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Park near Chennai closed after 'Free Fall Tower' accident

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The Tamil Nadu police on Friday ordered the closure of Queensland Amusement Park located near the state capital following an accident on the ride called 'Free Fall Tower' injuring a dozen people, said police.
 
The accident happened on June 18 and the video of that went viral on Friday.
 
On seeing the video, the police carried out its inquiries and ordered the park's closure.
 
The ride 'Free Fall Tower' at the amusement park consists of two platforms adjacent to each other connected to a tall tower. The platforms are taken up to a considerable height with the riders. Then the platforms come down fast thrilling the riders.
 
On June 18, the cables holding one of the platforms that was coming down snapped about 10 ft from the ground level.
 
The riders suffered minor injuries.
 
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Parched Chennai will get drinking water, assures CM

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With reservoirs supplying water to Chennai drying up and groundwater levels plummeting in the absence of rain, water has become scarce but the government is taking necessary steps to supply drinking water to people, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami said on Tuesday.
 
Interacting with reporters here, Palaniswami said that owing to failure of rains, the ground water levels have gone down.
 
People are using the water supplied through tankers for drinking and washing as the ground water levels have gone down and hence the shortage, he said.
 
The resorvoirs -- Cholavaram (full capacity 1,081 mcft) and Redhills (3,300 mcft) -- which cater to the Chennai's water needs are dry while the storage at Poondi reservoir is 24 mcft as against full capacity of 3,231 mcft, according to Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (Chennai Metro).
 
The Chembarambakkam lake (full capacity 3,645 mcft) has water level of a mere 1 mcft.
 
Palaniswami said water from desalination projects is also being distributed to people and urged people to cooperate with the government as ground water will be supplied for next four or five months till rains begin in October-November.
 
As regards water from the Telugu Ganga Scheme or Krishna Water, Palaniswami said water could only be released to Tamil Nadu if there is 8 tmc of water in Kadaleru dam in Andha Pradesh.
 
The water level at Kadaleru dam is presently about 4 tmc.
 
Palaniswami also said that water from the Mettur Dam is being released to fill up the Veeranam lake to supply drinking water to Chennai.
 
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College students fall from bus roof in Chennai

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A group of college students sitting on the roof of a city bus here in Tamil Nadu fell on to the road when the driver applied the brakes suddenly to avoid hitting a two-wheeler.
 
The video of the incident on Monday went viral on social media.
 
The students of Pachaiappa's College here climbed atop the bus plying on route number 47A to celebrate 'Bus Day'.
 
Police took some students into custody.
 
'Bus Day' is celebrated as a thanksgiving to the driver and the conductor who are regulars on a particular college route.
 
Over time, the celebrations have turned into a nuisance for the public with students forcing the driver to drive the vehicle very slowly, thereby blocking the traffic on busy roads.
 
The Madras High Court had come down heavily on the Bus Day celebrations several times. The police, too, had issued warnings against the celebrations. 
 
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Popular Tamil writer, actor Crazy Mohan passes away

Tamil actor Crazy Mohan (File photo: IANS)
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Renowned Tamil writer, actor and comedy giant Crazy Mohan breathed his last here on Monday after he suffered a major heart attack. He was 67.
 
"After he complained of pain in his chest and suffered a heart attack, he was rushed to Kauvery hospital in the afternoon. Efforts were taken to revive him but unfortunately he passed away around 2 p.m.," a family source told IANS.
 
Born as Mohan Rangachari in 1952, Mohan's first stint with writing began in college, where he was studying Mechanical Engineering, when he wrote the script for "Great Bank Robbery" for an inter-collegiate contest.
 
He then started writing scripts for his brother Maadhu Balaji's drama troupe. In 1976, Mohan wrote his first full-length play called "Crazy Thieves in Paalavakkam", thereby, earning the moniker 'Crazy' to his name.
 
By 1979, Mohan started his own drama troupe Crazy Creations which went on to create over 30 plays that have been staged over 6,500 times till date. Some of their popular plays include "Chocolate Krishna", "Satellite Saamiyar", "Marriage Made in Saloon" and "Return of Crazy Thieves", among others.
 
In 1983, Mohan made his film debut as a writer for K. Balachander's "Poikkal Kuthirai", which was based on Mohan's own play "Marriage Made in Saloon". The film featured Kamal Haasan in a cameo.
 
As a writer, Mohan was widely popular for his association with Kamal Haasan in multiple Tamil comedies which include "Sathi Leelavathi", "Michael Madana Kama Rajan", "Apoorva Sagodharargal", "Avvai Shanmugi", "Panchatanthiram" and "Vasool Raja MBBS".
 
Mohan forayed into television in 1989 and produced popular comedy serials, which include "Crazy", "Kalyanathukku Kalyanama" and "Vidathu Sirippu".
 
Mohan was a recipient of the Kalaimamani award given by the Tamil Nadu government for excellence in the field of art and literature.
 
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Stalin urges Rahul not to quit as Congress President

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DMK President M. K. Stalin on Tuesday urged Congress President Rahul Gandhi not to resign from his party post.
 
