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K L Rahul's carnage helps Punjab beat Chennai

 
Opener K L Rahul's blistering 71 off 36 balls, followed by Nicholas Pooran fireworks (36 off 22 balls), guided Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) to an impressive six-wicket win over defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) contest at the PCA I. S. Bindra Stadium here on Sunday.
 
Rahul's run rampage made most Chennai bowlers look helpless. The opener, whose stunning knock was decorated with seven fours and five massive sixes, bought up his half-century off just 19 balls. It's now the third fastest half-century of the ongoing season.
 
Chasing the 171-run target, Rahul and his partner Chris Gayle (28 off 28) gave Punjab a flying start and the hosts were 33/0 in the first three overs, before the former clobbered Harbhajan Singh for 24 runs in the next over.
 
While Gayle, the self-proclaimed 'boss of universe', mostly remained silent, there was no stopping Rahul whose carnage of Chennai bowlers saw Punjab reaching 85/0 in just seven overs. At one stage it looked as if the hosts would cross the line in just 15 overs as their scorecard read 106/0 in 10 overs.
 
Harbhajan finally gave Chennai some respite with a much-needed breakthrough, dismissing a dangerous Rahul in the 11th over. Rahul trying to go for the maximum sliced a delivery high in the air and Imran Tahir made no mistake at extra cover. 
 
Just in the next ball, Harbhajan packed back Gayle to reduce the hosts to 108/2. The Caribbean had tried to clear the fence but ended up giving a catch to substitute Dhruv Shorey at long-on.
 
The two new batsmen -- Pooran and Mayank Agarwal -- could add only another 10 runs in Punjab's scorecard before Harbhajan showed his class to send Agarwal to the hut. Agarwal could contribute just seven runs.
 
It seemed the Yellow Brigade would make a comeback in the game. But Pooran seemed in a hurry to finish things off as his lusty blows saw Punjab crossing the 150-run mark in 14.5 overs. Pooran couldn't continue till the last as Ravindra Jadeja cut short his stay in the 17th over. However, it was too late for the visitors with Punjab comfortably placed at 163/4.
 
With just 8 more runs needed, Mandeep Singh (11 not out off 9) and Sam Curran (6 off 7) easily drove Punjab home with 12 balls to spare.
 
For Chennai, Harbhajan was the pick of bowlers as he scalped three wickets, but leaked 57 runs from his four overs. Jadeja bagged one for 16 runs.
 
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Earlier, opener Faf du Plessis's 96 off 55 balls and Suresh Raina's 53 off 38 balls helped Chennai post 170/5 in the allotted 20 overs.
 
The duo was involved in a crucial 120-run second wicket partnership, building the platform for a fighting total as the lower middle-order failed to contribute. 
 
While du Plessis' knock was laced with 10 boundaries and four sixes, Raina's innings contained five fours and two hits into the stands.
 
Put in to bat first, openers Shane Watson (7 off 11) and du Plessis started on a good note, adding 30 runs in the initial four overs. But in the next over Curran drew first blood for Punjab as he castled Watson.
 
Raina and du Plessis then anchored the innings, helping Chennai reach the 50-run mark in 7.1 overs before they further developed the partnership to take their side to 79/1 at the half way stage.
 
They continued to play sensibly and kept the scorers busy as Chennai touched the three-digit mark in 12.5 overs. Meanwhile, du Plessis also notched up his second half-century of the season off 37 balls.
 
Just when it seemed that they would comfortably steer Chennai to an imposing total, Raina mistimed a slower delivery by Curran to give an easy catch to Mohammed Shami at short fine-leg.
 
Curran struck again in the 19th over to send back a well-settled du Plessis, who fell short of his century by just four runs with Chennai's scorecard reading 163/3.
 
Shami then dismissed Kedar Jadhav (0) and Ambati Rayudu (1) in the final over as Chennai skipper M.S. Dhoni (10) and Dwayne Bravo (1) remained unbeaten at the end of 20 overs. 
 
Brief scores: Kings XI Punjab 173/4 in 18 overs (KL Rahul 71, Nicholas Pooran 36; Harbhajan Singh 3/57) beat Chennai Super Kings: 170/5 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 96, Suresh Raina 53; Sam Curran 3/35) by 6 wickets.
 
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du Plessis, Raina lift Chennai to 170/5 vs Punjab

 
Half-centuries by opener Faf du Plessis (96 off 55) and Suresh Raina's (53 off 38) helped Chennai Super Kings (CSK) post 170/5 against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) even as Sam Curran (3/35) starred for the hosts in their Indian Premier Leauge (IPL) clash at the PCA I.S. Bindra Stadium, here on Sunday.
 
The Chennai duo was involved in a crucial 120-run second wicket partnership, building the platform for a fighting total as their lower middle-order failed to contribute. While du Plessis' knock was laced with 10 boundaries and four sixes, Raina's innings contained five fours and a couple of hits into the stands.
 
Put in to bat first, openers Shane Watson (7 off 11) and du Plessis started on a good note, adding 30 runs in the initial four overs. However, in the next over Curran drew first blood for Punjab as he castled Watson.
 
