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Sindhi spiritual leader Dada Vaswani passes away at 99

Dada J.P. Vaswani
Dada J.P. Vaswani
Sadhu J. P. Vaswani, an eminent spiritual leader, philosopher, philanthropist of the Sindhi community, died here on Thursday following a brief illness, an official spokesperson said.
 
"Dadaji breathed his last at 9.01 a.m. today. He was 99. His body has been kept for final darshan at his ashram, Sadhu Vaswani Mission," the spokesperson told IANS.
 
He was admitted to a private hospital here a few days ago for treatment of age related issues and had been discharged on Wednesday.
 
Vaswani passed away amid mega-plans for his 100th birthday on August 2, which his devotees from all over the world were expected to attend.
 
Born on August 2, 1918, to a Sindhi couple Pahlajrai and Krishnadevi Vaswani of Hyderabad in the undivided India, Dada Vaswani - as he was revered by the community - was one among seven children, three sisters and four brothers.
 
He headed the Sadhu Vaswani Mission - founded by his uncle and spiritual Guru, the late Sadhu T. L. Vaswani in Hyderabad (Sindh, Pakistan) in 1929, which has now branched out all over the world.
 
Following his demise in 1966, Sadhu J.P. Vaswani was anointed his successor and he carried forward the legacy of his Guru's mission globally.
 
A proponent of world peace, vegetarianism, girls' education, compassion for the poor, among others, Sadhu Vaswani addressed the British House of Commons in London, Global Forum of Spiritual Leaders in Oxford, World Parliament of Religions in Chicago, Millenium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders at the UN, and Parliament of World Religions in South Africa.
 
He initiated a global peace initiative - The Moment of Calm, when people observe two-minutes of silence to forgive all, on August 2, with eminent personalities like the Dalai Lama joining.
 
Among various national and international honours conferred on Sadhu Vaswani was the U Thant Peace Award in 1998, jointly with Pope John Paul II.
 
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani was a familiar face at the Pune Mission, while President Ram Nath Kovind had inaugurated the Sadhu Vaswani International School here in May, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had addressed Sadhu Vaswani's 99th birthday celebrations last year through a video conference.
 
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Sindhi spiritual leader Dada Vaswani passes away

Dada J.P. Vaswani
Dada J.P. Vaswani
Dada J.P. Vaswani, a spiritual leader of the Sindhi community, died here on Thursday, an official spokesperson said.
 
"Dadaji breathed his last at 9.01 a.m. today. He was 99. His body has been kept for final darshan at his ashram, Sadhu Vaswani Mission", the spokesperson told IANS.
 
Details of the last rites were awaited, she added.
 
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A coach of Madurai Express derails in Pune

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A coach of the Bandra LTT-Madurai Express got derailed early on Friday in Maharashtra, throwing the inter-city services on the busy Mumbai-Pune sector out of gear, an official said.
 
The incident occurred around 2.45 a.m. when a seater-cum-luggage coach got off the tracks while entering the Khandala station in Pune district.
 
No casualties were reported and the train left for its onward journey around 6 a.m. after detaching the affected coach, said a Central Railway spokesperson.
 
At least five services were hit on the Mumbai-Pune route, while Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus-Pune Intercity Express, Sinhagad Express, Pragati Express and Karjat-Pune-Karjat passenger train were cancelled; the Bhusaval-Pune Express was diverted.
 
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IndiGo launches flights from Lucknow to Pune and Goa

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Low-cost carrier IndiGo has announced its maiden flights from Lucknow to Pune and Goa, effective July 2018, becoming the first airline to launch  services on these sectors.
 
A press release from the airline said it would operate daily non-stop flights on the Lucknow-Goa-Lucknow and Lucknow-Pune-Lucknow routes.
 
IndiGo’s average daily departures will now be 25 flights out of Lucknow to 13 destinations, it said.
 
The release said the new flights are designed to cater to business and leisure travellers who are constantly on the lookout for new and affordable flying options. 
 
Mr Sanjay Kumar, Chief Commercial Officer, IndiGo said, “We are pleased to announce the launch of these two sectors from Lucknow, which will further provide more flexibility of choice to our customers. Lucknow continues to hold immense potential for IndiGo and we are indeed happy to be the first airline to operate maiden flights between Lucknow-Goa-Lucknow and Lucknow-Pune-Lucknow. We are providing affordable fares on these new routes for 6E travelers. It is our constant endeavour to provide the best travel experience to our customers, as IndiGo continues to offer them on-time, courteous and hassle-free service and an affordable flying experience always.”
 
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One dead in fire at DRDO's HEMRL complex in Pune on Tuesday

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One person -- a contractual worker -- died in a fire that broke out on Tuesday afternoon in one of the buildings at the High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Pune, official sources said.
 
An official press release said here today that the fire broke out around 1500 hours on Tuesday.
 
"Immediately, the fire fighting vehicles were called and the fire was contained. In the incident, one contractual worker was found unconscious, who was working in the building when the incident occured. He was immediately taken to HEMRL’s Medical Inspection Room, where doctor declared him dead. The body was sent to Sassoon General Hospital, Pune. An FIR has been lodged in this regard," the release added.
 
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Bank Of Maharashtra CMD arrested in Rs 3,000 crore fake loans case

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In a sudden development, the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) here arrested Ravindra P. Marathe, the Chairman and Managing Director of Bank of Maharashtra, in a case of Rs 3,000 crore fraudulent loans extended to Pune's DSK Group, an official said here on Wednesday.
 
The EOW has also arrested the bank's Executive Director Rajendra K. Gupta, Zonal Manager Nityanand Deshpande from Ahmedabad and former CMD Sushil Muhnot from Jaipur.
 
The 83-year-old Pune-headquartered Bank of Maharashtra is ranked among the major public sector banks in India.
 
Two officials of the DS Kulkarni Group, chartered accountant Sunil Ghatpande and VP Engineering Rajiv Newaskar, have also been arrested in the same case, the police said.
 
Marathe has been arrested for allegedly misusing his powers to sanction huge amounts of loans to shell companies.
 
According to the investigators, the bank executive and officials colluded with the DSK Group "with dishonest and fraudulent intentions to sanction and disburse the amount of the bank (BoM)" under the garb of loans and the money was later siphoned off.
 
All the arrested accused have been charged under various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act and other laws pertaining to cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy and breach of trust.
 
