, Hanuma Vihari, Cameron White (captain), Biplab Samantray, Darren Sammy, Karan Sharma, Thisara Perera, Dale Steyn, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma
 
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Mumbai Indians close in on a play-off berth, Pune suffer ninth consecutive loss

Mitchell Johnson of Mumbai Indians bowls during their match against Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League in Pune on May 11, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS .
Mitchell Johnson of Mumbai Indians bowls during their match against Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League in Pune on May 11, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS .

Riding on an all-round performance, Mumbai Indians closed down on a play-off spot with a comprehensive five-wicket win over last-placed Pune Warriors, who suffered their ninth consecutive loss in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium here today.

It was a disciplined bowling performance by Mumbai Indians, led by pacer Mitchell Johnson, that restricted Pune Warriors to a paltry 112 for eight in 20 overs.
 
Mumbai Indians then achieved the target, scoring 116 runs with seven balls to spare after losing five wickets. The chase did not get off well but a strong show by the middle-order helped them cross the line easily with more than an over to spare. 
 
Skipper Rohit Sharma was the top scorer with 37 and Ambati Rayudu struck 26 off 23 balls.
 
Pune Warriors bowlers did well to reduce Mumbai Indians to 39/3 in the eighth over, but Rayudu and Sharma took them to within sniffing distance of a win with their 54-run stand for the fourth wicket.
 
Both Rayudu and Sharma departed when the Mumbai Indians were on the threshhold of victory, but Glenn Maxwell, the most expensive player bought this season, playing his maiden IPL match took the team home safely with an unbeaten 13.
 
Mumbai Indians jumped to the second spot in the table with 18 points from 13 matches while Pune Warriors remained at the bottom with just four points from 14 matches.
 
Electing to bat first, Pune Warriors lost both openers Robin Uthappa (11) and Finch in quick succession and were reduced to 25 for two within five overs.
 
Johnson turned on the heat early on by removing skipper Aaron Finch (10) in the third over caught by Dwayne Smith at short cover. Johnson was also exceptional at the death over and got Kane Richards (8) to finish with impressive figures of 2/8 from his four overs.
 
Speedsters Lasith Malinga (2/27) and Abu Nechim Ahmed (2/27) also came up with inspiring performances.
 
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was also economical giving away just 14 runs from his four overs and picked up the important wicket of Yuvraj Singh, who was the top scorer with 33 off 29 balls.
 
With Pune struggling at 25/2, Yuvraj Singh and Manish Pandey (29) added crucial 59 runs in 60 balls for the third wicket to rescue the innings.
 
Yuvraj, who has been dropped from the Indian squad for the Champions Trophy due to poor form, looked like he had found his old touch. He hit a four and two sixes to entrall the crowd, but could not convert the good start into a big knock that was the need of the hour.
 
Yuvraj found an able ally in Pandey, who struck a run—a—ball 29, and it looked like Pune would get to a competitive total. But Pandey's dismissal in the 13th over triggered a batting collapse as, from 82/2, Pune slumped to 99/6.
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Former skipper Angelo Matthews failed to open his account and was run out while attempting a non-existent single and Sachin Tendulkar’s direct hit found him short of crease and two balls later Yuvraj followed him to the pavilion. From 99/6, Warriors managed 112 for eight as Mumbai Indian bowlers were exceptional in the death overs.
 
Scoreboard:
Pune Warriors
Robin Uthappa lbw Malinga 11
Aaron Finch c Smith b Johnson 10
Manish Pandey c Rayudu b Malinga 29
Yuvraj Singh lbw Harbhajan Singh 33
Angelo Mathews run out (Tendulkar) 0
Abhishek Nayar c Harbhajan Singh b Ahmed 11
Kane Richardson c Harbhajan Singh b Johnson 8
Parvez Rasool not out 4
Bhuvneshwar Kumar c Smith b Ahmed 2
Extras (b 1, lb 2, nb 1) 4
Total (for eight wickets in 20 overs) 112
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Finch, 2.5 overs), 2-25 (Uthappa, 4.4), 3-84 (Pandey, 12.6), 4-85 (Mathews, 13.3), 5-85 (Yuvraj Singh, 13.5), 6-99 (Richardson, 17.3), 7-109 (Nayar, 19.3), 8-112 (Kumar, 19.6)
Bowling:
Mitchel Johnson 4-0-8-2
Abu Nechim Ahmed 4-0-27-2
Lasith Malinga 4-0-27-2
Pragyan Ojha 3-0-28-0
Harbhajan Singh 4-0-14-1
Glenn Maxwell 1-0-5-0
 
Mumbai Indians
Dwayne Smith b Dinda 0
Sachin Tendulkar c Pandey b Mendis 15
Dinesh Karthik c Pandey b Yuvraj Singh 17
Rohit Sharma c Dinda b Richardson 37
Ambati Rayudu c Mathews b Dinda 26
Glenn Maxwell not out 13
Harbhajan Singh not out 4
Extras (w 4) 4
Total (for five wickets in 18.5 overs) 116
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Smith, 0.1 overs), 2-25 (Tendulkar, 4.3),  3-39 (Karthik, 7.2), 4-93 (Rayudu, 15.6), 5-112 (Sharma, 18.2)
Bowling:
Ashok Dinda 4-0-35-2
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2-0-12-0
Kane Richardson 3.5-0-24-0
Ajantha Mendis 4-0-15-1
Yuvraj Singh 4-0-21-1
Parvez Rasool 1-0-5-0
 
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Tewari presents Dadasaheb Phalke Award to Pran in Mumbai

Tewari presents Dadasaheb Phalke award to Pran

Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Manish Tewari presented the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award - the top honour in Indian cinema - to veteran actor Pran Sikand at his residence in Mumbai today.

