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KXIP vs RCB: We have our plans for Kohli & Co, says Anil Kumble




Kings XI Punjab had lost their opening Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 encounter against Delhi Capitals by the slimmest of margins.

Against DC, Kings XI rode on Mayank Agarwal’s blistering 60-ball 89 to approach the 158-run target on Sunday. While other batsmen failed to leave an impact, it was Mayank who single-handedly propelled Kings XI and very nearly sealed a win. However, just when the KL Rahul-led side was on the brink of a win, needing just one off three deliveries, they ended up losing two wickets and eventually the contest slipped into the Super Over. Later, in the Super Over, Kagiso Rabada ensured the night belonged to the Delhi side.

Kings XI head coach Anil Kumble, however, feels there were a lot of positives to take from the defeat and all the team needs to do is make sure they rectify the mistakes committed against Delhi Capitals when they take on Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday evening.

“RCB has a very strong batting lineup with Virat (Kohli), AB (de Villiers) and Aaron Finch, (all) very experienced as well. Young (Devdutt) Padikkal batted really well for them in the last game. But we have our plans,” Kumble said in a video posted on the official Twitter handle of Kings XI.

“I think we have the ability to put it across, so it all depends on the day who plays well. Our preparations over the last one month has been really good and we are very positive after the Delhi Capitals game as to what we need to do and what are the corrections that we need to make,” he added.

Kings XI and RCB have faced each other 24 times in the IPL so far and both sides have won 12 games each. However, the Kohli-led side would enter the game – to be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium – a lot more confident considering they won their previous game against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).


RCB look to seal playoff berth vs CSK




Still looking for their first Indian Premier League (IPL) title, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have everything to gain when they clash with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as Virat Kohli’s team would look to seal a playoff berth here on Sunday.

At the moment, RCB are placed third, behind Mumbai Indians (MI) and Delhi Capitals, with 14 points from 10 matches. They have four more matches to play, including Sunday’s game, and they have good chances of making the grade as they look in fine form.

On the other hand, three-time champions CSK are virtually out of the playoff contention, though mathematically they still have an outside chance. With eight defeats from 11 games, CSK are placed at the bottom of the points table. Nevertheless, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team would look finish off the tournament gracefully — with a few wins.

CSK had a poor outing in their last game against arch-rivals MI on Friday as the reigning champions inflicted a 10-wicket defeat on their rivals.

CSK made as many as three changes in their playing XI against MI. However, the decision failed to click as just three of their batters were able to touch the double-digit mark. It was all-rounder Sam Curran who saved his side from enduring a more embarrassing defeat with his gritty half-century.

The main concern of CSK has been the performance of their batsmen who have let the team down. Faf du Plessis is the only in-form batsman and he too succumbed to the lethal pace attack MI possess.

Moreover, Dhoni has endured a horrid run with the bat and has drawn a lot of flak for his decisions. The charismatic skipper has now three games in hand to silence his critics.

With Dwayne Bravo’s departure, Ravindra Jadeja is one of the lynchpins for CSK in the lower middle order along with Sam Curran, if the team decide to stick to him in that position and not promote him back to the top of the order.

Their bowlers have performed comparatively better, although they failed to get any wickets against MI.

Josh Hazlewood, Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur will be in the pace attack while Jadeja could team up with Imran Tahir again in spin bowling. The spinners have their jobs cut out as they could be bowling to the likes of AB de Villiers or Kohli in the middle overs.

CSK could also give chances to KM Asif, Monu Singh or Mitchell Santner, all of whom have warmed the bench thus far this season.

On the other hand, RCB started the season on a slow note before gaining confidence. They registered dominant wins against Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

While de Villiers was the chief architect of the win against Royals, Mohammed Siraj wreaked havoc with the ball against KKR. RCB have shown the power of collective efforts and would be looking to continue in the same vein against the struggling CSK.

Kohli, de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal have been in good touch while Gurkeerat Singh Mann and all-rounder Chris Morris will look to explode down the order.

The pace trio, comprising Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini and Morris, have performed well while experienced Yuzvendra Chahal has led the spin attack along with Washington Sundar.


Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (captain/wicket-keeper), Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Lungi Ngidi, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Santner, Josh Hazlewood, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curran, N Jagadeesan, KM Asif, Monu Kumar, R Sai Kishore, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Karn Sharma

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers (wicketkeeper), Parthiv Patel (wicketkeeper), Aaron Finch, Josh Philippe (wicketkeeper), Chris Morris, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Pawan Negi, Isuru Udana, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Pavan Deshpande, Adam Zampa

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Kapil Dev flashes double thumbs up sign after angioplasty




India’s first World Cup-winning cricket captain Kapil Dev is well on road to recovery after a successful emergency coronary angioplasty, and this is evident from a photo in which the legendary all-rounder is seen flashing a double thumbs up sign from his hospital bed.

In the photo, 61-year-old Kapil’s daughter Amiya is also seen sitting on a chair beside his hospital bed smiling while he is posing for the camera. Kapil, according to a bulletin from Fortis-Escorts Heart Institute Hospital in south Delhi on Friday, was in the Intensive Care Unit and would be discharged in a couple of days.

The ‘Haryana Hurricane’, as Kapil is often called, himself tweeted late on Friday night to express his gratitude to his fans and friends. “Thank you all for all the love and concern. I am overwhelmed with the good wishes and well on the road to recovery,” he wrote.

West Indian fast bowling great Courtney Walsh, who broke Kapil’s world Test record of 434 wickets in March 2000, reacted to the Indian legend’s tweet. “All the best master dev speedy recovery champ,” wrote Walsh, followed by a folded hands emoticon.

Kapil was operated upon on Thursday-Friday night, after he complained of acute chest pain.

That Kapil was in great spirits was also evident from a message he wrote on Friday on a WhatsApp group exclusively for the members of the 1983 World Cup-winning team.

“Hi everyone. I’m in good spirits and doing well. On the way to a speedy recovery. Can’t wait to return to my golf game. You guys are my family. Thank you,” Kapil wrote in reply to the wishes of his former India team-mates who did the unthinkable by winning the World Cup against all odds in England.

Kapil was admitted to the Fortis-Escorts Heart Institute Hospital in south Delhi at around 1 a.m. on Thursday-Friday, and Dr Atul Mathur, Director of Cardiology Department successfully performed an emergency coronary angioplasty.

Angioplasty is a procedure to restore blood flow through the artery.

Apart from the world Test wickets record that Kapil held for over six years, until March 2000, his other big achievement was to lead in limited overs cricket minnows India to World Cup triumph in 1983.

In an illustrious international career that ran from 1978 to 1994, Kapil captured 434 wickets and scored 5,248 runs in 131 Tests, and bagged 253 wickets and made 3,783 runs in 225 ODIs. He was best known for his potent outswinger that accounted for many batting stalwarts.

As captain, Kapil also led India to triumph in the four-nation Rothmans Cup in Sharjah in 1985.

Kapil has won almost all the top sports and civil awards in India and also abroad. In 1979-80, the Indian government conferred on him the Arjuna Award, the Padma Shri in 1982, and the Padma Bhushan in 1991.

The International Cricket Council inducted him in its Hall of Fame in 2010 while the Board of Control for Cricket in India honoured him with its highest accolade, the CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award, in 2013.

Wisden, considered the final word on cricket, picked him among its Five Cricketers of the Year in its 1983 almanack, and in 2002 it chose him as the Indian Cricketer of the 20th Century in a one-off award.

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KKR’s Nitish Rana pays tribute to late father-in-law during his 81




Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsman Nitish Rana on Saturday paid tribute to his father-in-law after scoring his half-century against Delhi Capitals (DC) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Left-hander Rana, 26, then held up a KKR jersey with the name ‘Surinder’ and the number 63 emblazoned on its back. “A heart-warming tribute from @NitishRana_27 to his father-in-law, who passed away yesterday. Surinder Marwah. Rest in peace sir,” said KKR in a tweet shortly after.

KKR were left reeling at 42/3 wickest in the eighth over by DC fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje. Sunil Narine, playing his first match since he was pulled up for suspect bowling action, was sent in ahead of captain Eoin Morgan. Narine rediscovered his batting form and ended up putting up 115 runs for the fourth wicket with Rana.

The partnership was broken in the 17th over when Narine fell to Rabada on 64 off 32 balls. Rana went on to score 81 off 53 balls (13x4s, 1×6), at a strike rate of 152.83, that helped KKR post 194 for six wickests in 20 overs.

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