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IPL: All-round Hyderabad thrash Mumbai Indians by 85 runs

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Visakhapatnam, May 8 : Riding on Shikhar Dhawan’s unbeaten 82 followed by an impressive performance by the bowlers, Sunrisers Hyderabad outclassed defending champions Mumbai Indians by 85 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Sunday.

Batting first, Sunrisers posted an impressive 177/3 in 20 overs. Dhawan was well supported at the other end by David Warner (48 of 33 balls) and Yuvraj Singh (39 off 23 balls).

In reply, Mumbai Indians lost wickets at regular intervals from the start and were eventually bundled out for just 92 in 16.3 overs.

Veteran pacer Ashish Nehra (3-15), Muztafizur Rahman (3-16), and Barinder Sran (2-18) were the pick of the bowlers for Hyderabad while Moises Henriques and Bhuvneshwar Kumar claimed one wicket each.

Chasing a challenging target of 176, Mumbai got off to a terrible start losing both openers Rohit Sharma (5) and Parthiv Patel (0) in the second over itself to have Mumbai in trouble.

Incoming batsman Krunal Pandya (17) and Ambati Rayudu (6) tried to build a partnership but some outstanding bowling by Hyderabad bowlers saw Mumbai wickets falling in clusters.

It was a one-way traffic in favour of Hyderabad as not a single Mumbai batsmen could settle down.

With the dismissal of Krunal, Rayudu and incoming batsman Jos Buttler (2), the defending champions were left tottering at 30/5 in the fifth over.

Kieron Pollard (11) struck two boundaries and looked to putting some runs on board but eventually failed.

Hardik Pandya (7), Tim Southee (8), Mitchell McClenaghan (8) all departed cheaply to hand the match to Sunrisers. Harbhajan Singh (21 not out) top scored for Mumbai.

Earlier put in to bat on a hot and humid afternoon, Sunrisers got off to a flying start, courtesy in-form openers Warner 48 and Dhawan. The duo added 51 runs without losing any wickets after the completion of the powerplay.

Warner kept up his sublime form in the cash rich T20 tournament going as he closed in on yet another half-century before he was dismissed in the 10th over to have Hyderabad at 85/1.

The left-hander struck seven boundaries and one six in his 33-ball innings.

Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh who had dismissed Warner earlier, helped Mumbai get back into the game by getting rid of incoming batsman Kane Williamson (2) in the 12th over to put a check on the Hyderabad run flow.

Despite two wickets falling in quick succession, Dhawan and incoming batsman Yuvraj used their experience not to let the team’s run-rate fall.

Both the left-handed batsmen sneaked in with ones, twos and in the death overs brought in handy boundaries and couple of sixes to have the team on course for a competitive total.

The duo managed to put on a much needed 85-run partnership for the third wicket to help the team.

Harbhajan Singh (2/29) was the pick of the bowlers for Mumbai.

Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 177/3 in 20 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 82 not out; Harbhajan Singh 2/29) vs Mumbai Indians 92 in 16.3 overs (Harbhajan Singh 21 not out; Ashish Nehra 3-15, Mustafizur Rahan 3-16).

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Waqar Younis asks Afridi & Gambhir to ”calm down..behave smartly

Waqar Younis is the second cricketing legend who spoke to fans on the official twitter platform @GloFansOfficial after David Gower.

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New Delhi, June 1 : Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis, in a freewheeling chat with GloFans, spoke about the ongoing social media battle between former India opener Gautam Gambhir and Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi and asked them to calm down.

When asked by cricket fans in a unique Q&A based chat show ”Q20” on GloFans” twitter handle, Waqa said he has been observing the sharp reactions on social media, which have been deplorable and distasteful.

“The banter between Gautam Gambhir and Shahid Afridi has been going on for a while now. I think they both got to be smart, sensible and calm down. It has been going on for way too long. My advice to them is to maybe catch up somewhere around the world and talk it out if you cannot really calm it down,” Waqar said.

“In social media, if you carry on (like) that, people are going to love it and people are enjoying it and that I feel that they both should be sensible and smart.”

The last time both the countries played a bilateral cricket series was back in 2012-13. Responding to another GloFans” question on bilateral ties, Waqar said: “If you go and ask people of both the countries on whether Pakistan and India should play each other, everyone, around 95% of them will agree, that cricket between these two should be played.

“Be it “Imran-Kapil Series” or “Independence Series” or whatever name we give to it, I think that it would be the biggest hit of the world. I think Pakistan and India should play, and should play on a regular basis to avoid depriving cricket lovers of India and Pakistan,” he said.

“I do see Pakistan and India playing bilateral series. I am not sure where though, but I hope it will be either in Pakistan or in India. You don”t want to see them playing in some other country because that”s where you want to see them. You want to see them playing in their own countries. But I definitely say that in the next few years, I would say, Pakistan India will be playing.”

Waqar Younis is the second cricketing legend who spoke to fans on the official twitter platform @GloFansOfficial after David Gower.

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Two HI employees diagnosed with COVID-19, office to remain shut

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New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) Hockey India’s office will remain shut for two weeks after two of its staff tested positive for the coronavirus. 29 out of 31 employees were tested and apart from the two that tested positive, two more tested inconclusive and will be tested again.

“The two inconclusive are being retested again on Sunday (May) 31st at 11am,” International Hockey Federation (FIH) and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra said in a statement.

While one of the employees is from the accounts department, the other is a junior field officer, Batra further informed. Amongst the two inconclusive tests, one is a joint director and the other is a dispatch clerk.

“All 25 found negative have gone into home quarantine for 14 days to work from home,” said Batra. “The two found positive are also in strict home quarantine under medical monitoring. The two inconclusive are also in home quarantine under medical monitoring.”

Batra said that Hockey India President Mushtaq Ahmad informed him of the offices remaining shut for 14 days.

Batra further urged all National Sports Federations and State Olympic Associations to get their employees tested for the deadly virus “without any further delay.”

“This will help in giving confidence to us and all our stakeholders including our athletes,” he said.

More than 1.7 lakh confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported so far in India while close to 5000 people have lost their lives.

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Virat Kohli only Indian in Forbes top 100 highest-paid athletes

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New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) Virat Kohli, captain of the Indian cricket team, remained the only Indian and sole cricketer to feature in the top 100 of highest-paid athletes of 2020 put forward by Forbes magazine.

With an estimated total earning of $26 million ($24m from endorsements and $2m from salary/winnings), Kohli has made a jump of more than 30 places from 2019 and is at the 66th spot in the list. In 2019 too, the ace batsman was the only Indian to feature in top 100 (at 100th place) with estimated earnings of $25 million.

Meanwhile, Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer became the first from the sport to top Forbes’ list of highest paid athletes. With an estimated $106.3 million earned over the past 12 months, the Swiss maestro edged out Portuguese football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo from the top spot.

The three athletes immediately below Federer are all football players with Ronaldo on second with estimated earnings of $105 million. Ronaldo’s arch rival Lionel Messi is third with an estimated $104 million while Brazil’s Neymar comes fourth with $95.5 million.

NBA stars came next in the list with Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James earning $88.2 million, Golden State Warriors all-star Stephen Curry with $74.4 million, Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant with an estimated $63.9 million.

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka is the highest paid female athlete with $37.4 million. She however comes only 29th in the overall rankings. US tennis great Serena Williams comes 33rd with $36 million.

The factors that went into Forbes’ calculation were athletes’ revenue, including prize money, salaries, contract bonuses, endorsements, royalties, and appearance fees from June 1, 2019, until June 1, 2020.

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