In a statement issued here, the DMK said Stalin spoke to Gandhi on the phone and told him that he had won the people's hearts.
 
On his part, Gandhi greeted Stalin on the DMK-led alliance's sweeping electoral victory in Tamil Nadu.
 
Congress leader Sonia Gandhi too greeted Stalin.
 
Stalin will be attending the swearing in ceremony of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister designate Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday at Vijayawada.
 
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Top seed Gayatri crashes out in junior badminton semis

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Top seed P. Gayatri Gopichand of Telangana crashed out of the All India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament, losing squarely to 16th seed Aashi Rawat of Delhi in a dramatic girl's semifinal upset on Saturday.
 
Tamil Nadu too suffered a big setback, with No. 4 seed Satish Kumar crumbling against No. 2 seed Maisnam Meiraba from Manipur in the boys' section.
 
The till now flawless Gayatri, the daughter of India coach Pullela Gopichand, turned error-prone in the semi-final as she found a worthy challenger in Aashi. She edged into the lead but saw Aashi recover ground at 6-6. The momentum shifted at that stage with Aashi jumping ahead at 10-9 before taking a 13-11 lead.
 
The mistakes, however, continued to flow which Aashi exploited to the hilt, taking a strong 18-14 lead that proved to be good enough for a 21-15 victory in the opener.
 
Aashi was on a roll in the second game, racing to a 15-7 lead. She didn't concede a single point after that for a well-deserved place in the final.
 
Aashi now awaits the winner of the second semi-final between Tamil Nadu's Akshaya Arumugam and Samiya Imad Farooqui of Telangana, both unseeded.
 
Local lad Satish Kumar too found himself out of depth against No. 2 seed Maisnam Meiraba, losing 13-21, 11-21 in 50 minutes. He fell behind early in both the games and failed to come up with any strategy to regain a toehold in the contest.
 
He yielded an early 2-6 lead in the first game which became 4-8 and 9-16 pretty quickly. The second game too followed the same pattern. He went down 2-5 and couldn't recover any ground to lose 11-21.
 
Sathish, however, gave a glimpse of his talent and temperament in the morning, getting the better of ninth seed Sarath D of Andhra Pradesh. He was trailing after the first game (10-21) but he recovered enough to make it look like an easy win, taking the next two games 21-16, 21-12.
 
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Gayatri, other top seeds reach junior badminton quarters

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Top seed P. Gayatri Gopichand of Telangana faced her first tough fight in the Microplex Global and Yonex Sunrise All-India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament before prevailing 2-0 and entering the quarter-finals here on Friday night.
 
The daughter of India coach Pullela Gopichand was stretched all the way by the unseeded Khushi Gupta of Delhi in the Under-19 Girls Singles clash for a place in the last 8. It took the 16-year-old's cool temperament and superior skills to eke out a 22-20 win in the first game. The second game was equally close with Khushi determined to battle for every point. But in the end Gayatri lived up to her ranking, closing it at 21-16.
 
No. 3 seed Malvika Bansod of the Airports Authority of India and Chennai's Akshaya Arumugam had comparatively easier rounds, getting the better of No. 12 seed Aditi Bhatt of Uttarakhand and Riya Kunjir of Maharashtra, respectively. Malvika won 21-19 21-11 while an impressive Akshaya romped home with a 21-12, 21-11 victory.
 
Earlier in the day, Gayatri barely stretched herself to beat Prerana Alvekar of Maharasthra, 21-11 21-13. Malvika, however, struggled against unseeded Tanya Hemanth (Karnataka), losing the second game 15-21. The final game too was tight but she survived the scare for a 21-10 15-21 21-18 win.
 
Unnati Bisht (No. 4, UTR) and Samiya Imad Farooqui (No. 5, TS) joined the duo by taming Likhita Srivastava of Delhi 21-16 21-8 and Treesa Jolly of Kerala 21-16 21-10.
 
Amolika Singh (No. 6, Uttar Pradesh) and Tasnim Mir (No. 13, Gujarat) were the only two seeds in girls' category to tumble out of the competition. They lost to Aadya Variyath of Kerala 22-20 16-21 21-16 and Himanshi Rawat of Uttarakhand 22-20 7-21 21-15, respectively.
 
No. 2 seed Maisnam Meiraba of Manipur drove the top seeds in the Under-19 Boys Singles, carrying as many as 11 more into the next round. He beat Bharat Raghav of Haryana (21-8 23-21) to set up a clash with Rohan Gurbani (Maharashtra) who took down Karan Negi (HP) 21-13 21-7.
 
Other seeds who progressed include Sai Charan Koya (No. 3, AP), Sathish Kumar K. (4, TN), Aakash Yadav (No. 5, Delhi), Tharun M. (6, Telangana), Siddhanth Gupta (No. 10, TN) and Pranav Rao Gandham (No. 16, Telangana).
 
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DMK alliance routs AIADMK alliance in TN

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Bucking the national trend that favoured the BJP, the DMK-led alliance on Thursday dealt a major blow to Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK-led alliance which comprised the BJP, as it seemed set to capture 36 of the state's 38 Lok Sabha seats that went for polls on April 18.
 
