Mumbai, Sep 18 (PTI) Actress Soha Ali Khan is turning producer and her maiden project would be a biopic.Soha said she would be running the production house with husband Kunal Khemu.”We will open our next production company. Its called Renegate Films. We will be co producing films. We will co- produce films with others as we need people to back our creative ideas as we have wonderful ideas,” Soha told PTI.”The first film that we will be co-producing is a biopic. It is on a living legend. It wont be a biopic on someone from acting or sports field,” she said.The actress said they are yet to finalise the director and cast.When asked if she will be seen in the film, Soha said she had no plans of acting in her debut production.”I will not be acting in it. The idea is to open a production company to back our creative ideas. We did not open the company to create work for me or Kunal. The idea is to find great content.”Soha will be seen next in “31st October”, based on the aftermath of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhis assassination, opposite Vir Das. PTI KKP ARS BK
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure on Tuesday announced his retirement from international football.The Ivory Coast international said in a statement on his website: “Writing this note was probably ‘the most difficult match of my life’. After 14 years at the highest level, I’m sure this is the right time for me.””The fact that I am 33 now, the intensity of training and the multitude of games are not the reasons why I am making this decision.”The 33-year-old has been capped 102 times by his country, scoring 19 goals.The four time African Footballer of the Year was the captain of his national team and led the country to their second-ever African Nations Cup title in 2015.Toure made his debut for the Ivory Coast in 2004, and replaced Didier Drogba as captain when the striker retired following the 2014 World Cup.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has backed the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) decision to not play cricket with Pakistan.”Terrorism is an issue and you can’t play cricket (with Pakistan) when people are getting killed at the borders,” Ganguly told India Today.India has been fuming since Pakistan-backed terrorists crossed the Line of Control (LoC) to raid an army camp in Uri and killed 18 soldiers. There has been pressure on the government to respond with military might but the Indian army insisted that they would retaliate in a time and place of their own choosing. (Pakistan sponsor of terrorism, no question of playing cricket with them: Anurag Thakur)Meanwhile, a media report said that India may have already avenged the Uri attacks by sending elite paratroopers across the border to kill terrorists holed up in camps. Angry citizens have come out all guns blazing on social media and suggested that Pakistan be nuked out while many other are clamouring for strong diplomatic steps including international isolation of Paksistan.Earlier, BCCI president Anurag Thakur, also a Member of Parliament, said there was no question of playing cricket with Pakistan and his government’s priority is to expose Pakistan as promoters and sponsors of terrorism.”Priority is to expose Pak as country which sponsors terrorism. No question of playing cricket which such a nation,” Thakur said.Pakistan cricketers have also not been allowed to participate in the cash-rich Indian Premier League since 2009. That has been a cause for heartburn with plenty of Pakistani players but the Indian government and the BCCI has not relented.advertisementThere was talk of a short bilateral series late last year but plans were shelved after the Indian and Pakistani governments failed to come to a conclusion on the venue.India and Pakistan recently played each other during Asia Cup in Dhaka the World T20 at the Eden Gardens. The hosts, riding on Virat Kohli’s sensational batting, won both those games.
For India batsman Virender Sehwag, who is the recent king of birthday greetings on social media, turned 38 today.It was Viru’s turn today to be wished by his fans, ex colleagues and other famous personalities, who he never forgot to wish during their birthdays. He not only remembers them on their special days but makes sure they do not forget his ‘hatke’ wishes too.Anil Kumble, Sachin Tendulkar, Shane Warne, Harbhajan Singh were among the many who came forward on Twitter to wish Viru on his birthday. Here are a few of the wishes -Happy birthday Viru @virendersehwag Enjoy the day and the year ahead. God bless! Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) October 20, 2016 .@virendersehwag Happy birthday my friend, the game of cricket misses your exciting batting and all round entertainment ! ?????? Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) October 20, 2016 Wish you a very happy borthday @virendersehwag bhaiya!! Have a grt one!! Love your sense of humour all the time!! Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) October 20, 2016 Wishing big brother @virendersehwag the very best birthday…2011 world cup(. Ur song )mujhe Khushi milly inti .love and respect alwys Bhai pic.twitter.com/zlcjezj6ij Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) October 20, 2016 Warm birthday wishes to bratha @virendersehwag ??????Have a great year ahead Viru??? VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) October 20, 2016 Seedha saadha bhola jaat,jiski chavvi par na koi daag,Iska bat barsaye hamesha aag. Happy birthday to my brother @virendersehwag pic.twitter.com/WHhl3jYuG7 Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 20, 2016Tendulkar wished Sehwag by posting a picture of them together with the caption, “He’s the sweetest man who has caused so much destruction! Happy Birthday Lala!” Sehwag decided to reply to Tendulkar by telling his fans why according to him the Cricket God calls him Lala.advertisementHe’s the sweetest man who has caused so much destruction! Happy Birthday Lala! @virendersehwag pic.twitter.com/BfcT2oYbWn sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 20, 2016He said, “Thank you God ji! You guys must be thinking why he calls me Lala. One is because I look like a Lala. And the other because I can keep a good record of the number of fours, sixes, losses, wins and the times Sachin Tendulkar would have broken records. This is probably why he calls me Lala. But this is my version. God ji will tell you his.”Have a look at the video here:.@sachin_rt pic.twitter.com/yp0XCHINVB Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 20, 2016 The Nawab of Najafgarh is the only Indian batsman to score 300 in a Test innings, a feat he has managed to achieve twice. The Delhi cricketer has made a mark in cricket, setting the standards high for the current players and inspiring a generation of youngsters altogether.
Zimbabwe seamer Donald Tiripano bowled a superb final over to help his side earn a dramatic tie in their Tri-Series one-day international against West Indies in Bulawayo on Saturday.The visitors lost three wickets, including two run outs, in a desperate last five balls as Tiripano gave them nothing to hit with a succession of full deliveries that restricted the West Indies to 257 for eight.Captain Jason Holder had the chance to win the game off the final ball but could not make contact and wicketkeeper Peter Moor ran out a charging non-striker Jonathan Carter.Zimbabwe celebrated as if they had won the game and well they might after the visitors had seemed sure of victory.West Indies batsman Shai Hope hit 101 from 120 balls, his maiden ODI ton in his second match, and added 162 for the third wicket with Kraigg Brathwaite (78).When he was dismissed West Indies needed 38 runs from 32 balls with seven wickets remaining, but they could not get over the line due to tight bowling and poor shot selection.Zimbabwe won the toss and made 257 all out in exactly 50 overs.Their innings was built around the third-wicket stand of 144 between Craig Ervine (92) and Pakistan-born Sikandar Raza (77), but petered out as they managed only 67 runs from their final seven wickets in 11.2 overs.With all three sides having played two matches, West Indies head the Tri-Series table with seven points from Sri Lanka (five) and Zimbabwe (two).Zimbabwe will be back in action on Monday against Sri Lanka at the same venue. advertisement
Indian star shuttler Saina Nehwal edged past Hanna Ramadini of Indonesia to advance to the second round of the $120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament in Macau on Wednesday.Top seeded Nehwal defeated the Indonesian player 21-23 21-14 21-18 in a match which lasted around one hour at the main location-4.After going down in the first game, the Hyderabadi shuttler bounced back in style to outplay her opponent in every department of the game.In men’s singles category, B Sai Praneeth defeated Sun Feixiang of China 21-12 21-15 in 40 minutes of play.His compatriot, Parupalli Kashyap also advanced into the second round of the tournament. (PV Sindhu pulls out of Macau Open badminton tournament)Kashyap, who is making a comeback after a long break, defeated Chun-Wei Chen of Chinese Taipei 21-19 21-8 in a match which lasted for 33 minutes.In another match, Sameer Verma, who was in the spotlight after reaching the final at the recently concluded Hong Kong Open, was defeated by Muhammad Bayu Pangisthu of Indonesia 18-21, 13-21 in the opening round in 35 minutes of play.In the men’s doubles category, Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy edged past Chan Alan Yun Lung and Li Kuen Hon of Hong Kong to advance.The Indian pair defeated the Hong Kong duo 21-11, 17-21, 21-9 in 40 minutes.