New batsman Raina and du Plessis then anchored the innings, helping Chennai reach the 50-run mark in 7.1 overs before they further developed the partnership to take their side to 79/1 at the half-way stage.
 
They continued to play sensibly and kept the scorers busy as Chennai touched the three-digit mark in 12.5 overs. Meanwhile, du Plessis also notched up his second half-century of the season off 37 balls.
 
Just when it seemed that the duo will comfortably steer Chennai to an imposing total, Raina mistimed a slower delivery by Curran to give an easy catch to Mohammed Shami at short fine-leg.
 
Curran struck again in the 19th over to send back a well-settled du Plessis, who fell short of his century by just four runs with Chennai's scorecard reading 163/3.
 
Shami then dismissed Kedar Jadhav (0) and Ambati Rayudu (1) cheaply in the final over as Chennai skipper M. S. Dhoni (10) and Dwayne Bravo (1) remained unbeaten at the end of 20 overs. 
 
Brief scores: Chennai Super Kings: 170/5 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 96, Suresh Raina 53; Sam Curran 3/35) vs Kings XI Punjab.
 
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CSK aim to cement top spot against KXIP

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Having already booked their berth in the playoffs, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will want to strengthen their top spot in the points table when they take on Kings XI Punjab in their last group stage encounter of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) edition at the IS Bindra Stadium, here on Sunday.
 
Chennai thrashed Delhi Capitals by 80 runs in their last match at M A Chidambaram Stadium, thus sealing the top spot with 18 points. 
 
Chennai would be buoyed by the fact that their skipper M S Dhoni is in tremendous form in the ongoing season and has scored valuable runs towards the end. 
 
Their bowling mainly relies on the spin trio of Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja who have been amongst the wickets throughout this IPL.
 
On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) dented Kings XI's chances of finishing in the top four after beating them by seven wickets in Mohali.
 
Kings XI openers K L Rahul and Chris Gayle failed to score against KKR, a reason why they couldn't reach the 200-run mark in Mohali. However, Sam Curran's form is something which will give a lot of confidence to the Punjab-based franchise. 
 
With 10 points from 13 games, Kings XI must win against CSK to stay alive in the competition. However, it wouldn't be an easy task for R. Ashwin's men to secure victory against a formidable and consistent CSK. 
 
Kings XI Punjab: Chris Gayle, Moises Henriques, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, David Miller, Mohammed Shami, Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Murugan Ashwin, Ankit Rajpoot, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Hardus Viljoen, Andrew Tye, Sam Curran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Agnivesh Ayachi, Darshan Nalkande, Arshdeep Singh, Simran Singh, Harpreet Brar 
 
Chennai Super Kings: Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni (c), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay, Karn Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis, Deepak Chahar, Mohit Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Dhruv Shorey, Scott Kuggeleijn, Monu Kumar, Mitchell Santner, Chaitanya Bishnoi, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif
 
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Dhoni leads CSK to the top with 80-run win over DC

 
All-round Chennai Super Kings (CSK) rode M.S. Dhoni's brilliance to get back to the top of the table with a commanding 80-run victory over Delhi Capitals (DC) in a top-of-the-table Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here on Wednesday.
 
Asked to bat first, Dhoni first helped CSK recover from a slow start to post 179/4 with an unbeaten 22-ball 44.
 
The World Cup winning, former India captain then not only used his spinners to perfection as they shared eight wickets among them, but effected two brilliant stumpings to skittle DC out for a paltry 99 in 16.2 overs. Imran Tahir starred for the hosts, returning figures of 4/12.
 
With one game to go, CSK have 18 points from 13 matches while Delhi remain on 16 points from 13 outings.
 
Chasing 180 for victory, DC were in the game till the time Shikhar Dhawan (19) and skipper Shreyas Iyer (44; 31b; 4x4; 1x6) were at the crease. The pair stitched together a 48-run stand for the second wicket.
 
But once Harbhajan Singh (1/28) castled the World Cup-bound India opener just before the end of Powerplay, and in the next over, Tahir saw the back of Rishabh Pant (5), it was all over for DC as they lost wickets in a hurry.
 
Dhoni showed exceptional reflex even at the age of 37 to effect two stumpings which cost the wickets of Iyer and Chris Morris, both off Ravindra Jadeja's bowling. Jadeja was excellent with the ball too, with figures of 3/9 in his three overs.
 
Earlier, Suresh Raina struck a half century but it was Dhoni who helped CSK post a competitive total on a wicket that wasn't easy for batting.
 
Chennai recovered from 53/1 at the half-way stage as Dhoni hit four fours and three sixes to extend his rich form with the bat. Jadeja's quickfire 25 off 10 deliveries also helped as Delhi missed pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada, who was rested, in the death overs.
 
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The visitors leaked 77 runs in the final five overs after Raina (59; 37b; 8x4;1x6) was dismissed in the 15th over.
 
In that period, Dhoni first combined with Jadeja for a 43-run partnership as both were promoted up the order, to then join hands with Ambati Rayudu for a 34-run unbroken stand for the fifth wicket.
 
Dhoni continued his love affair with last overs, smashing Trent Boult for two sixes off the last two balls and a four earlier as the New Zealana pacer conceded 21 runs.
 