The Pune-based mega group's owners D.S. Kulkarni and his wife Hemanti were arrested in February on charges of cheating over 4,000 investors of over Rs 1,150 crore and diverting bank loans of nearly Rs 2,900 crore.
 
As a follow-up in the case, last month, the Maharashtra government had ordered attachment of more than 120 properties, 275 bank accounts and four dozen vehicles belonging to the owners and the company invoking the provisions of Maharashtra Protection of Interests of Depositors Act, 1999.
 
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UTT: Dabang Smashers outclass Falcons 17-4

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Riding on some good shows by Manika Batra and G Sathiyan, Dabang Smashers outclassed defending champions Falcons TTC 17-4 in Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex here on Monday.
 
Smashers won six of the seven matches in the tie to emerge as the leaders of the Pune leg with 31 points in their kitty.
 
The outcome of Tuesday's tie between Warriors TTC and Empowerji Challengers will not have any bearing on Smashers' position as they have just seven and eight points, respectively.
 
India's top-ranked male player (World No. 44) and Dabang captain Gnanasekaran Sathiyan also came up with another sterling display by turning in two winning performances. 
 
He first teamed up with Japanese Sakura Mori to win their mixed doubles 3-0 against Sanil Shetty and Bernadette Szocs before extending his unbeaten run in singles since last season by upstaging Spain's Alvaro Robles 3-0 (11-10, 11-6, 11-6).
 
Once Manika squeezed past World No. 30 Matilda Ekholm 2-1 (8-11, 11-10, 11-10) in a pulsating duel, the Smashers were all over their rivals. 
 
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Japanese World No. 27 Yoshida Masaki downed Shetty 3-0 (11-9, 11-4, 11-4) and their fluent victory in the mixed doubles saw the Season 1 semi-finalists race to a 8-1 lead. 
 
The 23-year-old Manika matched her Swedish rival's guile and unleashed 10 winners that eventually made the difference. All three games were locked at 8-8 but the Indian, ranked World No. 80, broke through twice to net golden points and seal victory.
 
Falcons' captain Liam Pitchford reduced the margin with a hard-fought 2-1 (11-10, 11-9, 6-11) victory over Masaki, who featured in two men's singles matches tonight. 
 
It was the only win that Falcons registered in the tie as Smashers' 17-year-old Puerto Rican Adriana Diaz, Sathiyan and Mori won the remaining three singles without much ado.
 
World No. 38 Adriana's attacking display was instrumental in the youngest player of the tournament accounting for the 23-year-old Romanian Bernadette 2-1 (11-9, 11-8, 9-11).
 
Sakura completed Dabang's dominance with a 3-0 (11-3, 11-7, 11-10) win over Sutirtha Mukherjee.
 
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Mavericks edge out Maharashtra United in UTT thriller

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Ayhika Mukherjee's giant-killing ways stood out as RP-SG Mavericks thwarted a gallant charge from Maharashtra United and eked out a narrow 11-10 victory in their Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) clash at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex here on Sunday.
 
After Ayhika, Kou Lei and the mixed pair of captain Harmeet Desai and Doo Hoi Kem had won the first three matches to put Mavericks in a commanding 6-3 position, Maharashtra staged a brilliant rally through their foreign players to turn the tables and gain a 10-8 lead. 
 
Kristian Karlsson, Elizabeta Samara and captain Joao Monteiro won their respective singles to ensure three victories in succession for Maharashtra. Romanian Samara's shock 11-5, 11-10, 11-8 victory over World No.13 Doo Hoi Kem was central to their turnaround.
 
However, German Sabine Winter tilted the scales in favour of the Mavericks by winning the last match of the day against Madhurika Patkar 11-7, 11-9, 11-10.
 
It was the most exciting tie of the tournament so far with nine golden points deciding the winners in nine games. Incidentally, the last point of the tie was decided by a golden point with Sabine's smashing return clinching the issue.
 
Ayhika stunned World No. 56 Lily Zhang 10-11, 11-5, 11-10. After losing the first game on a golden point, the Indian hustled her American rival with her serve to clinch the second game with ease. 
 
However, in the third, Zhang fought back to lead 6-4 only to find the Indian take the contest to the golden point and seal the match.
 
Ukranian Kou Lie quelled Anthony Amalraj's challenge 10-11, 11-10, 11-5 for Mavericks' second win and swelled their lead to 4-2 on points after the first two singles.
 
Kristian Karlsson began the turnaround for Maharashtra by defeating fellow Swede Kristian Karlsson 11-9, 11-6, 10-11 before Samara stepped up to upset Doo.
 
In a tussle between captains, Mavericks' Desai was edged out by Monteiro in a cliff-hanger 11-10, 9-11, 10-11 before Sabine ensured Mavericks' victory.
 
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Sathiyan, Manika star in Smashers' big victory over Warriors in UTT

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India's highest-ranked men's player Gnanasekaran Sathiyan and 2018 Commonwealth Games double gold medallist Manika Batra came up with sterling performances to give Dabang Smashers an emphatic victory over Warriors in the Ceat Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) here on Saturday.
 
Smashers picked up 14 points while conceding only 7 in their 6-1 verdict to jump to the top of the six-team table.
 
Poster girl Manika began the charge against Achanta Sharath Kamal's Warriors, scoring a tense 2-1 victory in the opening game. She shocked World No. 18 Sofia Polcanova, who is ranked 62 spots higher than her, claiming two out of the three games on 'golden point'.
 
Manika entertained the over 2,500 fans who had turned up at the Balewadi stadium to cheer her, mixing her serves cleverly and using her backhand effectively to score a 11-10, 5-11, 11-10 victory.
 
The other crowd favourite Sharath Kamal began confidently, winning the first game 11-10. But Japan's Yoshida Masaki (World No. 27) recovered strongly in the next to score a facile 11-5 win. The Indian star battled hard in the decider but a handful of unforced errors saw him lose 8-11. 
 
Sathiyan rode on the winning momentum to give the Smashers a clean 3-0 victory in the mixed doubles, teaming up with Japanese Sakura Mori. 
 
But he put his best foot forward in the next singles, shocking World No. 15 Chin-Yuan Chuang of Chinese Taipei 2-1 (11-7, 11-6, 7-11). The highest ranked Indian (World No. 44) upstaged his rival with stunning returns. 
 
It also ensured the 25-year-old Smashers captain maintained his unbeaten record in the tournament since Season 1.
 
