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Denied LS ticket by BJP, Jaswant Singh says will file nomination on Monday

Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh, who is upset at being denied a ticket by the party to contest the coming Lok Sabha elections from his home town of Barmer, confirmed on Sunday that he would file his nomination from there on Monday, presumably as an independent candidate.
Not furniture that BJP can adjust me: Jaswant
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh, who is upset at being denied a party ticket to contest the coming Lok Sabha elections from his home town of Barmer in Rajasthan, today confirmed that he would file his nomination from there tomorrow, presumably as an independent candidate.
 
At the same time, he ruled out joining the Congress or any other party, saying it was insulting to him for any party to even think on such lines.
 
Reacting to media reports that the Congress might try and rope him in, Mr Singh, 76, told newspersons in his village that he had spent his entire political life in the BJP and had never thought of joining any other party.
 
"If the Congress is thinking along those lines, it is a waste of their time," he said.
 
But, despite repeated queries, he refused to confirm or deny whether the Congress had, in fact, made any overtures to him or not.
 
To another question, Mr Singh said he would go to Barmer tomorrow and file his nominations. "I will go to Barmer, will discuss the issue with others and act accordingly," he said.
 
Asked if he would resign from the party before filing his nomination, he said these things would be known tomorrow.
 
Mr Singh was particularly unhappy with senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley's statement that the party could not "adjust" Mr Singh in its list of candidates and that it would find other ways of using his abilities.
 
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"I saw on television a party leader saying that the could not 'adjust' me. The choice of words shows their way of thinking and their arrogant nature. It is insulting to me. I am not a piece of furniture, a chair or a table, which can be moved to some other part of the room if it does not fit in one place.
 
"I don't want to be 'adjusted'," he said. "All my life, I have worked for the party, in its best interests, to the best of my ability," he said.
 
About Barmer, he said it was the place where he was born and where he had grown. "All that I know today, I learnt from here," he said.
 
Asked about the caste equations in the area, Mr Singh regretted that the social fabric of the region was being torn by such considerations. He said he had never practised such politics. "You cannot divide society and people in this manner. If we persist in doing so, the state will end up as a second-rate UP, a third-rate Bihar," he said.
 
The BJP had, on Friday, announced that its candidate from Barmer would be Col Sonaram Chaudhary, a former MLA, who had recently joined it after resigning from the Congress, ignoring Mr Singh's claims and his wish that he be allowed to contest what could possibly be his last election from his home turf.
 
Reacting to the move, Mr Singh had hit out at the party yesterday, saying that it had been encroached upon by "outsiders", an obvious reference to the fact that it had given tickets to several people who had joined it in recent weeks, ignoring the claims of party loyalists.
 
He also made it clear to journalists at Jodhpur on his way to barmer that he would not indulge in any kid of bargaining with the party for post-election positions or any other officers from it.
 
"My sense of honour is not subject to trading," he said, even as Mr Jaitley and BJP President Rajnath Singh said that the party would utilise Mr Singh's abilities in some other way.
 
Mr Rajnath Singh said the importance that the BJP acccorded to Mr Singh could not be judged on the basis of an election ticket alone. "He is far above that," he said.
 
"The challenge today is between the real BJP and the fake BJP," Mr Singh said. "Only the people can decide on the difference between the two," he said.
 
He said he had lived and struggled all these years to uphold the principles on which the BJP was founded and it was important that he continued to do so.
 
He said it was for the BJP to realise what would add value to the party, to India and to the people of India.
 
The BJP's decision to deny the ticket to Mr Singh is being seen as yet another indication that the old order in the party is being forced to yield place to the new.
 
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According to media reports, Mr Singh had conveyed to the BJP leadership that he would contest the election from Barmer as an independent candidate if the party decided against nominating him.
 
He has never contested from Barmer, having been elected to the Lok Sabha from Chittorgarh in Rajasthan in 1991 and 1996, and from Darjeeling in West Bengal in the last general elections in 2009.
 
According to sources, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had pushed for a ticket for Col Choudhary, a Jat leader, after he joined the BJP some time ago.
 
Col Choudhary had lost the 2004 Lok Sabha elections from Barmer to Mr Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra Singh, who now represents Sheo - a part of the Barmer Parliamentary constituency - in the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly.
 
The move to deny Mr Singh a ticket has also upset a section of BJP workers in Barmer, who staged protests and tore party posters to express their anger.
 
The denial of the party nomination to Mr Singh came just a day after the BJP had, on Thursday, managed to mollify its veteran leader Lal Krishna Advani into accepting the party's decision to field him from Gandhinagar in Gujarat, though he had expressed his wish to shift to Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh.
 
Earlier, another party veteran, Murli Manohar Joshi, was reportedly upset after he had to make way for BJP Prime Ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who wanted to contest the Lok Sabha elections from his constituency of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. He was persuaded finally to move to Kanpur.
 
Another senior leader, Lalji Tandon, had to give up his claim over Lucknow, the seat held by him, to accommodate Mr Rajnath Singh, who decided against contesting from Ghaziabad, the seat he had won the last time.
 
In Punjab, three-time MP and former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu had to make way in Amritsar for senior leader Arun Jaitley.
 
Yesterday, the BJP denied renomination to seven-time MP Harin Pathak from Ahmedabad East and fielded well-known actor Paresh Rawal as its candidate from the constituency. Mr Pathak is known to be close to Mr Advani and was reportedly not on very good terms with Mr Modi.
 
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Rahul meets Alwar gangrape victim, assures justice

Congress President Rahul Gandhi addressing a press conference  after meeting the Alwar gang-rape victim, in Jaipur on May 16, 2019. Also seen are Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot. (Photo: IANS)
Congress President Rahul Gandhi addressing a press conference after meeting the Alwar gang-rape victim, in Jaipur on May 16, 2019. Also seen are Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot. (Photo: IANS)
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday met the Alwar gang-rape victim, and assured her and the family of justice.
 
Speaking to the media after the meeting in Thanagaazi, Gandhi said that this was an emotional issue for him and not a political one.
 
"The victim will definitely get justice. Strict action will be taken against the accused. I have come here to meet the family and not to play any kind of politics. I will take action on whatever I have said here," he said.
 
"We can't tolerate such things. As soon as I heard about the case, I called (Chief Minister Ashok) Gehlot. We want to give a strong message not only to the people of Rajasthan but to the entire nation so that such heinous incidents are not repeated anywhere."
 
Gandhi was accompanied by Gehlot, Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, party state in-charge Avinash Pandey and Alwar Congress candidate, Jitendra Bhanwar Singh.
 
Gandhi was slated to visit Alwar on Wednesday but the trip was cancelled due to bad weather.
 
Before Gandhi's visit, the family said that they would raise a demand for a job for the couple so that the victim and her husband can be sent to a place where no one identifies them.
 