The 93-year-old actor, popularly known as Pran, could not travel to Delhi to receive the award personally at the National Film Awards ceremony on May 3 due to his age and health constraints and Mr Tewari flew down to Mumbai to personally present it to him
 
The veteran actor was presented the coveted award, comprising a Swarn Kamal, a citation, a shawl and a cash prize of Rs 10 lakhs. 
 
Pran was chosen for the award, named after Dadasaheb Phalke, the pioneer of Indian cinema, for his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of the industry during a nearly six-decade long career in which he acted in more than 400 films.
 
He is the 44th winner of the award, which is conferred annually by the Government of India.
 
Pran acted as a villain in scores of movies in the early part of his career, but then made a very successful switch to character roles, starting with the role of "Malan Chacha" in Manoj Kumar's Upkar in 1967.
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"It is an honour for me to present this award to Pran saab in person, in the Centenary year of the Indian cinema," Mr Tewari said, adding that Pran was one of the most deserving persons to get the award.
 
The Minister was accompanied by I & B Secretary Uday Kumar Varma and senior officials of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. 
 
The award was instituted in 1969, the birth centenary year of Dasaheb Phalke.
 
Movies in which Pran has done memorable roles include Azaad, Madhumati, Devdas, Dil Diya Dard Liya, Ram Aur Shyam, Aadmi, Ziddi, Munimji, Amar Deep, Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai, Aah, Chori Chori, Jagte Raho, Chhalia, Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai and Zanjeer.
 
Born in 920 in Old Delhi, Pran started his career way back in 1940. He first ventured into photography but a chance meeting with a film producer got him his first role in a film called Yamla Jat. 
 
In 2001, the Government of India had honoured Shri Pran Sikand with the Padma Bhushan.
 
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Ponting's presence in Mumbai Indians dressing room is a big positive: Karthik

Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik

Mumbai Indians' prolific scorer Dinesh Karthik feels that though Ricky Ponting is not among the playing eleven, the legendary Australian's presence in the dressing room makes a lot of difference.

Ponting was appointed the captain at the start of the season, but dropped himself after a poor run with the bat.
 
Karthik said the biggest reason behind the team’s consistency this season – eight wins from 12 games – is Ponting. 
 
"Ponting is the biggest thing to have happened to Mumbai Indians. He has this aura about him and he brings in a lot of positive energy in the team. Some of the things that he says in team meetings and some of the points he brings to the fore is really hair-raising," Karthik told www.iplt20.com.

Mumbai Indians thrash Kolkata Knight Riders by 65 runs

 Sachin Tendulkar of Mumbai Indians in action during their match against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League at Mumbai on May 7, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Sachin Tendulkar of Mumbai Indians in action during their match against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League at Mumbai on May 7, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Mumbai Indians thrashed defending champions by 65  runs in a rather one-sided encounter in the 53rd match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.

Opting to bat first, Mumbai Indians posted an imposing 170 for six in their 20 overs, with opener Sachin Tendulkar falling two short of a half century and his partner Dwayne Smith making 47.
 
They then bowled out Kolkata Knight Riders for 105 runs in 18.2 overs, to register a comprehensive victory over the defending champions with 10 balls to spare.
 
Chasing 171 for a win, the Knight Riders never got into stride and never seemed in with a chance throughout their innings.
 
Jacques Kallis topscored for KKR with 24 while Debabrata Das made 23. Opener Manvinder Bisla (17) and Yusuf Pathan (13) were the only other batsmen who got into double figures.
 
They lost skipper Gautam Gambhir (0) off the fourth ball of the innings, with just one on the board. Bisla and Kallis took the total to 38 before the former left in the 7th over. 
 
Much rested on the shoulders of Yusuf Pathan, but he could not settle down and left with the score at 54. From then on, it was a steady procession back to the pavilion and the rest of the proceedings were only of academic interest.
 
For the Mumbai Indians, Harbhajan Singh bagged three for 27, while Mitchell Johnson and Pragyan Ojha picked up two wickets apiece.
 
There was lot of hype surrounding the match, which was seen as a grudge match for Knight Riders, whose star owner Shah Rukh Khan has been banned from entering the Wankhede Stadium by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) for alleged misbehaviour with security guards during his last visit to the stadium.
 
Had it not been the case, Shah Rukh would have witnessed another insipid performance by his boys with skipper Gautam Gambhir leading the way.
 
 It was in fact a great spell by Australian speedster Johnson that put Knight Riders on the defensive from the word o. Johnson found his swing early on and struck with the fourth ball of the innings that surprisingly did not swing and Gambhir just managed an inside ege on to his stumps.
 
Johnson almost had Manvinder Bisla (17) caught at first slip in his next over but Harbhajan made a mess of what would have been a straight forward simple catch. Johnson's first spell read 3-0-12-1. 
 
He came back in his second spell to pick up the wicket of 10th man Sunil Narine (3) and Lasith Malinga wrapped up the tail by rattling the stumps of Lakshmimathy Balaji.
 