All the candidates put up by the ruling AIADMK's alliance partners bit the dust.
 
The DMK was, however, not able to replicate the sweep in the bye-elections for the 22 assembly seats as it led in 13 constituencies while AIADMK is in lead in nine seats at the time of writing this report.
 
While the DMK and the AIADMK contested the Lok Sabha polls in alliance with other parties, it was a head-on contest between the two in the assembly bye-elections.
 
In the Lok Sabha polls, prominent candidates of the DMK like A. Raja, Dayanidhi Maran, Kanimozhi, T. R. Baalu, S. S. Palanimanickam and of its allies like the Congress like Su. Thirunavukarasar, Karthi P Chidambaram, H. Vasanthakumar, S.Jothimani and others, Communist Party of India-Marxist, Communist Party of India (CPI) and others won their seats or were in the process of winning against their rivals belonging to the AIADMK-led alliance across the state, Election Commission officials said.
 
Amongst the prominent losers were PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss from Dharmapuri, BJP's H.Raja and Tamilisai Soundararajan from Sivaganga and Thoothukudi respectively.
 
In a statement issued here, AIADMK's Coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O.Panneerselvam and Joint Coordinator K. Palaniswami said the results of the bye-elections for the 22 assembly constituencies show that the AIADMK has the credentials to rule the state.
 
On his part, DMK President M. K. Stalin thanked the voters for electing the party's candidates.
 
The Lok Sabha polls saw a four-cornered contest. The two major fronts are: the AIADMK-led front comprising the PMK, BJP, DMDK, TMC, PT, PNK and others and the DMK-led front consisting of the Congress, MDMK, IUML, CPI, CPI-M, VCK, KMDK and IJK.
 
The AMMK floated by independent legislator T.T.V. Dhinakaran and the MNM floated by actor-politician Kamal Haasan made their electoral debut but put up a poor show.
 
BJP leaders blamed "negative propaganda" by its political foes for its poor showing.
 
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DMK leading in TN Assembly bye-elections

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The DMK on Thursday led in in 10 Assembly constituencies and the ruling AIADMK in 8 as per the initial trends available for the bye-elections held for 22 seats in Tamil Nadu, according to the Election Commission.
 
More than the Lok Sabha elections, the focus in the state was on the bye-elections as they would determine whether the AIADMK government led by Chief Minister K. Palaniswami would remain in power.
 
The fight here is between the AIADMK and DMK. Both the parties contested all the 22 seats while they shared the Lok Sabha seats with their allies.
 
In the 234-member Tamil Nadu Assembly, the ruling AIADMK has 114 members (including the Speaker), the DMK 88 and the Congress 8 while the IUML and Independents have one member each.
 
To attain a simple majority, the AIADMK has to win just four seats in the bye-elections. In order to be safe against switching of camps by some of the lawmakers, the AIADMK has to win eight or nine seats.
 
The DMK (with 88 legislators), on the other hand, has to win all the 22 seats to take its tally along with its allies -- Congress (eight) and IUML (one) -- to 119, which is just one number over the simple majority.
 
Meanwhile, three AIADMK legislators were issued show cause notices by Speaker P. Dhanapal as the ruling party felt that they were moving towards the T.T.V. Dhinakaran-led Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK).
 
However, the Supreme Court has stayed the disqualification proceedings against these three lawmakers.
 
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Singapore-bound Scoot flight makes emergency landing at Chennai

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A Singapore-bound Scoot Airlines flight, with 171 people on board, was forced to land in Chennai Airport on Monday after a smoke alarm in its cargo bay.
 
The flight, which had taken off from Tamil Nadu's Trichy, landed safely and the 165 passengers and six crew members were evacuated.
 
According to Scoot Airlines, the preliminary assessment showed that it was a false alarm. However, the 165 passengers left for Singapore in a replacement flight on Monday evening, it said.
 
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DMK to be with Congress, unsure of third front

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekar Rao meets DMK President M. K. Stalin at his residence in Chennai on May 13, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekar Rao meets DMK President M. K. Stalin at his residence in Chennai on May 13, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
The DMK said on Tuesday that it will stick with the Congress even after the Lok Sabha elections and that this had been conveyed to Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao who favours a non-Congress, non-BJP coalition to govern India.
 
"We are committed to the Congress. Never in the history of the DMK has it changed its alliance post elections. The party has always stuck to its pre-poll alliance partner," a DMK leader told IANS on the condition of anonymity.
 
He said that the importance of the DMK's alliance with the Congress was explained to Rao at the meeting with party  president M. K. Stalin here on Monday.
 
Rao was requested to look at the possibility of supporting the Congress, an idea which he did not negate.
 
"Our party will not align with the BJP with or without Narendra Modi as it would have a negative impact in Tamil Nadu. There is an anti-BJP wave in Tamil Nadu. The DMK will not be part of a third front government formed with the support of the BJP," the DMK leader added.
 
DMK President Stalin told the media that it will be known only after the Lok Sabha election results are declared whether a non-Congress, non-BJP grouping was possible.
 
He said the Telangana Chief Minister met him on Monday out of courtesy. He said Rao came to Tamil Nadu primarily to visit temples.
 