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Harmanpreet's 51 helps Supernovas win Women's T20 title

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Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur's blistering half-century (51 off 37) helped Supernovas win the inaugural season of the Women's T20 Challenge 2019 as they defeated Velocity by four wickets at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, here on Saturday.
 
Chasing the 122-run target, Supernovas were hobbling midway as they were reduced to 64/5. But Harmanpreet not only anchored the innings but also clobbered most Velocity bowlers.
 
Supernovas were off to a poor start as they lost opener Chamari Athapaththu (2). She fell short off the crease while converting a couple in the second over.
 
Priya Punia (29 off 21) and Jemimah Rodrigues (22 off 25) then repaired the early damage, adding 44 runs for the second wicket as Supernovas crossed the 50-run mark in 9.3 overs. With everything going Supernovas' way, Amelia Kerr came with a much-needed breakthrough for Velocity and cut short Rodrigues's stay in the middle in the 10th over.
 
Supernovas then witnessed a middle-order collapse. They lost Punia, Natalie Sciver (2 off 6) and Sophie Devine within the next 11 runs. But Harmanpreet rose to the occasion, took the command and denied her opponents making any further inroads.
 
Harmanpreet forged a crucial 51-run partnership with Radha Yadav (10 not out off 4), setting the platform for the victory. The duo was on their way to steer Supernovas home comfortably, but Amelia struck in the 19th over to send back a well-settled Harmanpreet, leaving opponents seven runs away with four balls remaining.
 
After few singles, Radha smashed a last-ball four to seal a four-wicket win for the Supernovas.
 
For Velocity, Jahanara Alam and Amelia Kerr scalped two wickets each.
 
Earlier, some disciplined bowling by Supernovas restricted Velocity to 121/6 even as Sushma Verma (40 unbeaten) and Amelia (36 off 38) made valuable contributions.
 
Lea Tahuhu picked two wickets for Supernovas, conceding 21 runs from her 4 overs, while Anuja Patil, Sophie Devine, Sciver and Poonam bagged one wicket each.
 
Asked to bat first, Velocity were off to a poor start as Tahuhu struck in the very second delivery of the match to dismiss opener Hayley Matthews for a duck.
 
Anuja then jolted Velocity as she sent back incoming batswoman Danielle Wyatt (0) in the next over. Things worsened for Velocity as Tahuhu struck again to send back opener Shefali Verma (11), leaving the side reeling at 14/3.
 
Mithali Raj (12) and Veda Krishnamurthy (8) then tried to stabilise the ship, adding 23 runs for the fourth wicket before Devine also joined the Supernovas party by claiming the wicket of Krishnamurthy. Sciver then claimed the wicket of Mithali, putting Velocity in deep trouble as the scorecard read 37/5 in 7.3 overs.
 
Sushma and Amelia then anchored the Velocity innings and added 71 runs in the next 10.5 overs to take their side past the three-digit mark in 17 overs. Amelia became a victim of Poonam in the 18th over and Sushma then added 13 runs in the remaining deliveries to help Velocity reach a fighting total.
 
Brief scores: Supernovas 125/6 in 20 overs (Harmanpreet Kaur 51, Priya Punia 29; Jahanara Alam 2/21) beat Velocity 121/6 in 20 overs (Sushma Verma 40 not out, Amelia Kerr 36; Lea Tahuhu 2/21) by 4 wickets.
 
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Velocity post 121/6 against Supernovas in T20

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Some disciplined bowling by Supernovas restricted Velocity to 121/6 in the final of the Womens T20 Challenge 2019 even as Sushma Verma (40 unbeaten) and Amelia Kerr (36 off 38) chipped in with valuable contributions.
 
Lea Tahuhu picked two wickets for Supernovas, conceding 21 runs from her four overs, while Anuja Patil, Sophie Devine, Natalie Sciver and Poonam Yadav bagged one wicket each.
 
Asked to bat first, Velocity were off to a poor start as Tahuhu struck in the very second delivery of the match to dismiss opener Hayley Matthews, who failed to open her account.
 
Anuja then jolted Velocity as she packed back incoming batswoman Danielle Wyatt (0) in the next over. Things worsened for Velocity as Tahuhu struck again to send back opener Shafali Verma (11), leaving the side reeling at 14/3.
 
Mithali Raj (12) and Veda Krishnamurthy (8) then tried to stabilise the ship, adding 23 runs for the fourth wicket before Devine also joined the Supernovas party by claiming the wicket of Krishnamurthy. Sciver then claimed the wicket of Mithali, putting Velocity in deep trouble as the scorecard read 37/5 in 7.3 overs.
 
Sushma and Amelia then anchored the Velocity innings and added 71 runs in the next 10.5 overs to take their side past the three-digit mark in 17 overs. Amelia became a victim of Poonam in the 18th over and Sushma then added 13 runs in the remaining deliveries to help Velocity reach a fighting total.
 
Brief scores: Velocity 121/6 in 20 overs (Sushma Verma 40 not out, Amelia Kerr 36; Lea Tahuhu 2/21) vs Supernovas.
 
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'Suspicious' Georgian aircraft forced by IAF to land in Jaipur

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A Georgian An-12 cargo aircraft was forced by Indian Air Force (IAF) jets to land at Jaipur airport on Friday after it created alarm by entering Indian air space from an unscheduled point in north Gujarat, official sources said.
 
The aircraft, belonging to Ukrainian company MotorSich, was heading for Delhi from Karachi when it deviated from its scheduled flight path and did not respond to radio from Indian controllers and security agencies.
 
Since air routes in the area were closed due to the geopolitical situation between India and Pakistan, the aircraft's entry from an unscheduled point led to the IAF scrambling its air defence interceptors and they approached towards the unknown aircraft for investigation.
 
On visual contact, the aircraft was identified as Georgian An-12 flying at 27,000 feet, but it neither responded on the international distress frequency nor to visual signals. However, when challenged, the aircraft responded and informed that it was a non-scheduled flight that left Tbilisi (Georgia) for Delhi via Karachi.
 
However, it was escorted to Jaipur by the Indian Air Force and after it landed, its two pilots were being questioned by security agencies. 
 
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Alwar gang-rape: All 6 accused arrested, BJP holds protests

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The prime accused in the Alwar gangrape case was picked up from Uttar Pradesh's Mathura on Thursday and one more accused later in the day even as BJP held protests accusing the government of "deliberately suppressing" the case in view of the Lok Sabha elections.
 
Hours after fourth accused Mahesh was arrested from Shahpura late on Wednesday, the prime accused Hansraj was arrested from Mathura on Thursday morning, police said. The remaining accused Chhotelal was apprehended later in the day. 
 
Ashok Gujjar, Inderaj Gujjar and Mukesh were arrested earlier.
 
According to the FIR filed by the victim, the incident took place on April 26 when the five accused allegedly waylaid her and her husband, took them to an isolated place and gang-raped her in front of her husband. The accused also recorded the crime and uploaded the video on social media, which went viral.
 