The defending champions could manage only 27/1 in the Powerplay overs after losing Shane Watson for a duck, with J Suchith (2/28), playing his first game, accounting for his wicket.
 
Raina and Du Plessis then associated for a 83-run partnership but consumed 61 balls before Du Plessis was dismissed by Axar Patel, with Shikhar Dhawan taking the catch at long-off.
 
Raina, who brought up his 37th IPL fifty in 34 balls, was removed by Suchith after Dhawan took a brilliant catch off balance but once Dhoni was in the middle, and Jadeja hit a few lusty blows, Chennai ensured their stuttering start made no difference.
 
Brief scores: Chennai Super Kings: 179/4 (Suresh Raina 59, MS Dhoni 44 not out; J Suchith 2/28) vs Delhi Capitals: 99 all out in 16.2 overs (Shreyas Iyer 44; Imran Tahir 4/12, Ravindra Jadeja 3/9, Harbhajan Singh 1/28)
 
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Raina, Dhoni help CSK post 179/4 against Delhi Capitals

 
Suresh Raina struck a half century but it was M S Dhoni once again who helped Chennai Super Kings recover from a slow start to post a competitive 179/4 in 20 overs against Delhi Capitals in an Indian Premier League (IPL) game here on Wednesday.
 
Chennai recovered from a slow start -- they were 53/1 at the halfway stage -- to ride Dhoni's 22-ball 44 not out (4x4, 3x6) and Jadeja's quickfire 25 off 10 deliveries as Delhi missed pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada, who was rested, in the death overs. 
 
The visitors leaked 77 runs in the final five overs after Raina (59; 37b; 8x4;1x6) was dismissed in the 15th over.
 
In that period, Dhoni first combined with Jadeja for a 43-run partnership as both were promoted up the order, to then join hands with Ambati Rayudu for a 34-run unbroken stand for the fifth wicket.
 
Dhoni continued his love affair with last overs, smashing Trent Boult for two sixes off the last two balls and a four earlier as the New Zealana pacer conceded 21 runs.
 
The defending champions could manage only 27/1 in the Powerplay overs after losing Shane Watson for a duck, with J Suchith (2/28), playing his first game, accounting for his wicket.
 
Raina and Du Plessis then associated for a 83-run partnership but consumed 61 balls before Du Plessis was dismissed by Axar Patel, with Shikhar Dhawan taking the catch at long off.
 
Raina, who brought up his 37th IPL fifty in 34 balls, was removed by Suchith after Dhawan took a brilliant catch off balance but once Dhoni was in the middle, and Jadeja hit a few lusty blows, Chennai ensured their stuttering start made no difference.
 
Brief scores: Chennai Super Kings: 179/4 (Suresh Raina 59, MS Dhoni 44 not out; J Suchith 2/28) vs Delhi Capitals
 
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Delhi win toss, ask Chennai to bat first

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Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer won the toss and asked Chennai Super Kings to bat first in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here on Wednesday.
 
MS Dhoni, who was indisposed in their last outing, returned to lead the side with South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis and Ravidra Jadeja also making a comeback. Dhruv Shorey, Mitchell Santner and Murali Vijay made way for the trio.
 
For Delhi, Kagiso Rabada was left out as he was facing a back issue, said Iyer at the toss. Jagadeesha Suchith and Trent Boult were drafted in as Ishant Sharma also missed out.
 
Playing XI:
 
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (Captain/wicket-keeper), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir
 
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Colin Ingram, Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Jagadeesha Suchith, Sandeep Lamichhane, Amit Mishra, Trent Boult
 
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Stalin proposes no-confidence motion against TN Speaker

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DMK President M. K. Stalin on Tuesday sent a letter to the Secretary of Tamil Nadu Assembly proposing a no-confidence motion against Speaker P. Dhanapal. He also submitted the one line no-confidence motion against Dhanapal.
 
Stalin is the leader of Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.
 
Dhanapal on Tuesday sent show cause notices to three AIADMK legislators -- A. Prabhu representing the Kallakuruchi constituency, Rathinasabapathy (Aranthangi) and V.T. Kalaiselvan (Virudhachalam) -- seeking explanations for their anti-party activities.
 
On April 26, AIADMK's Chief Whip S. Rajendran had submitted a petition to Dhanapal to take action against the three legislators for their anti-party activities.
 
Rajendran said the party had got more proof of their prejudicial activities and hence he submitted the petition to the Speaker.
 
He said that photographs of the legislators with the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) General Secretary T. T. V. Dhinakaran have also been been submitted.
 
In his letter, Stalin, citing the show cause notices to the three AIADMK legislators, said that when the results of the bye-elections for 22 Assembly constituencies is expected on May 23, the Speaker's decision which would change the majority position of the parties will hurt the honour of the House.
 
In a democracy if the Speaker acts like this, it signifies he is not acting in a non-partisan manner, he said.
 
Stalin said that on September 18, 2017, the Speaker disqualified 18 AIADMK legislators based on a complaint from the ruling party Chief Whip Rajendran.
 
The Speaker's action resulted in various debates and raising of questions.
 
The bye-elections for 18 Assembly constituencies were held on April 18, while the remaining four will vote on May 19.
 