Left arm spiner Ojha struck in his consecutive overs - first he had Bisla stumped by Karthik and in the next over he castled the dangerous Yusuf Pathan, who sruvived 10 balls for his five runs.
 
Soon Knight Riders were left struggling at 54/3 and in the 10th over, Harbajan sent back Jacques Kallis (24) holing out to Abu Nechim Ahmed at long-off.
 
 
Earlier, Tendulkar and Smith provided the home team with a good start, putting on 93 for the first wicket after skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bat first. Tendulkar made the best use of the field restrictions in the initial overs and hit eight fours in his 48 off 28 balls. He was chosen Man of the Match. Smith hit seven boundaries in his 47.
 
But they lost their way a bit in the middle overs and were reduced to 144 for six in 18.3 overs, before a brilliant cameo by Dinesh Karthik, who came in at number three and stayed unbeaten with 34, helped them post a reasonably good total.
 
Karthik and Mitchell Johnson, was unbeaten with 10, added 25 runs in the last over. 
 
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Karthik compiled his 34 off 18 balls and hit two sixes and three fours, while Johnson had one six in his 10.
 
Sharma shone briefly to make 16 off 11 balls with the help of a four and a six.
 
For KKR, Ryan McLaren took two for 60, while Iqbal Abdulla and Rajat Bhatia claimed one apiece.
 
For the Knight Riders, it was a continuation of their poor form in this tournament, suffering their eighth loss in the season.
 
With today's defeat, the defending champions' hopes of booking a play-off berth is all but over as they are languishing in the seventh place with eight points from 12 matches, ahead of only Delhi Daredevils and Pune Warriors.
 
Mumbai Indians snatched the second place from Rajasthan Royals and almost have a foot in the play-offs as they have 16 points from 12 matches.
 
Chennai Super Kings continue to lead the table. Rajasthan Royals are in third place, followed by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the fourth, Sunrisers Hyderabad in the fifth and Kings XI Punjab in the sixth spot.
 
Scoreboard:
Mumbai Indians
Dwayne Smith c McLaren b Iqbal Abdulla 47
Sachin Tendulkar b Bhatia 48
Dinesh Karthik not out 34
Rohit Sharma c Morgan b McLaren 16
Kieron Pollard c Narine b McLaren 4
Ambati Rayudu run out (Balaji/Bisla) 0
Harbhajan Singh run out (Pathan) 0
Mitchell Johnson not out 10
Extras (lb 1, w 10) 11
Total (for six wickets 20 overs) 170
Fall of wickets: 1-93 (Tendulkar, 12.6 overs), 2-99 (Smith, 13.3), 3-130 (Sharma, 17.1), 4-134 (Pollard, 17.5), 5-135 (Rayudu, 17.6), 6-144 (Harbhajan Singh, 18.3)
Bowling:
Lakshmipathy Balaji 3-1-7-0
Ryan McLaren 4-0-60-2
Sunil Narine 4-0-29-0
Jacques Kallis 3-0-21-0
Iqbal Abdulla 4-0-30-1
Rajat Bhatia 2-0-22-1
 
Kolkata Knight Riders
Manvinder Bisla st Karthik b Ojha 17
Gautam Gambhir b Johnson 0
Jacques Kallis c Ahmed b Harbhajan Singh 24
Yusuf Pathan b Ojha 13
Eoin Morgan c Sharma b Ahmed 5
Debabrata Das c & b Harbhajan Singh 23
Ryan McLaren run out (Sharma/Karthik) 1
Rajat Bhatia c Malinga b Harbhajan Singh 4
Iqbal Abdulla not out 6
Sunil Narine c Karthik b Johnson 3
Lakshmipathy Balaji b Malinga 0
Extras (lb 9) 9
Total (all out in 18.2 overs) 105
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Gambhir, 0.4 overs), 2-38 (Bisla, 6.1), 3-54 (Pathan, 8.3), 4-58 (Kallis, 9.5), 5-77 (Morgan, 12.2), 6-89 (Das, 13.6), 7-89 (McLaren, 14.1), 8-97 (Bhatia, 15.6), 9-104 (Narine, 17.4 ), 10-105 (Balaji, 18.2)
Bowling
Mitchel Johnson 4-0-13-2
Abu Nechim Ahmed 3-0-18-1
Pragyan Ojha 4-0-23-2
Lasith Malinga 3.2-0-15-1
Harbhajan Singh 4-0-27-3
 
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Mumbai Indians score 170/6 against Kolkata Knight Riders

 Sachin Tendulkar of Mumbai Indians in action during their match against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League at Mumbai on May 7, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Sachin Tendulkar of Mumbai Indians in action during their match against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League at Mumbai on May 7, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Opener Sachin Tendulkar fell two short of a half century and his partner Dwayne Smith made 47 as Mumbai Indians posted 170 for six in their 20 overs against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 53rd match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.

Tendulkar and Smith provided the home team with a good start, putting on 93 for the first wicket after skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bat first.

But they lost their way a bit in the middle overs and were reduced to 144 for six in 18.3 overs, but a brilliant cameo by Dinesh Karthik, who came in at number three and stayed unbeaten with 34 helped them post a reasonably good total.
 
Karthik and Mitchell Johnson, was unbeaten with 10, added 25 runs in the last over. 
 
Tendulkar's 48 was made off 28 balls and was studded with eight fours, while Smith hit seven boundaries in his 47.
 