Director General of Police Kapil Garg said that the charge sheet will be presented in the court at the earliest and all efforts made for the most harsh punishment to the criminals. Five of the six were held for the crime while the sixth has been arrested for making the video viral, he added.
 
"This was a heinous crime which is unacceptable in society. I had no pressure in this case but was stressed that such a crime has been reported here," he said.
 
The crime sparked off controversy after the victim's husband on Wednesday accused police of delaying action, allegedly in the wake of the second round of Lok Sabha elections in the state on May 6.
 
Soon after his allegations came out, there were protests with people from all sections demanding justice for the couple and accusing the state government of intentionally delaying action in the case for political gain.
 
The Bharatiya Janata Party had staged a march to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's residence on Wednesday but were stopped on the way by police. 
 
On Thursday, the BJP held a protest at the collectorate with Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, and BJP state President Madan Lal Saini also present. 
 
Rathore demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into police "inaction" in the case, while Saini said that BJP had held similar protests all across the state.
 
BJP's Rajya Sabha member Kirorilal Meena, who reached Alwar on Thursday, appealed to the authorities to take strict action against Superintendent of Police Rajeev Pachar and SHO Sardar Singh under The SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, for intentionally keeping the case on hold and depriving the Dalit victim and her husband of justice. 
 
He said suspending the inspector, disciplinary action against other personnel of the Thanagaazi police station and departmental action against the SP was not enough and they should be sent behind bars.
 
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Supernovas beat Velocity by 12 runs

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Despite valiant knocks by Danielle Wyatt (43 off 33) and skipper Mithali Raj (40 unbeaten off 42), Velocity failed to cross the line by 12 runs against the Supernovas in the third and final contest of the Womens T20 Challenge 2019 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Thursday.
 
Chasing a challenging 143-run target, Velocity got off to a bad start after losing their first wicket with just seven runs on board as Radha Yadav dismissed opener Shafali Verma (2 off 4) cheaply.
 
Velocity's other opener Hayley Matthews (11 off 12) also departed soon, leaving her side in deep trouble as Velocity's scorecard read 21/2 in 3.3 overs, thanks to Anuja Patil who claimed the wicket of the opener.
 
Wyatt and Mithali then shared a 56-run partnership to repair the early damages but Poonam Yadav soon broke the developing partnership as she packed back the former in the 12th over with Velocity still 66 runs away from victory.
 
Experienced Mithali was then joined by Veda Krishnamurthy (30 unbeaten off 29) and the duo stabilised the innings, helping Velocity touch the three-digit mark in 16 overs.
 
They both played sensibly, denying their opponents any further onslaughts however, some disciplined bowling by helped Supernovas pip Velocity by just 12 runs.
 
For Supernovas, Radha, Anuja and Poonam picked a wicket each.
 
Earlier, Jemimah Rodrigues' magnificent unbeaten 77-run knock rocketed Supernovas to 142/3.
 
Asked to bat first, Supernovas' opener Priya Punia (16 off 16) and Chamari Athapaththu (31 off 38) started on a cautious note with the scorecard read 13 for no loss in the first three overs. Shikha Pandey came up with the first breakthrough for Velocity as she dismissed Priya in the fifth over, leaving Supernovas at 29/1.
 
Athapaththu and new batswoman Rodrigues then repaired the early damage, helping their side cross the 50-run mark in 8.1 overs. Amelia Kerr finally broke the well-settled partnership as she sent back Athapaththu in the 13th over when Supernovas were at 84 runs.
 
Rodrigues was then joined by Sophie Devine (9 off 14) and they both added a crucial 50 runs for the third wicket even as the majority of the runs were scored by the former as she clobbered most of the bowlers for some clean hits. Kerr dispatched Devine in the 19th over after which Supernovas added 10 runs to post a challenging total.
 
For Velocity, Kerr scalped two wickets conceding 21 runs while Pandey managed to bag one for 17 runs.
 
Brief scores: Supernovas 142/3 in 20 overs (Jemimah Rodrigues 77 not out, Chamari Athapaththu 31; Amelia Kerr 2/21) beat Velocity 130/3 in 20 overs (Danielle Wyatt 43, Mithali Raj 40 not out; Poonam Yadav 1/13) by 12 runs
 
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Women's T20 Challenge: Velocity record easy win over Trailblazers

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England top-order batswoman Danielle Wyatt starred with the bat as Velocity opened their account with a three-wicket victory over Trailblazers even as Deepti Sharma gave them a last-minute scare, in the second game of the Women's T20 Challenge here on Wednesday.
 
Chasing a paltry 113 for victory, Velocity were never in trouble with Wyatt scoring a brisk 46 off 35 balls, her innings laced with five fours and two sixes.
 
Skipper and veteran India batswoman Mithali Raj (17) gave her good company as the pair almost took the team over the line.
 
With two runs needed from 20 balls, Wyatt was removed by Rajeshwari Gayakwad in the 17th over, and in the next ball Veda Krishnamurthy was run out.
 
It was a comedy of errors in the next over, as Deepti, who returned magical figures of 4/14, snared three wickets in five balls with no run being scored.
 
First, Mithali yorked herself to lose her stumps, followed by Shikha Pandey who was cleaned up as she tried a needless sweep. Amelia Kerr did the same as Velocity lost five wickets without adding a single run.
 
In the final ball of the 18th over, Sushree Pradhan finally hit the winning runs as the side won with 12 balls to spare.
 
Earlier, India left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht (2/13) and New Zealand leggie Kerr (2/21) shared four wickets between them to restrict Trailblazers to 112/6 after Velocity skipper Mithali asked them to bat first.
 
For Trailblazers, who pulled off a thrilling two-run win against Supernovas the other day, Harleen Deol (43 runs off 40 balls) top-scored with the help of five boundaries.
 
Bisht was particularly impressive in her four overs, keeping the run-flow in check as Trailblazers failed to get any sort of momentum going.
 
Mandhana, who scored a brilliant 90 in their match against Supernovas, failed to continue her good show with the bat as she was dismissed by Shikha Pandey, caught behind by wicketkeeper Sushma Verma.
 
Trailblazers kept losing wickets at regular intervals with Deol holding one end up.
 
Brief scores: Trailblazers: 112/6 (Harleen Deol 43; Ekta Bisht 2/13, Amelia Kerr 2/21; Velocity 113/7 (Danielle Wyatt 46; Deepti Sharma 4/14)
 
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Trailblazers pip Supernovas by 2 runs

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Despite Harmanpreet Kaur's valiant 46 off 34, Supernovas suffered a two-run defeat to Trailblazers in the first match of the Women's T20 Challenge at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Monday.
 