Stalin said Rao did not meet him in connection with the formation of a third front.
 
Rao on Monday had an hour-long meeting with Stalin here but it appeared that his proposal for a non-BJP, non-Congress coalition didn't have takers.
 
According to the DMK, ideally the Congress should be part of any central government so that there is stability.
 
"In fact Rao's own party TRS has to win all the 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana so that he can try to forge a third front post election results," said the DMK leader who did not wish to be identified.
 
Political analyst Raveendhran Dhuraiswamy told IANS: "The DMK-Congress combine will get a sizeable percentage of votes. The DMK will not go with BJP after the elections. As for Stalin, Tamil Nadu is more important than having a say in the central government."
 
According to one DMK leader, if some third front proponents join hands with the BJP and form a coalition, then the DMK and Congress will be left alone. 
 
Meanwhile, DMK senior leader and Treasurer Duraimurugan on Tuesday met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu at Amaravati.
 
Duraimurugan told reporters that he met Naidu as a mark of courtesy.
 
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Mumbai lift fourth IPL title with 1-run win over CSK

 
Lasith Malinga delivered the killer blow as Mumbai Indians (MI) defeated bitter rivals Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by one run to lift a record fourth Indian Premier League (IPL) title in a rip-roaring final at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Sunday.
 
With two runs needed off the final delivery, Malinga executed a slower yorker to perfection, trapping Shardul Thakur (2) right in front to send his teammates, including skipper Rohit Sharma, into delirium as Shane Watson, whose breathtaking 80 went in vain, sunk in his seat in the Chennai dugout.
 
Chasing a modest 150 for victory, Watson, who was dropped on 56 by Rahul Chahar, carried Chennai's hopes with a belligerent 80 off 59 balls, his innings laced with eight fours and four sixes.
 
But once he was run out in the fourth ball of the final over, it was Sri Lankan Malinga who showed his class to snatch the crown from the defending champions.
 
In the last five overs, Chennai needed 62 off 30 balls. Watson then hit Malinga for a hat-trick of fours to trim the equation to 42 off 24 balls. 
 
There was no stopping the veteran Australian, who scored a hundred in the final to help Chennai win the IPL last year, as he clobbered Krunal Pandya for three back-to-back sixes in the 18th over which costed Mumbai 20 runs.
 
Mumbai's best bowler Jasprit Bumrah (2/14) then bowled a brilliant penultimate over, sending Bravo (15) back to the hut after the latter gave Quinton de Kock a simple catch behind the stumps. However, de Kock missed an easy gathering to gift Chennai four byes in the last ball of the over.
 
Earlier, Faf du Plessis (26) and Watson gave Chennai a steady start before Krunal got the former stumped by de Kock by luring him to come down the wicket. 
 
With du Plessis gone for 26 off 13, Watson and Suresh Raina (8) shared a 37-run stand for the second wicket as Chennai looked to be cruising.
 
Rohit then gave the ball to Rahul Chahar (1/14) who started Chennai's downfall by trapping Raina (8) in front. Ambati Rayudu (1) could not add much to the tally, getting caught behind off Bumrah.
 
The game-changing moment came in the 13th over when M.S. Dhoni (2) was caught short of the crease by Ishan Kishan, with replays showing it to be a close call.
 
Watson and Bravo then joined hands for a 51-run partnership for the fifth wicket which was finally broken by Bumrah. From there on, it was a see-saw battle which eventually saw Mumbai continue their dominance over Chennai in what was their fourth final meeting.
 
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Earlier, Deepak Chahar (3/26) and Imran Tahir (2/23) starred with the ball as CSK restricted MI to 149/8, even as Kieron Pollard hit an unbeaten cameo (41* off 25) down the order.
 
Pollard, who was dropped on 25 by Suresh Raina, was the top-scorer for Mumbai as he hammered three fours and three sixes. For Chennai, Shardul Thakur also picked up two wickets for 23 runs.
 
But Pollard hogged the limelight for the wrong reasons in the last over when as a mark of protest against the umpire not calling a wide in the previous delivery, he walked across -- even leaving the pitch -- to face the fourth ball before Dwayne Bravo pulled out. 
 
Opting to bat, Mumbai were off to a flying start riding on de Kock's power hitting. The South African stumper-batsman took on in-form Deepak Chahar in the third over, smashing three sixes to take 20 runs off it.
 
de Kock looked to be in the mood as he slapped Shardul for a six in the fifth over. But the pacer had his revenge in the next ball when he cramped de Kock for room with a quick delivery that the batsman lobbed to Dhoni who took an easy catch. de Kock clobbered four sixes en route his 17-ball 29.
 
In the next over, Dhoni became the wicket-keeper with most dismissals in IPL history when he dived forward to take Rohit's catch off Deepak Chahar who outfoxed the Mumbai captain with a knuckleball. Rohit's patchy form in the IPL continued as he could only manage 15 off 14 balls, hitting one four and a six.
 
Mumbai, who suddenly seemed to be in some sort of trouble at 45/2 after the Powerplay, were dented further by Imran Tahir who accounted for Suryakumar Yadav (15), the star of Mumbai's last game, and Ishan Kishan (23) as Krunal Pandya (7) was sent back in between by Shardul who took a brilliant catch off his own bowling.
 
