IPL 2021: Straight Bat with Gulf News and Mr. Cricket UAE Anis Sajan - Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
In what was a virtual replay of last night's action, Royal Challengers Bangalore edged out Sunrisers Hyderabad by six runs to win their second match of IPL 2021 in a row today.
IPL 2021: Shah Rukh Khan apologies to fans for Kolkata Knight Riders performance
BollyWood|IPL|Cricket|: Chennai: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) fell to a stunning 10-run defeat to Mumbai Indians (MI) despite being in a dominant position for much of the match and their owner, Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, ended up apologising to fans for the performance. "Disappointing performance. to say the least @KKRiders apologies to all the fans!" Shah Rukh wrote on Twitter. KKR all-rounder Andre Russell said that while he supports team owner and Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan's tweet apologising to fans of the team for their defeat to Mumbai Indians (MI), the team is still confident and will learn from the loss. "Yeah, I support that (Shah Rukh Khan) tweet but at the end of the day the game of cricket... you are not sure until it's over," said Russell in the post-match press conference. "We are still confident and playing some good cricket and I am proud of the boys. We are definitely dissapointed but it's not the end of the road. It's our second game and we will definitely learn from it," he said. Russell said that the wicket was a difficult one to bat on. "It is a difficult wicket to bat on and it is not easy for a new batsman to come in and start the hitting from ball one. It is very challenging, even for me the ball was a bit up and down. It is not the easiest wicket to bat on, no matter how good you are you still need a couple of balls to actually get your eye in," said Russell. Russell's five-wicket haul had helped KKR dismiss MI for 153 and while they were cruising for much of the chase, a collapse after 72-run opening partnership led them to being restricted to 142/7.
IPL 2021: Another run-fest on the cards as Rajasthan Royals take on Delhi Capitals
IPL|: Dubai: Sanju Samson might have fallen four runs short in his virtually single-handed pursuit of Punjab Kings on Monday, but he justified Rajasthan Royals’ decision to hand him the captaincy for IPL 2020. Samson has been deprived of a go-to guy in the bowling department as Jofra Archer continues his recovery from surgery. That gave debutante Chetan Sakariya a baptism by fire of sorts, but the youngster shouldered the yoke and turned to be the pick of the bowlers for the Royals with a haul of 3/31. It still could not restrict the Kings from reaching a massive 221/6. Kerala star Samson might have anticipated a high-scoring affair with them. The last match between the two at Sharjah in IPL 2020 finished with 449 runs being scored between them as Punjab scored 223/2 and another Samson flourish saw the Royals win by four wickets after scoring 226 with three balls to spare. MORE FROM IPL 2021 IPL 2021: When harakiri by the Knights batsmen left the fans stumped IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals' Ben Stokes ruled out with broken finger IPL 2021: RCB v Sunrisers Hyderabad: Harshal Patel looking to revel in newfound confidence Samson had the added pressure of having to captain the Royals for the very first time and he did phenomenally with a 119 the other day. Next best in the scoreboard were Jos Buttler and Riyan Parag with 25 each. Now, with Ben Stokes being ruled out of the rest of the tournament with a broken finger, Samson and the rest will have to carry on in similar vein. Stokes was out for a duck in that first match perhaps on account of the discomfort caused by his injury, but Samson was the highlight of their batting with Buttler, Parag and Shivam Dube (23) playing bit part roles. All will have to step up with Liam Livingstone the likely draft to fill in for Stokes, meaning a return for Buttler to his opening role. Sakariya was superb on debut and Samson will be expecting more of the same from him second time around, with South African allrounder Chris Morris 2/41 also likely to improve going forward. Going head-to-head, the teams are level on 11 wins a piece after 22 face-offs, but Delhi Capitals seem the one to beat this time as they performed rather well in the absence of both their top bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje against Chennai Super Kings in their tournament opener which they won by seven wickets. DC let CSK score 188/7, but with Rabada and Nortje available to play now