In between, Warriors were spurred by Polcanova, who put behind her defeat to Manika with a 3-0 victory over Mori in her second singles match.
 
The 17-year-old Adriana Diaz, the youngest player in the tournament from Puerto Rico, completed the Smashers' dominance with an emphatic 3-0 win over Pooja Sahasrabuddhe.
 
On Sunday, Maharashtra United will take on RPSG Mavericks.
 
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Table Tennis: Mavericks thrash Empowerji Challengers 5-2 in UTT

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India's young paddlers Manav Thakkar and Ayhika Mukherjee created a big flutter by stunning much higher-ranked players in the Ceat Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) as RP-SG Mavericks beat last year's finalists Empowerji Challengers 5-2 at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex here on Friday.
 
Mavericks picked up 13 points in the process while yielding just 8 in the seven-match encounter.
 
Ayhika began the march for the Mavericks, upsetting World No. 20 Lee Ho Ching and giving them an unexpected 2-1 lead; but India's teen sensation Thakkar, who is also the Under-18 World No. 2, sprung a turnaround for Challengers by shocking World No. 33 Kou Lei. 
 
Ranked 104 spots below her opponent from Hong Kong, Ayhika overcame her first game loss to win 2-1 (4-11, 11-2, 11-5). She defended smartly to unsettle Lee Ho Ching and kept her calm all through the match for an important victory.
 
Challengers' Thakkar then attacked with confidence to gain maximum points (17) on his serve to upstage his Ukrainian rival, who is ranked 213 places above him in the men's world rankings. He won 2-1 (11-4, 11-7, 10-11) to tie the scores 3-3.
 
Mavericks, however, surged ahead by winning the mixed doubles, the men's singles and the women's singles. 
 
Top-ranked woman's player Doo Hoi Kem of Hong Hong (World No. 13) enacted the lead role by first teaming up with captain Harmeet Desai to seal the mixed doubles against Arjun Ghosh and Lee Ho Ching 2-1 and then downed Romanian Georgina Pota in the women's singles 2-1 (11-1, 11-8, 6-11).
 
In between, Swede Mattias Karlsson shocked Challengers' captain and the highest ranked men's singles player (World No. 12) Simon Gauzy 2-1 (8-11, 11-7, 11-7) in an entertaining duel.
 
Desai almost pulled off a surprise against World No. 40 Tiago Apolonia but was unlucky to lose the third game, with a powerful smash scraping the net giving the golden point to the Portuguese. He lost 1-2 (11-8, 6-11, 10-11).
 
In the day's last clash, Sabine Winter (Germany) tamed local girl Divya Deshpande 3-0 (11-8, 11-9, 11-5).
 
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Maoists plot to assassinate Modi, Fadnavis: Police

Police, investigating the Maoist links to the Koregaon-Bhima caste riots, have stumbled upon letters that point to plans to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, officials said here on Friday.

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Police, investigating the Maoist links to the Koregaon-Bhima caste riots, have stumbled upon letters that point to plans to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, officials said here on Friday.
 
Police have also released pictures of four more persons involved in the Koregaon-Bhima riots of January 1, that left one person dead, and appealed to the public to inform them of their whereabouts.
 
One of the incriminating letters has been found from the home of Delhi-based activist Rona Wilson, who was among the five activists arrested from different parts of India on Wednesday as part of the probe into the riots conspiracy and "urban Maoist sympathisers".
 
The letter refers to a requirement of Rs 8 crore to procure M-4 rifles and 400,000 rounds and speaks of "another Rajiv Gandhi-type incident".
 
Former Prime Minister Gandhi was killed by an LTTE suicide bomber during his campaign for the May 1991 Lok Sabha elections in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu.
 
The investigators also claimed that the communication seized from the laptop of one of the arrested persons says that "Modi has successfully established BJP government in more than 15 states... if this pace continues, then it would mean immense trouble for the Maoist party on all fronts".
 
Accordingly, they were thinking along the lines of "another Rajiv Gandhi-type incident" by "targeting his roadshows" which they thought "could be an effective strategy".
 
"It sounds suicidal and there is a good chance we might fail but we feel the party must deliberate over our proposal," one of the letter reads.
 
 
Modi assassination plot: Fadnavis says probe on
The latest development in the case follows the arrests of Wilson, who is the secretary of Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners, advocate Surendra Gadling, General Secretary of Indian Association of Peoples' Lawyers, Shoma Sen, Head of Department of English at Nagpur University (both from Nagpur), Mumbai journalist and 'Vidrohi' editor Sudhir Dhawale, and Mahesh Raut, an activist of Bharat Jan Andolan and a former Fellow at Prime Minister's Rural Development programme in Gadchiroli.
 
Charged under various provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, they were produced before a Pune court and have been sent to police custody till June 14.
 
Wednesday's arrests were made on the basis of a complaint lodged by police in Pune on January 8 after the Elgaar Parishad on December 31, organised by the Kabir Kala Manch, and later the Koregaon-Bhima riots.
 
On Thursday, Pune Joint Police Commissioner Ravindra Kadam said police had "sufficient evidence to show the participation of Maoists and the inspiration they provided to the organisers (Elgaar Parishad)".
 
The latest developments of Maoist plans to assassinate the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister have evoked reactions from different political parties in the country.
 
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134th NDA Convocation sees 336 cadets receive degree certificates

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As many as 336 cadets were conferred with degree certificates from the Jawaharlal Nehru University at the 134th convocation ceremony of National Defence Academy (NDA) here yesterday.
 
The chief guest at the convocation was Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) Lt Gen Satish Dua.
 
The graduates included 81 cadets in Science stream, 191 cadets in Computer Science stream and 64 cadets in Arts stream. Eight cadets from friendly foreign countries were also awarded degrees during the programme.
 
Earlier, the chief guest was received by Commandant, NDA, Air Marshal I P Vipin. After the Commandant's address, the academic report of Spring Term - 2018 was presented by the Principal, NDA.
 
Lt Gen Dua, in his convocation address, congratulated the cadets of the passing out course for undergoing the training with dedication and hard work. He emphasized the role and importance of Armed Forces in shaping India and also motivated the future military leaders to carry forward the professionalism and ethos imbibed at the academy in the service of the nation.
 