Barcelona’s prolific striker Luis Suarez will be offered a new contract with the Spanish champions until 2022, president Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Thursday.The 29-year-old Uruguayan collected the European Golden Shoe last season for the top scorer in domestic football in Europe with 40 league goals, helping Barca’s famed ‘MSN’ trio also containing Messi and Brazilian forward Neymar score a record 131 goals in all competitions.”Suarez is going to get a renewed contract very soon, it’s done, just a few small details need to be sorted and we’ll announce it in the next few days or weeks,” Bartomeu told Uruguayan radio station Cadena Celeste.”It will be a great Christmas present, not necessarily for Luis as he already knows he’s going to continue here, but for football fans. For us he is an important character, he forms part of this spectacular trident we have, which helps the entire team function.”Suarez has won eight trophies since joining Barcelona from Liverpool in 2014, including two La Liga titles, two King’s Cups and the Champions League. He is the club’s joint top scorer in the league this season alongside Messi with nine goals.Bartomeu added: “”We want [his contract] to be even longer, but for the moment he will sign until 2022. You have to adapt to the rules, which have a maximum contract length.”We want Luis Suarez to stay at the club for many more years. And when he retires, he will always be welcomed back at Barcelona.”
Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva got Manchester City’s Premier League title defence up and running with a deserved 2-0 win at Arsenal.Sterling made six starts in England’s semi-final run at the 2018 World Cup and only returned to training with City on Monday.He rewarded Pep Guardiola’s faith with a lively showing and a clinically dispatched 14th-minute opener. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The first game of Arsenal’s new era under Unai Emery often proved a thankless task but there were moments of encouragement before Silva settled the issue with a brilliantly taken second in the 64th minute.Petr Cech – preferred in the Arsenal line-up to new arrival Bernd Leno – saved sharply at his near post in the ninth minute after Sterling twisted past Shkodran Mustafi.But the veteran goalkeeper was grasping at fresh air when Sterling sashayed inside to lash home a shot from the edge of the box.Hector Bellerin gave Ederson his first serious task in the City goal but that Arsenal foray only led to a swift counter-attack that ended with Sergio Aguero testing the side-netting.Cech bailed out his ailing team-mates by thwarting Aymeric Laporte at point-blank range having parried Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick.50 – Raheem Sterling has scored 50 Premier League goals, with his strike against Arsenal only his third from outside the box. Bullseye. pic.twitter.com/ZNrwYRh0oa— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 12, 2018Guardiola responded to Arsenal pressure early in the second half by sending on Kevin De Bruyne with half an hour remaining and the Belgium midfielder was furious to be denied the chance of doubling City’s lead.Matteo Guendouzi’s error gave Aguero the freedom of the Arsenal half and the Argentina star shot too close to Cech as De Bruyne screamed for a square pass.The anguish did not last long as Benjamin Mendy made his way to the byline and cut the ball back for Silva to emphatically find the top-left corner.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a goal ruled out for offside and blazed over at close quarters as late lethargy brought errors into City’s game – something that will not have escaped their perfectionist manager. What it means: City show their class, plenty of work ahead for EmeryAfter Liverpool’s impressive close-season in the transfer market and emphatic 4-0 win over West Ham it was time for the champions to restate their own credentials. The manner in which City beguiled their hosts during the opening half hour showed they unquestionably remain the team to beat this term. Emery’s men fought gamely and he will get a better read on his team when they face Maurizio Sarri’s similarly embryonic project at Chelsea. Pat on the back: Sterling back in the groove with landmark goalFollowing tireless performances at Russia 2018 let down by errant finishing, Sterling will have taken great satisfaction in launching City’s bid for back-to-back titles with his 50th Premier League goal. He was a menace throughout the opening exchanges, leaving Bellerin and Mustafi with twisted blood. Boot up the backside: Tough introduction for GuendouziTo his credit, the 19-year-old Frenchman refused to hide under the relentless midfield examination that comes with tackling a Guardiola side. But his passing was increasingly wayward and the air-kick that let Aguero through spoke of mental and physical fatigue. More support from the abject Granit Xhaka would not have gone amiss. Key Opta stats- Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 10 opening Premier League fixtures (W9 D1), winning the last eight in a row.- Unai Emery is the first of Arsenal’s last six managers (including caretakers) to lose his first league game in charge of the club, since Steve Burtenshaw lost 0-1 against Tottenham in March 1986.- Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola remains unbeaten against Arsenal’s Emery in all competitions, winning seven and drawing four of the eleven meetings.- Stephan Lichtsteiner is the oldest outfield player to make his Premier League debut for Arsenal, at 34 years and 208 days.- Bernardo Silva has scored five goals in his last seven Premier League starts for Manchester City after failing to score in his first nine.Thank you for the support, Blues!A long journey ahead! mancity pic.twitter.com/aIMtOyK78j— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 12, 2018 What’s nextThe tough assignments keep rolling in for Emery, with a short trip to Stamford Bridge next weekend, while City face a Huddersfield Town team who have already suffered at the hands of “Sarri-ball”. read more
Celtic will need to put in a strong performance against AEK Athens on Tuesday if they are to have a chance of progressing to the Champions League play-off round.Brendan Rodgers’s side were held to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their third qualifying round tie against the Greek champions last week, meaning they need to score at least once at Athens Olympic Stadium in order to go through to the next round.Things got off to the perfect start for the Bhoys at Celtic Park in the first leg as Callum McGregor put them ahead after just 17 minutes, but Viktor Klonaridis secured what could be a crucial away goal for AEK. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! A trip to either Sweden or Hungary awaits the victors of the tie in the play-off round, with one of Malmo or MOL Vidi providing the opposition in the final hurdle before the group stages. Game AEK Athens vs Celtic Date Tuesday, August 14 Time 7pm BST / 2pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US) the game will be not be shown live on television, but it is available to stream live online outside of the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland via Celtic TV. US TV channel Online stream N/A Celtic TV In the UK, the game can be viewed live on television on BT Sport 2 and it can be streamed online using the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2 BT Sport app Squads & Team News Position AEK Athens squad Goalkeepers Barkas, Tsintotas, Giannikoglou Defenders Bakakis, Lopes, Oikonomou, Lambropoulos, Galo, Cosic, Hult Midfielders Simoes, Mantalos, Galanopoulos, Moran, Giousis, Alef Forwards Albanis, Giakoumakis, Livaja, Bakasetas, Klonaridis, Ponce, Boye Konstantinos Galanopoulos will miss the game after being sent off in the first leg, while doubts remain over the fitness of Petros Mantalos.Potential AEK Athens XI: Barkas; Hult, Lambropoulos, Lopes, Oikonomou, Bakakis; Simoes, Bakasetas, Klonaridis, Alef; Livaja. Position Celtic players Goalkeepers Gordon, Bain, Hazard, Mullen Defenders J. Hendry, Simunovic, Gamboa, Boyata, Lustig, Compper, Ajer, Church, Duffy, Deas, McInroy, Ralston, Walsh, Tierney, Bell Midfielders Brown, Sinclair, Morgan, Rogic, Allan, Ntcham, Robertson, McGregor, Forrest, Henderson, Kennedy, McLaughlin, McKay, Marku, Kouassi Forwards Griffiths, Dembele, Hayes, Christie, Edouard, Miller, R. Hendry, Hill, McGrath, Diver, Johnston, Savoury, Aitchison Striker Moussa Dembele is fit to travel to Greece for the match, meaning he could potentially feature in attack. However, Dedryck Boyata did not make the trip amid complaints from his agent that Celtic rejected bids for the Belgium international.Potential Celtic XI: Gordon; Tierney, Hendry, Ajer, Lustig; Brown, Ntcham, Rogic, McGregor, Forrest; Edouard.Betting & Match Odds AEK Athens are slight favourites to win the second leg at home, with dabblebet offering odds of 13/8 on the Greek side to triumph. Celtic, meanwhile are rated at 17/10 and a draw is a 2/1 bet.