having completed quarantine, RR should definitely find the going tougher. Avesh Khan justified his selection in the Delhi squad with a 2/23 from his four overs and could be retained as the Capitals look for a second straight win. More worrying for the Royals though is the fact that DC batsmen were able to overhaul the target in a matter of 18.4 overs with Prithvi Shaw (72 off 38) and Shikhar Dhawan (85 off 54) putting on a 138-run stand for the opening wicket. Shaw has been in terrific form domestically for Mumbai and seems to have brought that forward to the IPL, and it will be interesting to see if he can light it up enough to put the sensational Samson in the shadows. Catch the match Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai Match starts at 6 pm UAE
IPL 2021 Match 6: Royal Challengers vs Sunrisers Hyderabad - live coverage
IPL|: 05:35 PM April 14, 2021 05:26 PM April 14, 2021 Kolkata: The IPL action shifts to Mumbai today with Royal Challengers Bangalore, still looking to end their drought of IPL titles, keen to build on the early momentum as they take on a gritty Sunrisers Hyderabad today. Virat Kohli’s men will be on a high after picking up full points against champions Mumbai Indians in the opener while they will be boosted by the return of opener Devdutt Padikkal, who emerged as the Emerging Player of IPL last season with a prolific run. Sunrisers Hyderabad, who pipped them in the Eliminator last year, just came up short in the opener but they are always quite a resilient side known for comebacks. The Orange Army have a problem in the light of Kane Williamson’s unavailability as he is yet to fully recover from an elbow injury. They will, however, have the option of using Jason Holder, the West Indies Test captain, as one of the four overseas players this evening.
NBA: Players hold moment of silence for 20-year-old Duante Wright, shot by police, ahead of rescheduled game
Sport|: Members of the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves and Brooklyn Nets wore warm-up shirts on Tuesday reading “With liberty and justice FOR ALL” and held a moment of silence for a Black man fatally shot by a police officer in Minneapolis. Daunte Wright, 20, was shot on Sunday during a traffic stop in the suburb of Brooklyn Center in what the city’s police chief said appeared to be an “accidental discharge” after the officer drew her gun instead of her Taser during a struggle. The shooting prompted all of Minneapolis’ professional sports teams to postpone play on Monday, including the Timberwolves-Nets game, which was being made up on Tuesday. A tribute to Duante Wright, who was killed recently in a police shooting, appears on the scoreboard before the NBA basketball game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday. Image Credit: AP “We extend our thoughts and heartfelt sympathies to Daunte’s family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time,” an announcer said at a darkened Target Center prior to the tip-off of the game. The police chief and the officer both tendered their resignations on Tuesday, the city’s mayor said. The moves followed two nights of protests in the city of 30,000 people just miles from Minneapolis, which was already on edge with the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murdering George Floyd during an arrest last May. Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin (2) wears a shirt that reads 'With Liberty and Justice For All' before the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Image Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports Before the game, Nets head coach Steve Nash, who is white, called the shooting “unacceptable” and “devastating” and said he would have supported a further postponement of the game if it was part of a broader strategy to combat the underlying issues. “I’d be all for not playing today if there was a step-by-step, procedural reasoning behind why. But I’m not sure we have that clarity as to what it would change,” he said. “We all want change but I’m not sure though that whether this game is played or not will bring about that change. That’s the tricky part.” National Basketball Association and Women’s National Basketball Association players have been among the loudest voices calling for an end to police brutality and racial inequality in the United States. The Minnesota Twins baseball team also held a moment of silence for Wright before their game between the visiting Boston Red Sox, which was also postponed by a day because of the shooting. (Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Cooney and Lincoln Feast.)