Karthik compiled his 34 off 18 balls and hit two sixes and three fours, while Johnson had one six in his 10.
 
Sharma shone briefly to make 16 off 11 balls with the help of a four and a six.
 
For KKR, Ryan McLaren took two for 60, while Iqbal Abdulla and Rajat Bhatia claimed one apiece.
 
Scoreboard:
Mumbai Indians
Dwayne Smith c McLaren b Iqbal Abdulla 47
Sachin Tendulkar b Bhatia 48
Dinesh Karthik not out 34
Rohit Sharma c Morgan b McLaren 16
Kieron Pollard c Narine b McLaren 4
Ambati Rayudu run out (Balaji/Bisla) 0
Harbhajan Singh run out (Pathan) 0
Mitchell Johnson not out 10
Extras (lb 1, w 10) 11
Total (for six wickets 20 overs) 170
Fall of wickets: 1-93 (Tendulkar, 12.6 overs), 2-99 (Smith, 13.3), 3-130 (Sharma, 17.1), 4-134 (Pollard, 17.5), 5-135 (Rayudu, 17.6), 6-144 (Harbhajan Singh, 18.3)
Bowling:
Lakshmipathy Balaji 3-1-7-0
Ryan McLaren 4-0-60-2
Sunil Narine 4-0-29-0
Jacques Kallis 3-0-21-0
Iqbal Abdulla 4-0-30-1
Rajat Bhatia 2-0-22-1
 
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Mumbai Indians opt to bat first against Kolkata Knight Riders

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bat first against defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 53rd match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.

The home team made one change, bringing in Abu Nechim as a replacement for Pawan Suyal, who pulled his hamstring.
 
KKR made two changes. Ryan McLaren came into the side in place of Sachithra Senanayake and Laxmipathy replaced Sumit Narwal.
 
The teams:
 
Mumbai Indians: Dwayne Smith, Sachin Tendulkar, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Kieron Pollard, Rohit Sharma (captain), Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Lasith Malinga, Pragyan Ojha, Dhawal Kulkarni
 
Kokata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Manvinder Bisla (wk), Jacques Kallis, Yusuf Pathan, Eoin Morgan, Debabrata Das, Rajat Bhatia, Ryan McLaren, Laxmipathy Balaji, Iqbal Abdulla, Sunil Narine
 
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Super Kings always bring the best out of Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma. Photo by Sandeep Shetty-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Rohit Sharma. Photo by Sandeep Shetty-IPL-SPORTZPICS

As Mumbai Indians snapped Chennai Super Kings seven-match winning streak on Sunday night, skipper Rohit Sharma feels facing the two-time champions always brings the best out of the Mumbai team.

Sharma has been one of the most prolific batsmen this season and it does not seem that captaincy, which he took over from Ricky Ponting, has had any impact on his batting. 
 
For Sharma, Sunday's win by a massive 60-run margin against table toppers Chennai Super Kings remains the most satisfying win as captain.
 
"This was a big game for us and we really wanted to win it. But before the game we discussed that we need to be relaxed and not think of it as a big game. We knew that if we stayed cool, expressed ourselves and played to our potential, we would win easily. That’s what happened," Sharma told www.iplt20.com.
 
Asked if the rivalry between Mumbai and Chennai is turning out to be the best rivalry in IPL, he said: "It’s good for the spectators to watch. Chennai Super Kings have been playing extremely consistent cricket since the first season and it’s always a challenge to play them. They do bring out the best in us and it’s always very sweet to beat them."
 
Captaincy is doing wonders for Sharma, but he is not going to relax.
 
"Yes, it actually is. It’s a very good start that I have got. Out of five games I have won four and lost one. I would take that result as a captain. But I am not going to relax. We still need to play good cricket for the next five games and get to the Play-Offs comfortably," he said.
 
Talking about his captaincy, Sharma said he tries to keep things simple and maintain his calm.
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"I try not to over-think and keep it simple. I’ve realised that you’ve got to be calm on the field, to be able to take the right decisions. As a captain you don’t get much time in this format. You have to be quick in shuffling your plans and rotating your bowlers, at the same time, give your players the space they want," he said.
 
Sharma feels his maturity and calmness in captaining the team, is also being reflected in his batting.
 
"It is. As captain I have an additional responsibility to lead from the front with the bat and I have to be calm. Having said that, I try not to put pressure on myself thinking I have too much on my plate. I just want to keep enjoying myself in both aspects of my responsibility and ensure that Mumbai Indians do well," he added.
 
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Johnson, Ojha shine as Mumbai Indians thrash CSK by 60 runs

Mitchell Johnson of Mumbai Indians bowls during their match against Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on May 5, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Mitchell Johnson of Mumbai Indians bowls during their match against Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on May 5, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS
A stunning display of fast bowling by Mitchell Johnson and Pragyan Ojha's left-arm spin helped Mumbai Indians pull off a sensational 60-run win and end two-time champions Chennai Super Kings' seven-match winning streak in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here today.
 
Opting to bat first, Mumbai Indians were restricted to 139 for five in 20 overs after skipper Rohit Sharma remained not out on 39 and Harbhajan Singh came up with a cameo of an unbeaten 11-ball 25.
 
It was the lowest total by Mumbai Indians at home this season, after scoring in excess of 170 in their previous games here.
 
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the Chennai Super Kings bowlers bagging three for 29 with his left-arm spin.
 