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Celtic face a difficult task against AEK Athens on Tuesday as they attempt to keep their ambitions of reaching the Champions League group stage alive.The Bhoys followed up their home draw against AEK last week with a disappointing league defeat to Hearts and, while Rodgers made five changes for that game at the weekend, the squad as a whole must now raise their performance levels as they get ready to return to continental action.”It’s a massive opportunity for us to go and put in a good performance and try to get through to the next round,” goalkeeper Craig Gordon told the club’s official website. “We are slightly behind in the tie so we have to go there and be very positive and we’ve definitely got the players and the team capable of going there and winning the game.”That’s what we’ve got to concentrate on now. We have to recover from the game on Saturday but now all the focus is on trying to get through to the next round.”Defeat would not spell an end to their European odyssey, however, with the losers of Tuesday’s game entering the Europa League play-off round, but Celtic will naturally be aiming to book their place in the final Champions League qualifying round – where either Malmo or MOL Vidi will be waiting
Hello and welcome to the LIVE COVERAGE of match no. 42 of the Indian Premier League between the Delhi Daredevils and Gujarat Lions at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. (SCORECARD | POINTS TABLE)Delhi Innings:23.38 IST: Delhi (214/3) crush Gujarat (208/7) by 7 wickets to stay alive in playoffs race. Pant 97, Samson 61 Boom! Delhi have made a complete mockery of the target. I’ve never seen a 200-plus score getting chased down with such ease. All thanks to one man – Rishabh Pant. He was electric with the bat today. Burst on the scene after the fall of Karun Nair’s wicket and took the chase by the scruff of the neck. He plundered nine sixes and six fours in his rocketing innings and took the Gujarat bowlers on a tour around the stadium.A humbling loss as the youngsters from #DD turned up with a dominating performance after a good innings from Skipper #SureshRaina. #DDvGL pic.twitter.com/Usf2hBRqcC- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201723.37 IST: Faulkner to Anderson, SIX! 20 sixes hit tonight, Corey Anderson finishes the chase off in immaculate fashion. It’s full and in the slot, he smokes this back down the ground over the long on fence for a six. DELHI WIN THIS MATCH BY 7 WICKETS AND 15 BALLS TO SPARE! Wow. Who’d have thunk, eh?It’s all over. #DD have won this match by 7 wickets courtesy Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson’s belligerent batting. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201723.31 IST: Thampi to Anderson, SIX! Iyer must have been feeling left out, gets in on the action himself. Walks across a bit, turns and lofts it over the square leg boundary. Clears it with ease and gets a biggie to his name. Just 4 needed to win now. Delhi are almost home.advertisement23.26 IST: Sangwan to Iyer, SIX! Slower one but Iyer has picked this one up early. Stands his ground and smokes it flat over long off for a biggie. Good hit, made excellent connection. Last ball SIX spoils a good over from Sangwan. Delhi 189/3 in 16 ovs, need 20 from 24 balls 23.17 IST: Thampi to Pant, OUT! He’s missed out on his ton. How unfortunate! You’ve got to feel for him, Raina walks up to him to console him. What a marvelous knock from the young man. He doesn’t want to go off, but he has to sadly. Thampi fires it full and makes it go away from Pant, the left-hander slogs hard and his bottom hand comes off as he does so. The ball takes a slight outside edge and flies into Dinesh Karthik’s gloves. He departs on 97. DD 179/3Skipper #SureshRaina applauds that fantastic innings from Rishabh Pant. We loved it too! #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 2017OUT. The danger man Rishabh Pant departs after an outstanding innings. 97 off 43 balls. #DD 179/3 in 14.3 overs. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201723.10 IST: Jadeja to Samson, OUT! Jadeja strikes! But is it a little too late? Sanju Samson departs but he’s played a scintillating knock. Flatter and shorter outside off, Samson just swings his bat hard. Gets a huge top edge which skies towards wide long off. Faulkner there runs to his left and slides to takes a good catch. Partnership of 143 is finally broken. DD 167/2 in 13.2 ovs, 42 needed off 40. WICKET. And finally the partnership has been broken. #Jaddu gets the wicket. Samson has to walk back. #DD 167/2 #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201723.09 IST: Smith to Pant, FOUR! Yorker on the pads, Pant whips it across the fine leg rope for a boundary. This young pair is seeing the game off, brilliant batting display. DD 165/1, need 44 off 42 ballsThese two young #DilliBoys are clearly in their absolute form.100 run partnership.#DDTweets#DDvGL#DilDilliHai#DhoomDhamaka pic.twitter.com/VYKY5wnoKa- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 4, 201723.06 IST: Smith to Pant, FOUR! Full and straight, right in Rishabh Pant’s slot as he dispatches this. Whips it over square leg and beats the man in the deep. Boundary to start the over.23.02 IST: Jadeja to Samson, SIX! Samson brings up his half-century with back to back SIXES off Jadeja. DD 149/1 in 11.2 ovsAn excellent partnership comes to an end.Well played #SmashingSamson.#DDTweets #DDvGL #DhoomDhamaka #DilDilliHai pic.twitter.com/i39epS842p- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 4, 201723.01 IST: Jadeja to Samson, SIX! Doesn’t matter who’s coming on to bowl, these two don’t care. Flatter and around off, from around the wicket, Samson stands his ground and gives it the full swing of his bat. He sends it out of the park, literally and gets a biggie to his name.advertisement23.00 IST: Faulkner to Pant, SIX! Massive, massive over from Delhi, 24 runs off it. Rishabh Pant is just knocking ’em out of here tonight. On the shorter side once more, Pant heaves it over wide long on for another maximum. Pant hits 24 runs in Faulkner’s over – 4, 6, 6, 6. DD 137/1 in 11 overs, need 72 from 54 balls 22.58 IST: Faulkner to Pant, SIX! Seems Pant is finishing Faulkner off here. My word, what a hit from the little man! From around the wicket, a back-of-the-hand slower one into the body, Pant pulls this hard over the mid-wicket boundary for half a dozen.22.56 IST: Faulkner to Pant, SIX! Wild, wild swing from Rishabh Pant, was undone by the lack of pace but hit that with brute force. Bit fuller and around off, the southpaw slogs hard high over mid-wicket. Has enough distance on it as the ball just clears the fence.