ICC ban ex-Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak for eight years on corruption charges
ICC|: Kolkata: Former Zimbabwe captain and coach Heath Streak has been banned from all cricket for eight years after he accepted five charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. Streak was charged as a participant under the Code by virtue of his status as the coach of Zimbabwe from 2016 to 2018 and as the coach of various domestic teams. The charges are as follows: 184.108.40.206: Disclosing inside information under both the ICC Code and various domestic Codes, in circumstances where he knew or should have known that such information may be used for betting purposes. In particular, he disclosed inside information in relation to matches in the 2018 Tri-Series involving Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the Zimbabwe versus Afghanistan series in 2018, the Indian Premier League 2018 and the Afghan Premier League 2018. ALSO READ ICC to retain umpires’ call; IPL does away with it in 2021 edition Cricket: Why Suryakumar Yadav’s sublime batting augurs well for India Indian brand Himalaya to be ICC’s grooming partner for major events till 2022 Cricket: What’s the secret behind Shardul Thakur’s success for India? 220.127.116.11: Directly or indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally facilitating any participant to breach the Code. In particular, he facilitated or attempted to facilitate the introduction of four different players, including a national captain, to someone he knew, or should have known, may have wanted to approach them to provide inside information for betting purposes. 3. 2.4.2: Failing to disclose the receipt of any gift, payment, hospitality or other benefit that the participant knew or should have known was given to them to procure a breach of the Code or that was made or given in circumstances that could bring the participant or the sport of cricket into disrepute. 4.: 2.4.4 - Failing to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations received to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code including in relation to international matches in the 2017 BPL, the 2018 Pakistan Super League, the 2018 IPL and the 2018 APL. 5. Article 2.4.7 – obstructing or delaying an investigation, including concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other information that may be relevant to that investigation and / or that may be evidence of or may lead to the discovery of evidence of corrupt conduct under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. Under the provisions of the Code, Streak chose to admit the charges and agreed the sanction with the ICC in lieu of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing. He will be free to resume his involvement in the game on March 28, 2029. Announcing the decision, Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager – Integrity Unit, said: “Heath Streak is an experienced former international cricketer and national team coach who had participated in numerous anti-corruption education sessions and was fully aware of his a under the Code. “As a former captain and coach, he held a position of trust and owed a duty to uphold the integrity of the game. He breached the Code on several occasions, including facilitating the approach of four other players. At times, he also sought to obstruct and delay our investigation. “The offences did not affect the outcomes of any relevant matches and Streak has agreed to assist the ICC anti-corruption education programme for which we are grateful. He has also expressed his remorse and contrition and entered this agreed sanction decision to avoid the need for a full disciplinary process. The sanction reflects this cooperation.”
Why Mumbai Indians dominated Kolkata Knight Riders yet again
IPL|: Dubai: Victory for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) had looked like a formality against their nemesis Mumbai Indians (MI) when their openers Nitish Rana and Shubhman Gill had walloped 72 runs in 9 overs before Gill fell chasing just 152. But KKR then created Hara-kiri when they paid the price for playing the gung-ho style of cricket, which England has played under Eoin Morgan for five years and collapsed to 122/5 and in the end fell short by 10 runs to loose from a winning position. No one can say KKR paid the price for being too aggressive, but you can’t rule out the fact that KKR are finding different ways of losing to arch rivals Mumbai Indians for over a decade now. Their record against Mumbai Indians is now 22 losses to just 6 wins in 28 games, which is abysmal and KKR team owner Shah Rukh Khan summed up with a tweet that it was pretty disappointing performance and he apologized to the fans. Now, what happens to KKR when playing against Mumbai Indians, which is not the case when they play against other teams? Gautam Gambhir under whom KKR has won the two IPL titles had said that Mumbai Indians take out their 'A' game when they play against KKR. History shows that once a team dominates another team for a while it becomes difficult for the loosing team to come out of that losing streak. There was a time after the great Javed Miandad had hit that heart breaking six at Sharjah, Indian team was finding it very difficult to beat the Pakistan team in the 90s and there was a mental block whenever they played Pakistan till India won the T20 World Cup. Similarly Pakistan team still can't find a way to beat India in a world cup game from 1992 as it goes in to a negative frame whenever a world cup game happens against India. The sight of Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians seems to bully the KKR team time and again and it will take something special from KKR to get out of this rut, not sure when it will happen. But unless they find their way past Mumbai Indians, the third title for KKR is so near yet so far. Anis Sajan null Cricket enthusiast and businessman Anis Sajan is the Vice Chairman of Danube Group.
