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Cricket: Duminy withdraws from IPL

South Africa’s J P Duminy has withdrawn from the upcoming edition of the lucrative Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament, the all-rounder and his franchise said Monday.  The 32-year-old, who plays for the Delhi Daredevils, said he was skipping the tournament next month due to “personal” reasons, with his team saying it was disappointed to lose…

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Wasim Akram decides to skip IPL

KOLKATA: Legendary cricketer Wasim Akram, who has served as the bowling coach and mentor of Kolkata Knight Riders in last editions of the Indian Premier League, will miss the event this year based on certain “professional commitments “. Pakistan’s former captain mentioned his personal and professional commitments and time constraints and excused from being a…

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Sri Lanka’s Jayawardene to coach IPL team

Former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene was named Friday as the new head coach of cricket franchise Mumbai Indians in the cash-rich Indian Premier League Twenty 20 tournament. Thirty-nine-year-old Jayawardene will succeed former Australian captain Ricky Ponting whose two-year contract has ended. “Jayawardene is an astute figure in the modern era of cricket. He is…

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Warner powers Hyderabad into IPL final

NEW DELHI: Skipper David Warner’s scintillating 93 not out helped Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Gujarat Lions by four wickets in a hard fought Qualifier 2 on Friday to storm into the finals of the Indian Premier League. Chasing 163 for a win at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, Hyderabad suffered from a lack partnerships but Australia’s…

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King Kohli crowned as IPL’s highest ever scorer

NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli smashed an unprecedented fourth century of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season — despite nursing a finger injury — to become the tournament’s highest ever run-scorer. Kohli, who batted with nine stitches after splitting the webbing in his left hand in the previous game, bludgeoned 113 runs off 50 balls to…

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Bailey unhurt after ‘truck-like’ bouncer

NEW DELHI: Australia’s George Bailey was struck by a bouncer in the Indian Premier League that sent his helmet flying, an experience he said was like “getting hit in the face by a truck”. Bailey, playing for the Rising Pune Supergiants on Tuesday night, was not injured by the bouncer that he top-edged onto his…

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Kohli smashes Gayle’s IPL runs record

NEW DELHI: Red-hot Virat Kohli smashed an unbeaten half-century to break Chris Gayle’s record for the most runs in a single Indian Premier League season. Kohli, captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, has racked up 752 runs in 12 matches so far this year including three centuries and five 50s. Kohli’s 75-run blitz on Monday…

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Injured Aussie Maxwell out of IPL

SYDNEY: Glenn Maxwell on Tuesday became the fifth Australian to pull out of the Indian Premier League (IPL), but his injury is unlikely to keep him out of an upcoming West Indies tour. The hard-hitting batsman suffered a strain in his left abdomen playing for the Kings XI Punjab and is returning home as a…

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Praise for record-breaking Kohli, de Villiers

BANGALORE: Leading cricketers hailed Virat Kohli and teammate AB de Villiers after the pair smashed scintillating centuries in their Indian Premier League match to break a string of records. India’s Kohli struck a 55-ball 109 while South Africa’s de Villiers scored an unbeaten 52-ball 129 to power the Royal Challengers Bangalore to a record 144-run…

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Steve Smith out of IPL with wrist injury

SYDNEY: Australian captain Steve Smith on Monday pulled out of the Indian Premier League with a wrist injury and will return home for treatment ahead of the tour to the West Indies. Cricket Australia medical official Alex Kountouris said Smith had been struggling with pain in his right wrist for the last week. “We have…

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England’s Jordan cleared for IPL stint

LONDON: England chiefs have given Chris Jordan the go-ahead to play in the lucrative Twenty20 Indian Premier League even though it means the all-rounder may not be available for Test duty. Sussex paceman Jordan is set to fly out to India later this week after being called up as the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s replacement overseas…

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Badree out of IPL with World T20 injury

NEW DELHI: West Indian leg-spinner Samuel Badree has been ruled out of the rest of the Indian Premier League with an injury that he picked in the recent World Twenty20 final. Badree, who played a major role in the Windies’ triumph over England on April 3 by taking two wickets, was unable to play a…

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Injured Aussie Hastings out of IPL

NEW DELHI: Australian all-rounder John Hastings has been ruled out of the rest of the Indian Premier League with an ankle injury, raising concerns about his fitness for the upcoming tour of the West Indies. Hastings played two matches for his IPL side Kolkata Knight Riders before flying back home after picking up the injury…

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Knee issue rules Malinga out of IPL

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan speedster Lasith Malinga has been ruled out of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) because of a lingering knee injury that kept him out of this year’s World Twenty20. The 32-year-old paceman, one of the deadliest bowlers in limited overs cricket, hurt his knee against West Indies late last year. Since then,…

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Sri Lanka warns Malinga against IPL matches

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka cricket authorities on Sunday warned injured fast bowler Lasith Malinga against playing in the lucrative Indian Premier League without clearance from them. Malinga, suffering a knee injury that forced him out of the World Twenty20, is in India where he has signed with the Mumbai Indians, although the veteran did not play…

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IPL told to move matches from drought-hit state

MUMBAI: A court on Wednesday ordered the Indian Premier League to move some matches from the drought-hit western state of Maharashtra over concerns that much-needed water would be wasted in maintaining the grounds. The Bombay High Court order followed a petition filed by a non-profit group challenging the liberal watering of pitches at a time…

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Windies spinner Narine has bowling action cleared

DUBAI: West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine was Thursday cleared to resume his career after a suspension for a suspect bowling action ruled him out of his team’s World Twenty20 title-winning campaign. The 27-year-old Trinidadian was suspended in November last year after being cited during a one-day match in Sri Lanka. He had also been reported…

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IPL set to ease T20 heartache

NEW DELHI: The glitzy Indian Premier League (IPL) starts Saturday, helping to ease the heartache of millions of fans following India’s failure to win the World Twenty20 on home soil this month. India’s short-form extravaganza, famous for its fireworks and dancing cheerleaders as well as unwanted corruption scandals, gets under way with the Mumbai Indians…

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Asia Cup, a wakeup call at the right time

Pakistan’s performance in Asia Cup was extremely poor. Pakistan lost to its arch rivals India and Bangladesh. Has Pakistan learnt from its mistakes ahead of World T20? Some players were included in the side after performing well in couple of matches in Pakistan Super League (PSL).  It was not considered by selectors that the pitches…

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Aussies bank on IPL experience in World T20: Smith

NEW DELHI: Skipper Steve Smith said Saturday that Australia were determined to break their World T20 hoodoo, saying his team’s vast experience of playing in the Indian Premier League would give them a definite edge. Five-time World Cup champions Australia have been under-performers in the shortest format and their best showing in the tournament has been the…

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Indian off-spinner Chandila banned for life over fixing

MUMBAI: Indian off-spinner Ajit Chandila was banned from cricket for life on Monday for his involvement in a spot-fixing scandal while batsman Hiken Shah was suspended for five years over corruption. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) found 32-year-old Chandila, who does not play international cricket, guilty of spot-fixing while playing for…

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