In the 234-member Tamil Nadu Assembly, the ruling AIADMK has 114 MLAs (including the Speaker), the DMK 88 and the Congress 8, while the IUML and an Independent represent one constituency each.
 
The AIADMK has to win just four seats in the bye-elections to attain a simple majority. But factoring in the possible switching of camps by some lawmakers, the AIADMK needs to win seven or eight seats in order to be safe.
 
On the other hand, the DMK has to win all the 22 seats to take its tally, along with its allies Congress and IUML, to 119, one more than what is required for a simple majority.
 
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Former DMK Rajya Sabha member Vasanthi Stanley passes away

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DMK's former Rajya Sabha member Vasanthi Stanley has died after a brief illness.
 
Stanley, 56, died late on Saturday night. 
 
She served in the Rajya Sabha from 2008-2014.
 
DMK President M.K.Stalin on Sunday condoled the death of Stanley and said she had voiced the party's views in the House on various important issues.
 
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IPL: Rohit's 67 helps Mumbai post 155/4 vs Chennai

 
Some disciplined bowling by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) restricted Mumbai Indians to a modest 155/4 as Rohit Sharma contributed with a 48-ball 67 in an Indian Premier League (IPL) contest at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Friday.
 
Rohit and Evin Lewis (32 off 30) were involved in a 75-run partnership for the second wicket and at one stage it looked as if the visitors will reach a massive total. However, after the fall of Lewis, the Chennai bowlers bowled economically and picked up wickets at regular intervals to deny Mumbai a big total.
 
For Chennai, Mitchell Santner was the pick of the bowlers as he impressed with figures of 2/13 from his four overs while Deepak Chahar, who was the only Chennai bowler to leak runs, and Imran Tahir picked a wicket each.
 
Chahar conceded 46 runs from his four overs.
 
After Mumbai were put in to bat first, Chahar came up with an early breakthrough as he packed back the in-form Quinton de Kock (15) with Mumbai at 24 runs in 2.4 overs. While trying to go for the maximum, de Kock misread Chahar's slower delivery and a top edge off his bat went up in the air and Ambati Rayudu took the catch with ease.
 
Lewis and Rohit then tried to repair the damage and took their side past the 50-run mark in 6.5 overs. They then steadily propelled Mumbai near the three-digit mark before Santner dismissed Lewis with Mumbai's scorecard reading 99/2.
 
Tahir further jolted the visitors as he sent back Krunal Pandya (1) cheaply, reducing Mumbai to 101/3.
 
After the addition of 21 runs to the visitor's score, Santner struck again to pick up the crucial wicket of a well-settled Rohit Sharma in the 17th over. Rohit's knock contained six boundaries and three hits into the stands.
 
Hardik Pandya (23 unbeaten off 18) and Keiron Pollard (13 unbeaten off 12) then added 33 runs in the remaining 22 balls as Mumbai reached a fighting total.
 
Brief scores: Mumbai Indians 155/4 (Rohit Sharma 67, Evin Lewis 32; Mitchell Santner 2/13) vs Chennai Super Kings
 
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Madras High Court lifts ban on TikTok app

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The Madras High Court's Madurai Bench on Wednesday lifted the ban on video mobile application TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, subject to certain conditions.
 
Deciding the case filed by advocate Muthukumar, the bench vacated its interim order banning the app, subject to conditions that pornographic videos will not be uploaded on it, failing which contempt of court proceedings would begin.
 
Early this month, the high court, on a petition filed by the advocate, issued an interim order to the Central government banning downloading of the app in India and restricted the media from telecasting videos taken using the app.
 
The high court had passed an interim order banning the app citing inappropriate and pornographic content.
 
Tamil Nadu's Information Technology Minister M. Manikandan had earlier said that the state would write to the Central government seeking a ban on the app in India.
 
The high court had appointed leading lawyer Arvind Datar as an independent counsel to the court.
 
On an appeal filed by the Chinese company, the Supreme Court, on April 22, asked the Madras High Court to decide on TikTok's plea for an interim relief by April 24, failing which the ban imposed on the mobile app will stand lifted.
 
The apex court had refused to pass any order in the matter.
 
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EC seeks report on actor Srikanth voting

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The Election Commission has sought a report from the Chennai District Electoral Officer on how actor Srikanth was allowed to vote in the April 18 Lok Sabha polls when his name was not in the voter's list, said a senior official on Wednesday.
 
Speaking to reporters here, Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo said a report had been sought.
 
Similarly, the poll panel has found itself in a fix with another actor Sivakarthikeyan casting his vote in the Lok Sabha polls in a polling booth here when his name was not in the voter's list.
 
Sahoo said a report had been sought as to how the actors' names got deleted from the voter's list and also how they were allowed to vote.
 
He said action will be taken against the erring officials.
 
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Watson takes CSK to top of table with win over SRH

 
Shane Watson smashed a belligerent 96 as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) zoomed back to the top of the table with a commanding six-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Tuesday.
 
Watson, who took 53 balls and hit nine fours and six sixes, missed out on a fifth IPL hundred as Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/18) got his wicket.
 
But riding his devastating knock, CSK made light of a 176-run target after skipper M. S. Dhoni asked Sunrisers to bat first. CSK scored 176/4 in 19.5 overs.
 