Academy Cadet Adjutant GK Reddy won the Chief of the Army Staff Trophy presented by General K Sundarji for standing first in Science stream. CSM SS Bisht received the Admiral's Trophy presented by Admiral Sureesh Mehta for standing first in BSc. (Computer Science).
 
Cadet PM Kiran bagged the Chief of the Air Staff trophy presented by Air Chief Marshal NC Suri for standing first in Social Science stream.
 
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Kovind to visit Gujarat and Maharashtra on May 29-30

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President Ram Nath Kovind will pay a two-day visit to Gujarat and Maharashtra on May 29-30, an official press release said.
 
Tomorrow, Mr. Kovind will be the chief guest at a felicitation function of cadaver organ donor family members in Surat. On the same day, he will also grace the annual convocation of the Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat, and present ‘Santokbaa Humanitarian Award’ to Mr. A. S. Kiran Kumar, former Chairman, ISRO and Mr. Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Laureate.
 
On May 30, the President will review the passing out parade of the 134th course of the National Defence Academy in Khadakwasla near Pune in Maharashtra. 
 
He will also unveil a statue of Matoshree Ramabai Bhimrao Ambedkar at the Matoshree Ramabai Bhimrao Ambedkar Garden in Pune and inaugurate the Sadhu Vaswani International School, Pune, before returning to Delhi, the release added.
 
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IPL 2018: Chennai outplay Punjab by five wickets

Chennai Super Kings knocked out Kings XI Punjab from the play-offs race of the Indian Premier League (IPL), outplaying them in the last league match by five wickets here on Sunday.
 
In order to qualify for the play-offs, Punjab had to win this game by 53 runs or more but the visitors failed in doing so and thus got knocked out of the play-offs.
 
With this result, Rajasthan Royals became the fourth team to progress to the next stage with 14 points. Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai are the other three teams.
 
Chennai put Punjab  in to bat first and their bowlers did a fantastic job to bundle out the visitors for 153. After that, Suresh Raina (61 not out), who played sensibly throughout the innings, and Deepak Chahar (39) along with other batters helped Chennai to complete the chase in 19.1 overs.
 
Chennai got off to a bad start, losing opener Ambati Rayudu (1) in the second over.
 
After adding 24 runs to the total with new batsman Suresh Raina (61 not out), opener Faf du Plesis (14) also departed in the fifth over. In the same over, Sam Billings (0) was also sent packing by Ankit Rajpoot.
 
After five overs, Chennai were reeling at 27/3. Harbhajan Singh was sent up the order. The move also paid little as the off-spinner scored 19 runs in 22 balls which included two boundaries and one six. But in the 11th over, Harbhajan was dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin
 
New batsman Deepak Chahar (39) and Raina then joined hands and forged a crucial 56-run partnership to steady the Chennai innings.
 
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But just when things seemed good in the middle, Chahar was sent back to the pavilion by Ashwin in the 17th over when scoreboard was reading 114.
 
Unperturbed by the fall of wickets, Raina kept on playing sensibly and completed his half century.
 
New batsman and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (16 not out) then joined Raina in the middle and completed the proceedings with ease.
 
Earlier, a quickfire lower order cameo by Karun Nair helped Kings XI Punjab post a modest 153.
 
Coming in to bat when Punjab were in a spot of a bother at 76/4 in the 12th over, Nair plundered 54 runs off 26 balls to breathe life into the innings. The right-hander produced an exciting display of power hitting, smashing three boundaries and five towering sixes.
 
The Chennai bowlers came out all guns blazing at their adopted home ground to bundle out the visitors for a modest total.
 
Lungi Ngidi was the wrecker-in-chief for the yellow brigade with stunning figures of 4/10 from his four overs.
 
Brief scores:
 
Kings XI Punjab: 153 all out in 19.4 overs (Karun Nair 54, Manoj Tiwary 35; Lungi Ngidi 4/10) vs Chennai Super Kings:159/5 (Suresh Raina 61 not out; Ankit Rajpoot 2/19)
 
 
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IPL: Nair's quickfire half-century lifts Punjab to 153 vs Chennai

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A quickfire lower order cameo by Karun Nair helped Kings XI Punjab post a modest 153 against Chennai Super Kings in the last league encounter of the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Sunday.
 
Coming into bat when Punjab were in a spot of bother at 76/4 in the 12th over, Nair plundered 54 runs off 26 balls to breathe life into the innings. The right-hander produced an exciting display of power hitting, smashing three boundaries and five towering sixes. 
 
The Chennai bowlers came out all guns blazing at their adopted home ground to bundle out the visitors for a modest total. 
 
Lungi Ngidi was the wrecker-in-chief for the yellow brigade with stunning figures of 4/10 from his four overs.
 
Put in to bat, the visitors were off to a disastrous start as Chennai pacers Ngidi and Deepak Chahar shattered Punjab's top order.
 
While Ngidi sent back Punjab openers Lokesh Rahul (7) and Chris Gayle (0), Chahar dismissed the dangerous Aaron Finch (4) which left Punjab reeling at 16/3 after the first four overs.
 
Manoj Tiwary (35 off 30) and David Miller (24 off 22) then showed some resistance, putting on a 60-run stand for the fourth wicket.
 
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However, just when the partnership was settling down, Ravindra Jadeja sent back Tiwary, who was caught behind by Chennai skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the 12th over.
 
All-rounder Dwayne Bravo too, joined the party as a perfect yorker from him dismantled Miller's stump in the 13th over with Punjab's score reading 80/5.
 
Karun Nair then showed terrific fight down the order, hitting some lusty blows. However, he lacked support from the other end as Punjab again lost three wickets of Axar Patel (14), Ravichandran Ashwin (0) and Andrew Tye (0) in quick succession.
 
It was South African paceman Ngidi again who scalped the wickets of Ashwin and Tye while Shardul Thakur got the better of Patel.
 
Just when the visitors reached the 150-run mark, Bravo applied the brakes on a dangerous looking Nair's innings. Nair's knock was laced with three boundaries and five hits into the stands.
 
Thakur then performed the last rites as he dismissed tailender Ankit Rajpoot (2) to wrap up Ashwin's men for 153.
 
Brief scores: 
 
Kings XI Punjab: 153 all out in 19.4 overs (Karun Nair 54, Manoj Tiwary 35; Lungi Ngidi 4/10) vs Chennai Super Kings.
 