Tamil star Vishnu Vishal to get married this month with Jwala Gutta
Even a pandemic couldn’t keep them apart with Tamil actor Vishnu Vishal announcing that he will be marrying his fiancée and long-time girlfriend Jwala Gutta on April 22. In a statement on social media, which was accompanied with the image of wedding card, Vishal tweeted: “LIFE IS A JOURNEY.... EMBRACE IT... HAVE FAITH AND TAKE THE LEAP.... Need all your love and support as always...” An official statement by the family reads: “With the blessings of our families, it gives us immense joy in sharing the news of our marriage, in a private affair in presence of near & dear. We thank you for all the love you have showered upon us over the years and seek blessings as we embark on this journey of love, loyalty, friendship, and togetherness.” Vishal and badminton player Gutta have been dating for several years before they decided to make it official last September in a small ceremony, keeping the pandemic in mind. The wedding will also be on a small scale due to the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in India. This will be the second marriage for both of them with Vishal previously married to Rajini Natraj between 2010 and 2018. The couple also share a son, Aryan. Gutta was also married to fellow shuttler Chetan Anand for six years. They were hitched in 2005 but divorced in 2011. Vishal has been out of commission for a while following his injury during the shooting of ‘Kaadan’, which was the Tamil version of ‘Haathi Mere Saathi’. Following his wedding, Vishal will be starring in ‘FIR’ and ‘Mohandas’; both are Tamil movies.
Dan Evans eager to get vaccinated ahead of Wimbledon: British tennis player would be 'heartbroken' to test positive for Covid-19
Tennis|: Britain’s Dan Evans said he would be “heartbroken” to test positive for Covid-19 ahead of Wimbledon in June and is eager to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Evans’ comments come after world number two Daniil Medvedev tested positive on Monday and was subsequently withdrawn from this week’s Monte Carlo Masters. Some of the top players at the Miami Open recently expressed a reluctance to get vaccinated but Evans, Britain’s top ranked male player at No 33, was not among them. “I’m very eager to get vaccinated, if I can,” he told reporters on Tuesday after beating Dusan Lajovic at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Monte Carlo, his first Tour-level victory on clay in four years. “It would be heartbreaking if I tested positive for Wimbledon.” Evans said he had witnessed the celebrations back home to mark the reopening of England’s businesses after three months of lockdown but said he “won’t be socialising any time soon” to avoid getting infected. Organisers of Wimbledon, which was cancelled last year due to the pandemic, have said players must stay at official hotels during the grasscourt Grand Slam as part of safety measures. But Evans, who reached a career-high ranking of 26 in February, said he would not be against top players being given a “bit of leeway”. “I would have no issues if some of the top guys were given a bit of leeway, past champions, where they can stay at a house,” said the 30-year-old. “I think they would be pretty responsible, not be out for dinner. “It’s going to be a different Wimbledon ... I don’t really know what to expect, but yet I’ll expect they’ll do a good job.”
IPL 2021: When harakiri by the Knights batsmen left the fans stumped
IPL|: Kolkata: The IPL have often shown a knack of producing some unbelievable twists and turns in the game - be it wins or losses. The 10-run loss by Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday night, whereby they let a rare opportunity to buck their dismal record against five-time champions Mumbai Indians, would rank quite high up that list now. How would you define the hara-kiri by some of the KKR batsmen like captain Eoin Morgan, Shakib Al Hasan or Nitish Rana? Was it sheer panic to finish off the game before the death overs when Mumbai’s best bowlers, Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah would come back? When Andre Russell joined Dinesh Karthik, the seasoned pair still had five wickets in hand with 31 runs to get 28 balls - and all it needed was to keep rotating the strike and look for the odd boundaries. What transpired was another example of choking by Morgan’s men - as it has now become the norm whenever they take on the blue shirts. Russell, who was the bowling hero of the Knights with his 5/15 off just two overs, could not force the pace on a wicket which had become slower while Karthik - considered as one of the finest players of spin in the IPL - got a cold feet against the fastish left-arm spin of Krunal Pandya. It was eventually left to Boult to clean up the innings and Mumbai Indians showed, under skipper Rohit Sharma, as to what separates the men from the boys. MORE ON IPL 2021 IPL 2021: Straight Bat with Gulf News and Mr. Cricket UAE Anis Sajan - Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals' Ben Stokes ruled out with broken finger IPL 2021: RCB v Sunrisers Hyderabad: Harshal Patel looking to revel in newfound confidence Chetan Sakariya: From struggling to meet cricket expenses to IPL stardom The unfortunate part of the story is that it was the much-hyped middle order which undid all the good work of the bowlers earlier on, while the World Cup-winning captain Morgan must have realised how the roll of the dice can turn in a matter of hours in this game. The innovative moves by Morgan to contain the famous run-flow of the champions paid off well - be it in the use of three spinners in the first five overs of powerplay to disturb the rhythm of the openers, slowing down the pace off the ball in the final overs with Russell by utilising Pat Cummins’ overs earlier to strike vital blows. Dre-Russ, who used the crease shrewdly from round the wicket to bowl a wide line, reaped the rewards as the rival batsmen tried to hit him inside out and got caught between the point and cover region. The same Morgan soon turned a villain when coming at number four after his openers had given a solid start, he showed a sudden rush of blood against Chahar - possibly trying to break free of the shackles rather than playing as per the needs of the situation. It was the same story with Rana and Shakib - which may raise questions about the ultra-aggressive approach of the batsmen in this format. ‘Expressing’ oneself - as the favourite word of the cricketers these days - is fine. But so is winning watches...