Chasing a 141-run target, Supernovas' opener Priya Punia (1 off 6) fell with just six runs on board. Chamari Athapaththu (26 off 34) and Jemimah Rodrigues (24 off 19) then added 49 runs for the second wicket in just 27 balls before the latter fell short of the crease while trying to convert a single.
 
Only eight runs later, Athapaththu became a victim of Rajeshwari Gayakwad in the 11th over. Gayakwad turned things worse for the Supernovas as she struck again to send back incoming batswomen Natalie Sciver (1 off 4) cheaply with their scorecard reading 74/4.
 
Harmanpreet and Sophie Devine (32 off 22) were then involved in a brisk 48-run partnership as their side approached the target but Sophie Ecclestone cut short the latter's stay, dismissing her in the 13th over. Harmanpreet then single-handedly fought the contest and kept the scoreboard ticking, taking her side to the verge of victory but her side fell short by just a couple of runs.
 
For Supernovas, Rajeshwari and Sophie scalped two wickets each.
 
Earlier, Trailblazers' skipper Smriti Mandhana's brilliant knock of 90, backed by Harleen Deol's 36, helped their side post 140/5 against the Supernovas.
 
Smriti, who repaired the early damage, faced 67 balls and her knock was laced with 10 boundaries and three hits into the stands.
 
Put in to bat first, Trailblazers lost opener Suzie Bates (1 off 4) early with just 11 runs on the board after 1.3 overs. Anuja Patil accounted for the wicket of the opener.
 
The Supernovas, however, failed to make any further inroads soon as the Trailblazers duo of Smriti and Harleen put up 50 runs for the second wicket in 9.4 overs. The duo then helped their side touch the three-figure mark in style as Smriti smashed leggie Poonam Yadav for a six over extra cover in the 16th over.
 
Pacer Sophie Devine finally came up with the much-needed breakthrough as she dismissed Harleen in the 19th over before Radha Yadav also jolted Trailblazers by sending back a well-settled Smriti in the final over.
 
Dayalan Hemalatha (2*) and Stafanie Taylor (2*) could then only manage to add three runs to the team tally.
 
Brief scores: Trailblazers 140/5 in 20 overs (Smriti Mandhana 90, Harleen Deol 36, Radha Yadav 2/28) beat Supernovas 138/6 in 20 overs (Harmanpreet Kaur 46, Chamari Athapaththu 26, Sophie Ecclestone 2/11) by 2 runs.
 
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Smriti helps Trailblazers post 140/5 vs Supernovas

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Skipper Smriti Mandhana's brilliant knock of 90, backed by Harleen Deol's 36, helped Trailblazers post 140/5 against the Supernovas in the first match of the Women's T20 Challenge at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Monday.
 
Smriti, who repaired the early damage, faced 67 balls and her knock was laced with 10 boundaries and three hits into the stands.
 
Put in to to bat first, Trailblazers lost opener Suzie Bates (1 off 4) early with just 11 runs on the board after 1.3 overs. Anuja Patil accounted for the wicket of the opener.
 
The Supernovas, however, failed to make any further inroads soon as the Trailblazers duo of Smriti and Harleen put up 50 runs for the second wicket in 9.4 overs. The duo then helped their side touch the three-figure mark in style as Smriti smashed leggie Poonam Yadav for a six over extra cover in the 16th over.
 
Pacer Sophie Devine finally came up with the much-needed breakthrough as she dismissed Harleen in the 19th over before Radha Yadav also jolted Trailblazers by sending back a wel- settled Smriti in the final over.
 
Dayalan Hemalatha (2*) and Stafanie Taylor (2*) could then only manage to add three runs to the team tally.
 
Brief scores: Trailblazers: 140/5 in 20 overs (Smriti Mandhana 90, Harleen Deol 36; Radha Yadav 2/28) vs Supernovas
 
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Pant's heroics help Delhi beat Rajasthan, become IPL table-toppers

 
Rishabh Pant's quickfire cameo (78 unbeaten off 36) along with valuable contributions by openers Shikhar Dhawan (54) and Prithvi Shaw (42) helped Delhi Capitals overhaul Rajasthan Royals' 192-run target with four balls to spare in their Indian Premier League (IPL) contest at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Monday.
 
Pant, who smashed six boundaries and four sixes, forged a crucial 84-run partnership with Shaw besides anchoring the Delhi innings after two successive blows.
 
Chasing the target, Delhi were off to a flying start as the openers added 45 runs in just the first five overs. Shreyas Gopal finally applied brakes on the 72-run opening partnership as he packed back a well-settled Dhawan in the eighth over before Riyan Parag also jolted the visitors. Parag sent back incoming batsman and Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer (4) cheaply as Delhi could only manage to add five runs after the fall of Dhawan.
 
Shaw was then joined by Pant and the young duo denied Rajasthan any further inroads in Delhi's batting line-up as they sensibly steered their side past the three-digit mark in 11.3 overs. Pant meanwhile, also notched up his half-century as he smashed Jofra Archer over the deep square leg for a maximum.
 
Gopal came with another breakthrough in 17th over as Shaw wanted to dispatch his delivery over the fence but ended up giving a catch to Parag at long-on. However, it was too late for Rajasthan as the visitors were just 28 runs away from victory.
 
Dhawal Kulkarni then picked Sherfane Rutherford in the 18th over but an unstoppable Pant kept the runs flowing and finally smashed Jaydev Unadkat for a six to help his side register a comfortable victory.
 
With this win, Delhi now lead the points table with 14 points while Rajasthan lie at the seventh spot.
 
For Rajasthan, Gopal scalped two for 47 while Kulkarni and Parag bagged one wicket each.
 
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Earlier, Ajinkya Rahane's brilliant century (106 not out) followed by skipper Steve Smith's 50 propelled Rajasthan to a fighting 191/6.
 
Put in to bat first, the hosts lost opener Sanju Samson (0) with just 5 runs on the board. However, Rahane and Smith stitched a 130-run partnership for the second wicket. They took just 10.3 overs to help Rajasthan touch the three-digit mark. Rahane and Smith were batting at 70 and 35, respectively, at that time.
 
With everything going Rajasthan's way, it was Axar Patel who made a much-needed breakthrough for Delhi by sending the well-settled Smith to the hut with Rajasthan's scorecard reading 135 in the 14th over. 
 
South African Chris Morris then cut short all-rounder and incoming batsman Ben Stokes' stay in the middle by dismissing him in the 16th over. Stokes while trying to clear the fence handed a catch to Iyer at long-on.
 
Soon after his departure, Ashton Turner (0), Stuart Binny (19) and Parag (4) also fell cheaply. But Rahane kept the scorers working and also notched up his ton to take his side to a comfortable total. His innings was laced with 11 boundaries and three sixes.
 
Kagiso Rabada accounted for the wickets of Binny and Parag.
 