With five overs remaining, Mumbai were 102/5 but Deepak Chahar's brilliance restricted them to a score of below 150 despite Pollard smashing two fours off the last two deliveries.
 
Brief scores: Mumbai Indians: 149/8 in 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 41 not out, Quinton de Kock 29; Deepak Chahar 3/26, Imran Tahir 2/23); Chennai Super Kings: 148/7 in 20 overs (Shane Watson 80, Jasprit Bumrah 2/14)
 
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Mumbai beat Chennai for record fourth IPL title

 
Mumbai Indians became the first team to win four Indian Premier League (IPL) titles after they beat Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by one run in a rip-roaring final at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Sunday.
 
Chasing 150 for victory, Chennai managed 148/7 in 20 overs.
 
Brief scores: Mumbai Indians: 149/8 in 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 41 not out, Quinton de Kock 29; Deepak Chahar 3/26, Imran Tahir 2/23) vs Chennai Super Kings: 148/7 in 20 overs (Shane Watson 80, Jasprit Bumrah 2/14)
 
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Tahir becomes highest wicket-taker in IPL 2019

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Imran Tahir became the highest wicket-taker in this season's Indian Premier League during the final between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, here on Sunday.
 
The South African leg-spinner surpassed compatriot Kagiso Rabada with 26 wickets to his name. The 40-year-old removed Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan to dent Mumbai's charge after the CSK was asked to bowl first by MI skipper Rohit Sharma.
 
Tahir has been in superb form this season and along with captain MS Dhoni, is one of the main reasons for the team's success.
 
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Chahar, Tahir star as Chennai restrict Mumbai to 149/8

 
Deepak Chahar (3/26) and Imran Tahir (2/23) starred with the ball as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) restricted Mumbai Indians (MI) to 149/8 in 20 overs in the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Sunday, even as Kieron Pollard hit an unbeaten cameo (41* off 25) down the order.
 
Pollard, who was dropped on 25 by Suresh Raina, was the top-scorer for Mumbai as he hammered three fours and three sixes. For Chennai, Sahardul Thakur also picked up two wickets for 23 runs.
 
But Pollard hogged the limelight for the wrong reasons in the last over when as a mark of protest against the umpire not calling a wide in the previous delivery, he walked across -- even leaving the pitch -- to face the fourth ball before Dwayne Bravo pulled out. 
 
Opting to bat first, Mumbai openers Quinton de Kock (29 off 17) and Rohit Sharma (15 off 14) started cautiously, scoring just two runs in the first over. The duo, however, swiftly changed gears as de Kock clobbered Deepak Chahar for 20 runs in the third over and kept playing aggressively as Mumbai raced to 45 for no loss in 4.4 overs.
 
Shardul finally drew first blood as he packed back a dangerous looking de Kock in the very next ball. Three balls later, Deepak Chahar struck to send back Rohit. A slower delivery from the pacer did the trick as a thick edge off Rohit's bat was taken easily by M. S. Dhoni behind the stumps.
 
Suryakumar Yadav (15 off 17) and Ishan Kishan (23 off 26) then tried to repair the damage, adding 37 runs for the third wicket in the next six overs. But leg-spinner Imran Tahir struck to dismiss Suryakumar in the 12th over before Shardul also joined the party, dismissing new batsman Krunal Pandya (7 off 7) cheaply, which saw Mumbai reeling at 89/4.
 
Just when Mumbai touched the three-digit mark, Tahir struck again as he accounted for the wicket of Kishan in the 15th over. Pollard and Hardik Pandya then shared a 39-run partnership in quick time as the former's lusty blows propelled his side towards a modest total. However, while trying to accelerate the run-rate, Pandya became a victim of Deepak Chahar in the second last over.
 
Just a ball later, Deepak Chahar dismissed his brother Rahul Chahar, who didn't bother the scorers. From there Pollard could manage to add just nine runs to Mumbai's total, as his side somehow managed to post a fighting total.
 
Brief scores: Mumbai Indians: 149/8 in 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 41 not out, Quinton de Kock 29; Deepak Chahar 3/26, Imran Tahir 2/23) vs Chennai Super Kings.
 
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Dhoni becomes most successful wicket-keeper in IPL

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday became the wicket-keeper with most dismissals to his credit in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He now has 132 dismissals (94 catches and 38 stumping) to his name.
 
Chennai Super Kings skipper Dhoni surpassed Kolkata Knight Riders' skipper Dinesh Karthik (131 dismissals) when he caught Mumbai Indians openers Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma here on Sunday. 
 
Karthik had held the IPL record before Sunday. Robin Uthappa of KKR is the third best with 90 dismissals.
 
Dhoni first took an easy catch to dismiss South Africa stumper bastman de Kock who was looking good on 29 off 17. Shardul Thakur was the bowler.
 
In the very next over, the former India captain dived forward to take a low catch that saw the back of his counterpart Rohit Sharma for 15. Deepak Chahar was the bowler this time.
 
Chennai are taking on Mumbai for the coveted IPL title. It is their fourth final meeting. Both teams have won the IPL trophy three times each.
 