More sports events, including the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, English Premier League, rugby and cricket, are altering their timetables due to Prince Philip’s funeral
Football|Motorsport|: Formula One has brought forward the beginning of practice and qualifying sessions for the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix this weekend to avoid overlap with Prince Philip's funeral, This is the latest in a string of sports events to be moved around to accomodate the funeral, also including the English Premier League, the English Football League, horse racing, rugby and cricket. "As a mark of respect for the funeral ceremony of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, it has been agreed that no racing will take place in Great Britain between 2.45pm and 4.15pm on Saturday 17 April," wrote the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) in a statement. Prince Philip died aged 99 last week after being married to Queen Elizabeth II for 73 years. His funeral is set to take place on Saturday afternoon at the Windsor Castle. The Premier League moved a Saturday match between Wolverhampton and Sheffield United to 7.15pm GMT rather than 2pm. Formula One has moved qualifying up to noon GMT "as a mark of respect for the Royal funeral." This is an hour earlier than first planned, and two hours before the Royal service is set to take place.
Tokyo Olympics: Torch relay cancelled in Japanese city over virus surge
Sport|: A western Japanese city cancelled the Tokyo Olympics torch relay over spiking coronavirus cases on Wednesday, the second area to scrap the event as the clock ticks down to the postponed Games. The decision comes 100 days before the 2020 Olympics begin and accompanies fresh concerns about the viability of the event, with virus cases surging in Japan and abroad. "We will cancel the torch relay in Matsuyama city. We will hold the celebration for the arrival of the flame in a way that will not involve ordinary spectators," said Tokihiro Nakamura, governor of Ehime prefecture. Emergency medical services in the region are "under extreme pressure" as Covid-19 cases rise, Nakamura said. He said the decision has been accepted by the Tokyo 2020 organising committee, which did not immediately comment. The torch relay kicked off on March 25 in Fukushima and was supposed to go through Matsuyama - the hometown of golf hero Hideki Matsuyama - on April 21. It was barred from public roads in the Osaka region this week, with torchbearers instead running in a closed park in front of a limited number of family and friends. The ongoing pandemic is playing havoc with preparations for the Olympics and fuelling uncertainty about whether the huge event can, or should, take place.
IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals' Ben Stokes ruled out with broken finger
IPL|Cricket|: Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ben Stokes will miss the rest of the Indian Premier League (IPL), after injuring his finger during a game against Punjab Kings on Monday. Despite this, the England cricketer will not be heading home, but rather will stick around to support from the sidelines. Rajasthan Royals face the Delhi Capitals on Thursday. “Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ben Stokes injured a finger on his left hand while fielding during the team’s match against Punjab Kings on 12 April 2021 in Mumbai,” announced the Royals in an official statement on Tuesday. “Subsequent investigations revealed that he sustained a broken finger, which will, unfortunately, rule him out of the remainder of the Indian Premier League 2021 season,” they added. Despite the injury, Stokes "will stay with the Royals and support the rest of the group in the upcoming matches," wrote the official Royals' Twitter account. “Everyone at Rajasthan Royals absolutely admires Ben for being such a huge asset and a valuable member of the Royals family, both on and off the field, and wishes him a speedy recovery,” read the statement. “We are delighted that Ben would like to stay with the group to provide his valued support and inputs off the field. In the meantime, we will be reviewing potential replacement options for the remainder of the season."