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IPL: Chennai Super Kings overwhelm Royal Challengers Bangalore to go to top

 
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) made heavy weather of a small total before captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni did his famous finishing act to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by six wickets and virtually seal their place in the Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs here on Saturday, needing just one more win in five matches.
 
RCB, on the other hand, are virtually out of the race for the play-offs. They are currently on six points and have to win all their five remaining matches, which is a big ask for the off-colour unit.
 
Chennai are sitting pretty on top of the table with 14 points from 10 matches. They have won seven of those matches while losing three.
 
The Chennai team, which has a reputed batting line-up, were expected to accomplish the job quite easily. But the team put themselves under pressure in the slog overs before skipper Dhoni smashed three sixes off RCB's star spinner Yuzvendra Chahal to take his side across the line in the 18th over. 
 
Having elected to field first on winning the toss, CSK restricted the visitors to 127/9 in their 20 overs.
 
CSK were boosted by an excellent display by the hitherto off-colour Ravindra Jadeja who roared back to form with figures of 3/18.
 
Ambati Rayudu laid the foundation of a successful chase with 32 runs off 25 balls after the other opener Shane Watson was bowled by Umesh Yadav in the third over.
 
Rayudu and Suresh Raina tried to bring the chase back on track with a 44-run stand before Yadav struck again, removing Raina in the ninth over.
 
Rayudu fell a couple of overs later when he attempted an expansive shot off Murugan Ashwin, only to hand an easy top edge to Mohammed Siraj at short third man. Colin de Grandhomme then removed Dhruv Shorey, who made his IPL debut, in the next over to put the hosts under pressure.
 
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However, Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo batted slowly but sensibly to ensure victory for the hosts without any further loss of wickets.
 
Earlier, disciplined bowling by CSK and a few reckless shots by the RCB batsmen saw the visitors being restricted to a low total.
 
The highlight of the RCB batting effort was a half-century from opener Parthiv Patel, who was their highest scorer with 53 runs off 41 balls.
 
The only other RCB batsman to reach double figures was tailender Tim Southee who remained unbeaten on 36 off 26 balls.
 
Fast bowler Lungi Ngidi struck the first blow for CSK early on when he dismissed RCB opener Brendan McCullum in the second over. 
 
McCullum had gone for a big shot but was fooled by the lack of pace as the ball skied up after finding the toe end of the bat for an easy catch to Shardul Thakur at mid-on.
 
RCB skipper Virat Kohli made a bold move by promoting himself up the order coming out to bat at the one-down slot. 
 
But his move did not pay off as Jadeja struck a big blow with his first ball of the match when he bowled the RCB skipper with a delivery that turned in sharply after pitching.
 
CSK struck another big blow in the very next over when the dangerous AB De Villiers was stumped off Harbhajan Singh's bowling. Jadeja got his second wicket when Mandeep Singh miscued a slog sweep, only to find David Willey at deep backward square leg.
 
Patel however, continued to battle on at the other end bringing up his half-century with a single off Harbhajan in the 12th over.
 
However, he too fell victim to the resurgent Jadeja when a mistimed flick handed an easy return catch to the CSK all-rounder.
 
RCB continued to lose wickets at regular intervals as CSK restricted them to a low total.
 
Brief scores:
 
CSK: 128/4 in 18 overs (Ambati Rayudu 32, Mahendra Singh Dhoni 31 not out) vs RCB: 127/9 in 20 overs (Parthiv Patel 53; Tim Southee 36 not out; Ravindra Jadeja 3/18).
 
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IPL: Watson, Dhoni star as Chennai beat Delhi

 
Dominating batting from Shane Watson and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni helped Chennai Super Kings (CSK) beat Delhi Daredevils by 13 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Monday.
 
The win also saw Chennai sitting at the top spot with 12 points in eight matches while Delhi languish at the bottom of the table with four points.
 
After posting 211/4 with opener Shane Watson (78), Dhoni (51 not out) and Ambati Rayudu (41 not out) scoring handsomely, Chennai bowlers restricted Delhi to 198/5 in their allotted 20 overs.
 
Middle-order batsman Rishabh Pant (79 runs off 45 balls) and Vijay Shankar (54 not out) were the only players who faced the Chennai bowlers valiantly but their innings went in vain as no other batter rose to the occasion and went back cheaply.
 
Big names Colin Munro (26), skipper Shreyas Iyer (13), who played a huge role in Delhi's last win and Glenn Maxwell (6) failed to score which resulted in their loss.
 
For Chennai, K.M. Asif took two wickets while Lungi Ngidi and Ravindra Jadeja chipped in with one wicket each.
 
Earlier, openers Watson (78) and Faf du Plessis (33) provided a perfect start before skipper Dhoni and Rayudu (41 not out) finished the proceedings in style to power Chennai Super Kings to an imposing total.
 
Dhoni and Rayudu were at their destructive best as the duo hammered Delhi bowlers towards the end of the innings and accumulated 79 runs in six overs.
 
Chennai got off to a flying start as openers Watson and du Plessis slammed the Delhi bowlers all around the park. The two took Chennai past the 100-run mark in the 11th over.
 
While Watson hammered the bowlers, du Plessis rotated the strike. On occasions, the South African player also went for the big shots.
 
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The partnership was broken by medium pacer Vijay Shankar, who got rid of du Plessis in the fifth ball of the 11th over. His 33-ball knock was laced with three boundaries and one six.
 
After two balls, Suresh Raina (1) also departed. The Uttar Pradesh batsman was bowled by off-spinner Maxwell. At that time the scoreboard was reading 103/2.
 
In the 14th over, while trying to pace up the innings, Watson, who was clearing fences at will, mistimed his shot off veteran leg-spinner Amit Mishra and was caught by Liam Plunkett. His 40-ball innings comprised four boundaries and seven sixes.
 
New batsmen Rayudu and Dhoni then launched the counter attack. Rayudu, who was demoted to fourth spot, initially gave the strike to Dhoni and the Ranchi stumper milked the bowlers. Soon Rayudu also joined the party.
 
In the 19th over, Delhi got the chance to stop the Dhoni juggernaut as Avesh delivered a short ball and Dhoni pulled it aerially to deep mid-wicket but Munro dropped it. In the same over, Dhoni slammed a 108-metre six, the second longest of this year's tournament.
 
In the last over, Rayudu got run out but Dhoni managed to collect 13 runs.
 
Delhi medium pacers Boult, Shankar and Plunkett proved expensive.
 