For the visitors, Manish Pandey (83 off 49 balls, not out) and David Warner (57; 45 balls, 4x3, 6x2) struck half centuries.
 
CSK lost Faf du Plessis (1) early but that mattered little as Watson roared back to form on a day star spinner Rashid Khan (1/44) had an off-day.
 
The former Australia opener forged a 77-run stand for the second wicket with Suresh Raina (38) and then shared an 80-run stand with Ambati Rayudu (21) to guide his team to a win after two losses with one ball to spare.
 
Once Watson was out, caught behind trying to hook Sunrisers skipper Bhuvneshwar, the run-flow ebbed with CSK managing just seven runs off the last two overs hitting no boundaries.
 
In the last over, the defending champions needed nine. Kedar Jadhav (11 not out) hit Sandeep Sharma for a six despite Pandey's brilliant effort on the boundary to save it but then Rayudu was out with one run needed off two balls.
 
Dwayne Bravo (0 not out) came to crease but did not face a ball as Jadhav completed the formalities.
 
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Earlier, Pandey remained unbeaten on 83 with the help of seven fours and three sixes but could not lead his team to an imposing total as Sunrisers managed only 51 runs in the last six overs after Warner's dismissal. Sunrisers managed 175/3 in 20 overs.
 
Warner cracked his seventh fifty this season as the dashing southpaw combined with Pandey for a 115-run stand for the second wicket which formed the bedrock of Sunrisers' innings.
 
For CSK, Harbhajan Singh was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2/39 in four overs.
 
The visitors lost Jonny Bairstow (0) -- playing his last IPL game -- early, as the England stumper-batsman was out caught behind trying to cut Harbhajan.
 
From there on, Warner and Pandey paced their innings perfectly as Sunrisers raced to 91/1 at the halfway stage.
 
Harbhajan removed Warner in the 14th over with a slower one which the veteran Australian failed to read and came down the track only for Dhoni to effect a brilliant stumping.
 
Vijay Shankar (26; 20b, 4x2, 6x1) then joined hands with Pandey for a 47-run partnership before holing out to Ravidra Jadeja at deep midwicket off Deepak Chahar.
 
Shankar never really got going and after he was removed, Yusuf Pathan (5 not out) also could not up the ante.
 
Brief scores - 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 175/3 (Manish Pandey 83, not out; David Warner 57; Harbhajan Singh 2/39) vs Chennai Super Kings: 176/4 (Shane Watson 96; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1/18)
 
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IPL: Pandey, Warner fifties help Sunrisers post 175/3 against CSK

 
Manish Pandey and David Warner struck half-centuries as Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) posted 175/3 in their 20 overs against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Tuesday.
 
Pandey remained unbeaten on 83 off 49 balls with the help of seven fours and three sixes but could not lead his team to an imposing total as Sunrisers managed only 51 runs in the last six overs after Warner's dismissal.
 
Warner (57; 45 balls, 4x3, 6x2) cracked his seventh fifty this season as the dashing southpaw combined with Pandey for a 115-run stand for the second wicket which formed the bedrock of Sunrisers' innings after CSK skipper M. S. Dhoni put them in to bat first.
 
For CSK, Harbhajan Singh was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2/39 in four overs.
 
The visitors lost Jonny Bairstow (0) -- playing his last IPL game -- early, as the England stumper-batsman was out caught behind trying to cut Harbhajan.
 
From there on, Warner and Pandey paced their innings perfectly as Sunrisers raced to 91/1 at the halfway stage.
 
Harbhajan removed Warner in the 14th over with a slower one which the veteran Australian failed to read and came down the track only for Dhoni to effect a brilliant stumping.
 
Vijay Shankar (26; 20b, 4x2, 6x1) then joined hands with Pandey for a 47-run partnership before holing out to Ravidra Jadeja at deep midwicket off Deepak Chahar.
 
Shankar never really got going and after he was removed, Yusuf Pathan (5 not out) also could not up the ante.
 
Brief scores
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 175/3 (Manish Pandey 83 not out, David Warner 57; Harbhajan Singh 2/39) vs Chennai Super Kings
 
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Chennai opts to field first against Hyderabad

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Chennai Super Kings' skipper M S Dhoni won the toss and opted to field first against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their return fixture of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Tuesday.
 
Harbhajan Singh replaced Shardul Thakur in the Chennai playing eleven while Manish Pandey and Shakib Al Hasan came in for Shahbaz Nadeem and Kane Williamson in the Hyderabad team.
 
Playing XI:
 
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (Captain/wicket-keeper), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (wicket-keeper), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar(Captain), Sandeep Sharma, K Khaleel Ahmed
 
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Bhuvneshwar to lead SRH against CSK on Tuesday

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Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) skipper Kane Williamson will miss out on Tuesday's Indian Premier League (IPL) match against defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) owing to personal reasons. The Kiwi cricketer has reportedly returned to New Zealand.
 
In his absence, pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead the Orange Army. Bhuvneshwar had also led Hyderabad when Williamson had missed a few games due to injury.
 
The Kiwi skipper is likely to rejoin the team ahead of their next match against Rajasthan Royals on April 27.
 