Serena Williams signs programming deal with Amazon Studios
TV|Tennis|: Serena Williams has signed a deal with Amazon Studios under which she will create scripted and non-scripted programming, including a docuseries that follows her exploits on and off the court, the tennis star said. Williams made the announcement during a conversation with actor Michael B. Jordan that was part of a charitable event organised by Vanity Fair magazine. The 39-year-old Williams, who ranks second all-time with 23 Grand Slam singles titles, said she hopes to “bring really special stories to film, and to people’s homes.” Williams, who has limited her schedule in recent years because of injuries and the birth of her daughter, has not played since she lost in the Australian Open semifinals in February to Naomi Osaka, who went on to win the title.
Champions League: PSG edge Bayern tussle despite losing second leg
Football|: Paris: Paris Saint-Germain knocked holders Bayern Munich out of the Champions League on Tuesday despite Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scoring against his old club as a 1-0 defeat in the second leg at the Parc des Princes could not prevent the French giants from winning a tremendous quarter-final tie on away goals. Neymar twice hit the woodwork for PSG in the first half and Choupo-Moting then put Bayern in front five minutes before the break. But the reigning European champions could not get the second goal they needed after losing 3-2 at home in the first leg last week. Hansi Flick’s team are out, and PSG have revenge following their 1-0 defeat in last season’s final in Lisbon. The dream of winning a first European Cup remains alive for the Qatar-owned club and Mauricio Pochettino’s team, who had already eliminated Barcelona in the last 16, can now look forward to a semi-final showdown with Manchester City or Borussia Dortmund. Bayern will have to console themselves with trying to win a ninth consecutive Bundesliga title, and will wonder what might have been had the prolific Robert Lewandowski, or Serge Gnabry, been available for the two legs of this tie. The future of Flick will come back into focus, too, given his frosty relationship with the club’s sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic. Yet Bayern more than played their part in an epic tie that will live long in the memory and that deserved to be played before a full house both in Munich and here. They were also without influential midfielder Leon Goretzka for this second leg, and they had next to no Champions League experience on their bench either. Their starting line-up was still impressive, and with Thomas Mueller leading from the front and co-ordinating their suffocating press, Bayern took the game to their hosts throughout. That suited PSG, who have produced their best performances this season away from home and could look to hit the Germans on the break with the devastating pace of Kylian Mbappe. The Parisians, to be fair, were without two huge players of their own in captain Marquinhos and playmaker Marco Verratti, but they did have Mbappe and Neymar. Neymar’s frustrating night The Brazilian was in the mood but was left frustrated by a combination of Manuel Neuer and the frame of the goal in the first half. Twice the Bayern goalkeeper produced saves to deny Neymar before the world’s most expensive player hit a superb shot off the angle of bar and far post in the 37th minute after Angel Di Maria’s free-kick was cleared to him. On 39 minutes another breakaway finished with Mbappe squaring to Neymar, who this time saw his effort strike the base of the right-hand post. Bayern could have been dead and buried, but within a minute of that they were in front on the night. Thomas Mueller’s cushioned lay-off in the box set up David Alaba for a first-time shot that Keylor Navas saved. The ball looped up to Choupo-Moting and he headed in. The Cameroon forward, who scored once in 10 Champions League appearances across two seasons at PSG, now had his second goal against his old club in this tie while standing in for Lewandowski. Bayern could even have scored again before the break as a thunderous strike by Alaba was turned behind by Navas, keeping PSG ahead overall on away goals. A goal for the home side would have calmed the nerves as they looked to avoid another dramatic exit from the Champions League like so many before over the last decade. Neymar stretched but just could not connect with Di Maria’s ball across goal at the start of the second half. PSG lost left-back Abdou Diallo to injury and Bayern continued to push them back, accepting the risk of conceding as they went looking for a crucial second goal. Mbappe had an effort disallowed for offside, while another Bayern goal never arrived, and the final whistle was met with loud roars of delight from the home bench.
