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When Royal Challengers mauled Lions & set new records!

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Bengaluru, May 14 : In a do-or-die match to keep their hopes alive in the Indian Premier League, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) mauled Gujarat Lions (GL) by 144 runs, setting new records and sending frenzied fans into a tizzy with a double century partnership here on Saturday.

When Lions’ stand-in skipper Brendon McCullum opted to bowl despite winning the toss and getting RCB’s out-of-form opener Chris Gayle (6) in the fourth over with its score at 19, die-hard fans felt a sense of deja vu, as the West Indian and skipper Virat Kohli made a nervous start, scoring just 10 in the first three overs.

Though the fans missed Gayle’ storm once again and jeered and booed him when he walked back to the pavilion for letting them down badly in this edition, what followed was a bloodbath, as Kohli (109 in 55 balls) and in-form AB de Villiers (129 not out in 52) tamed the Lions’ bowlers by hitting them merrily all over the ground to set an awesome target of 249 in 20 overs in front of about 30,000 fans.

“What an incredible innings RCB played in a must-win game, with their backs to the wall. I thought it was all over when Gayle got out early and Kohli took time to settle. But it was pure joy and exciting to watch him and AB treat us with amazing batting and proving that IPL T-20 in IPL is all about hitting mighty sixes and fours,” said a spellbound Mohd Fakhruddin, a post-graduate student, in the pavilion.

As the South African de Villiers took the initiative to launch the frontal assault and accelerated the score, Kohli bid for his turn to join the party and unleash mayhem all over the ground to post a record 229-run second wicket partnership in 97 balls and the highest score (248) in this IPL season.

The previous highest score (227) in this IPL season was also made by RCB at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in their opening tie that they lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 12.

Among the Lions’ seven bowlers McCullum deployed to break the record double century partnership, Dwayne Bravo and Kumar were taken to the cleaners, with de Villiers and Kohli hitting 30 runs in each of their overs by turn. They also did not spare Dhawal Kulkarni in whose third over, de Villiers hit 23 runs.

Moreover, Kohli became the first player in the history of IPL to score three hundreds in an edition.

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‘What killed Maradona?’ shows the flipside of life of a football god

It isn’t quite the same territory as Asif Kapadia’s account of Maradona’s years in Italy but gives enough information to provide a sense of closure to those fans of the legendary forward who still suspect foul play in his death.

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New Delhi, Jan 15 : Diego Maradona’s death on November 2, 2020 was followed by a flood of tributes from around the world and all walks of life. His death had been attributed to a heart attack but it wasn’t this alone that caused arguably the greatest footballer of all time to die at the age of 60.

It is this point that the Discovery Plus documentary ‘What Killed Maradona?’ tries to put across. It features interviews with writers and journalists who have followed Maradona’s life along with his former fitness trainer Fernando Signorini and his former Napoli team mate and captain Giuseppe Bruscolotti. It also features interviews with health experts and psychologists who give a perspective on the kind of toll the rough nature of the sport in the era that Maradona was playing in, the rudimentary manner in which he was medicated for his injuries and his addiction to alcohol and cocaine kept chipping away at his health, particularly the strength of his heart.

Additionally, it also gives a brief insight into the mental and physical toll that comes with the kind of adulation that Maradona received. One of the ways in which he coped with it is by separating himself into two different individuals — ‘Diego’ was the player whose job was to play football and take care of his family while ‘Maradona’ is the larger than life figure that people in Naples and Argentina adore.

Just over 40 minutes long, the assortment of individuals that lend their voices along with footage from Maradona’s playing days and after helps the documentary paper over the repetitive nature of the footage and, towards the latter stages, a few abrupt editing cuts. It isn’t quite the same territory as Asif Kapadia’s account of Maradona’s years in Italy but gives enough information to provide a sense of closure to those fans of the legendary forward who still suspect foul play in his death.

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Sonu Sood plans pan-India platform for young emerging cricketers

Since last year, Sonu has turned focus on social causes. In 2020, amid Covid lockdown, he reportedly arranged transport to facilitate around 7.5 lakh migrant workers to reach home.

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Mumbai, Jan 16 : Actor Sonu Sood is putting his weight behind an initiative to set up a pan-India platform to promote young emerging cricketers.

“I always dreamt of becoming a cricketer but I didn’t have a platform in our small town, but when I see all these young kids playing cricket it feels really good,” Sonu said.

He says pitching in for the cause of promoting budding talent in cricket will also let him take time off his busy schedule and reinvent his passion for the sport.

“I like batting as well as bowling but I didn’t get much time to play the sport. I feel we all should take some out from our busy work schedules and reinvent our passion. Sometimes when you see these kids playing not just cricket but any kind of sports, you feel motivated to follow them,” he said, adding that he has had discussions with Cricfit founder Mikkail Vaswani on “creating a platform on a pan-India level where they (children) can explore their skills and enjoy the sports”.

Since last year, Sonu has turned focus on social causes. In 2020, amid Covid lockdown, he reportedly arranged transport to facilitate around 7.5 lakh migrant workers to reach home. He equipped frontline workers with masks and face shields, airlifted students stranded abroad and helped farmers in distress. He also launched Pravasi Rojgar, an app to help skilled and unskilled workers find jobs.

On work front, Sonu will next be seen in “Prithviraj” starring Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt and Manushi Chhillar, apart from a couple of films in the South.

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Looting public money, going to jail is Shivamogga leader’s achievement: Siddaramaiah taunts CM

“Let H Vishwanath remember who got him ticket for Lok Sabha and assembly elections of 2008. As he does not have gratitude, he has not got a minister position.”

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Bengaluru, Jan 14: “Chief minister (CM) B S Yediyurappa has said that eating beef is the achievement of the Mysuru leader. He has forgotten to say that looting public money and going to jail is the only achievement of leader of Shivamogga,” said former CM and leader of opposition Siddaramaiah, taunting CM Yediyurappa on his statement of eating beef on the former.

Siddaramaiah tweeted, “I have not eaten beef till date though Yediyurappa had said that I eat beef. I said that I will eat if I feel like.

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“It is funny that Yediyurappa and BJP party members, who are enjoying power after buying MLAs of our party, say that Congress party does not have leaders. It is only Congress which won the legislative assembly elections on its own power and ruled for a complete term of five years. Was Yediyurappa CM for five years?

“Let H Vishwanath remember who got him ticket for Lok Sabha and assembly elections of 2008. As he does not have gratitude, he has not got a minister position.”

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