A devastating spell of fast bowling by Johnson, which got him the Man of the Match award, saw Super Kings losing half the side for just 35 runs and their innings folded up for 79 in 15.2 overs, the lowest total  by any team this season.
 
Mumbai remained undefeated at home in all the five matches, while Super Kings tasted their first away defeat this season in five encounters.
 
Despite the loss, Super Kings stayed at the top of the table with 18 points from 12 matches while Mumbai stayed put at third with 14 points from 11 games.
 
For Chennai it was all over in a matter of three overs. Johnson (3/27) removed the top-order, Murali Vijay (2), Suresh Raina and Subramaniam Badrinath, in just five deliveries that left Super Kings reeling at 9/3 in just three overs. 
 
Left-arm spinner Ojha (3/11) also picked up opening batsman Mike Hussey (22) and then wrecked the lower middle-order by getting the key wickets of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (10) and Jadeja (20).
 
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma in action during their match against Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on May 5, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma in action during their match against Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on May 5, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS
The visitors failed to recover from the early blows from Johnson and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Lasith Malinga joined the party by denting the lower order with two for six.
 
Opening batsman Murali Vijay (2), who came in the side after Wriddhiman Saha was ruled out due to injury, was the first to go after he got an inside edge onto the stumps. In the next delivery, Johnson  removed Suresh Raina with Kieron Pollard taking a good catch. Badrinath did well to deny Johnson a hat-trick but was packed off after facing just three balls after he was trapped plumb before the wicket.
 
It was always going to be a tough battle for Super Kings to claw back into the match. And Ojha got rid of Hussey with a tossed up delivery and Dwayne Smith taking a good catch at deep midwicket in the fourth over that put Chennai in further trouble.
 
Harbhajan was miserly today, giving away just 13 runs from his four overs and picked up the wicket of Ravichandran Ashwin (2), who was surprisingly promoted ahead of Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja.
 
But the ploy did not work. Ashwin was castled by Harbhajan in the 10th over and in the next over Dhoni became Ojha's second victim after he holed out to Pollard at long-off. 
 
At 52/7 in the 12th over, the writing was on the wall for Chennai Super Kings. Jadeja extended the wait with a 16-ball 20 but it was no't enough.
 
Earlier, Jadeja put on a fine show by grabbing three wickets for 29 from his four overs to restrict Mumbai Indians to 139 for five in 20 overs.
 
Jadeja rattled the Mumbai Indians top order after the home side elected to bat at the Wankhede Stadium.
 
But it was a late flourish by Sharma (39 not out) and Harbhajan's unbeaten 11-ball 25 that helped Mumbai post a challenging total. The duo joined forces when Mumbai were 82 for five and added 52 runs from just 4.9 overs in their unfinished sixth wicket stand.
 
Harbhajan hit two fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 11-ball knock while Sharma struck three fours and a six in his 30-ball unbeaten innings. The duo smashed Ben Laughlin for 19 runs off the last over.
 
Dwayne Smith (22) and Dinesh Karthik (23) also came up with valuable scores up the order.
 
Scoreboard:
Mumbai Indians
Dwayne Smith c & b Bravo 22
Sachin Tendulkar lbw Jadeja 15
Dinesh Karthik c Raina b Jadeja 23
Kieron Pollard c Raina b Jadeja 1
Rohit Sharma not out 39
Ambati Rayudu b Ashwin 10
Harbhajan Singh not out 25
Extras (w 4) 4
Total (for five wickets in 20 overs) 139
Fall of wickets: 1-40 (Tendulkar, 6.5 overs), 2-42 (Smith, 7.4), 3-45 (Pollard, 9.1), 4-66 (Karthik, 11.5), 5-82 (Rayudu, 15.1)
Bowling:
Ravindra Jadeja 4-0-29-3
Mohit Sharma 4-0-20-0
Chris Morris 3-0-14-0
Dwayne Bravo 3-0-19-1
Ben Laughlin 4-0-46-0
Ravichandran Ashwin 2-0-11-1
 
Chennai Super Kings
Mike Hussey c Smith b Ojha 22
Murali Vijay b Johnson 2
Suresh Raina c Pollard b Johnson 0
Subramaniam Badrinath lbw Johnson 0
Dwayne Bravo c Rayudu b Suyal 9
Ravichandran Ashwin b Harbhajan Singh 2
Mahendra Singh Dhoni c Pollard b Ojha 10
Ravindra Jadeja c Rayudu b Oja 20
Chris Morris b Malinga 1
Mohit Sharma c Suyal b Malinga 0
Ben Laughlin not out 4
Extras (lb 1, w 8) 9
Total (all out in 15.2 overs) 79
Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Vijay, 2.1 overs), 2-9 (Raina, 2.2), 3-9 (Badrinath, 2.5), 4-18 (Bravo, 3.6), 5-34 (Ashwin, 6.4), 6-40 (Hussey, 9.1), 7-52 (Dhoni, 11.2), 8-54 (Morris, 12.1), 9-54 (Sharma, 12.4), 10-79 (Jadeja, 15.2)
Bowling:
Mitchell Johnson 3-0-27-3
Pawan Suyal 3-0-21-1
Harbhajan Singh 4-0-13-1
Lasith Malinga 3-0-6-2
Pragyan Ojha 2.2-0-11-2
 
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Mumbai Indians thrash Chennai Super Kings by 60 runs

Mitchell Johnson of Mumbai Indians bowls during their match against Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on May 5, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Mitchell Johnson of Mumbai Indians bowls during their match against Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on May 5, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Backed by inspired bowling by Mitchell Johnson, Pragyan Ojha and Lasith Malinga, Mumbai Indians outclassed Chennai Super Kings by 60 runs in the 49th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here today.