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Mumbai opt to bat against Chennai in IPL final

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Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bat against defending champions Chennai Super Kings in the summit clash of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, here on Sunday.
 
Mumbai made one change in the team since their last match against Chennai in the first qualifier with Mitchell McClenaghan replacing Jayant Yadav. Chennai, on the other hand, kept the team unchanged.
 
Playing XI:
 
Chennai Super Kings: Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(Captain/wicket-keeper), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur & Imran Tahir.
 
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Rahul Chahar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah & Lasith Malinga.
 
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IPL final: MI, CSK rivalry set to unfold on biggest stage

 
Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) seem to always spiral towards each other in their relentless hunt for the Indian Premier League (IPL) title. On Sunday, the two sides will face each other for the fourth time this season.
 
It is also the fourth time that CSK and MI will be pitted against each other in an IPL final. They are the two most successful teams in the tournament's history and the final on Sunday will be another chapter in what has been an epic rivalry between two sides who are as different from each other as a pair of sporting opposites can be.
 
While CSK are known to be a team that dominates the group stage, MI are notoriously slow starters. Both sides stayed true to their reputation this season. While MI had a sputtering start to their season, before taking off, CSK remained top of the table for much of the group stages and were one of the first teams to confirm qualification to the playoffs.
 
However, CSK were pipped to the top spot by Mumbai Indians, thanks to the 9-wicket hiding the latter handed out to Kolkata Knight Riders in their last group game. MI are also the only team that CSK haven't been able to beat this season with the MS Dhoni-led side losing the two group matches and the first qualifier against their rivals. 
 
Mumbai also have the statistical edge in IPL finals played between the two sides, having ended three out of the four title clashes between the two sides on the winning side.
 
However, CSK displayed ominous form in the way they swatted Delhi Capitals aside in the second Qualifier. The ever-reliable CSK spinners helped them restrict Delhi Capitals to 147/9. Coming to the chase, Shane Watson finally found form and his opening partnership of 81 with Faf du Plessis set the stage for a rollicking win for the Yellow Brigade. They ended up winning the match by six wickets with an over to spare. 
 
Unpredictability is a constant in the IPL, a fact that has been as apparent as ever this season with the numerous collapses and death over run-bursts that we have seen in the group stage. There is no reason to believe that the final would be any different. But it will all boil down to the team which holds its nerves on the day of the big battle.
 
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan, Scott Kuggeleijn. 
 
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Ankul Roy, Evin Lewis, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ben Cutting, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran, Jayant Yadav, Beuran Hendricks and Lasith Malinga.
 
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All-round Chennai thrash Delhi to storm into final

 
All-round Chennai Super Kings rode half centuries from Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson to storm into their eighth Indian Premier League (IPL) final as they beat Delhi Capitals by six wickets in the Qualifier 2 at the Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium here on Friday.
 
After asking Delhi to bat first, Chennai bowlers put up a superb show to restrict the first time semi-finalists to 147/9.
 
Chasing a modest 148 for victory, openers du Plessis (50; 39 balls; 7x4; 1x6) and Watson (50; 32 balls 3x4; 4x6) were off to a slow start but recovered in time to share a 81-run stand for the opening wicket.
 
South Africa captain du Plessis was the aggressor early on and once he got out, Watson took over as Delhi bowlers looked hapless.
 
Having notched up his his 12th IPL fifty and fourth this season, du Plessis mistimed a pull to Keemo Paul at deep square leg off Trent Boult's bowling while Amit Mishra had Watson caught by Boult at wide long-off.
 
Suresh Raina (11) was castled by Axar Patel, bringing skipper M. S. Dhoni to the crease. With 21 needed off 24 balls, it was a cakewalk for the defending champions, although Dhoni (9) got out with two runs required for victory.
 
Dwayne Bravo was at the crease as the yellow army crossed the target with four leg byes with Ambati Rayudu (20 not out) at the other end and an over to spare. Chennai posted 151/4 in 19 overs.
 
Chennai will now take on old foes Mumbai Indians in the final in Hyderabad on Sunday, the fourth time the two teams will be locking horns in the summit clash.
 
Earlier, Harbhajan Singh (2/31) and Bravo (2/19) used their reservoir of experience to good effect while Deepak Chahar (2/28) continued his rich form with the ball as Delhi never got going despite having Rishabh Pant at the crease for more than an hour.
 
Ravindra Jadeja (2/23) and Imran Tahir (1/28), their best bowler this season, also returned impressive figures.
 
It was an uncharacteristic innings from Pant who was initially starved of the strike and then kept at bay by the Chennai bowlers as the 21-year old eventually managed 38 off 25 with the help of two fours and a six.
 
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Pant looked to be taking off when he hit Tahir for a four and six in the 17th over which yielded 14 runs. But Bravo bowled a brilliant 18th over in which he gave away just three runs besides accounting for Keemo Paul (3).
 
Chahar dismissed Pant in the penultimate over with Bravo taking the catch at long-on before Trent Boult (6 off 3) and Ishant Sharma (10 not out off 3) smashed some lusty blows to take the score close to the 150-run mark.
 
