“It is great that Bhuvi is back. He has had a fantastic series against England. We have a lot of depth in bowling and firepower in batting.”

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Even in not-so-IPL-frenzied Kerala, certain IPL contexts resonate in movies and life alike. Like a reference of S Sreesanth is not far away when it comes to mocking crybabies. Or a reference to Dhoni, when it comes to the guy who runs away with the bounty at the last moment. Sometimes, there are grimy anti-heroes who have heavily invested in a murky cricket franchise, or the super-cop getting an SOS from a cricketer, who is threatened by match-fixers of a shady league, or the cricket-crazy father telling his son that he would one day play in the IPL. Or the staple: “Malinga mandai vechu Ishant Sharma maathiri potite irukku, dei paar (With the curls of Malinga, you are bowling like Ishant!)

“I had good relation with Virender Sehwag and similarly I share a great bond with Rishabh Pant. I am very happy that he is the captain. He has changed himself in every aspect with regards to his game, fitness and inherent nature and that shows, he has changed his game completely in 4-5 months.”

“His (Khandwawala’s) appointment was done last month itself. The board wanted Ajit Singh to continue during the IPL but he didn’t accept the offer,” a board official said.

But as Rasool watched Dorje win another ‘man of the series’ award during the 2020 edition of the tournament, which was shifted to September because of the pandemic, there was a unique prize in the offing — a chance to attend trials for J&K.


Lewandowski is out for around four weeks with a knee injury picked up playing for Poland in a World Cup qualifier against Andorra. He is also in danger of missing out on the Bundesliga record for goals in a season. Lewandowski needs just five more to match Bayern and West Germany great Gerd Müller’s haul of 40 from the 1971-72 season.

The 27-year-old had 12 days of extended quarantine after he tested positive for COVID-19 on March 22, a day after his arrival in Mumbai.

Kessié struck the left post in stoppage time following Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s throughball.

Just like last year in the UAE, no team will get home advantage even in Indian conditions, which is a good thing, according to Kohli.

Shardul Thakur brought back into the attack once again. He has been expensive tonight. Shikhar Dhawan has turned out to be too good for Thakur. He is playing proper cricket shots and unorthodox shots to disrupt his line and length. Thakur finally manages to get the better of Dhawan. A fuller delivery deceives the opener. He departs for 85 but the required run rate is just above 6 now.DC 167/2 after 16.3 overs

There were other IPL allusions too. A new-fangled political party in Kerala goes by the name Twenty20. Though its founders insist it was not inspired by IPL or the shortest format of the game, it has not prevented their adversaries from often reminding them that: “Elections are not like IPL, it’s Test cricket.”

— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 9, 2021

Trent Boult, with his swing, and Rahul Chahar, with his googlies, will also test the batsmen.

Delhi, the venue for the play-offs, recorded over 3500 cases for the second consecutive day on Saturday.

RCB 126/6 after 17, need 34 in 3 overs

The 33-year-old admitted that during the early stages of his career, he used to feel that tweaking his game to suit the needs of T20 will hamper his Test cricket but not anymore.

“Both practice matches were good. They were hard-fought games and quite intense,” Manpreet said.

Among all-rounders, Deepti was the only Indian to feature in the top 10 at the fifth place with 343 points.

Prithvi Shaw finds a way. CSK were trying to get through the overs with spinners and minimum damage but Shaw takes on Jadeja and hits him for a six over long on. The youngster is nearing his 7th IPL fifty.DC 86/0 after 9 overs

Christian Pulisic had put Chelsea in front two minutes earlier, only to see Matheus Pereira strike twice in two minutes in first-half stoppage time to give second-bottom West Bromwich, which almost needs a miracle to avoid relegation, a 2-1 lead at the interval.

On Sunday, 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner will try to become the youngest men’s champion in tournament history when he plays No. 26-seeded Hubert Hurkacz of Poland. Each is seeking the biggest title of his career.

“For national campers who are Olympic probables, they will have to follow a 7-day quarantine with training being allowed with COVID appropriate protocols, which will be conducted in staggered timings with supervision by the coach.”

Bumrah bowls the 19th. You get the feeling this over will decide it. ABD goes big over extra cover off the first ball. One bounce, four. A four lofted over short third man two balls later. 'You say it year after year, this guy can play,' chuckles Dan Morrison as the required run rate comes down to 6 an over. Jamieson sacrifices his wicket as he goes for a run that is not there. ABD has strike for one ball in the 19th.

Vinícius Júnior opened the scoring on a breakaway in the 27th after a superb long pass over the top by Toni Kroos. The Brazilian forward made a nice run between Liverpool defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold and Nathaniel Phillips then chested the ball down before firing a low right-footed shot from inside the area past goalkeeper Alisson Becker.

“Everyone looks in great frame of mind. Everyone is giving their 100 percent and is happy in the team environment, and that’s what you want as a Captain,” he added.

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Roy said: “Maintaining a proper diet is essential, and following the diet is always going to be beneficial.”

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She battled back to fitness and returned to competition in August last year. But she had said she was not aiming for Tokyo and that the Paris 2024 Olympics were her goal.


If one looks at the bigger picture, the 14th edition of IPL assumes greater significance as it is being held in a T20 World Cup year and that too in the sub-continent.

“I called home and my fiance, mother were very supportive and they told me that I need to fulfill my father’s dream of seeing me play for India.”

“You just have to deal with it. It’s the mindset that you get into. Life has no guarantees, be it in sport, business or whatever. You go through ups and downs. You just have to bite the bullet. Pressure is a huge thing in everybody’s life.

Jasprit Bumrah - playing his first white ball match since last year - bowls the 2nd over. Sundar is hurried by Bumrah's pace, but manages to get to the other end with a stolen single.

Suga’s government has been criticized for acting too slow on virus measures out of reluctance to damage the already pandemic-hit economy. The new measures allow prefectural leaders to target specific cities and issue binding orders, which Suga says is aimed at preventing another state of emergency.

Influential names in the chess world have analysed Subur’s loss to Sukandar which has helped in changing opinions. Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, a respected voice, concluded that Subur was caught out, although he was definitely not a beginner.

The 3-3 equaliser didn’t dampen India’s spirit as they successfully scored the fourth goal via forward Dilpreet Singh who made a successful foray into the striking circle, earning India a PC in the 44th minute. Varun made no mistake in converting the goal and regaining the lead for India.

The groundsmen working at Wankhede Stadium were supposed to enter the bio-bubble on Sunday and were travelling from their respective homes to the stadium for the past few months.

“Hopefully, we will cross the line this year, with the help of Ricky and the whole team.”

Earlier last Saturday, 10 ground-staff members of the stadium had tested positive, but most of them have since recovered.