#RishabhPant is clearly on fire!DD 123/ 1#DDTweets#DDvGL#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 4, 201722.55 IST: Soni concedes 16 runs off his over. DD 113/1 in 10 ovs, need 96 from 60 balls.22.53 IST: Soni to Samson, SIX! Stand and deliver! Flighted again but it’s too full outside off, Samson gets the chance to free his arms and dimisses it over the bowler’s head for a biggie. It’s raining SIXES at the Kotla tonight! DD 111/1 in 9.3 oversMayhem! Absolute mayhem…#DDTweets #DDvGL #DhoomDhamaka #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 4, 201722.51 IST: Soni to Samson, SIX! Into the night sky! That’s gone deep into the stands. A shortish ball angling down the leg side, Samson smokes it over square leg for a biggie. The mini-break has not hampered the momentum single bit.22.48 IST: Raina to Pant, SIX! Thumped! Brings up his fifty in style. The young man is looking in red-hot form. Raina serves another half-tracker and watches it sail into the stands at mid-wicket. Pant is particularly severe with his pull shots. DD 97/1 in 9 ovs, need 112 from 66 ballsWhat an inning!C’mon @RishabPant777 #DDTweets #DDvGL #DhoomDhamaka #DilDilliHai pic.twitter.com/i0jFmHgtwX- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 4, 201750 comes up for Rishabh Pant in just 27 balls. This has been some hitting.#DD 97/1 in 9 overs. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201722.47 IST: Raina to Pant, FOUR! Poor fielding in the deep by Dwayne Smith! Short and wide outside off, Pant rocks back and punches it ferociously through covers. Smith in the deep runs across to his left, gets to the ball but then lets it through his legs to the fence. 22.45 IST: Soni to Pant, SIX! Wow! No need to run for those! Loopy full ball outside off, spinning back in a bit, Pant latches onto it and rockets it straight down the ground. Into the top tier. This bloke is a superstar! DD 83/1 in 8 ovsThat’s massive!#Pant hits that hard and well for a six.#DDTweets#DDvGL#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 4, 201722.41 IST: Raina concedes 10 runs off his first over for the Lions. DD 73/1 in 7 overs, need 136 from 78 balls22.39 IST: Raina to Samson, SIX! Boom, out of here! Floated full ball on middle, Samson goes with the spin and launches it over cow corner for a maximum. Good connection and it looked like a six the moment it left the bat.advertisement22.37 IST: Faulkner bowls a good first over, conceding just five runs. Powerplay comes to an end with Delhi 63/1 in 6 overs. Required rate – 10.43.End of a good 1st over from @JamesFaulkner44. #DD are 63/1 in 6 overs. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201722.30 IST: Sangwan to Pant, FOUR! It’s raining boundaries! Shortish and outside off, Pant rocks back and smashes it past the short third man fielder for a boundary. Nicely done.5 overs gone and it’s 58/1.#DDTweets #DDvGL #DhoomDhamaka #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 4, 201722.29 IST: Sangwan to Pant, SIX! No half measures this time. Pant packs a punch to a full delivery in his zone and sends it packing over long on for a maximum. 18 in last three ball, they have pressed on the accelerator.3 sixes in a row and a 4!#DDvGL #DhoomDhamaka #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 4, 201722.29 IST: Sangwan to Pant, SIX! A mishit but it has gone all the way! Back of a length delivery angling into the batsman, Pant walks across the stumps and just helps it on its well. It seemed like a mishit but has gone into the stands at backward square leg.22.27 IST: Thampi to Samson, SIX! Thampi is thumped! An overpitched delivery around leg, Samson leans across, picks it off his pads and flicks it nonchalantly over backward square leg for a biggie. Clean as a whistle! DD 41/1 in 4 ovs 22.23 IST: Thampi to Pant, SIX! Not an easy shot to play, mind up! Thampi offers width outside off, Rishabh stays rooted in his crease and punches it on the up. The connection is awesome and it clears the rope. A flat biggie. He is a special player, have to mention.22.20 IST: Sangwan to Nair, OUT! This time there is no doubt about the edge! Lovely bowling by Sangwan. Digs in a short delivery, well-directed, Nair initially shapes up to pull but at the last moment changes his mind and tries to ramp it over the keeper. But he fails to middle it well enough and ends up handing a simple catch to Karthik. He makes no mistake, they appeal and the finger goes up. 9 runs already from the over and it was a bit unnecessary from the Delhi skipper. DD 24/1 in 2.5 ovsWICKET. Pradeep Sangwan gets the breakthrough. He’s been bowling well tonight. #DD 24/1 #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL pic.twitter.com/JgbTSUcB5n- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201722.17 IST: Sangwan to Samson, SIX! Clean hit! Good length delivery angling into the batsman, Samson stands his ground and powers it over square leg for a biggie. Well executed by Sanju! DD 21/0 in 2.1 ovs22.16 IST: Thampi to Nair, Appeal for a catch! Thampi angles in a shortish ball, landing around off and following the batsman, Nair swings his bat ferociously but fails to middle. There is some sound though as it goes past the inside edge and the keeper appeals along with the bowler. Nothing from the umpire and Thampi is shell-shocked. The replays detect some feather and Nair is lucky to survive. DD 15/0 in 2 ovs 22.10 IST: Good start for the hosts, 11 runs came off Sangwan’s first over. DD 11/0 in 1 over 22.09 IST: Sangwan to Nair, FOUR! Fine shot! A touch short and in the line of the stumps, Karun turns a bit inside the crease and half-pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary. Excellent shot!22.09 IST: Sangwan to Nair, FOUR! Cracking shot! Shortish and around middle, Nair hangs back to make room and blazes it through backward point for a boundary.22.05 IST: Pradeep Sangwan to open the attack for Gujarat. Sanu Samson will take first strike.A big total to chase, but we can do it Dilli.Zor se bolo #DilDilliHai!#DhoomDhamaka#DDTweets#DDvGL pic.twitter.com/HYdfiZtZnN- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 4, 201721.51 IST: Gujarat post 208/7 in 20 ovs against Delhi. Raina 77, Karthik 65, Rabada 2/28That’s a massive total put on the board by Gujarat! They got off to a shaky start, losing Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith in quick time but the 133-run stand between Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik bailed them out. The Gujarat skipper was fabulous while Karthik once again showed excellent form with the bat. Ravindra Jadeja towards the end played a handy cameo to take the total past the 200-run mark.Delhi were pretty substandard in the field, dropping catches and committing too many misfields. But amidst that they took a few cracking catches as well. Overall, it was a below par bowling show by them and only Kagiso Rabada and Pat Cummins fared decently. The young guns from Delhi did a superb job chasing against Hyderabad in their previous game and the hosts will be hoping for something similar from them. Let’s hope for a thrilling end.A fantastic batting performance from the Lions takes us to a commanding 208/7. #DD need 209 to win. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL pic.twitter.com/vTxlCFJiUv- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201721.51 IST: Anderson to Jadeja, Back to back sixes! Sir Ravindra Jadeja for a reason. He ends the innings in some style, back-to-back sixes for the Gujarat all-rounder. Nails his pull to perfection as he thumps it into the mid-wicket stands. GUJARAT FINISH ON 208/7!With those massive hits from #Jaddu , #GL have now scored their highest team total going past 196/7 vs RPS last year.#GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201721.49 IST: Anderson to Jadeja, SIX! That’s huge! Ravindra Jadeja doesn’t hold anything back here. He gets under the ball and bangs it over long on for a huuuuuuuuge maximum. Into the third tier before the ball eventually bounces back down on the ground.21.47 IST: Anderson to Faulkner, OUT! Anderson with his first of the game. On a shorter length, James Faulkner pulls it over square leg. The substitute Carlos Brathwaite runs to his right from mid-wicket towards square leg and takes a good sliding catch. GL 191/7 in 19.1 overs OUT. @JamesFaulkner44 departs trying to pull the ball out of the ground.#GL 192/7. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201721.45 IST: Delhi’s bowling in the death overs has been tremendous. GL 190/6 in 19 ovs21.42 IST: Rabada to Finch, OUT! Superb catch from Rishabh Pant. Very Saha-esque. Back of a length angling in, Finch makes room to pull and the ball goes off the top edge. Skies behind towards fine leg as Pant calls for the ball. Runs after it, beating the Nadeem from short fine leg and takes an excellent diving catch. The umpire just to make sure goes upstairs and replays show he’s taken a fine, clean catch. Wonderful effort. GL 189/5 in 18.3 ovs OUT: #AaronFinch will have to depart to another great catch from DD.He was just changing gears!!! #GL: 189/6#GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201721.39 IST: Outstanding from Cummins, concedes just 6 runs and took a wicket in that over. GL 184/5 in 18 ovs21.37 IST: Cummins to Finch, FOUR! Nicely placed, this. Wasn’t about the power, pure placement. It’s pulled in front of square and sent across the rope. Good shot.21.35 IST: Cummins to Kishan, OUT! IN THE AIR… AND TAKEN! Pat Cummins with the wicket, but more importantly, Shreyas Iyer has managed to hold on to this one. Kishan gets a big top edge as he heaves this away. It flies over mid-wicket as Iyer from wide long on comes running to his left. Gets under the ball and takes a good catch. GL 178/5 in 17.1 ovs OUT. @ishankishan23 holes out trying to up the ante. Cummins gets the wicket.#GL 178/5 now. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201721.33 IST: Rabada to Finch, FOUR! Finch ends a fine over by Rabada with a boundary as Gujarat reach 178/4 in 17 overs 21.29 IST: The Lions have lost their momentum after losing Karthik and Raina in quick succession. GL 171/4 in 16 ovs 21.24 IST: Delhi fightback with two quick wickets as Gujarat reach 164/4 in 15 overs21.20 IST: Cummins to Karthik, OUT! WHAT A CATCH, COREY ANDERSON! Take a bow, my man! Wow, just wow! That’s one for the showreels. Scrambled seam ball from Pat Cummins, bowls it on a fuller length on off, Dinesh Karthik looks to loft it over mid off but doesn’t time it well, maybe he’s a bit early into the shot. Like it has all evening, it seems the ball will clear the fielder but Corey Anderson comes up with something spectacular. Times his leap to perfection, sticks his left hand out and the ball just sticks. Sensational. Delhi have a wicket just after the break, exactly what they were looking for. GL 158/4 in 14.1 ovs That was some catch by Corey Anderson. @DineshKarthik departs for a magnificent 65. #GL 158/4 in 14.1 overs. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201721.15 IST: Strategic time out! Suresh Raina returned after a brilliant direct hit by Kagiso Rabada and Delhi will be taking a huge sigh of relief. But, Gujarat still have firepower in their batting and will be disappointed if they don’t cross 200. The home team will look to limit the damage. Gujarat 158/3 in 14 overs. Karthik 65*, Finch 4* 21.11 IST: RUN OUT! Run out. He’s gone, the Gujarat skipper departs! Karthik glides this back of a length ball to Rabada at point. Raina is off for the run but is sent back by his partner. The South African has a shy and scores a direct hit at the bowler’s end. Umpire Erasmus has a long think and decides to take it upstairs. Replays show the Suresh is short of his crease and that’s a much-needed breakthrough for the hosts. Partnership of 133 comes to an end. GL 143/3 in 13.2 ovs Oh no! It’s a run-out that gets #SureshRaina’s wicket. Probably the only way he was gonna get out tonight. #GL 143/3#GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201721.08 IST: Karthik gets to his fifty in just 28 balls as Gujarat reach 139/2 in 13 overs. Raina 77*, Karthik 50*Another 50 for @DineshKarthik !!!And ROARING back to form!!!#GameMaariChhe #DDvGL pic.twitter.com/Q7lhEv3dax- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201721.06 IST: Anderson to Karthik, SIX! Short again, too straight and Karthik puts this away. It’s into his body, he swivesl a touch and pulls it over the deep backward square leg boundary for half a dozen.Another ball, another SIX!!!This time from the bat of @DineshKarthik !!!Is 200 on?#GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201721.02 IST: Nadeem to Raina, FOUR! Full delivery from Nadeem, Raina kneels down and sweeps it through square leg. Beats the man out in the deep and that’ll be a boundary.FOUR more for #SureshRaina He moves on to 74 off just 40 balls. #GL 127/2 in 12 overs. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201721.00 IST: Nadeem to Karthik, SIX! This is some excellent batting from Dinesh Karthik. He’s timing the ball so beautifully tonight. Gets to the pitch of the ball by skipping out and just lifts it cleanly over extra cover for another maximum. All class, that.Back to back SIXES for @DineshKarthik. WOW! #GL 121/2 in 11.3 overs. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL pic.twitter.com/3PIHQAiCYI- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201721.00 IST: Nadeem to Karthik, SIX! Short, slow and slower too, Karthik had all the time in the world to dispatch that. Rocks back and muscles the pull over the mid-wicket boundary for a maximum. GL 115/2 20.57 IST: Samuels to Raina, SIX! Second in the over as Gujarat reach 109/2 in 11 ovs20.56 IST: Samuels to Raina, 100 up for the Lions! in the 11th over. Raina 62*, Karthik 28*. Partnership – 90 off 54 balls.20.54 IST: Samuels to Raina, SIX! That’s a big hit! Really big hit! Tossed up on middle and leg, Raina clears his front leg, kneels down and slog sweeps it right off the middle of the bat. Sends it sailing deep into the stands for a maximum. Wow! Great shot.20.53 IST: This has been a terrific fightback from skipper Raina and Karthik after the openers fell cheaply. GL 93/2 in 10 overs20.49 IST: Samuels to Raina, and that’s Fifty for Raina! A handy knock by the skipper. Flatter delivery and it’s punched to wide long on for a couple of runs. Fifty in just 32 balls for the skipper. Gujarat reach 83/2 in 9 overs Riding on his luck a little, the skipper #SureshRaina notches up yet another #IPL half century!!!What a player!!!#GameMaariChhe #DDvGL pic.twitter.com/XeajlFDyVP- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201720.45 IST: Mishra to Karthik, SIX! High and handsome! Mishra drags his length short after the last shot and Karthik picks it early. It’s also a wrong ‘un and DK gets enough time to power his pull shot over mid-wicket for a maximum. 13 from the over!20.44 IST: Mishra to Karthik, FOUR! That’s a beautiful shot! Flighted full ball outside off, too much width on offer, Karthik strides forward and plays a crunching shot through point for a boundary.20.41 IST: Fifty-run partnership comes up between Raina (44*) and Karthik (10*). GL 64/2 after 7 ovs 20.39 IST: Shami to Raina, DROPPED AGAIN! Raina is living a charmed life! A very full ball on middle, Raina whips it to mid-wicket, it’s uppish but Samuels fails to catch it. Bursts out of his hands and they take a couple of runs. GL 61/2 in 6.3 ovsDD in a generous mood!!! #SureshRaina has a close escape again!!!#GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201720.34 IST: Cummins to Raina, FOUR! Nicely done! Fullish and around off, Raina shuffles across the stumps and flicks it sweetly through backward square leg for a boundary. Ends the powerplay with a boundary. GL 58/2 in 6 ovsSix overs down with a boundary on the last ball.GL 58/2#DDTweets#DDvGL#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 4, 201720.31 IST: Cummins to Karthik, FOUR! Shot! An overpitched ball on off, Karthik jumps out of the crease and plays a scorching drive past the diving mid off fielder for a boundary.Down the wicket and chases the boundary line for a four.#DDTweets#DDvGL#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 4, 201720.26 IST: Rabada to Raina, SIX! Bang! This came from the middle of the bat! A length delivery angling into the batsman, Raina gives it the full whack of his bat and sends it rocketing it over long on for a biggie. GL 45/2 in 4.3 ovsSIX. #SureshRaina has come out with intent and is looking good so far. The Lions are 45/2 in 4.3 overs. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201720.23 IST: Mohammed Shami’s first over goes for 15 runs. GL 35/2 in 4 overs #SureshRaina on a roll !!!Some fantastic shots finding the fence…#GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201720.21 IST: Shami to Raina, FOUR! Doesn’t middle it though! Shami bangs in a short ball outside off, Raina hops back to make room and slaps it over covers. It’s not from the middle of the blade but still has enough to reach the fence. 