With five wins from nine games, Hyderabad is placed fourth in the league points-table, while Chennai sits at the second spot with seven victories from 10 games.
 
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Dhoni's heroics in vain, RCB clinch last-ball thriller against CSK

 
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's scintillating unbeaten 84 off 48 balls went in vain as his side failed to cross the line by just one run in yet another edge-of-the-seat contest against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Sunday.
 
Apart from Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu (29), all the other Chennai batsmen failed to click. However, it was their captain who almost single-handedly took his side to the verge of an impossible win before failing to snatch two runs off the final delivery of the mouth-watering clash.
 
For RCB, Umesh Yadav and Dale Steyn picked up two wickets each while Yuzvendra Chahal and Navdeep Saini shared two wickets between them.
 
Chasing a modest 162, the defending champions were off to the worst possible start as they lost opener Shane Watson (5) and Suresh Raina (0) with just six runs on board, thanks to pacer Steyn's blows on successive deliveries in the very first over.
 
Umesh further jolted CSK after packing back opener Faf du PLessis (5) and Kedhar Jadhav (9) in quick succession as the visitors were left reeling at 28/4 in 5.5 overs. 
 
Rayudu and Dhoni then forged a crucial 59-run partnership. However the former couldn't continue for long as Chahal joined the party, dismissing Rayudu in the 14th over. New batsman Ravindra Jadeja also fell soon as a confusion between him and Dhoni while taking a quick single ended the former's stay.
 
Despite wickets falling at the other end, Dhoni kept the game alive with some lusty blows enroute another half-century. With 35 needed off the final two overs, CSK lost Dwayne Bravo. 
 
But Dhoni kept his side in the hunt by hitting Saini for 10 runs before clobbering Umesh for 24 runs in the final five deliveries as it looked like Chennai will once again clinch a last-ball thriller.
 
However, Dhoni failed to collect the much-needed two runs off the final delivery as Bangalore kept their play-off hopes alive, winning their third game out of the 10 matches they have played so far. 
 
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Despite the result, Chennai stayed at the top of the points table with 14 points.
 
Earlier, opener Parthiv Patel's half-century (53 off 37) followed by Moeen Ali's quick 16-ball 26 propelled Bangalore to 161/7.
 
The Chennai bowlers kept on jolting the home side at regular intervals as Bangalore failed to post a big total, thanks to Deepak Chahar, Jadeja and Bravo, who each picked two wickets beside bowling economically on a batting friendly Chinnaswamy track.
 
Asked to bat, Bangalore received a major blow as Bravo dismissed Bangalore skipper Kohli (9) with the hosts' score reading 11 runs in the third over.
 
Parthiv was then joined by South African superstar AB de Villiers (25 off 19) and they both showed some resistance, adding 47 runs for the second wicket before Jadeja struck to dismiss the latter. de Villiers while trying to clear the boundary miscued a Jadeja delivery to hand a catch to Faf du Plessis at long-off.
 
Akshdeep Nath (24 off 20) then added 41-runs with Parthiv as Bangalore slowly inched towards the three-digit mark before Jadeja cut short the former's stay in the 13th over with the hosts placed at 99.
 
25 runs later, Parthiv was the next to depart as Bravo accounted for his wicket in the 16th over. Parthiv's innings contained couple of boundaries and four sixes.
 
Marcus Stoinis chipped in with 14 runs, while Ali's contribution saw Bangalore reaching a modest total against the defending champions. Ali's 26 runs came from five boundaries.
 
It was Bravo who once again dismissed a dangerous looking Ali, while Tahir picked Stoinis. Pawan Negi and Umesh remained unbeaten on five and one run, respectively.
 
Brief scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 161/7 in 20 overs (Parthiv Patel 53, Moeen Ali 26; Deepak Chahar 2/26) beat Chennai Super Kings 160/8 in 20 overs (MS DHoni 84 not out, Ambati Rayudu 29; Dale Steyn 2/29) by 1 run
 
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Parthiv's 53 propels Bangalore to a fighting total

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Opener Parthiv Patel's (53 off 37) half-century followed by Moeen Ali's quick 16-ball 26 propelled Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to 161/7 against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Sunday.
 
The Chennai bowlers kept on jolting the home side at regular intervals as Bangalore failed to post a big total, thanks to Deepak Chahar, Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo, who each picked two wickets beside bowling economically on a batting-friendly Chinnaswamy track.
 
Asked to bat first, Bangalore received a major blow as Bravo dismissed Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli (9) with the hosts' score reading 11 runs in the third over.
 
Parthiv was then joined by South African superstar AB de Villiers (25 off 19) and they both showed some resistance, adding 47 runs for the second wicket before Jadeja struck to dismiss the latter. de Villiers while trying to clear the boundary miscued a Jadeja delivery to hand a catch to Faf du Plessis at long-off.
 
Akshdeep Nath (24 off 20) then added 41 runs with Parthiv as Bangalore slowly inched towards the three-digit mark before Jadeja cut short the former's stay in the 13th over with the hosts placed at 99.
 
Parthiv was the next to depart, 25 runs later, as Bravo accounted for his wicket in the 16th over. Parthiv's innings contained couple of boundaries and four sixes.
 