Opting to bat first, Mumbai Indians were restricted to 139 for five from their 20 overs, thanks mainly to skipper Rohit Sharma, who led from the front with an unbeaten 39, and Harbhajan Singh, who came up with a cameo knock of 25 from 11 balls.
 
Johnson (3/27), Ojha (3/11) and Malinga (2/6) then literally ran through the Chennai batting to bowl them out for 79 in 15.2 overs to help Mumbai Indians register their seventh win in 11 outings.
 
CSK continue to top the points table with nine wins from 12 matches so far, while Mumbai Indians are in the third spot with seven wins from their 11 engagements so far.
 
Opener Michael Hussey, who is now the highest run-getter in the tournament with 507 runs, was the top-scorer for Chennai with 22 with one six and one four.
 
Towards the end, Ravindra Jadeja rattled up 20 off 16 balls with the help of two boundaries. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (10) was the only other Chennai batsman to get into double figures.
 
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Chasing 140, Super Kings struggling at 48/6 after 10 overs against Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma in action during their match against Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on May 5, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma in action during their match against Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on May 5, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Chasing 140 for a win, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were reeling at 48 for six after the first 10 of their 20 overs against Mumbai Indians in the 49th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here today.
 
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (10) and Ravindra Jadeja (1) were at the crease at the half-way mark.
 
The two-time winners lost opener Murali Vijay with the total at 9 in the third over, bowled by Mitchell Johnson. Left-handed Suresh Raina departed off the next ball, caught beautifully by Kieron Pollard. S Badrinath faced only three balls before he left, in the same over, adjudged leg before wicket. CSK had lost three wickets in the space of five balls with the total at 9.
 
Dwayne Bravo showed some signs of trying to hit his side out of trouble, as he hammered Pawan Suyal for two consecutive fours in the fourth over, first through square and then over the covers.
 
Two runs later, he was gone, after making just 9, trying to hit one hard through cover only to find Ambati Rayudu there. Chennai Super Kings were 18 for four at that stage.
 
At the end of five overs, CSK were reeling at 21 for four.
 
Ravichandran Ashwin, who was pushed up the batting order, joined Hussey and the two tried to extricate their side from the deep hole they were in. Hussey, who has been in good form throughout the tournament, lifted Suyal over square leg for a huge six.
 
In the next over, Ashwin (2) was bowled by Harbhajan Singh as the batsmen moved wide of leg stump and tried to guide the ball to the offside. The ball turned in, Ashwin missed it and it knocked back his leg stump.
 
That finally brought Dhoni to the middle and the big question was whether he would be able to pull his side out of trouble, as he has done so often in the past.
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In the 10th over, Hussey was finally dismissed by Pragyan Ojha, who had him caught at deep mid-wicket by Dwayne Smith. Hussey made 22 off 26 balls with one six and a four. CSK were 48 for six at the end of 10 overs.
 
Earlier, skipper Rohit Sharma led from the front with an unbeaten 39 and Harbhajan Singh came up with a cameo knock of 25 from 11 balls to help Mumbai Indians post 139 for five from their 20 overs.
 
Sharma made his 39 off 30 balls and hit three fours and a six, while Harbhajan hit two sixes and two fours in his 25.
 
Together, they added 57 in their unfinished partnership for the sixth wicket after they came together when the side was struggling at 82 for five in 15.1 overs in a rather dismal batting performance.
 
The dominance of the Chennai bowlers could be seen from the fact that they had as many as 52 dot balls (8.4 overs) today.
 
Ravindra Jadeja took three for 29, while Dwayne Bravo and Ravichandran Ashwin picked up one wicket each.
 
Opting to bat first, Mumbai Indians got off to a decent start, with Dwayne Smith and Sachin Tendulkar putting on 40 for the first wicket.
 
Tendulkar (15) left in the seventh over, trapped leg before wicket by Jadeja. Two runs later, Smith followed him, caught and bowled by Bravo.
 
Kieron Pollard (1) faced only three balls before he was caught by Suresh Raina off Jadeja with the total at 45 in the 10th over. 
 
Dinesh Karthik (23, 2x4, 1x6) and Sharma tried to stem the rot as they added 21 runs for the fourth wicket before the former was left, another victim of the Raina-Jadeja combination. 
 
Ambati Rayudu made only 10 before he was bowled by Ashwin.
 
Scoreboard:
Mumbai Indians
Dwayne Smith c & b Bravo 22
Sachin Tendulkar lbw Jadeja 15
Dinesh Karthik c Raina b Jadeja 23
Kieron Pollard c Raina b Jadeja 1
Rohit Sharma not out 39
Ambati Rayudu b Ashwin 10
Harbhajan Singh not out 25
Extras (w 4) 4
Total (for five wickets in 20 overs) 139
Fall of wickets: 1-40 (Tendulkar, 6.5 overs), 2-42 (Smith, 7.4), 3-45 (Pollard, 9.1), 4-66 (Karthik, 11.5), 5-82 (Rayudu, 15.1)
Bowling:
Ravindra Jadeja 4-0-29-3
Mohit Sharma 4-0-20-0
Chris Morris 3-0-14-0
Dwayne Bravo 3-0-19-1
Ben Laughlin 4-0-46-0
Ravichandran Ashwin 2-0-11-1
 
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Chasing 140, Chennai Super Kings struggling at 21/4 after five overs

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma in action during their match against Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on May 5, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma in action during their match against Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on May 5, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Chasing 140 for a win, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) found themselves struggling at 21 for four after the first five of their 20 overs against Mumbai Indians in the 49th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here today.

