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Gujarat Lions devour helpless challengersGujarat Lions’ players celebrate after Ravindra Jadeja runs out AB de Villiers in Bengaluru on Thursday. PTI

Gujarat Lions devour helpless challengers

28 Apr 2017 | 1:48 AM

BENGALURU: Riding on Andrew Tye’s three-wicket haul and Aaron Finch’s whirlwind fifty, Gujarat Lions notched up a comfortable seven-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore here today. Chasing 135 to win, Gujarat lost both openers — Ishan Kishan (16) and Brendon McCullum (3) — cheaply but Finch’s 34-ball 72, studded with five fours and six sixes, took them home with 6.1 overs to spare.

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Bengaluru, April 27

Riding on Andrew Tye’s three-wicket haul and Aaron Finch’s whirlwind fifty, Gujarat Lions notched up a comfortable seven-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore here today. Chasing 135 to win, Gujarat lost both openers —  Ishan Kishan (16) and Brendon McCullum (3) — cheaply but Finch’s 34-ball 72, studded with five fours and six sixes, took them home with 6.1 overs to spare.

Earlier, Tye’s three-wicket haul triggered a top-order collapse, and Bangalore were bowled out for 134. Tye, who had taken a hat-trick on his IPL debut, removed Chris Gayle and Travis Head on successive balls after Basil Thampi had dismissed skipper Virat Kohli, leaving the hosts at 22/3 in the fifth over. Besides Tye, Ravindra Jadeja snapped up two wickets, while Basil Thampi (1/34) and Ankit Soni (1/28) picked up one wicket each in a disciplined bowling performance. For RCB, Pawan Negi (32) and Kedar Jadhav (31) were the top-scorers.

With this loss, the playoff door is fast closing for Bangalore; they have just five points from nine matches now. As for Gujarat, the win will keep them afloat in the tournament. 

We need to play positive cricket, says Kohli 

Bangalore skipper Kohli said his team needs to play positive cricket to snap their losing streak. “It is never easy to lose games. Tonight was not clinical. We need to get better with our performances. You got to come out and play with intent,” Kohli said.

“We tried to do it with the bat. The only way to come out of it is to play positive cricket. We are putting too much pressure on the team. Individuals need to stand up and take responsibility.” — PTI

Big 3 model gone, BCCI left alone and fumingMoney matters: The ICC, BCCI standoff

Big 3 model gone, BCCI left alone and fuming

28 Apr 2017 | 1:48 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Big 3 model of revenue-sharing in the International Cricket Council (ICC), which came into existence three years ago, has been broken down, despite the opposition of the Indian cricket board (BCCI).

Sharapova ready to go to any extent for Wimbledon, French Open shot

Sharapova ready to go to any extent for Wimbledon, French Open shot

28 Apr 2017 | 1:48 AM

STUTTGART: Maria Sharapova says she would ‘play in the juniors if I have to’ in order to compete at the French Open and Wimbledon, but has no interest in building bridges with her rivals after making her comeback from a doping ban.

Nadal scores half-ton in Barcelona; Bops ousted

28 Apr 2017 | 1:48 AM

BARCELONA: Third seed Rafael Nadal remains on course for a tenth Barcelona Open title, advancing to the quarterfinals with a routine 6-3, 6-4 victory over Kevin Anderson.

Real hit Deportivo for six, Barca relegate Osasuna

Real hit Deportivo for six, Barca relegate Osasuna

28 Apr 2017 | 1:48 AM

BARCELONA: Real Madrid again made light of the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo as they crushed Deportivo la Coruna 6-2 to maintain the upper hand in the La Liga title race on Wednesday.

Neena, Neeraj qualify for World Championships

Neena, Neeraj qualify for World Championships

28 Apr 2017 | 1:48 AM

JIAXING (CHINA): Neena Varakil bagged the gold in the women's long jump as India won six medals in the second leg of the Asian Grand Prix Athletics meet.

Sindhu moves ahead, Jayaram bows out

28 Apr 2017 | 1:48 AM

WUHAN: PV Sindhu defeated Aya Ohori of Japan to advance to the second round of the Badminton Asia Championships while compatriot Ajay Jayaram bowed out of the tournament after losing to Chinese Taipei’s Hsu Jen Hao 19-21 10-21 here on Thursday.