20.20 IST: Shami to Raina, SIX! Welcome into the attack, Shami! He delivers it on a length around off, Raina clears his front leg and muscles it over long on for a maximum. GL 26/2 in 3.1 ovs20.19 IST: Excellent over from Pat Cummins, just 7 runs came off it. GL 20/2 in 3 ovs20.15 IST: Cummins to Raina, FOUR! Back of a length ball on middle, Raina turns inside the crease and glances it through square leg for a nice boundary. Controlled the bounce well.20.13 IST: Rabada to Raina, DROPPED! BY SHREYAS IYER! That’s a sitter. Here comes the bouncer, well-directed at 148 kph, Raina takes the challenge to pull it but gloves it behind. It balloons in the air, Iyer moves across to his right from first slip and drops a sitter. That’s really substandard. Unlucky Rabada. GL 13/2 in 2 ovs AN excellent spell by #RabadaGL 13/2#DDTweets#DDvGL#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 4, 201720/08 IST: RUN OUT!! Smith has to go! Too full in length on off, Raina digs it out on the leg side and his partner looks for a run. He is sent back and in the meanwhile, Nadeem scores a direct hit at the bowler’s end. They appeal and it’s referred upstairs. Looks touch and go in the replays, seems Smith’s bat is on the line. Tough call really and the third umpire rules it in favour of the fielding team. Double blow to Gujarat. Fantastic piece of fielding by Shahbaz! GL 10/2 in 1.2 ovs Direct hit from #ShahbazNadeem and it’s gone.What a start!#DDTweets #DDvGL #DhoomDhamaka #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 4, 201720.06 IST: Rabada to McCullum, OUT! EDGED AND GONE! Rabada strikes first ball and the Kotla erupts in joy! He cooks a steamy length ball around off, getting it to nip away a bit, McCullum pushes at it without any footwork and edges it behind. Karthik stretches to his right and completes a good catch. Early setback for the visitors, the dangerous McCullum departs without doing any damage. GL 10/1 in 1.1 ovsWICKET. @Bazmccullum departs early. Rabada gets the wicket off a very good delivery. #GL 10/1 #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201720.03 IST: Nadeem’s first over is an expensive one. Good start for the visitors. GL 10/0 in 1 over 20.01 IST: Nadeem to Smith, FOUR!! Smith off to a flier! Nadeem gets flatter and fuller around leg, Smith kneels and sweeps it over backward square leg for a boundary. Shahbaz under pressure!FOUR more. Make that 2 in 2. Back to back boundaries for Dwayne Smith. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201720.01 IST: Nadeem to Smith, FOUR! Nicely done! Slow loopy ball outside off, spinning away a bit, Smith pushes at it and edges it wide of first slip for a boundary. The outfield is lightning quick.Shahbaz Nadeem starts proceedings and is straightaway greeted with a boundary. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201720.00 IST: Left-arm off-spinner Shahbaz Nadeem will open the attack for Delhi. Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum to open the innings for the Lions.19.55 IST: Delhi Daredevils Playing XI – 3 changes to our side and our #DilliBoys are set to go out and play the Lions.#DDTweets#DDvGL#DilDilliHai pic.twitter.com/8Xy2nu2Lz9- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 4, 201719.55 IST: Gujarat Lions Playing XI – Here’s our Playing XI for tonight’s game. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL pic.twitter.com/3QKQ4xxzI6- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 201719.31 IST: TOSS! Karun Nair wins the toss, Delhi Daredevils opt to bowl vs Suresh Raina’s Gujarat LionsKarun Nair says they will bowl first. States they did well last game chasing and the dew factor might come into play later. Wants to take it one game at a time and keep the momentum going. Mentions there are three changes in his side for this game – Chris Morris, Angelo Mathews and Jayant Yadav are replaced by Marlon Samuels (debut), Pat Cummins and Shahbaz Nadeem.Suresh Raina says they will also have bowled but now have to put runs on the board first. Just have to go there and express themselves. Exclaims they’ve been unlucky in their previous games but cannot afford to slip up tonight. Lets everybody know they are playing with the same XI.TOSS: @DelhiDaredevils won the toss and they have decided to bowl first. #GameMaariChhe #DDvGL pic.twitter.com/5XIgX3fMY0- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 4, 2017Brief Preview:Boosted by the six wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Delhi Daredevils will aim to carry on the good work when they take on Gujarat Lions in an Indian Premier League (IPL) contest at the Feroz Shah Kotla here on Thursday.On Tuesday, Delhi rode on a collective batting effort to overhaul Hyderabad’s stiff target of 186, and rise to the sixth spot in the league table, keeping alive their dreams of reaching the play-offs.Gujarat, on the other hand, are back from two close defeats to find themselves in the penultimate spot in the eight-team standings.Going into Thursday’s tie, Delhi will once again hope for a good start by the top order, comprising the likes of Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Shreyas Iyer and Risabh Pant.Delhi finally got to a decent opening start on Tuesday, thanks to Samson’s (19-ball 24) and Nair’s (20-ball 39) before Iyer and Pant also managed to cross the 30-run mark.The middle order boasts of the big-hitting all-rounder duo of Chris Morris and Corey Anderson, who stitched together a 41-run unbeaten stand for the fifth wicket to take Delhi home with five balls to spare against Hyderabad.Among the bowlers, pacer Mohammed Shami stood out with his immaculate line and length and was well assisted by the senior leg-spinner Amit Mishra. Off-spinner Jayant Yadav and Morris also bowled decently but South African pace sensation Kagiso Rabada endured an off day in office, leaking 59 runs from his four overs.Meanwhile, Gujarat will hope for a turnaround in their fortunes after two close finishes against Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants. While the match against Mumbai needed a super over to decide the winner, Pune rode on Ben Stokes’ fiery century to deny the Lions a win.Gujarat’s top order boasts of some of the world’s best T20 players in Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Dwayner Smith and Suresh Raina, who can tear apart any top bowling attack on their day. Youngster Ishan Kishan has impressed everyone with his power-hitting at the top.The middle order comprising the likes of wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik and all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and James Faulkner can use the long handle in the slog overs if needed.The Lions will only be hoping for some luck going their way in the bowling department, which has lost sting after the injury of Andrew Tye.The all-Indian pace battery of Basil Thampi, Pradeep Sangwan, Ankit Soni, Nathu Singh, Irfan Pathan and Praveen Kumar have failed to click as a unit in the tournament while Jadeja also is due in the wickets column.Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan (Captain), Ankit Bawne, Khaleel Ahmed, Corey Anderson, Murugan Ashwin, Sam Billings, Carlos Brathwaite, Pat Cummins, Ben Hilfenhaus, Shreyas Iyer, Angelo Mathews, Chama Milind, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Chris Morris, Shahbaz Nadeem, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant (WK), Pratyush Singh, Kagiso Rabada, Navdeep Saini, Sanju Samson, Shashank Singh, Aditya Tare, Jayant Yadav, Marlon Samuels.Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (Captain), Akshdeep Nath, Shubham Agarwal, Basil Thampi, Chirag Suri, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Manpreet Gony, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Brendon McCullum, Munaf Patel, Irfan Pathan, Pratham Singh, Jason Roy, Pradeep Sangwan, Jaydev Shah, Ankit Soni, Shelley Shaurya, Nathu Singh, Dwayne Smith, Tejas Baroka, Andrew Tye.
