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Dravid, Rahane lead Rajasthan run chase

Match 50 of the Indian Premier League lived up to the hype as there was some exceptional cricket on display as the Rajasthan Royals defended their proud home record once again, scripting a final over victory over a battling Pune Warriors side.

Batting first on winning the toss, Pune posted an excellent 178-4 on the back of some outstanding batting from their openers and a late flourish from Mitchell Marsh. Pune's effort though was matched all the way by Rajasthan, whose Indian contingent flourished with Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane scoring half centuries before Stuart Binny's brilliant 32 from 13 balls took his side to victory, and back into 4th place in the IPL Standings.


Mumbai end Chennai winning streak with a Whipping at Wankhede

The Mumbai Indians ended the winning streak of the table topping Chennai Super Kings with a mauling at the Wankhede Stadium, beating the wannabe Champions by 60 runs. Mumbai recovered from a shoddy 82-5 to post what proved to be a more than competitive 139 on the board thanks to a battling 39 from Skipper Rohit Sharma and a quickfire 25 from Harbhajan Singh. Mitchell Johnson and Pragyan Ojha then shared 6 wickets between them to skittle Chennai out for just 79 in response to end Chennai's unbeaten run at 7 games.

The Mumbai Indians won the toss at the Wankhede Stadium for their big home game against the table topping Chennai Super Kings, and elected to make first use of what looked like a gorgeous batting surface.


Bravo replaces Sammy as new West Indies ODI Captain

The West Indies Cricket Board today announced Dwayne Bravo as West Indies One Day International captain. The Selection Panel recommended to the Board of Directors that Bravo be appointed captain as the West Indies One Day International Cricket Team and the Board of Directors approved the recommendation.

The Selection Panel has also indicated that Darren Sammy will be retained as West Indies Test and Twenty20 International captain.


Sunrisers thrash hapless Delhi to extend proud home record

The Sunrisers Hyderabad have taken the old adage of 'My Home is My Castle' to heart, picking up their 5th win of the season at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal by crushing a very poor Delhi Daredevils side by 6 wickets. Batting first on winning the toss, Delhi were bowled out for an appalling score of just 80, and the Sunrisers helped their net run rate situation by chasing down the target in under 14 overs to secure an easy win.

The two Sri Lankan players, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene turned out for the toss and it was the Delhi Daredevils who won it and elected to bat first. For DD, Jeevan Mendis got a game in place of Ben Rohrer while Johan Botha came in for Morne Morkel. SH meanwhile stuck with their winning combination that played in the previous match.


Yuvraj and Gambhir axed from Champions Trophy 15 man squad; Yadav, Karthik, Irfan return

With an eye on the 2015 World Cup, the Indian selection panel led by Sandeep Patil omitted the under-performing seniors - Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir from the 15 man squad for the ICC Champions Trophy, slated to kick off in England and Wales in June. Gambhir' Ranji trophy team-mate, Virender Sehwag, who is now just a pale shadow of his former self continues to remain out of favor across all formats. Harbhajan Singh too has done little to force his way back in. Is this the end of the road for the seniors?

The winds have changed since that fairy-tale World Cup triumph on April 2nd 2013 in Mumbai. With Yuvi and Gauti getting the boot, only Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, his deputy Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina are still in the mix.


Yusuf, Spinners deliver crushing 7 wicket victory for Kolkata

Towering over their counterparts, the Kolkata spin troika of Sunil Narine, Sachitra Senanayake and Iqbal Abdulla reduced the Royals to paupers and with it breathing life into their comatose IPL campaign. Later on, Yusuf Pathan rediscovered his aggressive avatar, in the company of the ice-cool Jacques Kallis to seal the chase of 133 with 19 balls to spare amidst an electrifying atmosphere at the Eden Gardens. Despite being stuck at the bottom of the points table, the Knights are not out of the Play-offs yet. The vanquished Royals, currently placed third, need to fix their away blues, heading into the business end of the league.

The ever slow-low nature of the historic Eden Gardens dictated the composition of the sides. Spin plunged into action straight away as Sachitra Senanayake(replacing Brett Lee), opening the bowling alongside Sumit Narwal, befuddled Ajinkya Rahane(6) with a beautifully flighted delivery. Rahul Dravid's move to bump James Faulkner(1) up to Number 3,back-fired as he lobbed a simple catch to Gautam Gambhir at short point off the bowling of Iqbal Abdullah. It was one of those days where Dravid arrived at Number 8.


Bopara and Bresnan return to England squad for ICC Champions Trophy

The England selectors today named a 15-man squad for the three match NatWest ODI series against New Zealand commencing 31 May and the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 commencing 8 June with the first fixture against Australia at Edgbaston followed by matches against Sri Lanka at the Oval and New Zealand in Cardiff in the group stages. The two top ranked sides from the group will continue to the semi-final stages of the tournament.

Alastair Cook will captain a side that includes two additions from the squad that defeated New Zealand 2-1 in February with Tim Bresnan and Ravi Bopara added. Six members of the squad (Anderson, Bopara, Bresnan, Broad, Morgan, Swann) were involved in the last ICC Champions Trophy held in 2009 in South Africa.


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