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Sardar Patel stadium renamed after PM Narendra Modi

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The Sardar Patel stadium in Motera near Ahmedabad was on Wednesday renamed as the Narendra Modi Stadium.

The stadium, popularly known as the Motera Stadium, which was recently re-opened after extensive renovation work which increased seating capacity to a record 1,10,000, hosts its first Test match on Wednesday with India taking on England in a a day-night match.

The stadium’s new name was announced in an inauguration ceremony that was attended by President Ram Nath Kovind, Home Minister Amit Shah, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat, and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah among others.

“Coupled with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave & Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, a sports complex will also be built in Naranpura. These three will be equipped to host any international sports event. Ahmedabad to be known as the ‘sports city’ of India,” said Shah at the inauguration ceremony.

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Everything helps in the end: Rishabh Pant

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Delhi Capitals (DC) skipper Rishabh Pant admitted that pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah’s no-balls also contributed to his team’s six-wicket win over Mumbai Indians (MI) here on Tuesday.

MI bowlers took the game to the last over while removing DC’s top-order batsmen. With 15 needed off the last two overs, and with Bumrah to bowl the second last over, it wasn’t easy for DC.

However, Bumrah bowled two no-balls – first and third balls of the over – in his last over to make things easy for DC as they got extra runs and deliveries. Besides, both the free-hits resulted in catches which didn’t count.

“Everything helps in the end if you win the match,” added Pant while referring to Bumrah’s no-balls.

Pant praised his Delhi Ranji teammate Lalit Yadav who remained calm to lead DC to win. Yadav, who had taken the crucial wicket of Krunal Pandya (1/17 off four overs), made unbeaten 22 off 25 balls to take DC home.

“I think Lalit is a great Indian player and we are looking to groom him,” said Pant on Yadav’s promotion to No. 4 batting slot ahead of the likes of him and Hetmyer.

Pant also acknowledged Amit Mishra’s bowling spell.

“When we started we were little under pressure. Mishy bhai (Amit Mishra) got us into the game. Bowlers did a great job to restrict them to 137,” said Pant.

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Orange Cap: Shikhar Dhawan returns to top of standings

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Delhi Capitals opener Shikhar Dhawan got back the Orange Cap after scoring 45 in his team’s six-wicket win over Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Dhawan currently has 231 runs in four matches thus far this season.

Dhawan had first taken the cap after scoring a sensational 92 off 49 balls against Punjab Kings. However, he was soon overtaken by Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Glenn Maxwell, who scored 78 off 49 balls in their 38-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders later in the day.

Amit Mishra’s four-wicket haul helped DC restrict the strong MI batting lineup to just 137/9. The chase turned out to be a comfortable one for DC with Dhawan putting up a 53-run stand for the second wicket with Steve Smith. Dhawan saw DC through to the three-figure mark until the 15th over, in which he fell to Rahul Chahar.

Maxwell is second in the standings with 176 runs in three matches while Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul is third with 157 runs in three matches.

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Purple Cap: Harshal Patel remains highest wicket-taker

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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) fast bowler Harshal Patel retained the Purple Cap with Delhi Capitals’ Avesh Khan and Mumbai Indians’ Rahul Chahar both ending up with a wicket less than him after their match in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Harshal holds the Purple Cap with nine wickets while Avesh is tied with Chahar with eight wickets. Avesh remains ahead of Chahar on the standings on the basis of his superior economy rate of 7.35 compared to the latter’s 7.37. Chahar’s team mate Trent Boult rounds off the top four with six wickets.

Fast bowler Avesh recorded figures of 2/15 in DC’s six-wicket win over defending champions Mumbai Indians on Tuesday. Chahar, meanwhile, took only wicket, albeit an important one in the form of DC’s top scorer on the night and current Orange Cap holder Shikhar Dhawan.

Amit Mishra got his first wicket of the season when he dismissed MI captain Rohit Sharma on Tuesday. He went on to take four wickets in the match, thus leading DC’s efforts in restricting MI to 137/9. DC chased down the total comfortably, with six wickets and five balls to spare.

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