Marcus Stoinis chipped in with 14 runs, while Ali's contribution saw Bangalore reaching a modest total against the defending champions. Ali's 26 runs came from five boundaries.
 
It was Bravo who once again dismissed a dangerous looking Ali, while Tahir picked Stoinis. Pawan Negi and Umesh remained unbeaten on five and one run, respectively.
 
Brief scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 161/7 in 20 overs (Parthiv Patel 53, Moeen Ali 26; Deepak Chahar 2/26) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore.
 
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Chennai historian Muthiah dies at 89

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The chronicler of Chennai history, cartographer and journalist S. Muthiah, 89, died here on Saturday owing to age-related ailments.
 
The founder of Madras Musings, the free fortnightly that helped many a journalist learn the basics of journalism here, Muthiah also authored and co-authored histories of well-known corporate houses.
 
He also taught journalism at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan here.
 
Muthiah was also known as "Mr. Madras" for his love for Chennai that was earlier known as Madras and for his books on the city's history.
 
He is survived by two daughters Ranjani and Parvathi. Muthiah's wife Valliammai, a practising company secretary, died some years back.
 
Born in Ramanathapuram district in the Madras Presidency during the British rule, Muthiah had moved to Sri Lanka early in his life and had his initial schooling there.
 
Completing his matriculation in India, he went to the USA for higher education and came back to Colombo to start his career as a journalist with the Times of Ceylon.
 
When the Sri Lankan government turned down his application for citizenship, Muthiah came to Chennai and joined TTK Maps -- a leading publisher of maps -- that was part of the TTK group.
 
On his retirement, he decided to take up writing and also founded Madras Musings, the pioneer of free tabloid focusing on the preservation of the city's heritage buildings.
 
When the fortnightly started facing financial crunch, several well-known corporates decided to lend financial support as it was apolitical and the city's heritage was its focus.
 
Muthiah's sustained campaign through Madras Musings and otherwise to preserve the Director General of Police (DGP) building on the Marina was instrumental in its preservation instead of razing it down to raise a new building.
 
In 1999, he co-founded Chennai Heritage and was one of the key persons behind the annual Madras Day celebrations.
 
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Five workers die while digging well in TN

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In a tragic accident, five workers engaged in digging a new well in Tamil Nadu's Tiruvannamalai district were killed on Friday when a rope they had tied to their bodies for safety snapped, police said.
 
A police officer said that the rope snapped and the five fell down to a considerable depth and died.
 
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IPL: Bairstow, Warner star as SRH rout CSK in Hyderabad

Johnny Bairstow and David Warner struck blistering half-centuries to help Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) break their losing streak in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) as they defeated Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by six wickets at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, here on Wednesday.
 
SRH reached the 133-run target with 19 balls to spare to move to the fifth spot in the points table. 
 
Chasing the target, SRH got off to a flying start as both Warner and Bairstow continued with their rampage and collected 66 runs in 5.4 overs before the Australian got out after scoring an explosive 25-ball fifty which included 10 fours. 
 
Skipper Kane Williamson, who came in next, couldn't stay for very long at the crease and became the victim of leg-spinner Imran Tahir at his individual score of 3. 
 
However, Bairstow stayed at the other end to continue his prolific run in the ongoing IPL and collected boundaries at will. The explosive England opener remained unbeaten at 61. The 44-ball inning was studded with three fours and three sixes. 
 
The visitors surely missed the experience of M. S. Dhoni -- who had to sit out because of a back injury -- especially while defending the target. In Dhoni's absence, Suresh Raina captained the side. It was for the first time since 2005 that Dhoni had missed an IPL match. 
 
Earlier electing to bat, Chennai started off slowly with openers Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis fetching just 14 runs in the first four overs. Thereafter, they tried to up the ante and hit some lusty blows to take the team's score to 41 at the end of powerplay.
 
Both Watson and du Plessis looked in great touch and added 79 runs for the first wicket before both of them got out at their individual scores of 45 and 30. Thereafter, the Chennai innings fell apart and they lost wickets in a heap only to put pressure on themselves.
 
Owing to the slow nature of the wicket and some brilliant bowling performance by the SRH bowlers, the visitors amassed just 30 runs in the final five overs and crawled to 132-5 in their stipulated quota of 20 overs. It was the second defeat for the CSK in nine games, while SRH now have five wins from their eight games they have played. 
 
SRH will now take on Kolkata Knight Riders at the same venue on April 21, while CSK will travel to Bengaluru to lock horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore the same day.
 
Brief scores:
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) 137/4 in 16.5 overs (Johnny Bairstow 61, David Warner 50, Imran Tahir 2/20); Chennai Super Kings (CSK) 132 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 45, Shane Watson 31, Rashid Khan 2/17) 
 
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IPL: SRH bowlers restrict CSK to 132 for five

A brilliant performance by bowlers helped Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) restrict Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to a paltry 132/5 in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Wednesday.
 
Electing to bat first, Chennai's innings started slowly with openers Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis scoring just 14 runs in the first four overs. Both Bhubaneswar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed bowled superb lines and lengths and restrained the batsmen from scoring. 
 
