IPL 2020: Rayudu, Du Plessis star as CSK end five-match losing run to MI
Ambati Rayudu smashed a 48-ball 71 to guide Chennai Super Kings to a comprehensive five-wicket win over defending champions Mumbai Indians in the opening match of the 13th IPL on Saturday. Chasing 163 to win, Rayudu blasted six fours and three sixes in his blistering innings, while Faf du Plessis cracked 58 off 44 balls as CSK romped home with four balls to spare.
Morgan a fantastic pick for KKR, says coach McCullum
For two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2019 was a disappointing one. KKR started off well winning four of their first five matches, but they lost six matches on the trot in the business end to miss the qualifiers. It was evident that the auction for IPL-13 was always going to be crucial and they made the most of it.
Liverpool sign Portugal winger Diogo Jota from Wolves
Liverpool have completed the signing of Portugal forward Diogo Jota from Wolverhampton Wanderers on a long-term contract, the Premier League champions said on Saturday. British media reported that Liverpool agreed a deal worth about 41 million pounds ($52.95 million) for Jota, whose versatility and work rate should fit in well with manager Juergen Klopp's hard-pressing style of play.
Pogacar poised to win Tour de France with time trial win
lovenia's Tadej Pogacar was poised to win the Tour de France after claiming the overall leader’s yellow jersey from compatriot Primoz Roglic in Saturday's penultimate stage, a 36.2-km individual time trial between Lure and La Planche des Belles Filles.
Dhoni's popularity in India has surpassed Sachin, Kohli's: Gavaskar
The legendary Sunil Gavaskar on Saturday said two-time World Cup-winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's popularity in India has exceeded the level of fandom even the great Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli enjoy in the cricket-crazy nation.
SAI approves request for Srikanth's coach to travel for Denmark Open
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Saturday approved former world no. 1 Kidambi Srikanth's request to allow his coach and physiotherapist to accompany him for the Denmark Open badminton tournament scheduled to be held in Odense from October 13 to 18. The 27-year-old is part of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) and thus will receive support by SAI.
IPL: Stadium near empty but not quite enveloped in eerie silence
The IPL is back but the atmosphere isn't. The 20,000-seater Sheikh Zayed Stadium was nearly empty, apart from the 22 men in the middle, officials, staff and security, as the IPL unlike any other began on Saturday. But contrary to expectations, it was not too quiet & not too placid, either. The pre-recorded cheers ensured the stadium was not enveloped in eerie silence.
Glad I don’t have to bowl to McCullum, says Pat Cummins
Star Australian pacer Pat Cummins, who set the auction on fire before being picked by KKR for Rs 15.5 crore, said he is looking forward to working under head coach Brendon McCullum at the IPL-13 that got underway in the UAE on Saturday.
Staying in isolation for first six days was very difficult: Dhoni
Staying in self isolation for the first six days after spending five months with family was the hardest phase, according to Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who spoke for the first time in months ahead of the IPL opener against Mumbai Indians. Back in action after a long gap, Dhoni, who had retired from international cricket a little over a month ago, said he worked on his fitness during the coronavirus-induced lockdown in India.
Carlisle become first EFL club to welcome back fans
Carlisle United became the first English club to welcome back fans for a league match on Saturday as they took on Southend United in a League Two clash at their Brunton Park stadium. Up to 1,000 fans were permitted for the lunchtime kickoff, with Carlisle one of eight clubs to take part in a government pilot scheme to allow fans back into stadiums.
Can Rishabh Pant pip KL Rahul in battle of 'keepers?
Rishabh Pant is about to turn 23 but it seems like he has been forever carrying the tag of MS Dhoni's successor behind the stumps. Dhoni is officially done with his international cricket. Yet, Pant has again found himself second in line for India's white-ball wicketkeeping spot.
Looking forward to the opening game against RCB, says Warner
Hopping from one bio-bubble to another in Dubai, "obviously is a very tough challenge," says Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner. "But we are prepared and looking forward to the tournament," the swashbuckling, left-handed Aussie said.