Brief Scores: Chennai Super Kings: 211/4 (Shane Watson 78, Mahendra Singh Dhoni 51; Glenn Maxwell 1/5, Amit Mishra 1/30) vs Delhi Daredevils: 198/5 (Rishabh Pant 79; KM Asif 2/43)
 
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IPL: Watson, Dhoni lift CSK to 211/4 against Delhi Daredevils

 
Openers Shane Watson (78) and Faf du Plessis (33) provided a perfect start before skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (51 not out) and Ambati Rayudu (41 not out) finished the proceedings in style to power Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to 211/4 against Delhi Daredevils in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Monday.
 
Dhoni and Rayudu were at their destructive best as the duo hammered Delhi bowlers towards the end of the innings and accumulated 79 runs in six overs.
 
Chennai got off to a flying start as openers Watson and du Plessis slammed the Delhi bowlers all around the park. The two took Chennai past the 100-run mark in the 11th over. 
 
While Watson hammered the bowlers, du Plessis rotated the strike. On occasions the South African player also went for the big shots.
 
The partnership was broken by medium pacer Vijay Shankar, who got rid of du Plessis in the fifth ball of the 11th over. His 33-ball knock was laced with three boundaries and one six.
 
After two balls, Suresh Raina (1) also departed. The Uttar Pradesh batsman was bowled by off-spinner Glenn Maxwell. At that time the scoreboard was reading 103/2.
 
In the 14th over, while trying to pace up the innings, Watson, who was clearing fences at will, mistimed his shot off veteran leg-spinner Amit Mishra and was caught by Liam Plunkett. His 40-ball innings comprised four boundaries and seven sixes.
 
New batsmen Rayudu and Dhoni then launched the counter attack. Rayudu, who was demoted to fourth spot, initially gave the strike to Dhoni and the Ranchi stumper milked the bowlers. Soon Rayudu also joined the party.
 
In the 19th over, Delhi got the chance to stop the Dhoni juggernaut as Avesh delivered a short ball and Dhoni pulled it aerially to deep mid-wicket but Munro dropped it. In the same over, Dhoni slammed a 108-metre six, the second longest of this year's tournament.
 
In the last over, Rayudu got run out but Dhoni managed to collect 13 runs.
 
Delhi medium pacers Boult, Shankar and Plunkett proved expensive.
 
Brief Scores: Chennai Super Kings: 211/4 (Shane Watson 78, Mahendra Singh Dhoni 51; Glenn Maxwell 1/5, Amit Mishra 1/30) vs Delhi Daredevils.
 
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IPL: Delhi Daredevils to field against Chennai Super Kings

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Delhi Daredevils won the toss and opted to field first against Chennai Super Kings in an Indian Premier League ((IPL) match here on Monday.
 
Delhi are playing with the same squad. Chennai has made four changes, bringing in Faf du Plesis, Lungi Ngidi, K.M. Asif and Karn Sharma in place of Sam Billings, injured Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur and Imran Tahir.
 
"I think the Mumbai Indians had a bit of pace which is good on this wicket. We aren't a great fielding side. Quite a few changes. Don't ask me who all are playing, we have so many changes," Dhoni said. 
 
Teams: 
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Lungi Ngidi, KM Asif.
 
Delhi Daredevils: Prithvi Shaw, Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Glenn Maxwell, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Liam Plunkett, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Trent Boult.
 
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IPL: Rohit steers Mumbai Indians past CSK by 8 wickets

 
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma smacked 56 not out as the under-pressure defending champions registered a morale-boosting eight-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) who saw their three-match winning streak end in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Saturday.
 
In pursuit of Chennai's 169/5 -- powered by Suresh Raina's plundering 47-ball unbeaten 75 -- Rohit hit two sixes and six fours to ensure that Mumbai got over the line with eight wickets and two deliveries to spare to get their only second win in seven games.
 
Mumbai captain Rohit, whose personal batting form was also questioned, got good support from openers Ervin Lewis (44) and Suryakumar Yadav (44) at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
 
Earlier, Raina blasted a 47-ball unbeaten 75, laced with six fours and four sixes, and more importantly was involved in a 71-run partnership with in-form Ambati Rayudu (46 runs off 35 balls), and another 46 runs with Mahendra Singh Dhoni (26 off 21) to propel the yellow brigade to a healthy total.
 
Put in to bat, Chennai started the proceedings on a shaky note, losing opener Shane Watson (12) in the fifth over with the scorecard reading 26 runs.
 
Watson's top edge was easily caught by Mayank Markande at square leg off the left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya delivery.
 
Raina then walked into the middle and played the perfect second fiddle to in-form Rayudu, taking Chennai close to the 100-run mark.
 
Just when the duo looked settled, Krunal struck again to break the partnership in the 12th over as a miscued shot from Rayudu landed safely in the hands of Ben Cutting's at deep midwicket.
 
Rayudu 35-ball knock contained a couple of boundaries and four sixes.
 
His dismissal saw Dhoni joining Raina and some fireworks by the Chennai skipper saw the addition of another 46 runs in the next 5.5 overs.
 
Meanwhile, Raina continued to keep the scorecard moving and brought up his fifty in the 17th over.
 
Mumbai pacer Mitchell McClenaghan ended Dhoni's innings in the 18th over with Chennai's score reading 143/3. The Ranchi stumper consumed 21 balls and struck three boundaries and a six.
 
Dhoni also reached another milestone in Saturday's clash as he became the first skipper to lead any side 150 times in the IPL.
 
McClenaghan once again jolted the hosts by packing Dwayne Bravo for a duck. The hosts faultered a bit in the final moments of their innings as Sam Billings too, departed after scoring just three off five balls.
 
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Raina, however, ensured that he batted out the innings, and finished off in style by clobbering Hardik Pandya for a six over midwicket to take the home team to a healthy score.
 
For Mumbai, McClenaghan and Krunal were the pick of the bowlers picking two wickets each, while Hardik bagged one.
 
During the chase, openers Ervin Lewis (44) and Suryakumar (44) shared a 69-run stand before the latter was dismissed by veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh in the fifth delivery of the 10th over. Though it was a very good start for Mumbai, CSK bowlers did well to not allow the opening partnership to run away with the game.
 