Champions League: Chelsea into semi-finals despite Porto defeat
Football|: Seville: Chelsea reached the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 2014 despite a 1-0 defeat against Porto in Tuesday’s quarter-final second leg in Seville. Thomas Tuchel’s side will play Real Madrid or Liverpool for a place in the final after producing a masterclass in game management to win 2-1 on aggregate. Real travel to Anfield on Wednesday looking to protect a 3-1 lead from the first leg. They could do worse than copy Tuchel’s tactics as Chelsea smothered Porto with an intelligent defensive approach until Mehdi Taremi’s stunning bicycle kick in the last minute of stoppage-time. That sublime strike was out of character with the rest of Porto’s display as they laboured to overturn the 2-0 first-leg deficit. Chelsea have lost only once in 18 matches since Tuchel replaced the sacked Frank Lampard in January and this was another feather in the German’s cap. Tuchel had admitted this week was a make or break period for Chelsea. They passed the first test with ease and can now focus on Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Premier League leaders Manchester City at Wembley. The Blues are fifth in the Premier League as they chase a top-four finish, meaning they might need to win the Champions League for the first time since 2012 if they are to qualify for next season’s competition. Led by the astute Tuchel, who took Paris Saint-Germain to the Champions League final last season, that lofty ambition can’t be ruled out. Tuchel this week said he wouldn’t want to fight Antonio Rudiger or Cesar Azpilicueta, such is the ferocious will to win coursing through Chelsea’s most vocal players. Both defenders lived up to Tuchel’s billing as they fought tooth and nail to keep Porto at bay in a niggly clash. Chelsea cruise Mason Mount had scored Chelsea’s opening goal in the first leg and he was inches away from netting again when his long-range drive was deflected over. Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy gifted Porto a golden opportunity for a priceless early goal when his miscued pass went straight to Jesus Corona inside the penalty area. But Corona couldn’t keep his composure and Jorginho did enough to ensure the shot flashed wide. Mendy’s blunder was forced in part by the relentless pressing that epitomised Porto’s frenetic start, but Chelsea matched their work rate as the foul count rose for both teams. N’Golo Kante was fit to start for Chelsea after a hamstring problem and the France midfielder teed up a good chance for Kai Havertz, whose limp finish failed to match the quality of his team-mate’s incisive raid. Having already wasted one good chance, Corona’s profligacy let Porto down again when he lashed hurriedly over from 12 yards after Ben Chilwell misjudged Otavio’s high ball. Chelsea had never lost a knockout tie in Europe after winning the first leg away from home and that record remained pristine as Porto ran out of steam in the second half. Chilwell’s cross presented Christian Pulisic with a clear sight of goal, but the winger couldn’t get enough power on his wayward volley. Desperately short of a cutting edge, it took Porto until the 68th minute for their first effort on target as Taremi’s header from Corona’s cross forced Mendy to save. Taremi’s eye-catching strike with seconds left came far too late for a dramatic finale, with tempers flaring in a heated exchange involving Rudiger and several Porto players after the final whistle.