Real Madrid enter the final round of the Spanish league just one point away from ending a five-year wait to reclaim the domestic crown.Standing in their way is a Malaga side that has found its stride under former Madrid player Michel Gonzalez.Madrid, who visit Malaga on Sunday in the last round, are three points ahead of Barcelona. But Madrid must take at least a draw at La Rosaleda Stadium as Barcelona hold the head-to-head tiebreaker if both teams end up with the same number of points.”It’s going to be a difficult match against a rival that is playing phenomenally,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said Saturday. “We haven’t won it yet. We are very motivated and won’t quit until the last minute.”That point may be harder to come by than many Madrid fans would like as Malaga has proven to be a tough place to visit since Michel’s arrival.Michel took charge in March with Malaga trying to avoid a relegation fight. After a settling-in period, he has led Malaga to six wins in their last eight matches. That run includes victories in its last four home matches over Barcelona, Valencia, Sevilla and Celta Vigo.Striker Sandro Ramirez has 14 goals for Malaga, seven coming during the late-season surge.Ignacio Camacho, a physical midfielder, holds the center, while Carlos Kameni is hard to beat in goal. However, Malaga will be without defender Diego Llorente, who is on loan from Madrid and not allowed to play.As an attacking midfielder, Michel helped Madrid win six Ligas, and he later returned as Madrid reserve team coach. His name consistently comes up as a potential future manager of Madrid.advertisementDespite Malaga’s recent form, some diehard Barcelona fans have concerns that Michel may not field his best side or push his players enough to beat his former club with the title on the line.Michel is having none of that.”A draw lets them (Madrid) become champions, but they will be facing a team that in the last 11 rounds, especially in the last eight rounds, has been playing at a great level,” Michel said Saturday. “Will Real Madrid become champion because Malaga allows it? No. The statistics and the football played say that Madrid is a great team and that Malaga is playing like one.”Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said he believed “100 percent in the professionalism of all coaches and players.”Barcelona host Eibar and must win to have any chance of the title.”If we get lucky, fantastic. We will celebrate it,” Luis Enrique said. “If not, we will congratulate the champion.”
Mumbai, Jun 9 (PTI) World mens no.7 Wong Chun Ting of Hong Kong would play for Maharashtra United while India no.1 Sharath Kamal would turn out for RP-SG Mavericks in next months Ultimate Table Tennis League, following the players draft held here today.Wong is a bronze medal winner in the last world championships in Dusseldorf, Germany, while the leagues second-highest ranked (world no. 16) male player, Marcos Freitas of Portugal, will play for Dabang Smashers.Top seed in the womens category, world no. 9 Han Ying of Germany, would figure for Challengers while Wu Yang, the only player from China, will represent Bayside Spinners.Indian womens no.1 Madhurika Patkar would represent Dabang Smashers in the first edition to be held in three cities – Chennai (July 13-20), Delhi (July 21-26) and Mumbai (July 27-30).”I am excited to be selected by the Dabang Smashers for the Ultimate Table Tennis. The team has good players and Im thrilled to play alongside them. This league will definitely help the sport prosper in India. The four Indian players in my team are from ONGC, so it already seems like a good mix to me,” said Madhurika.A total of 24 foreign players, including 21 Olympians, and as many Indian players (both men and women) were drafted into six different franchises at the NSCI.Soumyajit Ghosh, the youngest Indian Olympian in the fray, was picked by Challengers.Harmeet Desai, India No.2 in mens category, said, “The Ultimate Table Tennis will offer a great exposure to our Indian players to play alongside top ranking foreign players and also to be trained by the foreign coaches. I am really looking forward to the league.”advertisementHe will play for Maharashtra United.Speaking to reporters Vita Dani, co-promoter and chairperson of the leagues owners, 1lEven Sports, said each franchise has shelled out Rs 2.6 crore as fees.”This includes players fees, their international and internal travel and most other things. We are not here to make money and want to run a low-cost model league,” said Vita.11Even Sports co-promoter and former national mens singles champion, Niraj Bajaj, said that he personally wanted to give something back to the sport.”This is the best thing to have happened to table tennis over the last fifty years. This league will give players the opportunity to play with the best in the world. We want to take table tennis to the next level and want India to win a medal in the 2024 Olympic Games,” Bajaj said.Dani said the costliest player would be paid Rs 20 lakh and the cheapest Rs 2.5 lakh.”We have committed ourselves to run the league for ten years,” she added.Another former multiple-time national champion, Kamlesh Mehta, who is a director of 11Even Sports, said the League was being set up to help India win an Olympic medal in 2024.”The league affords the chance for Indian players to train and play together with foreign players for 21 days. This league is not only being supported by the Table Tennis Federation of India but also by the Asian and World TT bodies.”We have got a dedicated window (June-July every year) to conduct it. This is a unique league where each team will be a mix of men and women. Each team has also young players who will learn a lot,” he said.The coaches for the different teams, including former top players Arup Basak and Saumyajit Roy, sounded happy with their draft picks.”For the first time table tennis in India is showing a professional approach and I am fortunate to be a part of it,” said Roy. PTI SSR NRB RDS
Harry Kane’s injury-time goal gave England a 2-2 draw in a crazy finish to their World Cup qualifier against Scotland on Saturday after Leigh Griffiths had struck twice for the home side in the final three minutes.Scotland were moments away from a famous victory after the Celtic striker scored with a pair of superbly taken free kicks in the 87th and 90th minutes. Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had put England in front in the 70th.With Hampden Park in raptures after Griffiths’s double strike, Kane saved England from a humiliating loss to their old rivals with his late goal from close range.England remain top of Group F on 14 points while Scotland are in fourth spot on eight points.
