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Dhoni’s phones lost in hotel fire found

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New Delhi, March 19: Police on Sunday recovered three mobile phones of former Indian cricket skipper M.S. Dhoni that went missing after a hotel blaze from a firefighter.

The recovery happened a day after Dhoni filed a complaint about his missing phones.

A firefighter mistakenly took out the mobile phones without knowing its ownership, Deputy Commissioner of Police Surender Kumar told IANS.

It was an error of judgment when he and three staff entered the room to sanitize it. When police contacted him, he handed over the phones,” added the officer.

A complaint was filed by Dhoni on Saturday after his mobiles, including an iPhone, went missing during a fire at WelcomHotel on Friday.

Dhoni and his Jharkhand cricket team members had rushed out of the hotel as smoke filled their rooms. He forgot to carry some of his belongings including the phones.

When he got back to his room after the fire was put out, he found that his mobile phones were missing, Kumar said.

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No Kohli, Dhoni, Bhuvi in T20I tri-series squad

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Mumbai, Feb 25: Captain Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya have been rested as India on Sunday named their squad for the Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 cricket tri-series slated to take place in Colombo from March 6.

While opening batsmen Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will assume roles of captain and vice-captain respectively, Tamil Nadu’s Dinesh Karthik and Delhi’s Rishabh Pant are two options for wicket-keeping.

The T20I tournament also features Bangladesh as the third team. All matches will be held at the R. Premadasa Stadium in the Sri Lankan capital.

“We’ve kept in mind the workload and upcoming schedule while finalizing the team for Nidahas Trophy,” Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s All-India Senior Selection Committee Chairman M.S.K. Prasad said in a statement.

“The high-performance team has suggested that adequate rest should be given to our fast bowlers to help improve athletic performance, maximize rest and prevent injury.”

Prasad said that Dhoni “was not available for selection as he had requested for rest”.

Karnataka top-order batsman Lokesh Rahul has returned to the squad, as have Pant, Deepak Hooda and Shankar.

In the absence of pacers Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah, the responsibility will be on Jaydev Unadkat and Shardul Thakur — both were in the victorious team in South Africa. Mohammad Siraj and all-rounder Vijay Shankar are also medium-pace bowling options.

Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav too has not been picked. His place has been taken by Tamil Nadu teenager Washington Sundar.

The squad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan (Vice-Captain), Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Vijay Shankar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohammad Siraj, Rishabh Pant (wk).

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Sridevi’s demise: Tendulkar, Sindhu & sports fraternity in shock, offers condolences

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New Delhi, Feb 25: The entire India woke up to shocking news as the legendary Bollywood actress, Sridevi, passed away in Dubai after a cardiac arrest late on Saturday night. The 54-year-old actress, who was in Dubai to attend Mohit Marwah’s wedding, was with husband Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi.

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Her sudden passing away has sent shockwaves and condolences have been a plenty even from those who are not a part of the movie business. The members of the sports circle have offered condolences.

Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar expressed shock on the actress’s sudden death.

“I have no words to express how I feel. We have grown up seeing her. It is difficult to digest that she is not with us. My heartiest condolences to her family,” Tendulkar told news agency ANI.

Meanwhile, Union Minister and former professional shooter  Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore took to Twitter to express grief over her demise and said he was shocked to hear about the actor’s death.

“Shocked to hear about the sudden demise of Sridevi ji, a legend of Indian Cinema. May god give peace to her soul & strength to family, friends and fans. ? ?????,” said Rathore.

Veteran cricketer and commentator Harsha Bhogle took to Twitter and said, “Oh, no! In her own way, she lit up the screen. Such a star! No age to go. Sridevi.”

Ace Badminton player P. V. Sindhu also took to Twitter to mourn her demise. “Such sad and shocking news. My condolences to the family RIP Sridevi,” she added.

Legendary cricketer Virender Sehwag sent his condolences to the family of the actress. “Shocked to hear about the demise of #Sridevi ji. Heartfelt Condolences to the family. Om Shanti,” he tweeted.

Sridevi has known for her performance is some of the iconic films like “Mr India”, “Nagina”, “Sadma”, “Chaalbaaz”, “Chandni” among many others. The Padma Shri recipient was last seen in “Mom” in 2017.

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IND vs SA, 3rd T20I: India beat S. Africa by 7 runs, win series 2-1

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Cape Town, Feb 25: India quelled a late charge by the South African batsmen to clinch a nail biting seven-run victory in the third and final Twenty20 International (T20I) here on Saturday.

Chasing a target of 173 runs, the Proteas could only manage 165/6 in their 20 overs. India have thus won the three-match series 2-1.

The match came alive in the last seven overs as Jean-Paul Duminy and debutant Christiaan Jonker took the battle to the Indian bowlers.

The hosts were struggling at 79/3 after 13 overs when Duminy and decided to change gears with a 30-run stand which came off just three overs.

Although Duminy fell after scoring 55 runs off 41 deliveries, Jonker continued to trouble the visitors with some superb strokeplay.

Jonker smashed his way to 49 runs off just 24 balls and almost took the hosts to victory before falling off the last ball of the match.

For India, fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up two wickets while Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur and Suresh Raina got a wicket each.

Earlier, India posted a competitive total of 172/7. Rookie South African pacer Junior Dala came up with an excellent performance in what was the second T20I of his fledgling career with figures of 3/35.

Fellow pacer Chris Morris returned 2/43 while left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi also got a wicket.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan was the highest scorer for India with 47 runs off 40 balls. Suresh Raina also batted well, producing a quick fire 43.

The two of them added 65 runs between them off 49 deliveries which provided a strong platform to the visitors’ innings.

Asked to bat first, the Indians started their innings on a promising note with Rohit Sharma smashing two back to back boundaries off Chris Morris in the opening over.

But Dala dismissed him early for the second consecutive match when excellent off the the pitch movement and some poor footwork saw the Indian stand-in captain being trapped leg before in the second over.

Raina brought the innings back on track with a power packed 27-ball innings which included five boundaries and a six. He fell in the 10th over to Shamsi when he failed to clear the long-on boundary and was caught by Farhaan Behardien.

The in-form Manish Pandey did not last long, falling to a short-pitched delivery from Dala which cramped him for space and his mistimed pull holed out to David Miller at long-on.

Dhawan also fell soon after when an accurate throw by Dala from deep mid-wicket caught him short of his crease.

The visitors kept on losing wickets at regular intervals but managed to reach a competitive total.

Brief scores:

South Africa: 165/6 in 20 overs (Jean-Paul Duminy 55, Christiaan Jonker 49; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/24) vs India: 172/7 in 20 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 47, Suresh Raina 43; Junior Dala 3/35).

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