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  • Stars who shone the brightest in IPL

    Kolkata: Even though it was Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) who pipped Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to win season nine of the glitzy Indian Premier League (IPL), it was all about standing up and applauding a certain Virat Kohli. The Indian top order batsman and Royal Challengers captain had a scintillating tournament where he plundered 973 runs from 16 games at an average of 81.08. He scored four centuries and seven fifties en route

  • Bangalore, Hyderabad in hunt for maiden IPL crown

    Bengaluru: With just over 24 hours to go for the much-awaited Indian Premier League (IPL) summit clash, all eyes will be on the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium which will host the exciting battle between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) here.

  • Nehra taught me how to bluff batsmen: Bhuvneshwar Kumar

    New Delhi: Sunrisers Hyderabad seam bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar has credited veteran pacer Ashish Nehra for teaching him the art of deceiving batsmen. The Sunrisers set up a mouth-watering summit clash against the Royal Challengers Bangalore after defeating the Gujarat Lions by four wickets in the second qualifier of the Indian Premier League here at Feroz Shah Kotla last evening.

  • Come September, it could be Virat vs Dhoni at Houston

    New Delhi: In their bid to cash in on the popularity of IPL among Indian diaspora, Indian Test captain Virat Kohli could be pitted against limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni in exhibition matches for their respective franchises in the United States.

  • I see every day as a new day: Kohli on his dream run

    New Delhi: In the form of his life, India’s star batsman Virat Kohli says the hunger to keep improving with every game keeps him motivated. “Every day is a new day. I always feel that there is a scope for improvement and with every game, I take the plus and the minus as this helps me improvise. There is no substitute to hard work and discipline,” Kohli, who goes into the IPL final

  • IPL: Delhi aim for redemption against Pune

    Visakhapatnam: After being thrashed by Mumbai Indians in their previous match, Delhi Daredevils will aim to roar back into the Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs reckoning when they take on bottom-placed Rising Pune Supergiants here on Tuesday. Placed at the fifth spot with six wins from 11 matches, Daredevils will hope for some consistency in their remaining three league matches to book a place in the play-offs.

  • Kohli shouldn’t be compared to Tendulkar: Sehwag

    Mumbai: Former India batsman Virender Sehwag said on Wednesday it is unfair to compare batting legend Sachin Tendulkar with current run-machine Virat Kohli. India Test skipper Kohli has been in sublime form over the past couple of months for his national side as well as his Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore.

  • Eden to have new drinking water vendor from next IPL game

    Kolkata: Eden Gardens will have a new vendor selling drinking water pouches in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) matches following a court directive, a top Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) official said on Wednesday. A public interest litigation filed in the Calcutta High Court recently claimed the drinking water available in plastic pouches at the hallowed ground for spectators did not have the mandatory ISI mark on them.

  • IPL: Formidable Mumbai face confident Hyderabad

    Visakhapatnam: Refreshed and relaxed after a week’s break, a formidable Mumbai Indians will be raring to go when they take on a resurgent Sunrisers Hyderabad in a league tie of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Sunday. As the port city gears up to host the second match of the weekend double header, Mumbai would hope to continue their winning spree at their new home ground — the Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy

  • Lions look to topple consistent KKR

    Kolkata: Stung by three successive losses, Indian Premier League (IPL) newcomers Gujarat Lions will aim to bounce back when they meet the in-form Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday. Gujarat have been the team to watch out for from the beginning of the season. They kicked-off their campaign with a series of wins, but lately they have been struggling. On Friday night they suffered a five-wicket loss

  • Yusuf Pathan insists ‘confident’ KKR up for remaining IPL challenge

    Bangalore: After guiding his side to a five-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash last evening, Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Yusuf Pathan has admitted that his side have turned into a much confident unit and are geared up for any challenge ahead. “The batsmen batting in the middle and lower order feel the pressure of not getting much opportunity. But a good thing for us is

  • Worked on bowling slower through the air: Punjab spinner Axar Patel

    Rajkot: Kings XI Punjab’s left arm spinner Akshar Patel, who recorded the first hat-trick of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), on Monday said he is reaping the rewards for bowling slower through the air. Patel’s four wickets in five balls for his franchise helped break the backbone of their opponent Gujarat Lions’ batting on Sunday. The Kings XI won the match by 23 runs as Gujarat only managed to get to

  • Wrist injury rules Pune’s Smith out of IPL

    New Delhi: Struggling Rising Pune Supergiants were dealt another major blow as batting mainstay Steve Smith was ruled out of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) following a wrist injury, according to Cricket Australia (CA) on Monday. The Australia skipper is the fourth player to be ruled out of the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side after England big-hitter Kevin Pietersen, South African Faf du Plessis and Aussie all-rounder Mitchell Marsh. CA confirmed that

  • Kings XI look for second win against KKR

    Mohali: Kings XI Punjab would want to secure their second win on the trot when they host Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) game here on Tuesday.  However, it will not be easy to topple the men in purple who dominated Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last encounter. KKR won the game quite convincingly with Gautam Gambhir contributing an unbeaten 90 in their quest for a total of 142/7.

  • Kohli’s consistency, adaptability is phenomenal: Laxman

    Bengaluru: Indian batting legend V.V.S. Laxman heaped praise on star batsman Virat Kohli for his consistency in T20s and termed his adaptability to any situation “phenomenal”. Kohli, skipper of Indian Premier League (IPL) side Royal Challengers Bangalore, struck a quickfire 75 alongside A.B. De Villiers’ 82 which steered his team to a 45-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Tuesday.

  • Not feasible to shift matches out of Pune: BCCI tells HC

    Mumbai: It will not be feasible to shift IPL matches out of Pune, the BCCI told the Bombay High Court today while stating that franchises of Mumbai and Pune teams are willing to contribute Rs five crore towards the Chief Minister’s drought relief fund. The BCCI spelt out its stand before a bench of Justices V M Kanade and M S Karnik, hearing a PIL by NGO Loksatta Movement challenging use of

  • Pune, Lions gear up for clash of debutants

    Rajkot: After making impressive debuts in their respective openers, Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions will test each others’ strengths when the two new entrants clash in the Indian Premier League (IPL), here tomorrow.

  • Kohli-led Bangalore seek positive start against Hyderabad in IPL

    Bengaluru: Formidable Royal Challengers Bangalore will aim to get their Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign off to a winning start when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Tuesday. The team from Karnataka has never won the title in the past eight editions, but led by India’s Test skipper and hard-hitting batsman Virat Kohli they will aim to get the unfinished job done this time around. In

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