Brief scores: Delhi Capitals 193/4 in 19.2 overs (Rishabh Pant 78 not out, Shikhar Dhawan 54; Shreyas Gopal 2/47) beat Rajasthan Royals 191/6 in 20 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 105 not out, Steve Smith 50; Kasigo Rabada 2/37) by 6 wickets
 
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IPL: Rahane's ton propels Rajasthan to 191/6 vs Delhi

 
Ajinkya Rahane's brilliant century (106 not out) followed by skipper Steve Smith's 50 propelled Rajasthan Royals to a fighting 191/6 against Delhi Capitals in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, here on Monday.
 
Put in to bat first, the hosts lost opener Sanju Samson (0) with just 5 runs on the board. However, Rahane and Smith stitched a 130-run partnership for the second wicket. They took just 10.3 overs to help Rajasthan touch the three-digit mark. Rahane and Smith were batting at 70 and 35, respectively, at that time.
 
With everything going Rajasthan's way, it was Axar Patel who made a much-needed breakthrough for Delhi by sending the well-settled Smith to the hut with Rajasthan's score card reading 135 in the 14th over. 
 
South African Chris Morris then cut short all-rounder and incoming batsman Ben Stokes' stay in the middle by dismissing him in the 16th over. Stokes while trying to clear the fence handed a catch to Shreyas Iyer at long-on.
 
Soon after his departure, Ashton Turner (0), Stuart Binny (19) and Riyan Parag (4) also fell cheaply. But Rahane kept the scorers working and also notched up his ton to take his side to a comfortable total. Rahane's innings was laced with 11 boundaries and three sixes.
 
Kagiso Rabada accounted for the wickets of Binny and Parag.
 
Brief scores: Rajasthan Royals 191/6 in 20 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 105 not out, Steve Smith 50; Kasigo Rabada 2/37) vs Delhi Capitals.
 
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IPL: Delhi Capitals ask Rajasthan Royals to bat first

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Delhi Capitals' skipper Shreyas Iyer won the toss and opted to field first against Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League (IPL) contest at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Monday.
 
While the hosts' squad remained unchanged, Delhi made one change in their playing eleven as Chris Morris replaced Sandeep Lamichhane.
 
Rajasthan lie at the seventh place in the points table with just three wins from nine games while Delhi stands third after six wins from 10 games.
 
Playing XI:
 
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Steven Smith (Captain), Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Ashton Turner, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni
 
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Colin Ingram, Chris Morris, Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma
 
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Dhoni fined 50% match fee for confronting umpires

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Chennai Super Kings captain M S Dhoni has been fined 50 percent of his match fee for breaching the IPL Code of Conduct during his team's match against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur.
 
Dhoni admitted to the Level 2 offence 2.20 of the IPL's Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction.
 
The incident took place in the last over of the Chennai innings. With eight runs required off the last three balls, Ben Stokes bowled a slower full toss. While leg umpire Bruce Oxenford didn't raise his arm, Ulhas Gandhe did and the buzzer also went off in the stadium which signifies that a no-ball has been called. But seeing Oxenford's reaction, Gandhe then dropped his arm and changed the earlier call.
 
This saw MS Dhoni storm into the field and have a long chat with both the umpires. In fact, he was seen constantly saying that Gandhe did call it a no-ball before the decision was overturned.
 
Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Stokes -- the bowler in the episode -- also joined in and a disappointed Dhoni finally walked back to the dugout. But CSK had the last laugh as Santner hit a six off the last ball to win the game for Chennai.
 
While no mention of the episode was made during the post-match presentation by either Murali Karthick or Dhoni, former Australia pacer Brett Lee said that the CSK skipper should have avoided stepping onto the field.
 
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Santner's last-ball six takes Chennai past Rajasthan in IPL thriller

Despite some umpiring flaws, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) held their nerves to clinch a nail-biting thriller against Rajasthan Royals as Mitchell Santner's last ball six sealed another win for the defending champions here on Thursday.
 
With Chennai reeling at 24/4, it was Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu who anchored their team's innings and took their side to the verge of victory before falling as Santner played a Dhoni to take the game away for the yellow brigade.
 
Chasing a modest 151-run target, Chennai were off to the worst possible start as they lost openers -- Shane Watson (0) and Faf du Plessis (7) --and Suresh Raina (4) with just 15 runs on board.
 
Rajasthan's medium-pacer Jofra Archer turned things ugly for the visitors as he packed back Kedhar Jadhav on just a run as Chennai looked helpless at 24/4 before Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu stepped in and denied any further onslaughts to the home side.
 
The duo not only completed their fifties but also took Chennai close to another victory before Stokes dismissed the duo with 18 still needed in the last over.
 
Even after some umpiring flaws, which saw a fuming Dhoni coming in the middle and explaining his views to the umpires, it was Santner who smashed a last-ball six to seal the match for the yellow brigade.
 
Earlier, Chennai Super Kings rode on some disciplined bowling effort to restrict Rajasthan Royals to a modest 151/7 in their 20 overs.
 
Despite having some star batsmen in their line-up, Chennai bowlers jolted Rajasthan at regular intervals. It was Shreyas Gopal's quickfire seven-ball 19* down the order that helped the hosts cross the 150-run mark.
 
For Chennai, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur and Ravindra Jadeja picked up two wickets each while Mitchell Santner bagged one.
 
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Put in to bat by the most successful IPL franchise, the home side lost skipper Ajinkya Rahane (14 off 11) in the third over. His partner Jos Buttler (23 off 10) also departed in the next over with just 45 runs on the board.
 
While Chahar was dismissed by Rahane, Buttler's stay was cut short by Thakur.
 
Sanju Samson (6) also couldn't show much fight, becoming a victim of Santner in the sixth over, as the Rajasthan middle-order collapsed with Steven Smith (15 off 22) and Rahul Tripathi (10 off 12) also falling in quick succession with just 78 runs on the board.
 
Ben Stokes (28 off 26), Riyan Parag (16 off 14), Jofra Archer (13* off 12) and Gopal then chipped in with valuable contributions to help Rajasthan post a somewhat respectable total.
 
Brief scores
 
Rajasthan Royals: Chennai Super Kings 155/6 (MS Dhoni 58, Ambati Ryudu 57; Ben Stokes 2/39) beat Rajasthan Royals 151/7 (Ben Stokes 28, Shreyas Gopal 19 not out; Ravindra Jadeja 2/20, Deepak Chahar 2/33) by 4 wickets
 
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Disciplined Chennai restrict Rajasthan to 151/7

Chennai Super Kings rode on some disciplined bowling efforts to restrict Rajasthan Royals to a modest 151/7 in their Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, here on Thursday.
 
Despite having some star batsmen in their line-up, Chennai bowlers jolted Rajasthan at regular intervals. It was Shreyas Gopal's quickfire seven-ball 19* down the order that helped the hosts cross the 150-run mark. 
 
For Chennai, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur and Ravindra Jadeja picked up two wickets each while Mitchell Santner bagged one.
 