But in the last two powerplay overs, both Watson and du Plessis hit some lusty shots and took the score to 41-0 at the end of six overs. Both the batsmen looked comfortable at the crease and collected boundaries at will. 
 
But left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem broke the 79-run opening partnership as he bowled Watson at 31 in the ninth over of the game. Vijay Shankar, included in the World Cup squad, celebrated his selection by sending du Plessis (45) to the hut in the next over.
 
Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayadu tried to steady the ship before star leg-spinner Rashid Khan trapped the CSK stand-in skipper in front of the wickets. Two balls later, Kedar Jadhav (1) was also caught in front of the wickets, leaving CSK in a spot at 99-4 after 14 overs. 
 
Sam Billings, included in the team in place of injured MS Dhoni, didn't trouble the scorers and became the victim of Ahmed. 
 
Ravindra Jadeja (10*) and Rayadu (25*) struggled in the death overs on a slow Hyderabad pitch and they couldn't score as many boundaries as the visitors would have liked. The SRH bowlers were disciplined towards the end of the innings and gave just 30 runs away in the last five overs. 
 
Brief scores: Chennai Super Kings 132 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 45, Shane Watson 31; Rashid Khan 2/17) 
 
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Chennai win toss, opt to bat vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

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Chennai Super Kings (CSK) stand-in skipper Suresh Raina won the toss and opted to bat first against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, here on Wednesday.
 
CSK's regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was forced to miss the match due to a back injury. The visitors have made two changes from their previous outing, with Dhoni and Mitchell Santner being replaced by Sam Billings and Karn Sharma.
 
On the other hand for SRH, Yusuf Pathan and Shahbaz Nadeem have come for Abhishek Sharma and Ricky Bhui in the playing eleven.
 
Playing XI:
 
Chennai Super Kings: Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina (Captain), Ambati Rayudu, Sam Billings (wicket-keeper), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (wicket-keeper), Kane Williamson (Captain), Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, K Khaleel Ahmed
 
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Rs 1.48 crore cash seized from AMMK premises in Theni: IT officials

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The Income Tax (I-T) Department early on Wednesday claimed to have seized cash amounting to Rs 1.48 crore from the premises of an AMMK functionary in Andipatti in Theni district.
 
The IT officials began their search late on Tuesday and it ended at 5.30 a.m. on Wednesday, an official said.
 
He claimed that the unaccounted cash amounted to Rs 1.48 crore. "This cash was neatly packed in 94 packets/envelops on which the ward number, number of voters and the amount of Rs 300 per voter was written. All these wards are within the Andipatti Assembly segment which is going to bypoll tomorrow (Thursday)," the IT official said.
 
The premises belong to a functionary of AMMK party. In fact, the AMMK party office is functioning on the ground floor, he added.
 
According to the IT official, a person present at the premises in a sworn statement said Rs 2 crore in cash was brought in there for distribution to voters in Andipatti panchayat union area on April 16.
 
Initially, a group of party workers overpowered the flying squad persons standing guard outside the premises, broke open the door and snatched some cash packets.
 
Police had to fire warning shots that prompted the miscreants to flee with a few cash packets, but they also dropped some of them. 
 
All the remaining cash in 94 bundles (Rs 1.48 crore) was seized along with the envelopes, the IT official added.
 
A postal ballot paper for Andipatti Assembly bye-election which was already marked for AMMK candidate was also found in the premises and was seized, the officer claimed.
 
The District Collector and Superintendent of Police reached the spot and supervised the security. The police have filed an FIR against a number of persons.
 
Meanwhile, IT officials and Election Commission's static surveillance team on Tuesday night also searched the residence of Rajya Sabha member and DMK leader Kanimozhi in Thoothukudi on receipt of a tip-off.
 
The search team left empty-handed apologizing to Kanimozhi as the information turned out to be wrong.
 
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Police fire in air to disperse crowd in TN district

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Police on Tuesday night fired in the air in self-defence to disperse members of AMMK party who tried to prevent the officials from searching the party office in Andipatti in the district.
 
The AMMK is floated by expelled AIADMK leader T. T. V. Dhinakaran.
 
A police officer said four rounds were fired in the air as a warning as the AMMK members turned violent and tried to attack the police.
 
He said no one was injured in the incident.
 
The police had gone to the AMMK office on receipt of information about distribution of money to voters.
 
In Theni, AIADMK's P. Raveendranath Kumar, son of Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, is locked in an electoral battle against Congress leader E. V. K. S. Elangovan and Thanga Tamil Selvan of the AMMK.
 
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Two days before poll, IT searches Kanimozhi's house

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Income Tax officials and the Election Commission's static surveillance team on Tuesday carried out a joint search at the house of DMK Lok Sabha candidate K. Kanimozhi in Tamil Nadu's Thoothukodi on Tuesday, an official said.
 
Kanimozhi, a Rajya Sabha member, is contesting against the BJP's state unit chief Tamilisai Soundararajan in the Thootukodi Lok Sabha constituency.
 
Polling to all 39 seats in Tamil Nadu is slated for April 18 in the second stage of the Lok Sabha polls. However, on Tuesday, the President rescinded the election in Vellore parliamentary constituency on the recommendation of the Election Commission after a huge haul of cash was found there. 
 
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