Then captain Rohit joined hands with West Indian left-hander Lewis as they stitched together a partnership of 59 runs to keep the visitors in the hunt. Medium pacer Dwayne Bravo bowled his international teammate Lewis in the first ball of the 17th over, to give some hopes to the home side, with Mumbai still needing 52 off 3.5 overs.
 
Rohit and Hardik Pandya (13 not out) batted sensibly cut down the target to 22 off two overs. Rohit then hit medium pacer Shardul Thakur for four consecutive fours in the penultimate over to leave Mumbai five runs away from victory from the last over.
 
Rohit and Hardik dealt with three singles and one double off leg-spinner Imran Tahir to coast to the big win.
 
Despite the loss, Chennai remained at the top of the table with 10 points, while Mumbai jumped to the sixth spot with four points.
 
Brief Scores: Chennai Super Kings 169/5 (Suresh Raina 75 not out; Ambati Rayudu 46; Mitchell McClenaghan 2/26) vs Mumbai Indians: 170/2 in 19.4 overs (Rohit Sharma 56 not out, Ervin Lewis 44, Suryakumar Yadav 44; Harbhajan Singh 1/20, Imran Tahir 1/21).
 
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IPL: Raina's breezy half century powers Chennai to 169/5 vs Mumbai

 
Riding on Suresh Raina's flashy half century, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) posted a tricky 169/5 against Mumbai Indians (MI) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, here on Saturday.
 
Raina blasted a 47-ball unbeaten 75, laced with six fours and four sixes, and more importantly was involved in a 71-run partnership with in-form Ambati Rayudu (46 runs off 35 balls), and another 46 runs with Mahendra Singh Dhoni (26 off 21) to propel the yellow brigade to a healthy total.
 
Put in to bat, Chennai started the proceedings on a shaky note, losing opener Shane Watson (12) in the fifth over with the scorecard reading 26 runs.
 
Watson's top edge was easily caught by Mayank Markande at square leg off the left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya delivery.
 
Raina then walked into the middle and played the perfect second fiddle to in-form Rayudu, taking Chennai close to the 100-run mark.
 
Just when the duo looked settled, Krunal struck again to break the partnership in the 12th over as a miscued shot from Rayudu landed safely in the hands of Ben Cutting's at deep midwicket.
 
Rayudu 35-ball knock contained a couple of boundaries and four sixes.
 
His dismissal saw Dhoni joining Raina and some fireworks by the Chennai skipper saw the addition of another 46 runs in the next 5.5 overs.
 
Meanwhile, Raina continued to keep the scorecard moving and brought up his fifty in the 17th over.
 
Mumbai pacer Mitchell McClenaghan ended Dhoni's innings in the 18th over with Chennai's score reading 143/3. The Ranchi stumper consumed 21 balls and struck three boundaries and a six.
 
Dhoni also reached another milestone in Saturday's clash as he became the first skipper to lead any side 150 times in the IPL.
 
McClenaghan once again jolted the hosts by packing Dwayne Bravo for a duck. The hosts faultered a bit in the final moments of their innings as Sam Billings too, departed after scoring just three off five balls.
 
Raina, however, ensured that he batted out the innings, and finished off in style by clobbering Hardik Pandya for a six over midwicket to take the home team to a healthy score.
 
For Mumbai, McClenaghan and Krunal were the pick of the bowlers picking two wickets each, while Hardik bagged one.
 
Brief Scores: Chennai Super Kings 169/5 (Suresh Raina 75 not out; Ambati Rayudu 46; Mitchell McClenaghan 2/26) vs Mumbai Indians.
 
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IPL: Mumbai face Chennai in must-win encounter

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In a bid to keep their play-off hopes alive, Mumbai Indians will be eyeing victory in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match against a confident Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Saturday.
 
The Rohit Sharma-led side are lying at the seventh place in the eight-team points table after managing a single win from six games so far while CSK tops the chart with five wins from six matches.
 
When the two sides met earlier in this year's league at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, CSK had pipped Mumbai Indians by one wicket and with a ball to spare. 
 
Saturday's game will be a must-win encounter for Mumbai if they want to survive in the tournament. 
 
So far, the Mumbai batters have struggled, except for Suryakumar Yadav. Both the skipper and Kieron Pollard have failed to fire in five of the six games.
 
Barring the match-winning knock of 94 runs against Royal Challengers Banglore (RCB), Rohit has failed to get past 20 runs in five innings.
 
Not just the batters, but the Mumbai bowlers have also let the team down. Twenty-year-old leggie Mayank Markande has been the find for Mumbai but lacked support from the others.
 
While Markande has scalped 10 wickets from six games, pacer Jasprit Bumrah has eight wickets in his kitty.
 
However, Bumrah, known as a ‘death overs' specialist, and Bangladesh pacer Muztifizur Rahman have not lived up to the expectations after leaking plenty of runs in the late stages.
 
Mumbai bowlers will need to perform as a unit to stop a in-form CSK batters.
 
On the other hand, Chennai have once again shown why they are considered as the most successful IPL team and will be looking to continue their dream run in the league.
 
Most of CSK batters -- Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Dwayne Bravo and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni -- are in form. Only Suresh Raina has failed to click and will be desperate to find his touch.
 
While Rayudu has amassed 283 runs from six games, averaging 47.16, Dhoni and Watson have accumulated 209 and 191 runs respectively.
 
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Chennai batsmen have fired on more than one occassion, guiding CSK home. The yellow brigade has the ability to put a massive total on board or chase any challenging target.
 
In the bowling department, Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar have been impressive, leading Chennai's pace attack.
 
While Thakur has eight wickets from five games, Chahar has six wickets from as many games.
 
Also, all-rounder Watson has six wickets to his name with an economy of around eight.
 
Leg-spinner Imran Tahir, medium-pacer Dwayne Bravo and leggie Karn Sharma have also came with breakthroughs for CSK at crucial times.
 
Keeping in view their fine form, Chennai will once again be the favourites in Saturday's game against Mumbai.
 
Teams:
 
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni(captain/wicketkeeper), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan, David Willey
 
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande, Akila Dananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne
 
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Three Chennai students drown in Pune dam

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Three teenagers of a Chennai school, who were here for a summer camp, have drowned in a village dam, a police officer said on Thursday.
 
They were part of a team of around 20 boys from ECS Matriculation School, Chennai, who arrived here for the summer camp in Mulshi taluka, along with four teachers. 
 