Put in to bat first by the most successful IPL franchise, the home side lost skipper Ajinkya Rahane (14 off 11) in the third over. His partner Jos Buttler (23 off 10) also departed in the next over with just 45 runs on the board.
 
While Rahane was dismissed by Chahar, Buttler's stay was cut short by Thakur.
 
Sanju Samson (6) also couldn't show much fight, becoming a victim of Santner in the sixth over, as the Rajasthan middle-order collapsed with Steven Smith (15 off 22) and Rahul Tripathi (10 off 12) also falling in quick succession with just 78 runs on the board.
 
Ben Stokes (28 off 26), Riyan Parag (16 off 14), Jofra Archer (13* off 12) and Gopal then chipped in with valuable contributions to help Rajasthan post a somewhat respectable total.
 
Brief scores: 
 
Rajasthan Royals: 151/7 (Ben Stokes 28, Shreyas Gopal 19 not out; Ravindra Jadeja 2/20, Deepak Chahar 2/33) vs Chennai Super Kings
 
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Chennai opt to field first against Rajasthan

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Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and opted to field first against Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Thursday.
 
Dhoni has made two changes in his side as Harbhajan Singh and Scott Kuggeleijn have been replaced by Mitchell Santnor and Shardul Thakur.
 
On the other hand, Sanju Samson, Riyan Parag, who is making his debut, and Jaydev Unadkat are back in the Rajasthan playing eleven.
 
Playing XI:
 
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (Captain/wicket-keeper), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
 
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Jos Buttler (wicket-keeper), Steven Smith, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni
 
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IPL: Rajasthan face litmus test against Chennai

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Having continued their superb form at home, Chennai Super Kings (CSK)will now head to the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur to take on Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter on Thursday. On paper, CSK are favourites as they sit atop the points table, but then, this game is not played on paper.
 
After losing their previous game at home against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), the Royals led by Ajinkya Rahane will look to come back strongly in this encounter against M. S. Dhoni and his boys. But firstly, they need to get a hang of the wicket. Having dished out a slow one in the game against KKR, they found themselves in deep trouble and considering CSK's love for slow turners, another slow wicket will play into the visitors' hands.
 
In the batting department as well, too much dependence on Jos Buttler and Rahane at the top needs to go. Even though Steve Smith played a quality knock in the KKR game, his innings was pretty slow and didn't help the team. Similarly, someone like Ben Stokes needs to be used much higher in the batting order. Considering his destructive nature, he needs to be given enough balls to face.
 
For Chennai, the bowling is a bit of a worry in the absence of the injured Dwayne Bravo, but the others have combined well with Deepak Chahar showing great ability in Tuesday's match against KKR. While Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir have been equally impressive, it is a problem of plenty for Captain Cool MS.
 
In the batting department as well, Chennai need Ambati Rayudu to fire. He has failed to recreate the form that saw him return to the national set-up after the 2018 edition of the IPL. But the determination shown by Faf du Plessis at the top in their last game holds the team in good stead. All in all, the wicket dished out will play a big role in deciding on who will hold the upper hand in this game.
 
Squads: 
 
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler, Steven Smith, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Ish Sodhi, Varun Aaron, Shashank Singh, Liam Livingstone, Shubham Ranjane, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Sudhesan Midhun, Aryaman Birla, Manan Vohra, Prashant Chopra
 
Chennai Super Kings: Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Murali Vijay, Dhruv Shorey, Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Mitchell Santner, Sam Billings, N Jagadeesan, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Monu Kumar, Karn Sharma, KM Asif, Mohit Sharma
 
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Lynn, Narine fashion KKR's 8-wicket win over Royals

Chris Lynn (50 off 32) and Sunil Narine (47 off 25) starred in Kolkata Knight Riders' thumping eight-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, here on Sunday.
 
Chasing a modest target of 140, Lynn and Narine took the Rajasthan bowlers to the cleaners as the duo forged a 91-run opening stand to help Kolkata register a comfortable victory with as many as 37 balls to spare.
 
Lynn and Narine started the proceedings with a bang as Kolkata raced to 22/0 in the first two overs.
 
Nothing seemed to be going right for Rajasthan, as Rahul Tripathi dropped Narine at point off Dhawal Kulkarni in the fourth over. In the next delivery, Lynn got an inside edge that hit the stumps but didn't dislodge the bails before racing to the fine leg boundary.
 
There was no looking back for the Kolkata openers who sent the Rajasthan fielders on a leather hunt all over the park.
 
Shreyas Gopal finally gave the hosts some respite after dismissing Narine in the ninth over. However, it was too late as the Kolkata scorecard read 91/1. Narine's knock included six boundaries and three sixes.
 
Lynn and Robin Uthappa (26 not out off 16) then took their side to 114/1 before Gopal struck again to dismiss the former in the 11th over. 
 
However, Uthappa ensured that there were no further hiccups as he, along with Shubman Gill (6 not out), helped Kolkata cross the line with ease.
 
Lynn's innings was laced with six boundaries and three hits into the stands.
 
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Earlier, Steve Smith's laborious 58-ball unbeaten 72 propelled Rajasthan to a modest total.
 
The Kolkata bowlers were not amongst the wickets, but they bowled in a disciplined manner at an impressive economy rate to restrict their opponents to an average total.
 
Apart from Smith, Jos Buttler chipped in with 37 as the two stitched a crucial second wicket stand of 72 runs. 
 
Put in to bat, Rajasthan lost skipper Ajinkya Rahane (5) in the second over as Prasidh Krishna trapped him in front of the wicket. Buttler and Smith then joined hands to deny Kolkata any further inroads, but their slow innings hurt Rajasthan's chances of putting up a big total.
 
With both the batsmen looking well-settled, Harry Gurney finally delivered the breakthrough by dismissing Buttler with the Rajasthan scoreboard reading 77/1 in 11.5 overs.
 
Smith was then joined by Tripathi (6) and the duo took their side past the 100-run mark but the latter didn't last long as Gurney struck again in the 16th over.
 
Smith anchored the Rajasthan innings from one end but didn't get much support. After Tripathi's departure, Smith kept the scoreboard ticking and added 19 runs in the next 13 balls as Rajasthan managed to reach 139 runs in the allotted 20 overs.
 
For Kolkata, Gurney picked up two wickets while Krishna settled for one.
 
Brief scores: Rajasthan Royals 139/3 (Steve Smith 72 not out, Jos Buttler 37; Harry Gurney 2/25) lost to Kolkata Knight Riders: 140/2 in 13.5 overs (Chris Lynn 50, Sunil Narine 47; Shreyas Gopal 2/35) by 8 wickets.
 
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IPL: Kolkata restrict Rajasthan to modest 139/3

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Steve Smith's laborious 58-ball unbeaten 72 propelled Rajasthan Royals to a modest 139/3 against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, here on Sunday.
 