Opener Michael Hussey (9) and Ravichandran Ashwin (1) were at the crease at the end of five overs.
 
The two-time winners lost opener Murali Vijay with the total at 9 in the third over, bowled by Mitchell Johnson. Left-handed Suresh Raina departed off the next ball, caught beautifully by Kieron Pollard. S Badrinath faced only three balls before he left, in the same over, adjudged leg before wicket. CSK had lost three wickets in the space of five balls with the total at 9.
 
Dwayne Bravo showed some signs of trying to hit his side out of trouble, as he hammered Pawan Suyal for two consecutive fours in the fourth over, first through square and then over the covers.
 
Two runs later, he was gone, after making just 9, trying to hit one hard through cover only to find Ambati Rayudu there. Chennai Super Kings were 18 for four at that stage.
 
Earlier, skipper Rohit Sharma led from the front with an unbeaten 39 and Harbhajan Singh came up with a cameo knock of 25 from 11 balls to help Mumbai Indians post 139 for five from their 20 overs.
 
Sharma made his 39 off 30 balls and hit three fours and a six, while Harbhajan hit two sixes and two fours in his 25.
 
Together, they added 57 in their unfinished partnership for the sixth wicket after they came together when the side was struggling at 82 for five in 15.1 overs in a rather dismal batting performance.
 
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The dominance of the Chennai bowlers could be seen from the fact that they had as many as 52 dot balls (8.4 overs) today.
 
Ravindra Jadeja took three for 29, while Dwayne Bravo and Ravichandran Ashwin picked up one wicket each.
 
Opting to bat first, Mumbai Indians got off to a decent start, with Dwayne Smith and Sachin Tendulkar putting on 40 for the first wicket.
 
Tendulkar (15) left in the seventh over, trapped leg before wicket by Jadeja. Two runs later, Smith followed him, caught and bowled by Bravo.
 
Kieron Pollard (1) faced only three balls before he was caught by Suresh Raina off Jadeja with the total at 45 in the 10th over. 
 
Dinesh Karthik (23, 2x4, 1x6) and Sharma tried to stem the rot as they added 21 runs for the fourth wicket before the former was left, another victim of the Raina-Jadeja combination. 
 
Ambati Rayudu made only 10 before he was bowled by Ashwin.
 
Scoreboard:
Mumbai Indians
Dwayne Smith c & b Bravo 22
Sachin Tendulkar lbw Jadeja 15
Dinesh Karthik c Raina b Jadeja 23
Kieron Pollard c Raina b Jadeja 1
Rohit Sharma not out 39
Ambati Rayudu b Ashwin 10
Harbhajan Singh not out 25
Extras (w 4) 4
Total (for five wickets in 20 overs) 139
Fall of wickets: 1-40 (Tendulkar, 6.5 overs), 2-42 (Smith, 7.4), 3-45 (Pollard, 9.1), 4-66 (Karthik, 11.5), 5-82 (Rayudu, 15.1)
Bowling:
Ravindra Jadeja 4-0-29-3
Mohit Sharma 4-0-20-0
Chris Morris 3-0-14-0
Dwayne Bravo 3-0-19-1
Ben Laughlin 4-0-46-0
Ravichandran Ashwin 2-0-11-1
 
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Mumbai Indians post 139/5 against Chennai Super Kings

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma in action during their match against Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on May 5, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma in action during their match against Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on May 5, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Skipper Rohit Sharma led from the front with an unbeaten 39 and Harbhajan Singh came up with a cameo knock of 25 from 11 balls to help Mumbai Indians post 139 for five from their 20 overs against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the 49th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here today.

Sharma made his 39 off 30 balls and hit three fours and a six, while Harbhajan hit two sixes and two fours in his 25.
 
Together, they added 57 in their unfinished partnership for the sixth wicket after they came together when the side was struggling at 82 for five in 15.1 overs in a rather dismal batting performance.
 
The dominance of the Chennai bowlers could be seen from the fact that they had as many as 52 dot balls (8.4 overs) today.
 
Ravindra Jadeja took three for 29, while Dwayne Bravo and Ravichandran Ashwin picked up one wicket each.
 
Opting to bat first, Mumbai Indians got off to a decent start, with Dwayne Smith and Sachin Tendulkar putting on 40 for the first wicket.
 
Tendulkar (15) left in the seventh over, trapped leg before wicket by Jadeja. Two runs later, Smith followed him, caught and bowled by Bravo.
 
Kieron Pollard (1) faced only three balls before he was caught by Suresh Raina off Jadeja with the total at 45 in the 10th over. 
 
Dinesh Karthik (23, 2x4, 1x6) and Sharma tried to stem the rot as they added 21 runs for the fourth wicket before the former was left, another victim of the Raina-Jadeja combination. 
 
Ambati Rayudu made only 10 before he was bowled by Ashwin.
 