IPL 2021 Match 5: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders — live coverage
IPL|: Click here to see the scoreboard Follow all the action live here ... 05:38 PM April 13, 2021 05:36 PM April 13, 2021 05:31 PM April 13, 2021 05:27 PM April 13, 2021 05:22 PM April 13, 2021 Mumbai Indians look to shrug off early loss against Kolkata Knight Riders Kolkata: Five-time champions Mumbai Indians will try to hit the winning ways in their second game as they take on a well-rounded Kolkata Knight Riders at the M.A.Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai today. Known as notorious slow starters, Mumbai suffered a loss in the first game against Royal Challengers Bangalore and should bank on their impressive head-to-head record (21-6) against the purple-and-gold outfit to bounce back. However, the Knights looked a compact team during their win against Sunrisers Hyderabad the other day and have a varied spin attack to boast of on the slow Chennai deck. Eoin Morgan, the KKR captain, is expected to pick the brains of veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh for some insiders’ knowledge as the latter has spent a decade of his illustrious career with the Mumbai franchise. The champions will also get a boost as Quinton de Kock, the South African wicketkeeper-batsman, is now out of quarantine and ready to join the squad. read more Chetan Sakariya: From struggling to meet cricket expenses to IPL stardom IPL 2021: Sanju Samson ends with the tragic hero's label once again IPL 2021: Harbhajan Singh, 40, has nothing left to prove to anybody IPL 2021: Sangakkara backs Sanju Samson after Rajasthan Royals' narrow loss IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals’ Riyan Parag latest to use ‘perpendicular’ action IPL 2021: England paceman Jofra Archer cleared to train after hand surgery
Champions League preview: Live press conference and what to expect going into PSG v Bayern, Chelsea v Porto, Liverpool v Real Madrid and Dortmund v Man City
Football|: Champions League preview: Live press conference and what to expect going into PSG v Bayern, Chelsea v Porto, Liverpool v Real Madrid and Dortmund v Man City The quarterfinals of the Champions League got off to a dramatic start last week when Paris St-Germain all but secured a spot in the final four with a whopping three away goals against defending champions Bayern Munich. Uefa Champions League 2020-21 trophy. Image Credit: Reuters Leg 2: PSG V BAYERN Bayern only managed to score twice at home without their star striker Robert Lewandowski, who’s out with an injury, thanks to World Cup 2022 qualifiers. He’s not expected back by the second leg of the quarterfinal. An early opener from Kylian Mbappe, who scored 3 minutes into the game, set the mood for PSG. After Marquinho scoring again for the French side at the 28th minute, Mbappe closed out scoring at the 68th minute. Bayern’s two goals came from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller. Now Bayern will need to score at least two goals at Parc des Princes if they wish to get to the semifinals. "It will be a tough task, but these are the games we play for," said Bayern manager Hansi Flick. "We want to cause a mini upset in Paris. Of course, we'll be delighted if we manage that." Leg 2: LIVERPOOL V REAL MADRID Meanwhile, Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 at home sans captain and star defender Sergio Ramos, who was injured and has since tested positive for Covid-19. Reds manager Jurgen Klopp was disappointed his team didn’t defend well enough in leg 1, despite Real’s storied history as the the team with the most Champions League wins (13 total). “Real didn't win the competition so often with [manager Zinedine] Zidane because they are not experienced. They have intense season and injuries, we are the same. The decisive part of the season is now and I'm 100 per cent sure Real will be 100 per cent ready — not how they felt straight after Barca game,” said Klopp. “We have to bring ourselves in a mood that we start believing again. If we can see it's possible then we have a chance, but it will be very difficult,” he added. Leg 2: CHELSEA V PORTO Chelsea scored two away goals against a goalless Porto last week and will be going into their home game (held in neutral territory in Seville) this evening (April 13) with utmost confidence. However, the English side will have to pace themselves as they are not far off from facing Manchester City at the FA Cup semifinals on Saturday. “I am here to win games and as a result to win titles,” said Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel. “This is what I demand of myself. Why should we now say any different - that we want to win in five years, three years or two years? Now is the time." Leg 2: DORTMUND V MAN CITY Finally, it’s anyone’s game for Manchester City and Dortmund. Dortmund scored one away goal to City’s two home goals, so both teams will have to bring their A-game in order to secure a win on aggregate. With 20-year-old Erling Haaland being this year’s top-scorer in the CL (amidst rumours swirling that he may end up at City soon), did Pep Guardiola learn anything from watching him live and in action? “We analyse Dortmund as a team, not just one player,” said the City boss. “We knew his quality. We try to do what we have done many times, to win the game. We won the first, we go to try and win [again]. I don't know what will happen, but we go to win,” said Guardiola. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTERFINALS (LEG 2): WHEN TO WATCH IN UAE PSG v Bayern: 11pm on April 13 Chelsea v Porto: 11pm on April 13 Liverpool v Real Madrid: 11pm on April 14 Dortmund v Man City: 11pm on April 14