The Kolkata bowlers were not amongst the wickets, but they bowled in a disciplined manner at an impressive economy rate to restrict their opponents to an average total.
 
Apart from Smith, Jos Buttler chipped in with 37 as the two stitched a crucial second wicket stand of 72 runs. 
 
Put in to bat first, Rajasthan lost skipper Ajinkya Rahane (5) in the second over as Prasidh Krishna trapped him in front of the wicket. Buttler and Smith then joined hands to deny Kolkata any further inroads, but their slow innings hurt Rajasthan's chances of putting up a big total.
 
With both the batsmen looking well-settled, Harry Gurney finally delivered the breakthrough by dismissing Buttler with the Rajasthan scoreboard reading 77/1 in 11.5 overs.
 
Smith was then joined by Rahul Tripathi (6) and the duo took their side past the 100-run mark but the latter didn't last long as Gurney struck again in the 16th over.
 
Smith anchored the Rajasthan innings from one end but didn't get much support. After Tripathi's departure, Smith kept the scoreboard ticking and added 19 runs in the next 13 balls as Rajasthan managed to reach 139 runs in the allotted 20 overs.
 
For Kolkata, Gurney picked up two wickets while Krishna settled for one.
 
Brief scores: Rajasthan Royals 139/3 (Steve Smith 72 not out, Jos Buttler 37; Harry Gurney 2/25) vs Kolkata Knight Riders.
 
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Accor to bring its iconic Raffles brand to India with hotels in Udaipur, Jaipur

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Hospitality major Accor today announced that it was bringing its iconic Raffles brand to India with two new hotels in Rajasthan, one in Udaipur and the other in Jaipur.
 
The move to bring Raffles -- a brand that is synonymous with luxury -- to India signals a new direction for Accor in India, with a stronger focus on luxury and premium brands, a press release from the group said.
 
Both hotels will deliver a palatial experience in an extraordinary setting along with the famously discreet and personalised Raffles service, it said.
 
"Raffles is renowned for setting the standard for luxury hospitality for over 130 years. With 13 properties across 11 countries, each Raffles hotel represents a carefully curated experience in the most distinguished addresses in the world. Since joining the Accor network in 2015, the brand has undergone a renaissance, with a strong pipeline that will see the portfolio double in the next few years," the release said.
 
"India’s state of Rajasthan is unique for its rich heritage and tradition and is famous for its spectacular palaces and forts, which makes it the perfect setting to continue the Raffles legend. Jaipur forms part of the culturally rich tourist circuit known as The Golden Triangle, which comprises New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur; while Udaipur is a natural extension of this given its proximity to Jaipur. Both cities are renowned as epicentres for the highest levels of luxury, so it makes sense that the Raffles brand will make its presence in both. For the well-travelled, both Rajasthan and Raffles represent a perfect confluence of adventure, luxury, gastronomy and discovery," it said.
 
Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO Accor, said: “It is with immense pride that we announce the arrival of the Raffles brand in India, a hallmark of luxury and sublime service in a country that is famous for delivering luxury at the highest level. With our strategic partners, we look forward to providing an oasis of calm and charm in two of the most incredible destinations in India. 
 
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"We thank Ratankant Sharma and our partners for entrusting us with these landmark properties and we look forward to delivering the distinctive Raffles experience to travellers in India. We also thank Mr. Sharma for bringing the first Fairmont to India in Jaipur and extending this partnership to the Raffles brand," he said.
 
“Today’s signing of the Raffles Jaipur and Raffles Udaipur marks an historic moment for Accor in India and certainly for tourism in India,” said Jean-Michel Cassé, Chief Operating Officer (COO) – India and South Asia, Accor. “We are seeing increasing demand for luxury travel in India and are looking forward to expanding Accor’s globally renowned portfolio of luxury brands in this incredible country. The addition of the iconic Raffles brand signals a new era for our group.”
 
Sharma, said, “Bringing the Raffles brand, which is synonymous with excellence, taste and luxury, to India is a perfect fit for our vision. The opening of Raffles Udaipur and Raffles Jaipur is a key moment in our strategic growth in India and represents a new era of highly differentiated ultra-luxury experiences for both destinations."
 
The Raffles Udaipur is set on a 21-acre private island in the midst of Udai Sagar Lake, one of the five prominent lakes of Udaipur.
 
"The 101 lake-facing rooms are surrounded by spectacular hill scenery, with views of the 400-year-old temple in the background. The suites additionally boast private pools. It will provide a rare and authentic experience of one of India’s most scenic destinations. Expected to open by mid-2020, the Raffles Udaipur is truly set to be an oasis for the well-travelled, at a short 15-20 minutes’ drive from the Udaipur Maharana Pratap Airport, followed by a short boat ride," the release said.
 
The Raffles Jaipur is being built at Kukas in the city as a set of secluded private residences and courtyards adjacent to the larger hotel complex that presently houses the Fairmont Jaipur. The development is planned as a discreet destination for guests to "be themselves". The hotel is anticipated to commence operations in 2022 and is located close to key tourist destinations in Jaipur including the Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort and Jal Mahal complexes.
 
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We have 10 games to turn things around: Kohli

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They are supposed to have one of the best batting units in the competition, but Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) once again failed to put up a good show as they lost to Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets on Tuesday.
 
While the win put RR's campaign on track after they lost the first three games, RCB are yet to win a game and skipper Virat Kohli feels that the team needs to put up a better show going forward.
 
"We were 15-20 runs short. Marcus (Stoinis) and Moeen (Ali) got us to a competitive score. With the dew factor, 15 runs more would have been more challenging. It wasn't easy to score in the end as the wicket became slower. We made a lot of mistakes in the match (dropped catches)," he pointed.
 
Kohli said that, while they were yet to register a win after four games, 10 games were still left for the team to come back strongly. He also pointed that a couple of games could have easily gone RCB's way in this season.
 
"In a tournament like IPL when the team hasn't got off to a great start then bodies in the outfield can be a bit stiff. There can be a bit of nervousness. In four games, we would have wanted one or maybe two games to go our way. We have 10 games to go, hopefully we can turn things around. We played well against Mumbai and in this game," he said.
 
The skipper also hinted that there could be a change in the playing XI going into the next game. 
 
"This tournament is not that long, it is not going to go on for months and you have to think on your feet and have to think about the best combination going forward. Hopefully, we will get fresh guys in and they can give a match-winning performance," he said.
 
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IPL: Rajasthan Royals ride Gopal, Buttler show to beat RCB

Jos Buttler and Steve Smith made sure Shreyas Gopal's valiant effort with the ball did not go in vain as Rajasthan Royals beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by seven wickets in their IPL game at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Tuesday.
 
Leg-spinner Gopal (3/12) snared three wickets in his three overs to reduce RCB to 73/3 from a steady 49/0 and they could only manage 158/4 in 20 overs after being asked to bat first.
 