It all started with Chahar trapping young Prithvi Shaw (5) in front in the third over.
 
Harbhajan then accounted for the in-form Shikhar Dhawan (18), the India southpaw giving a healthy edge to Dhoni who took the catch in his second attempt.
 
Colin Munro and Shreyas Iyer then tried to steady the ship but just when the former was looking good, Ravindra Jadeja had him caught at deep square-leg by Bravo for 27 off 24 deliveries.
 
Iyer (13) departed soon after, skying a Tahir googly to backward point where Raina completed a good catch. Axar (3) too failed to contribute, holing out to Tahir at third man off Bravo's bowling.
 
Harbhajan then sent back Sherfane Rutherford (10) and it all looked downhill from there for the first time qualifiers.
 
Brief scores: Delhi Capitals: 147/9 in 20 overs (Rishabh Pant 38; Deepak Chahar 2/28, Harbhajan Singh 2/31, Ravindra Jadeja 2/23, Dwayne Bravo 2/19); Chennai Super Kings: 151/4 (Faf du Plessis 50, Shane Watson 50)
 
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Bowlers steal show as Chennai restrict Delhi to 147/9

 
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) bowlers put up a superb show to restrict Delhi Capitals to 147/9 in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Qualifier 2 at the Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium here on Friday.
 
Harbhajan Singh (2/31) and Dwayne Bravo (2/19) used their reservoir of experience to good effect while Deepak Chahar (2/28) continued his rich form with the ball as Delhi never got going despite having Rishabh Pant at the crease for more than an hour.
 
Ravindra Jadeja (2/23) and Imran Tahir (1/28), their best bowler this season, also returned impressive figures.
 
It was an uncharacteristic innings from Pant who was initially starved of the strike and then kept at bay by the Chennai bowlers as the 21-year old eventually managed 38 off 25 with the help of two fours and a six.
 
Pant looked to be taking off when he hit Tahir for a four and six in the 17th over which yielded 14 runs. But Bravo bowled a brilliant 18th over in which he gave away just three runs besides accounting for Keemo Paul (3).
 
Chahar dismissed Pant in the penultimate over with Bravo taking the catch at long-on before Trent Boult (6 off 3) and Ishant Sharma (10* off 3) smashed some lusty blows to take the score close to the 150-run mark.
 
It all started with Chahar trapping young Prithvi Shaw (5) in front in the third over.
 
Harbhajan then accounted for the in-form Shikhar Dhawan (18), the India southpaw giving a healthy edge to M. S. Dhoni who took the catch in his second attempt.
 
Colin Munro and Shreyas Iyer then tried to steady the ship but just when the former was looking good, Ravindra Jadeja had him caught at deep square-leg by Bravo for 27 off 24 deliveries.
 
Iyer (13) departed soon after, skying a Tahir googly to backward point where Suresh Raina completed a good catch. Axar Patel (3) too failed to contribute, holing out to Tahir at third man off Bravo's bowling.
 
Harbhajan then sent back Sherfane Rutherford (10) and it all looked downhill from there for the first time qualifiers.
 
Brief scores: Delhi Capitals: 147/9 in 20 overs (Rishabh Pant 38; Deepak Chahar 2/28, Harbhajan Singh 2/31, Ravindra Jadeja 2/23, Dwayne Bravo 2/19) vs Chennai Super Kings.
 
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CSK win toss, ask DC to bat first in Qualifier 2

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Chennai Super Kings skipper M.S. Dhoni won the toss and elected to field first against Delhi Capitals in the Qualifier 2 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Friday.
 
While the Delhi team remained unchanged from their last game, Chennai made one change with Shardul Thakur coming in for Murali Vijay.
 
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
 
Delhi Capitals (Playing XI): Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Colin Munro, Axar Patel, Sherfane Rutherford, Keemo Paul, Amit Mishra, Trent Boult, Ishant Sharma
 
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MI beat CSK by 6 wickets, cruise into fifth IPL final

 
Mumbai Indians sailed into their fifth Indian Premier League (IPL) final as they defeated arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by six wickets in the first Qualifier of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Tuesday.
 
Suryakumar top-scored for Mumbai with a crafty 71 not out off 54 balls, his innings was studded with 10 fours.
 
Suryakumar, who was dropped twice, brought up his seventh IPL fifty, and second this season, in 37 balls as Mumbai coasted to 132/4 in 18.3 overs.
 
For Chennai, Imran Tahir returned the best figures of 2/33.
 
Mumbai, led by Rohit Sharma, will now play the final on Sunday at Hyderabad.
 
Chasing 132 for victory on a typically slow wicket which is not easy to bat on, Mumbai were reduced to 21/2 in the first four overs. 
 
Skipper Rohit was removed in the second ball of the innings after hitting a four, with Deepak Chahar trapping the star India batsman in front.
 
In-form Quinton de Kock (8) also did not last long, scooping a Harbhajan Singh delivery to his national team captain Faf du Plessis at wide long off.
 
From there on, there was no looking back for the visitors despite Tahir taking two wickets in two deliveries in the 14th over to dismiss Ishan Kishan (28) and Krunal Pandya (0) as Suryakumar hit the winning runs by smashing Deepak Chahar for a four.
 