Govt kicks off process to criminalise doping

28 Apr 2017 | 1:48 AM

NEW DELHI: The Union government today initiated the process to criminalise doping by holding discussions with various stakeholders to build a consensus over jail terms to athletes, coaches and other support personnel found guilty of the offence.

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Ghosal, Sandhu, Joshna, Dipika storm into last 8

28 Apr 2017 | 1:51 AM

CHENNAI: Local favourites Saurav Ghosal, Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal Karthik sailed into the quarterfinals of the Asian Individual Squash Championship here today.

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra qualifies for World C’ships

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra qualifies for World C’ships

27 Apr 2017 | 10:21 PM

JIAXING (CHINA): World junior record holder javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra qualified for the IAAF World Championships in London in August after he won a silver on Thursday in the second leg of the Asian Grand Prix Athletics Meet here.

3 Indians to compete in World Series of Boxing for British Lionhearts

3 Indians to compete in World Series of Boxing for British Lionhearts

27 Apr 2017 | 7:21 PM

NEW DELHI: World Championships bronze winner Vikas Krishan and Commonwealth gold-medallist Manoj Kumar are among the three Indian boxers to have fetched contracts in the semi-professional World Series of Boxing, signing up with British Lionhearts.

ICC still ready to pay $390m, BCCI wants $450m

ICC still ready to pay $390m, BCCI wants $450m

27 Apr 2017 | 6:52 PM

NEW DELHI: With India’s Champions Trophy participation in doubt, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is still willing to pay the BCCI USD 100 million more than the original share from the revamped revenue model.

‘Cheater’ Sharapova should not be allowed to play again: Bouchard

‘Cheater’ Sharapova should not be allowed to play again: Bouchard

27 Apr 2017 | 1:29 PM

BENGALURU: Canadian Eugenie Bouchard has lashed out at the WTA for giving Maria Sharapova the chance to compete in tournaments after serving a 15-month doping ban and said the Russian is a “cheater” who should never be allowed to play again.

Sindhu sails into quarterfinals with another easy win

Sindhu sails into quarterfinals with another easy win

27 Apr 2017 | 1:14 PM

WUHAN (CHINA): Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu of India sailed into the quarterfinals of the Badminton Asia Championships with another clinical performance here today.

ESPN laying off 100 broadcasters, writers as viewers dwindle

27 Apr 2017 | 10:57 AM

NEW YORK: ESPN is laying off about 100 employees, including former athletes-turned-broadcasters Trent Dilfer, Len Elmore and Danny Kanell, in a purge designed to focus the sports network on a more digital future.

Hockey nationals

Punjab eves face Railways in quarters

27 Apr 2017 | 2:21 AM

CHANDIGARH:Punjab will take on two-time defending champions Railways in the quarterfinals of the senior women’s hockey National Championship in Rohtak tomorrow.

Chelsea extend lead with victory

Chelsea extend lead with victory

27 Apr 2017 | 2:21 AM

LONDON:Buoyant Chelsea extended their Premier League lead and calmed nerves at Stamford Bridge with a 4-2 win over Southampton on Tuesday that moved them seven points clear of their nearest pursuers Tottenham Hotspur.

Maria shakes off the rust

Maria shakes off the rust

27 Apr 2017 | 2:21 AM

STUTTGART:Maria Sharapova marked her return from a 15-month doping ban on Wednesday with a rusty 7-5 6-3 first-round win over Roberta Vinci in the Stuttgart Open.

IPL: regional flavour goes bland

IPL: regional flavour goes bland

27 Apr 2017 | 2:41 AM

For the cricketers from this region, IPL has been rather subdued so far. Except for Haryana’s leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who has been outstanding for Royal Challengers Bangalore and is currently fourth on the top wicket-takers’ list, no batsman or bowler figures on the top-ten list.

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Senthilkumar, Harinder win at Asian Squash C'ship

27 Apr 2017 | 2:21 AM

Chennai: India's Velavan Senthilkumar entered the pre-quarterfinals along with Harinder Pal Sandhu at the 19th Asian Individual Squash Championship here today.

Sindhu wins, Saina bows out

Sindhu wins, Saina bows out

27 Apr 2017 | 2:21 AM

WUHAN (CHINA):PV Sindhu cruised into the second round but compatriot Saina Nehwal bowed out fighting in the Badminton Asia Championships here today.

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