Chasing a modest 159 for victory, Buttler (59; 43b; 8x4 1x6) made the most of a reprieve when he was dropped on 7 by RCB skipper Virat Kohli in the second over to bring up his seventh fifty in the last ten IPL games while Smith -- dropped thrice -- scored a 31-ball 38 before finally holing out to Umesh Yadav at long-on off Mohammed Siraj.
 
Yuzvendra Chahal (2/17) was the pick of the bowlers for RCB as he got the wickets of Royals' captain Ajinkya Rahane (22) and Buttler but it was too little too late as Rahul Tripathi (34 off 23 not out) hit a six off the penultimate ball of the innings to take his team home.
 
Royals needed five in the final over and as much as it looked like they would make heavy weather of a simple chase, Tripathi pulled Umesh for a maximum to complete the formalities with one run needed in two balls.
 
RCB, thus, succumbed to their fourth straight loss to stay rock-bottom in the points table while Royals registered their first win.
 
Earlier, Gopal was given the ball in the seventh over and the leg-spinner first broke skipper Kohli (23; 25b; 3x4) and Parthiv Patel's 49-run partnership for the opening wicket, then cut short AB de Villiers and Shimron Hetymer's stay at the crease in his next two overs as the visitors were reduced to 73/3 in 10.1 overs.
 
Patel top-scored for RCB with a patient 41-ball 67 -- his knock laced with nine fours and a six -- while Marcus Stoinis was unbeaten on 31 off 28 balls and Moeen Ali played a nine-ball 18 run cameo to help the struggling outfit post a competitive total.
 
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Patel and Stoinis joined hands for a 53-run stand for the fourth wicket.
 
In the final over, Jofra Archer (1/47) leaked 17 runs with Ali smashing him for a six and a four as RCB managed to score 51 runs in the last five overs.
 
RCB were off to a good start as Kohli looked in positive frame of mind from ball one, working K. Gowtham through midwicket for a couple of runs.
 
Facing most of the deliveries in the early stages, Kohli was looking good when Patel joined him to welcome Archer by hitting him for three fours in the fifth over.
 
At the end of six overs, RCB were 48/0, but just after the Powerplay, Gopal removed Kohli with a superb googly that beat the right-hander all ends up to crash into the stumps through the gate.
 
Gopal did not stop, sending the other 'big fish' de Villiers back to the hut in the ninth over for just 13 with another wrong 'un that stopped on the batsman forcing him to punch the ball back to the bowler.
 
Gopal then accounted for Hetmyer (1) as well two overs later, the big-hitting West Indian failing to read another googly that turned away from him to take the outside edge for Buttler to complete a sharp catch behind the stumps.
 
Patel and Stoinis tried to steady the ship from there on with the Australian struggling to get going. Patel tried his best to drag the team to a fighting total but holed out to Rahane at long on off Archer in the 18th over, looking to up the ante.
 
From then on, Stoinis and Moeen hit a few boundaries to end on a high.
 
Brief scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 158/4 (Parthv Patel 67; Shreyas Gopal 3/12); Rajasthan Royals 164/3 in 19.5 overs (Jos Buttler 59, Steve Smith 38, Rahul Tripathi 34 not out; Yuzvendra Chahal 2/17)
 
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Rajasthan's Shreyas Gopal takes three to restrict RCB to 158/4

Leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal snared three wickets in three overs as Rajasthan Royals rode his devastating spell to restrict Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to 158/4 in 20 overs in their IPL game here on Tuesday.
 
Given the ball in the seventh over, Gopal (3/12) first broke skipper Virat Kohli (23; 25b; 3x4) and Parthiv Patel's 49-run partnership for the opening wicket, then cut short AB de Villiers and Shimron Hetymer's stay at the crease in his next two overs as the visitors were reduced to 73/3 in 10.1 overs.
 
Put in to bat, Patel top-scored for RCB with a patient 41-ball 67 -- his knock laced with nine fours and a six -- while Marcus Stoinis was unbeaten on 31 off 28 balls and Moeen Ali played a nine-ball 18 run cameo to help the struggling outfit post a competitive total.
 
Patel and Stoinis joined hands for a 53-run stand for the fourth wicket.
 
In the final over, Jofra Archer (1/47) leaked 17 runs with Moeen smashing him for a six and a four as RCB managed to score 51 runs in the last five overs.
 
RCB were off to a good start as Kohli looked in positive frame of mind from ball one, working K. Gowtham through midwicket for a couple of runs.
 
The skipper, who hasn't been in his peerless best so far, found the boundary the same over as 10 runs came off it.
 
Kohli edged a fifth-stump outswinger from Dhawal Kulkarni in the next over but the ball raced to the third man as he was stationed quite square.
 
Facing most of the deliveries in the early stages, Kohli was looking good when Patel joined him to welcome Archer by hitting him for three fours in the fifth over.
 
At the end of six overs, RCB were 48/0, but just after the Powerplay, Gopal removed Kohli with a superb googly that beat the right-hander all ends up to crash into the stumps through the gate.
 
Gopal did not stop, sending the other 'big fish' de Villiers back to the hut in the ninth over for just 13 with another wrong 'un that stopped on the batsman forcing him to punch the ball back to the bowler.
 
As if to complete the trio, Gopal accounted for Hetmyer (1) as well two overs later, the big-hitting West Indian failing to read another googly that turned away from him to take the outside edge for Jos Buttler to complete a sharp catch behind the stumps.
 
Patel and Stoinis tried to steady the ship from there on with the Australian struggling to get going. Patel tried his best to drag the team to a fighting total but holed out to Ajinkya Rahane at long-on off Archer in the 18th over, looking to up the ante.
 
From then on, Stoinis and Moeen hit a few boundaries to end on a high.
 
Brief scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 158/4 (Parthv Patel 67; Shreyas Gopal 3/12)
 
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Toss: Rajasthan Royals ask RCB to bat first

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Rajasthan Royals captain Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and elected to field against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) game here on Wednesday.
 
Both Royals and RCB have lost their opening three encounters and find themselves in the bottom half of the eight-team points table.
 
RCB, led by the India skipper Virat Kohli, were washed away by Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last game by a whopping 118 runs while Royals lost to Chennai Super Kings.
 
Ahead of the game, Royals were dealt a body blow in the form of Sanju Samson picking up an injury and Stuart Binny replaced him. Jaydev Unadkat was also dropped with Varun Aaron playing in place of the medium pacer.
 
For RCB, Marcus Stoinis was drafted in the side with Akshdeep Nath and Navdeep Saini also in the XI. Shivam Dube, Prayas Ray Barman and Colin de Grandhomme were left out.
 
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane(c), Jos Buttler(w), Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Varun Aaron
 
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Parthiv Patel(w), Moeen Ali, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Akshdeep Nath, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj
 
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