Thank you, Mumbai: Kohli acknowledges MI’s favour
May 23 2022 12:00:00

Thank you, Mumbai: Kohli acknowledges MI’s favour

Mumbai, May 22 "Thank you, Mumbai, we will remember this one," said Virat Kohli after Royal Challengers Bangalore made the playoffs following Mumbai Indians' thrilling five-wicket win over Delhi Capitals in their last game of the IPL on Saturday night. On Saturday, Mumbai chased down a victory target of 160 in 19.1 overs to knock Delhi out and pave the way for Bangalore's entry as the fourth and final team into the knockout stage. "It was unbelievable. The emotions in the changing room were unbelievable. Thank you, Mumbai, we will remember this one," Kohli said. Bangalore had defeated table-toppers Gujarat Titans by eight wickets in their final league match to keep their hopes alive, which then depended on the clash between Delhi and Mumbai. Delhi needed to win the match but they came a cropper against the bottom-placed Mumbai. Bangalore skipper Faf du Plessis said the entire team watched the match together and was cheering each and every move made by Mumbai. "We were all shouting for every wicket they got, and then when they are chasing every boundary," he said. — PTI Punjab beat SRH Punjab Kings ended their campaign on a winning note, crushing Sunrisers Hyderabad by five wickets in an inconsequential final IPL league match today. Batting first, Sunrisers Hyderabad managed only 157/8. Shikhar Dhawan (39 off 32 balls) and Jitesh Sharma (19 off 7 balls) also contributed handsomely to the team's cause as they chased down the target in just 15.1 overs. PTI

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Pujara Tests positive for India
May 23 2022 12:00:00

Pujara Tests positive for India

New Delhi, May 22 Jammu and Kashmir pace sensation Umran Malik today earned an expected India call-up for the upcoming five-match T20 International home series against South Africa, which starts on June 9. Cheteshwar Pujara Malik has picked up 21 wickets in 13 games for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, but it's his ability to bowl over 150km/h thunderbolts consistently that has caught the imagination of all, and there have been calls for his immediate selection for top-flight cricket. Punjab Kings' death overs specialist Arshdeep Singh has also earned his maiden national call-up. Regular captain Rohit Sharma, star batter Virat Kohli, and pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have been rested for the white-ball series in which Rishabh Pant will be the vice-captain to stand-in captain KL Rahul. Sharma, Kohli, Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will fly to England on June 15 for the Birmingham Test against England, to be played from July 1 to 5. This Test is part of last year's series, which was called off after the Indian camp was hit by the Covid virus, with India leading 2-1. They will be joined by Cheteshwar Pujara, who has earned a recall to the 17-member Indian Test team after a stupendous show in the English County Championship for Sussex. The 34-year-old Pujara scored 720 runs in five Division 2 games for Sussex, which included two double hundreds and two hundreds. This forced the selection committee to give him a call-up for the fifth match of the Test series. The squad doesn't have any new faces from the one that was picked last year. A notable omission from the Test squad was Mayank Agarwal, who had a poor tour of South Africa, where he scored only 135 runs in six innings with only one half-century. Impressive Pandya All-rounder Hardik Pandya, who has successfully led new franchise Gujarat Titans into the IPL playoffs and has been consistent with the bat, besides bowling a few overs at brisk pace, is included in the T20I team. In the case of Pandya, it was never a question of whether he'd make a comeback but when he'd be recalled. — PTI Pujara for Sussex in April-May vs Derbyshire 6 amp; 201*vs Wrocestershire 109 amp; 12vs Durham 203vs Middlesex 16 amp; 170*vs Leicestershire 3 Test squad Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain) Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohd Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Prasidh Krishna T20I squad KL Rahul (captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (vice-captain) (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik

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Jabeur, Thiem two major casualties on first day
May 23 2022 12:00:00

Jabeur, Thiem two major casualties on first day

PARIS, May 22 Tunisian Ons Jabeur became the first major casualty on the opening day of the French Open today when the in-form sixth seed crashed out with a 3-6 7-6(4) 7-5 loss to Poland's Magda Linette. Dominic Thiem (above) lost 6-3 6-2 6-4 to Hugo Dellien. Reuter Jabeur, seen as one of the big threats to world No. 1 Iga Swiatek at the claycourt Grand Slam, came to Paris with a career-high ranking and with a tour-leading 17 wins on the surface this season. "I wanted to go as far as I could in the tournament because I played well on clay in Madrid and in Rome, and it's difficult to take that one in," Jabeur told reporters. "But that's what sport is like and you need to be smart enough to move forward and get back on court. So maybe it was a good thing to lose today." Thiem crashes out Twice French Open finalist Dominic Thiem crashed out of the tournament in the first round, losing in straight sets to Bolivian world No. 87 Hugo Dellien. Austrian Thiem, who has failed to win a match at any of the tournaments he has played since his wrist injury comeback in March, made 42 unforced errors as his once dominant claycourt game deserted him. "It was not a good match at all but it is what it is," Thiem, ranked third in the world in 2021 compared to his current 194th, told reporters. "I knew it would take time and the level is extremely high. It is going to take a few more months until I say now I am ready to beat those guys again." The 28-year-old struggled with his forehand throughout the match. Dellien, comfortable on the surface after battling through the qualifiers to reach the main draw in all five claycourt tournaments preceding Paris, did not have to wait long for his chance. He earned his first break point in Thiem's opening service game and broke him on his second to race through the first set. Two quick breaks in the second wrapped it up for the Bolivian. He capitulated 6-3 6-2 6-4 in just over two hours. — Reuters Day 1: highlights Clinical ZVEREV World No. 3 and last year's semifinalist Alexander Zverev defeated qualifier Sebastian Ofner 6-2 6-4 6-4 to reach the second round, while women's fourth seed Maria Sakkari sealed a 6-2 6-3 win over Frenchwoman Clara Burel. MUGURUZA OUsTed Kaia Kanepi rallied from a set and a break down to topple 10th seed Garbine Muguruza, sending down 34 winners to wrap up a 2-6 6-3 6-4 victory and hand the former French Open champion her ninth loss of the year. SCHWARTZMAN in rd 2 15th seed Diego Schwartzman, a semifinalist in Paris two years ago, beat Andriy Kuznetsov 6-3 1-6 6-4 6-2 to set up a second-round clash with Spaniard Jaime Munar, who saw off Daniel Altmaier in four sets. Canadian hope Canada's ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime fought back from two sets down to beat Juan Pablo Varillas 2-6 2-6 6-1 6-3 6-3. John Isner converted only one break point but won three tiebreaks against Quentin Halys in a 7-6(3) 4-6 7-6(1) 7-6(6) victory.

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