Scoreboard:
Mumbai Indians
Dwayne Smith c & b Bravo 22
Sachin Tendulkar lbw Jadeja 15
Dinesh Karthik c Raina b Jadeja 23
Kieron Pollard c Raina b Jadeja 1
Rohit Sharma not out 39
Ambati Rayudu b Ashwin 10
Harbhajan Singh not out 25
Extras (w 4) 4
Total (for five wickets in 20 overs) 139
Fall of wickets: 1-40 (Tendulkar, 6.5 overs), 2-42 (Smith, 7.4), 3-45 (Pollard, 9.1), 4-66 (Karthik, 11.5), 5-82 (Rayudu, 15.1)
Bowling:
Ravindra Jadeja 4-0-29-3
Mohit Sharma 4-0-20-0
Chris Morris 3-0-14-0
Dwayne Bravo 3-0-19-1
Ben Laughlin 4-0-46-0
Ravichandran Ashwin 2-0-11-1
 
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Bansal's nephew held for taking Rs 90 lakh bribe from Railway Board Member

In a major embarassment for the UPA Government, the CBI has arrested a nephew of Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 90 lakh from a newly-appointed Member of the Railway Board who is said to have wanted a better position.
Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal
Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal

In a major embarassment for the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a nephew of Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 90 lakh from a newly-appointed Member of the Railway Board who is said to have wanted a better position.

Apart from Mr Bansal's nephew, Vijay Singla, who was arrested in Chandigarh last night, the CBI has arrested Mr Mahesh Kumar, Member (Staff) of the Railway Board when he landed in Mumbai from Delhi last night.
 
Four of the accused -- Singla, Sandip Goyal, Dharmendra Kumar and Vivek Kumar -- were produced before a local court today and remanded in CBI custody for four days.
 
The other accused include Narain Rao Manjunath, Managing Director of a Bangalore-based private firm. He was arrrested in Bangalore.
 
Official sources said the CBI had registered a case under section 120-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 7, 18, 10 of the Prevention of Corruption Act against Kumar, Singla and others, including two private persons of New Delhi and one in Faridabad on the basis of information received by the agency.
 
The CBI said in a press release that it was alleged that Singla had demanded an illegal gratification of Rs 10 crore from Mr Kumar, who was then General Manager of Western Railway in Mumbai, for securing him the post of Member (Electrical) in the Railway Board.
 
Kumar was, in the meanwhile, appointed Member (Staff) of the Railway Board and ex-officio Secretary to the Government of India and had taken charge of his new assignment only on May 2.
 
According to the CBI, Kumar requested Singla and his associates that until he is appointed as Member (Electrical), he should be given the additional charge of General Manager, Western Railway and Signalling and Telecommunication (S&T).
 
Singla allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 2 crore immediately and the balance amount for appointment to the post of Member (Electrical) later.
 
The position of Member (Electrical) in the Railway Board is expected to fall vacant in a few weeks from now.
Mahesh Kumar
Mahesh Kumar
The release said Kumar allegedly arranged for Rs 2 crore from Manjunath and other businessmen and industrialists dealing with the Railways for making the payment to Singla and his associates. Manjunath agreed to arrange the money in lieu of official favours, the release said.
 
According to the release, Manjunath could arrange only Rs 90 lakh, which was to be paid to Singla yesterday at Chandigarh on behalf of Kumar.
 
The CBI laid a trap and Singla and his associate were caught after allegedly having accepting the amount of Rs 90 lakh from two persons actingon behalf of Manjunath.
 
The release said searches were conducted at various places including the residence of Member(Staff) Railway Board at Delhi and Mumbai and connected places of other accused at Chandigarh, Panchkula, Bangalore and Delhi. Incriminating documents have been recovered, it said, adding that further investigations were in progress.
 
Mr Bansal, meanwhile, issued a statement to the media, denying any knowledge about the matter at all.
 
"Regarding yesterday's incident involving my sister's son in a CBI raid in Chandigarh, I have to say that I had no knowledge or clue about the matter at all. Though a close relative, he or any other relative of mine does not and cannot meddle in my official functions or influence my decisions. There is also no business relationship between his and my family.
 
"I have always observed highest standards of probity in public life and look forward to an expeditious investigation by CBI in the matter," he said.
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Kumar graduated in Electronics & Communication Engineering in 1975 from University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee). He belongs to the 1975 batch of Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers (IRSSE).
 
An official press release about his appointment said Kumar had extensive technical, project related and administrative experience in Railways having worked in several challenging assignments such as Executive Director/Signal, Railway Board, Executive Director/Telecom, Railway Board, Divisional Railway Manager (Bangalore), Chief Administrative Officer, Indian Railway Project Management Unit, Delhi and Additional Member (Signal), Railway Board. 
 
The case could not have come at a worse time for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Government, which is already reeling under allegations about wrongdoing in the matter of allocation of 2G spectrum and coal blocks to private firms for captive mining.
 
The main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) promptly demanded the resignation of Mr Bansal. It said Dr Singh should not only sack Mr Bansal but also ensure that he is prosecuted.
 
Congress General Secretary Janardhan Dwivedi pointed out to newspersons that Mr Bansal had already clarified his position and also sought an expeditious investigation by the CBI in the matter. "We cannot expect him to do anything more," he said.
 
As for the demands for Mr Bansal's resignation, Mr Dwivedi said making such demands had become a habit for some parties.
 
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