An emotional Usain Bolt recovered from a moderate start to win his final 100 metres sprint on home soil, clocking 10.03 seconds at the 2nd Racers Grand Prix in Kingston on Saturday.The multiple Olympic and world gold medallist, who will retire after August’s world championships in London, confessed to being a nervous wreck before running his last race on Jamaican soil.”The run, it was just ok. I must say it was ok. I don’t think I’ve ever been that nervous running a 100m,” Bolt said after a lap of honor before a packed stadium, including International Association of Athletics Federations President Sebastian Coe and the top brass of Jamaican politics including Prime Minister Andrew Holness.”I think that was possibly one of my worst race. My execution was poor, my start was poor as always. I think in the last bit I lost it a little.”But I didn’t expect anything spectacular… my first race since January when I ran a 150m and some relays in Australia so I just wanted to stay injury free, put on a show for the crowd and shown them I’m thankful for the support over the years.”Just the atmosphere and the people, the support they came out and give me tonight, it was really nerve racking. I never expected this, I knew it was going to be Big, the stadium was ram packed so thank you guys for coming out and supporting me.”Running from lane five, Bolt took control of the race before the halfway mark and pulled away to the delight of more than 30,000 spectators.advertisement”It’s Big to see everybody that turned out. It shows that what I’ve done for the sport is a big deal to them and they really appreciate it,” said the 30-year-old.”So thank you and it was my honour to put the sport of track and field at the top and to continue to dominate. I’ll try my best even when I’ve hung up my spikes, to really continue to push track and field in anyway possible.”The double sprint world record holder, who has amassed eight Olympic golds and 13 world championship medals, will make his final bow in August in the British capital, where he will only run the shorter sprint despite having a wildcard for the 200m.”It will definitely just be the 100. I know a lot of people really want to see me run it (200m) but the 100m will be the one cause I know people really want to see that also,” Bolt said.”I’m just going there to do my best and to come through victorious as always.”Meanwhile, South African 400m world record holder Wayde Van Niekerk ran a blistering curve on his way to posting a world leading 19.84 seconds (wind 1.2 m/s) to win the 200m sprint.”This is a positive step forward, but I know there’s still quite of bit of work to be done,” Van Niekerk told Reuters.David Rudisha, the reigning Olympic and world championship winner in 800m, posted a season-best one minute 44.90 seconds but was caught and passed by his little known fellow Kenyan Willy Tarbei, who won in one minute 44.86 seconds.British multiple Olympic and world championship gold medallist Mo Farah clocked seven minutes 41.20 seconds to land the 3,000 ahead of Australian Patrick Tierman and Jamaica’s Kemoy Campbell.
Former U.S. Open winner Samantha Stosur is in doubt for Wimbledon next month after suffering stress fractures in her right hand, Australian media reported on Friday.The 33-year-old was hampered by the injury during her fourth round loss to eventual champion Jelena Ostapenko at Roland Garros earlier this month.Stosur returned to Australia for treatment for what was initially thought to be a soft tissue injury but tests revealed the stress fractures, News Ltd media said.The world number 34 has already withdrawn from the June 23-July 1 Eastbourne tournament, which she had entered to prepare for the grasscourt grand slam, the report said.
Top seed Roger Federer will challenge for a ninth Halle Open title after reaching the Wimbledon warm-up event final with a 6-4, 7-6(5) victory over rising Russian talent Karen Khachanov on Saturday.The 18-times grand slam champion, who captured the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami titles this year, skipped the entire claycourt season to improve his chances of winning a record eighth title at the All England Club.Despite a shock exit from Stuttgart on his comeback last week, Federer has improved in Halle and has not lost a set. He will now play the winner of the other semi-final between Frenchman Richard Gasquet and local favourite Alexander Zverev.The pair traded breaks in the first two games but Federer made amends by grabbing a second one to restore his advantage and clinch the first set on his second set point.The Swiss lured Khachanov to the net on several occasions, including at 4-4 in the second set and the Russian dumped a forehand volley into the net to give Federer two break points.But instead of serving out the set, the top seed was broken again and the Russian even held two set points at 6-5 before the world number five recovered and forced a tiebreak.He converted his first match point to reach an 11th Halle final.
Ravi Shastri has become the frontrunner for the India head coach job after he formally submitted his application to the BCCI.A senior BCCI official confirmed to PTI that Shastri and Phil Simmons have submitted their applications ahead of the July 9 deadlineThe interviews will be conducted the following day by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar.”Yes, Ravi has applied and so has Phil Simmons,” the official said.It has also been learnt that former West Indies all-rounder and coach, who has a vast experience in the role, too has applied for the high-profile job.The others who have thrown their hat into the ring are Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Venkatesh Prasad, Richard Pybus, Dodda Ganesh and Lalchand Rajput.Shastri, who had served as Indian team director from August 2014 to June 2016, shares a healthy rapport with the players including captain Virat Kohli.It remains to be seen how the CAC will consider Shastri’s case considering Ganguly backed Kumble over the former Indian all-rounder when the coach was picked last year.Irrespective of who gets the job, it will big shoes to will considering the team did well under Kumble, winning the Test series against the West Indies, Australia, England, New Zealand and Bangladesh before reaching the Champions Trophy final last month.However, serious differences between captain Kohli and coach led the acrimonious exit of Kumble and Kohli.During Shastri’s tenure, India won limited overs series series away against England in 2014, reached the semi-finals of the World Cup and World T20 (2015 and 2016 respectively), won away Test series against Sri Lanka, home series against South Africa and T20 away series against Australia.advertisementAnother contender Simmons, has coached the West Indies, Ireland and also had a stint with Afghanistan.
Manchester United are better equipped to fight for the Premier League title in the upcoming season but need to improve further to be a contender for the Champions League, manager Jose Mourinho has said.In Mourinho’s first season at Old Trafford, United won the League Cup and the Europa League but finished sixth in the English top flight, 24 points behind champions Chelsea.”This season is going to be more difficult but I think we have better conditions to fight for the Premier League,” Mourinho told the BBC.”I think this season we are a little bit better equipped. We are against fantastic teams, against amazing investments.”But I believe in our group, in our spirit, in our empathy, in our togetherness. I trust my boys and we are going to try.”Having lifted the Europa League in May, United secured direct entry to the Champions League group stage but the Portuguese manager believes they are still behind the continent’s top clubs.”We went to the Europa League as one of the top teams, we go to the Champions League and we are not one of the top teams,” Mourinho added.”We have to be better, much better, for that objective. The base of everything is to find what I call a happy dressing room.”Mourinho has added striker Romelu Lukaku and centre back Victor Lindelof in the current transfer window but is still hoping to sign two more players ahead of the new season.”One midfield player would give me more options. The other is an attacking player through the wings to give me more attacking options,” he said.advertisementThe British media have linked United with Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic and Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier as midfield options. Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic is Mourinho’s preferred choice to improve the attacking line, the reports have said.United kick off their league campaign at home against West Ham United on August 13.