Hardik Pandya was not out at the other end on 13 off 11 balls as Mumbai won with nine balls to spare.
 
Earlier, an unbeaten 66-run stand between M.S. Dhoni (37 not out off 29) and Ambati Rayudu (42 off 37) helped CSK post 131/4. 
 
After losing their top order for just 65 runs, it was Dhoni and Rayudu who anchored the Chennai innings.
 
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For Mumbai, Rahul Chahar starred with the ball with figures of 2/14 from his four overs while Krunal Pandya and Jayant Yadav bagged a wicket each.
 
Opting to bat first, the defending champions got off to a slow start with just 6 runs on the scorecard in the first two overs before Rahul came up with the first breakthrough, dismissing Faf du Plessis (6 off 11) in the first ball of the third over.
 
Suresh Raina couldn't do much as he also departed cheaply after being caught and bowled by Jayant Yadav.
 
Things worsened for the home side when Krunal packed back Shane Watson (10 off 13), with Chennai reeling at 32/3 in 6 overs.
 
Murali Vijay (26 off 26) and Rayudu then tried to put things back in order as they added 33 runs for the fourth wicket before the former became a victim of Chahar in the 13th over.
 
Dhoni then joined Rayudu and the duo denied Mumbai any further inroads as they shared a 66-run partnership to take Chennai to 131, thanks to the Chennai skipper's couple of lusty blows off Lasith Malinga in the second last over.
 
Brief scores: Chennai Super Kings 131/4 (Ambati Rayudu 42 not out, M.S. Dhoni 37 not out, Rahul Chahar 2/14); Mumbai Indians 132/4 in 18.3 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 71, Imran Tahir 2/33)
 
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IPL Qualifier I: Chennai posts paltry 131/4 vs Mumbai

 
A valuable unbeaten 66-run stand between MS Dhoni (37 not out off 29) and Ambati Rayudu (42 off 37) helped Chennai Super Kings post a paltry 131/4 against Mumbai Indians in the first Qualifier of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Tuesday.
 
After losing their top order for just 65 runs, it was Dhoni and Rayudu who anchored the Chennai innings. However, a slow Chennai wicket didn't let the home side reach a challenging total against the three-time IPL champions.
 
For Mumbai, Rahul Chahar starred with the ball with figures of 2/14 from his four overs while Krunal Pandya and Jayant Yadav bagged a wicket each.
 
Opting to bat first, the defending champions got off to a slow start with just 6 runs on the scorecard in the first two overs before Chahar came up with the first breakthrough, dismissing Faf du Plessis (6 off 11) off the first ball of the third over.
 
Incoming batsman and Chennai's most dependable batsman Suresh Raina also couldn't do much as he departed cheaply after being caught and bowled by Yadav. Things worsened for the home side when Krunal packed back Shane Watson (10 off 13), with Chennai reeling at 32/3 in 6 overs.
 
Murli Vijay (26 off 26) and Rayudu then tried to put things back in order as they added 33 runs for the fourth wicket before the former became a victim of Chahar in the 13th over.
 
New batsman Dhoni then joined Rayudu in the middle and the duo denied Mumbai any further inroads as they shared a 66-run partnership to take Chennai to 131, thanks to a couple of lusty blows off Lasith Malinga by the Chennai skipper in the second last over.
 
Brief scores: Chennai Super Kings 131/4 (Ambati Rayudu 42 not out, MS Dhoni 37 not out; Rahul Chahar 2/14)
 
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7 passengers die in car accident in TN

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Seven passengers died when the car in which they were travelling rammed into a stationary truck near Ambur in Tamil Nadu's Vellore district on Monday, said police.
 
A child, four men and two women were among the dead. Ambur is about 190 km from here.
 
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SC stays disqualification proceedings against three rebel AIADMK MLAs

The Supreme Court on Monday stayed the disqualification proceedings against three rebel AIADMK MLAs in Tamil Nadu.
 
The Speaker of the Tamil Nadu Assembly had issued notice to the AIADMK MLAs for backing rebel party leader T. T. V. Dhinakaran. A plea by the DMK had alleged that the Speaker had acted in an arbitrary manner.
 
Last week, the apex court agreed to hear the DMK's plea against the Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker's notice for disqualification of the three AIADMK MLAs, who extended support to rival leader and AMMK founder Dhinakaran.
 
Speaker P. Dhanapal on April 30 issued show cause notices to A. Prabhu (Kallakuruchi constituency), Rathinasabapathy (Aranthangi) and V. T. Kalaiselvan (Virudhachalam) -- seeking explanations for their anti-party activities.
 
The action followed a petition by the ruling party seeking "due legal action" against them.
 
DMK chief M.K. Stalin on April 30 sent a letter to the Assembly Secretary proposing a no-confidence motion against the Speaker and also submitted a one-line no-trust motion against Dhanapal.
 
Appearing for the DMK, senior advocate Kapil Sibal said he wondered how the Speaker could issue notices for disqualification of the three AIADMK MLAs when he himself was facing a no-confidence motion.
 
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