Though the details of the incident were being investigated, police said the body of one victim was recovered, while search continues for the remaining two missing boys.
 
According to Pune Rural Control, the drowning incident occurred on Wednesday in a small village dam of Katarbhadak.
 
The group from Chennai with children aged between 13-16 was attending a week-long vacation camp at the Jackukine School of Thought, here.
 
It was after completing the first day's activities that the children went to the dam and stepped in for a swim, when the tragedy struck.
 
The Pune Police have identified the victims as: Danish Raja, Santosh K., and Sarvanna, all aged 13.
 
Late on Wednesday the search teams recovered the body of Danish Raja and the hunt was resumed on Thursday to trace out the other two.
 
Parents of the deceased students has been informed and were expected to reach here later.
 
A police team, village divers and others are engaged in the search operation.
 
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IPL: Chennai Super Kings crush Rajasthan Royals by 64 runs

 
Opener Shane Watson hit a fantastic 106-run knock as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) thrashed Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 64 runs here on Friday to register their third win in four games in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
 
Veteran Australian all-rounder Watson took just 51 deliveries to bring up his third IPL century, guided by nine boundaries and six sixes, to propel Chennai to a massive 204/5 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium which is the southern franchise's new home venue.
 
In reply, Rajasthan were bowled out for 140 in 18.3 overs as they suffered their second straight loss after winning the first two matches.
 
Put in to bat, Chennai were off to a decent start as openers Watson and Ambati Rayudu (12) shared a 50-run partnership for the opening wicket in 4.2 overs.
 
Medium pacer Ben Laughlin drew first blood for Rajasthan as he sent back Rayudu in the fifth over.
 
Watson was then joined by Suresh Raina and the duo stitched together an 81-run partnership for the second wicket. Raina chipped in with a crucial 47-run knock before falling in the 12th over to a Shreyas Gopal delivery which left CSK on 131/2.
 
K. Gowtham, Stuart Binny and Ben Stokes were severely punished by Raina and Watson. The Australian hit spinner Gowtham for three sixes, while left-arm medium pacer Jaydev Unadkat also got hit for two sixes by the retired international.
 
CSK then lost the wickets of Mahendra Singh Dhoni (5) and Sam Billings (3) with the addition of another 30 runs. It was leggie Shreyas again, who struck to dismiss both the Chennai batters.
 
Meanwhile, Watson kept the scoreboard ticking and added 41 runs with Dwayne Bravo to take CSK past the 200-run mark. Bravo remained unbeaten on 24 runs facing 16 balls.
 
The Australian all-rounder however, fell in the last over but it was too late for Rajasthan as CSK posted a massive 205-run target against them.
 
For Rajasthan, Shreyas was the pick of the bowlers, with figures of 3/20, while Australian Laughlin bagged a couple of wickets conceding 38 runs.
 
During the chase, Rajasthan lost wickets at regular intervals and never looked to be in contention. Their start to the innings was quite poor.
 
Deepak Chahar's away-moving ball was edged to first slip by Heinrich Klassen but Watson dropped the catch coming at his chest height in the second delivery of the first over. However, Shardul Thakur removed the South African, who was bowled in the fifth delivery of the second over, with the visiting side's score at 20.
 
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In the following over, Chahar dismissed Sanju Samson (2) as the Kerala batsman failed to handle a bouncer, managing to touch it with the top-end of the bat.
 
Chahar then dismissed Ajinkya Rahane (16 off 11) when the latter missed the line attempting a cross-bat stroke, leaving his side at 32/3 in 4.3 overs.
 
The writing was on the wall for Rajasthan and a 45-run fourth-wicket stand between Englishmen Ben Stokes (45 off 37) and Jos Buttler (22 off 17) could do little to give them hope.
 
Buttler perished as the ball went up in the air after he failed to time a rising delivery from medium pacer Dwayne Bravo. Imran Tahir took an easy catch to end the partnership, with Rajasthan at 77/4 in 10.1 overs.
 
Bravo then sent back Rahul Tripathi (5) before left-hander Stokes was caught on the leg side by Sam Billings as he tried to slog sweep leg-spinner Tahir. The wicket of Stokes was the  last nail in the coffin for the visitors who were reduced to 111/6 in 13.5 overs.
 
Watson then got the wicket of K. Gowtham (1) and Bravo dismissed Stuart Binny (10) to complete the formalities for Chennai.
 
Brief Scores: Chennai Super Kings: 204/5 (Shane Watson 106, Suresh Raina 46; Shreyas Iyer 3/20) vs Rajasthan Royals: 140 all out in 18.3 overs (Ben Stokes 45, Jos Buttler 22; Karn Sharma 2/13, Dwayne Bravo 2/16, Shardul Thakur 2/18).
 
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IPL: Watson's ton lifts Chennai to 204/5 vs Rajasthan

 
A fantastic 106-run knock by opener Shane Watson propelled Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to 204/5 against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the 17th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Friday.
 
The Australian all-rounder took just 51 deliveries to bring up his third IPL century, guided by nine boundaries and six sixes at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
 
Put in to bat, Chennai were off to a decent start as openers Watson and Ambati Rayudu (12) shared a 50-run partnership for the opening wicket in 4.2 overs.
 
Medium pacer Ben Laughlin drew the first blood for Rajasthan as he sent back Rayudu in the fifth over.
 
Watson was then joined by Suresh Raina and the duo stitched together a 81-run partnership for the second wicket. Raina chipped in with a crucial 47-run knock before falling in the 12th over to a Shreyas Gopal delivery which left CSK on 131/2.
 
CSK then lost the wickets of Mahendra Singh Dhoni (5) and Sam Billings (3) with the addition of another 30 runs. It was leggie Shreyas again, who struck to dismiss both the Chennai batters.
 
Meanwhile, Watson kept the scoreboard ticking and added 41 runs with Dwayne Bravo to take CSK past the 200-run mark. Bravo remained unbeaten on 24 runs facing 16 balls.
 
The Australian all-rounder however, fell in the last over but it was too late for Rajasthan as CSK posted a massive 205-run target against them.
 
For Rajasthan, Shreyas was the pick of the bowlers, with figures of 3/20, while Australian Laughlin bagged a couple of wickets conceding 38 runs.
 
Brief Scores: Chennai Super Kings: 204/5 (Shane Watson 106, Suresh Raina 46; Shreyas Iyer 3/20) vs Rajasthan Royals
 
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