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21K Special Kids Enjoyed IPL Match Between Mumbai Indians Vs Rajasthan Royals

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Mumbai Indians versus Rajasthan Royals match on April 13 in Mumbai was a special one as there were over 21,000 special kids who have came to watch the match, all thanks to ‘Education and Sports for All’ initiative by Nita Ambani.

Mrs. Ambani has started this initiative around 10 years back, where she gave an opportunity to the special kids to watch Mumbai Indian’s IPL matches in the home ground.

Earlier, Nita Ambani has posted a video on Mumbai Indian’s twitter handle saying, “The match on the 13th is very dear to me. As you know, Mumbai Indians as a team supports underprivileged children and we have been doing this for the past 10 years now. Last year we put in a category for specially challenged children.”

She also added, “It is a very emotional match for me. We have 21,000 children already enrolled. They wait every year for their turn to come and see the match and they never get a turn again. So boys I really need you to give your best performance for these kids. It is a once in a lifetime joy that you’re going to give them.”

She was urged the Mumbai Indian’s team to win the match by saying, “This match is really, really important to me and to all my children that I support through our ESA.”

Well, things didn’t worked out well for Mumbai Indians today as they have lost the match against Rajasthan Royals in spite of scoring 187 runs in 20 overs. Though, Mumbai Indians lost the match but the good news was that kids did enjoyed the whole tournament in the ground.

For this special match event, over 21,000 kids got entrolled and got a lifetime opportunity to witness the match without spending a rupee. It is certainly a good gesture by ESA for these kids.

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World record 20 crore people watched IPL 13 opener: Jay Shah

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The opening match of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was watched by 20 crore people, said BCCI Secretary Jay Shah on Tuesday.

As per Shah, this was the highest-ever opening day viewership for any sporting league in any country as defending champions Mumbai Indians faced Chennai Super Kings on September 19 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. MS Dhoni-led CSK defeated the four-time IPL champions by five wickets.

“Opening match of #Dream11IPL sets a new record! As per BARC, an unprecedented 20 crore people tuned in to watch the match. Highest ever opening day viewership for any sporting league in any country- no league has ever opened as big as this,” said the BCCI Secretary in a tweet while tagging BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, Uday Shankar – President of The Walt Disney Company, APAC, and Chairman of Star and Disney India – and Disney+Hotstar.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, IPL 2020 is being played across three venues in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) behind closed doors. The final of the cash-rich league is slated to be held on November 10, the venue of which is yet to be announced.

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Stuck to basics, didn’t try anything out of the box, says Ravi Bishnoi

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Kings XI Punjab leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi, who made his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut on Sunday against Delhi Capitals, has revealed that he was more excited than nervous and all his focus was on to win the game for his side, which didn’t happen.

Kings XI came out on the wrong side of the result in their opening encounter of the 2020 IPL, losing to Delhi Capitals in the Super Over.

Bishnoi ended with impressive figures of 1/22 despite bowling all his overs outside the powerplay, and bowling to the likes of Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant.

“I was a bit nervous in the beginning, but it was more excitement than nervousness for me to make my debut. I just wanted to do well and help my team win,” said Bishnoi to KXIP.in after the game.

The leggie bowled quicker through the air and kept a tight stump to stump line for the better part of his spell, not allowing the batsmen to free their arms. He was rewarded with the price scalp of Pant during his four-overs spell.

“Bowling against Pant, there was no set plan or strategy in place, I just kept sticking to the basics, didn’t try another out of the box. Just kept bowling how I normally would,” he said.

Kings XI will play their next match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Thursday.

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IPL 13: Virender Sehwag takes jibe at umpire for dubious ‘short run’ decision

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Former India batsman Virender Sehwag slammed the umpiring during Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals’ Indian Premier League (IPL) game after Chris Jordan’s run was adjudged not complete despite replays showing the bat had crossed the line.

After being pushed to the brink, the Delhi Capitals (DC) held their nerve to edge out the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in a heart-stopping Super Over decider to open their IPL campaign on a positive note on Sunday.

After the 20-over-per-innings match was tied at 157 runs, the Super Over was enforced and in the pressure cooker situation, Shreyas Iyer’s Delhi team prevailed at the Sharjah International Cricket Stadium.

During the 19th over of KXIP’s innings when Mayank Agarwal and Chris Jordan were batting, the square leg umpire adjudged that a second run taken by England’s Jordan was not complete.

Replays showed Jordan’s bat had crossed the line.

“I don’t agree with the man of the match choice . The umpire who gave this short run should have been man of the match. Short Run nahin tha. And that was the difference,” wrote Sehwag on his Twitter account.

Bowling first in the Super Over, Delhi’s South African pacer Kagiso Rabada kept his cool to snare two wickets and concede just a couple of runs to KL Rahul’s team.

Chasing, Delhi easily hunted down the three-run target to start their campaign with a thrilling victory.

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